Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

North Manchester FM: Crowdfunding Appeal!

North Manchester FM is 10 years old this year! The station has been broadcasting on FM (for North Manchester audiences) and online (for international audiences) for ten years, producing great radio content and supporting hundreds of volunteers with training, work experience and apprenticeship opportunities.

But we need a bit of help…

North Manchester FM is moving from its studio in Harpurhey soon – hopefully to a new studio down the road. This is an incredible opportunity for the station to develop its output and the opportunities it offers to local volunteers. But we can’t do it without some support. The station doesn’t receive any core funding (its income comes from SLAs and project funding), and as a truly community station that doesn’t bombard listeners with advertising, commercial income is limited. So we’re crowdfunding to help with the move and to secure the future of the station.

I have been a volunteer presenter on North Manchester FM for five years now, and I can honestly say it’s been an incredible experience. Not only has it offered me really interesting and unexpected creative opportunities that have allowed me to develop my own work, but it’s given me the chance to meet an amazing range of people and projects that I otherwise wouldn’t have had. I’ve had over 200 guests on Hannah’s Bookshelf alone – interviewing people from almost every continent (just South America and Antarctica left to go!), as well as a huge number of local poets, authors, comedians and publishers. But I’ve also been part of a diverse, enthusiastic, passionate and slightly bonkers volunteer team, all from different walks of life and different backgrounds, who have come together to create something special for their local area.

We have an ambitious target to reach, but it would be wonderful if you could consider pledging to our crowdfunding appeal. North Manchester FM needs your support to keep producing its unique, original content and offering a voice to communities that are so often overlooked.

Please consider donating something (no matter how small) to our appeal. Anything you can give will go towards helping the station continue to offer local radio with an international appeal.

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