Our story so far...
107 Meridian FM is proud to be a community based radio station. We believe in the power of broadcast media to make a positive impact on society. Locally, we serve our commuinities in East Grisntead, Ashurst Wood, Crawley Down, Copthorne, Dormansland, Domewood, Felbridge, Forest Row, Lingfield, Newchapel, Sharpthorne, Turners Hill, and West Hoathly – although our special broadcasts attract listeners online from around the UK and often overseas.
Our recent rebrand in 2015 celebrated the enormous steps that have been made by the station to deliver a healthy mix of quality news reporting, special interest talk radio, current hits and weekly dedicated shows spanning Rock, Americana, Folk, Reggae and other specialist interests including gardening, astronomy, books and films.
We are also emerging as the local media platform for the business community. Every week we attract major national and international brands to discuss the big issues and we also give an exclusive platform to bright business start-ups to tell their story and connect with the local community.
Through our outside broadcasts we attend more than 50 major events a year and we have this year made our first move into live concert broadcasting – something that will grow in the months ahead.
At a time when so many independent commercial stations have struggled to resist consolidation, 107 Meridian provides a breadth and quality of local broadcasting that allows it to do things many stations simply cannot. For the last General Election we ran a live 10-hour results show, and our specialist music shows involve interviews and sessions with top international acts – as we are able to break away from formulaic playlists and produce in depth interview packages for acts that allow them to tell their story well.
What makes a real difference is we are a not for profit organisation run by a team of more than 100 dedicated volunteers, whose backgrounds span journalism, broadcasting, IT, design and the public sector and sport. We also invest in a broadcast academy, allowing tomorrow’s presenters to learn on-the-job from our seasoned radio veterans. The combination of the passion of our people and our commitment to provide an exceptional service is key; we are not a commercial oriented business. This foundation is what gives the station its purpose, its difference - and the people their shared vision.
107 Meridian FM was awarded a full-time community radio license by Ofcom in July 2009, however it is in the last 12 months that the station has made huge strides to deliver a uniquely personal talk and music radio experience that puts our listening community at the centre of all we do. We are proud to be a great deal more than a run-of-the-mill advert oriented radio jukebox.