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The Story so far…

CandoFM is the community radio station for Barrow and the Furness peninsula, broadcasting on 106.3 FM and via www.candofm.co.uk

From meager beginnings as a computer and microphone tucked away in a disused storeroom, CandoFM has grown and flourished into an FM radio station, and now provides the opportunity to students and locals to engage and participate with their community in a very meaningful way.

We started out as an enterprise project for students at Furness College back in 2010. The success of the project prompted the team, coordinated by media tutor Jonny Williams, to explore the idea of setting up an internet radio station, which launched in 2011.

Local radio stalwarts, Justin Cooke and Bill Clark (both of The Bay and Abbey FM fame), joined the team, and an application for a full FM licence was submitted to Ofcom. This application was granted at the end of 2012.

On November 23rd 2015, the Principal of Furness College, Andrew Wren, alongside Mayor of Barrow, Councillor Ann Thomson, launched CandoFM on 106.3 FM, bringing a local-focused community radio service to the people of the Furness Peninsula, returning to the area a service which had sadly been lacking.

Since then we’ve been going from strength to strength, working alongside our community partners and supported by local businesses and organisations. We’ve benefited from cooperating with the North-West Evening Mail, Barrow Borough Council, Cumbria County Council, and St Mary’s Hospice.

We’ve also been able to set up a number of local schools with their own radio suites, enabling them to put together their own radio shows, which we broadcast on our School Takeover Slot, 11am to 1pm each day.

Here at CandoFM we’re committed to the following principles:

“To inform and entertain”

“To promote aspiration”

“To provide opportunity”

“To provide a platform for the local community”

We pride ourselves on being ‘in the community, for the community, about the community, by the community’.

Based at Furness College in Barrow, CandoFM is led by Furness College students and volunteers from the local community, dedicated to bringing you the best local-focused community radio service.

We provide a relevant and distinctive community FM and internet radio service to the community of Barrow and Furness, and we’re working towards becoming a not-for-profit radio broadcast community service.

Here at  CandoFM we aim to reach listeners of all ages, but our focus is to appeal to 16 – 40 age range which is reflected in our daytime music policy. We are determined to make radio of a high broadcast standard with relevant content which appeals to the local community.  Our night-time and weekend music policy focuses on featuring local community and music ambassadors.

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As an Ofcom licenced community radio station, CandoFM is proud to be involved with the local community in a variety of ways.

Here at CandoFM we’re able to offer a platform for community organisations, to give them a voice.

If you’re a member of a community organisation, a local charity, a local sports team, and you’d like to be involved with your local community radio station, get in touch via the contact us page.

CandoFM exists to serve the local community

“To inform and entertain”

“To promote aspiration”

“To provide opportunity”

“To provide a platform for the local community”

Thanks to some very generous grants from our local County Councillors, CandoFM has been able to provide several local schools with their own broadcasting suites. The equipment is used as a ‘blogging station’, allowing radio teams in schools to record their own programmes, to be aired on 106.3 FM.

From 12pm to 1pm every weekday, the CandoFM School Takeover sees local children on the air, talking about what’s going on in their schools, and the local area, informing you about the weather, and curating the best selection of music. Through involvement with their local radio station, we’ve seen local children grow in confidence, and learn a variety of transferable skills which will help them throughout their educational career, and in the world of work.

Obtaining a career in the media can be very difficult, with fierce competition for the most basic of entry-level positions. Having experience of working in the media is vital, and is often the difference on a CV that sets applicants. We’re proud to be able to offer young people the opportunity to learn media skills, to hone their talents, and to act as a springboard for their aspirations.

Special thanks to –

Councillor Anne Burns for the grant for St James’ School

Councillor Frank Cassidy for the grant for South Walney Junior School

Councillor Barry Doughty for the grant for Dowdales School

Councillor Bill McEwan for the grant for Ormsgill Nursery & Primary School and Victoria Academy

Councillor John Murphy for the grant for Furness Academy

Councillor Mel Worth for the grant for Walney School