An entirely volunteer-run community project which is an on-line radio station with outside broadcasts & events. Was devised to empower participants with skills, community connections, creativity, opportunity & well-being. Playing live and pre-recorded shows 24 hours a day, has 50-70 DJs who pay a small contribution for their airtime to cover the costs. We offer free airtime to South Kilburn residents. Plus delivers free radio training workshops, helping individuals to build skills, connections & confidence. Takes part in local community festivals & events by providing a stage with DJs, or broadcasting live from the event. Has a varied selection of shows representing different genres, formats & languages. We have strong social media presence & our DJs upload their shows on Mixcloud to build their own following. K2K is intergenerational, inclusive, open, works with many local organisations, are always looking to build more partnerships & has a positive brand recognition across London.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
We receive a lot of love & positive feedback from the people who are involved with the station, bring an engaging presence to community events and have successfully run workshops with groups in schools and other community projects.
We have numerous positive case studies of people who have been part of either running or
broadcasting on K2K. Benefits include: increased sense of belonging, a wider community
and feeling of connectedness, career progression as DJs and presenters, feeling less
isolated, new groups and communities, increased confidence and well-being and business
development and profile-raising.
We would like to develop our social media reach further, widen participation and take part in more events as well as festivals. Since we rely on volunteers, their time is limited and we feel it is time to create a dedicated role to mark our presence which is locally engaged and internationally minded. We revel in diversity and inclusivity and want to flourish too!
Steps to get it done:
K2K was set up as a legacy project for South Kilburn Studios as a way to engage & empower the Kilburn to Kensal community, strengthen local lives, links & organisations.
Running the station was part of the community giveback brought by experience of setting up radio stations across the world, local marketing reach & connections built over ten years of running local festivals, events and community spaces as well as running SK Studios.
The initial vision was that K2K Radio would help promote events and opportunities in the
local area, including at the studios, it would offer a platform for people to connect and benefit: at events or through working on the station, by listening to the station and through social media. When we launched we ran a K2K winter market alongside it which included performing art projects.
The vision was always that it would be a community-owned asset to benefit local people and we are proud of our great committed volunteers and DJs who own & love K2K Radio.
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