SouthWaves Radio was founded in 2014 by University Of Chichester graduate Jamie Dyer, as a way to reach the local community. The response to the idea was so positive that the station was launched online in 2015; after a successful crowdfunding campaign. For two years, the station created a brand that specialised in creating and broadcasting speech, drama and artistic content from all over the world. The station closed in 2017 due to Jamie Dyer’s mental health.
In 2018, the station reopens, on a smaller scale. Despite this, it will continue to offer the same commitment to local speech content, including a wide range of discussion and interviews. Our online station features live and pre-recorded content, featuring elements that are either made in-house, or offered to us under the terms of a creative commons license.
Here are some of the highlights:
Aug 2014: Recorded a podcast at Taste Food Festival
Jan 2015: Successfully crowdfunded £500 to launch as a radio station online.
Jan 2015: Appeared in Johnstone Press newspapers across Sussex
Mar 2015: Launched as an online radio station.
Apr 2015: Hosted an Autism evening on air
Sept 2015: Covered restoration of Welldigger’s Arms pub
Nov 2015: Broadcast coverage of Christmas Fair, in association with Friends of Chichester Hospitals
Nov 2015: Broadcast coverage of Petworth Literary Festival
Jan 2016: Crowned the winner of the best breakfast in Sussex
Feb 2016: Created and broadcast a documentary about the NHS Partnership (Sussex)
Feb 2016: Created and broadcast a documentary in association with Aldingbourne Trust
Jul 2016: Created and broadcast a documentary in association with Chichester Festival Theatre
Aug 2016: Created and broadcast a documentary in association with New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
Oct 2016: Worked alongside Chi Uni students to create sports content
Jan 2017: Broadcast live commentary from Chichester City for FA Vase tie.
Mar 2017: Broadcast live commentary for SCFL Premier
Mar 2017: Came off air