Funded Projects

The Audio Content Fund holds several funding rounds per year, and requires all projects to be produced and broadcast within 12 months. This page lists all funded projects, and provides links to hear the output where available.

Broadcasting Now

Unheard Voices (June) – a series of short features giving a voice to the disabled and visually-impaired people of South Wales. Produced by Sixteen Media, for BRO Radio, GTFM, and Rhondda Radio.

Undiscussable (June-July 2020) – Charlie Webster produces and presents stories of domestic abuse with often unheard and underrepresented voices, and leads a live follow-up discussion and expert interview. Old Bill Media for talkRADIO.

Loneliness Awareness Week (15-19 June 2020) – a week-long campaign for Loneliness Awareness Week, focussing on the stories of twelve people, exploring loneliness through age, ethnicity, and locality. Produced by Offside Media Productions, for talkRADIO.

Buddyline (1-19 June 2020) – over-60s and under-28s that wouldn’t normally meet will get to know each other remotely, in recorded phone calls. Produced by Reform Radio CIC, for Salford City Radio, Sheffield Live 93.2, Canalside Radio 102.8, Wythenshawe FM, North Manchester FM, Bolton FM.

Prime Timers (May-Jun 2020) – programmes for the over-70s, produced by the over-70s, and broadcast weekly on small stations across England. Produced by SWSW Network, for a network of more than 20 community radio stations.

Essential Voices (May-Jun 2020) – a series of powerful, emotional, revealing short stories, shining a light on keyworkers around the country. Produced by TBI Media for Magic Radio and the Greatest Hits Radio network.

The Show Must Go On (May-Jun 2020) – bringing together stars of sport and comedy to explore how some of the country’s biggest sporting names are managing their time during isolation. Produced by Offside Productions Media for Union Jack and Jack Radio.

Sporting Memories (May-Jun 2020) – conversations recorded n partnership with the organisation of the same name that tackles dementia, depression and loneliness through the power of sports reminiscence. Produced by Tongue Tied Productions for talkSPORT.

Prison Bag (Apr-Jul 2020) – an adaptation of the blog by Josie Bevan, a compelling, humorous, heart-wrenching account of prison from both sides of the razor wire. Produced by Falling Tree Productions, for National Prison Radio, Resonance FM, Reverb FM and Chapel FM.

Team Talk (Apr-Jul 2020) – a roundtable radio show for British Forces children, with guests, features and live discussion. Produced by TBI Media, for BFBS.

On The Land / Ar Y Tir (Jan-Sep 2020) – short-form series in English and Welsh highlighting people, groups and enterprises at the centre of rural communities in West Wales. Produced by Sblash, for Radio Carmarthenshire and Radio Pembrokeshire.

Kick Off: Added Time (Aug19-Jul20) – a roundtable football discussion show hosted by three BAME presenters with guests from underserved audiences. Produced by Unedited, for talkSPORT.

Completed Projects

Connections (June 2020) – a new 5-part radio drama, reflecting on how isolation has led to everyone being forced to make the same difficult choices that disabled people make every day. Produced by Naked Productions for Resonance, Radio Verulam, All FM, Canalside Radio, and Radio LaB.

 Young and Cool: A Brief History of Country (7 June 2020) – documentary examining the current great renaissance in country music, told through the passion of a first-time presenter Kerri Mcilroy. Produced by Made In Manchester, for Downtown Radio.

Virtual Strawberry Fair (6 June 2020) – 12-hour “virtual festival” on June 6th 2020 to replace the annual Strawberry Fair, the free one-day arts and music event which attracts up to 50,000 people to East Anglia, and has been cancelled due to Coronavirus. Produced by Folder & Co, for Cambridge 105, Star Radio, HCR FM, and Future Radio.

Heart’s Hometown Heroes (May-Jun 2020) – short audio blogs from local keyworkers, to be broadcast during Drive shows and included in advertising slots during the day. Produced by This Is Distorted, for Comminicorp UK’s Heart Yorkshire, Heart North Wales, and Heart Hertfordshire.

The Manchester Adventures of Brian Hovis (May 2020) – daily comedy-drama transforming the empty streets of the ten boroughs into a thrilling virtual adventure for a hapless treasure hunter. Produced by Low Fat Radio for XS Manchester.

60 Second Support (May 2020) – providing radio stations with daily packages to help millions of listeners deal with a range of mental health challenges that are currently being amplified by the coronavirus crisis. Produced by Audio Always and Somethin’ Else, for Bauer, Wireless, Communicorp UK, KMFM, Celador, LincsFM and any commercial or community radio station that would like to play it.

Caring For Carers (May 2020) – a series of short-form interviews with Carers and those they care for, hosted by Gyles Brandreth, and broadcast on a network of 42 local community and commercial radio stations. Produced by John Dash Media.

Absolute Radio 40s (May 2020) – a pop-up station on VE Day 75, dedicated to 1940s music and historical content. Produced by TBI Media and Snappin Turtle, for Absolute Radio.

All Together Now, with Alex Lester (Apr-May 2020) – a special nightly programme targeted at slightly older audiences, featuring feel-good stories, life hacks, humorous stories, and experts from medicine, fitness, psychology, and cookery. Produced by Want Some Media, for the Greatest Hits Radio Network (inc Scotland).

Sports Squad (Apr-May 2020) – An entertaining, inspiring and educational sports show, hosted by former Blue Peter presenter Ayo Akinwolere and teenage YouTuber Chanel Kakareko. In each episode, Ayo and Chanel are joined by a sporting star, who gives advice on staying fit and healthy during the lockdown. Produced by TRCKSUITS, for Fun Kids.

Bauer’s Virtual Festival Weekend (Mar 2020) – live music and DJ sets across Absolute Radio, Jazz FM, Scala Radio, Kerrang! Radio, Planet Rock and the KISS Network. Produced by TBI Media, Somethin’ Else, Listen, and We Are Grape.

Self-Isolating, with Lee and Dean (Mar 2020) – comedy sketch show about two builders keeping in touch while keeping their distance during the Coronavirus restrictions. Produced by Bingo Films, for Fix Radio.

The Hidden History of Place Names (Mar-May 2020) – history series for Northern Ireland, presented in the Irish and Ulster Scots languages, revealing the hidden and shared past beneath our feet. Produced by The Foghorn Company, for Raidió Fáilte and Fuse FM.

The Space Programme (Feb-May 2020) – a new soap opera for children, in which an island in the Irish Sea finds itself as the base for a new space race. Produced by Bafflegab Productions, for Fun Kids.

Patches of Land (Feb 2020) – exquisitely small radio features, each one a different perspective on our relationship with the land throughout Devon and Cornwall. Produced by Stellaria Media, for Phonic FM, St Austell Bay Radio, Radio Scilly, Soundart Radio, and The Source FM.

The Central FM Comedy Hour (Jan-Mar 2020)late-night comedy format with sketches, sitcoms, and stand-up, all performed by new talent from the Central Belt of Scotland. Produced by Gusman Productions, for Central FM 103.1

Open Forum (Nov19-Mar20) – free-flowing discussion programmes on social issues affecting 15-24s, including live performances. Produced by Reform Radio, for Gaydio.

Time to Listen (Oct-Dec 2019) – musicians and personalities open up in frank conversations about mental health and wellbeing. Produced by TBI Media, for Absolute Radio.

The XS Manchester Music Tour (Oct-Dec 2019) – ten outside broadcasts, celebrating the music heritage of each Greater Manchester borough. Produced by 2ZY, for XS Manchester.

Minds Over Matter (Oct 2019) – a week-long focus on male mental health, explored through live music and comedy. Produced by Whistledown Productions, for Union Jack Radio.

Lockdown Love Letters (May-June) – key-workers and their families send letters of appreciation to each other, voiced by actors and crafted into beautiful soundscapes. Produced by the Foghorn Company, for Q Radio, Bangor FM, Lisburn FM, Down Community Radio.

Coming Soon

Cities of Sound (starts 7 July) – Harnessing the talent of a struggling student community to create a series of original music-based programmes targeting an older audience of 50+. Birmingham City University, for Greatest Hits Radio.

Monty Panesar In Lockdown With… (starts 8 July) – Cricketer Monty Panesar celebrates and profiles inspirational British Asians in a series of one-hour specials. Head On Media Ltd, for Panjab Radio, Asian FX, Sunrise Radio Yorkshire, Sabras Radio, and Radio XL.

UK Radio Pride (starts 11 July) – seeking to address the absence of LGBT Pride events this summer, with 14 hours of live music, mixes, debate, comedy, and remembrance. Produced by 2ZY for Gaydio, Pride FM, and Juice FM. A 1hr show will also be made available to all of community radio – contact if your station would like this content.

Future Projects

Understandably, a number of our planned projects have had their productions or transmissions interrupted by the on-going global health crisis. We have offered broadcast extensions to all our funded projects, and will update this page with new transmissions dates once they are known.

Step Up (July-August) – special programming targeted at Year 6 pupils about to transition to secondary school without the usual preparation of induction days, and amid the risk of having to say goodbye to their primary schools remotely. Produced by Sound Communities CIC for Fun Kids.

The F Word (Sept/Oct)– a 6-day campaign, challenging the taboos and debunking the myths around fertility problems, with a 2hr music show to round off the week. Produced by TBI Media, for The Magic Radio Network.

Story Explorers – a daily radio series produced in partnership with The National Literacy Trust, that will feature children interviewing the authors they love. Produced by Pixiu Productions, for Fun Kids.

Equal Britain? (Sept/Oct) – 2020 marks ten years since the UK passed the Equality Act – legislation supposed to make us more equal as a society. Over ten weeks this season asks “How equal is Britain”? Produced by Loftus Media, for talkRADIO.

Space Is The Place – five dramas about jazz legends for Jazz FM’s 30th anniversary. Written by Jeff Young and featuring the music of Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald and more. Produced by Sparklab, for Jazz FM

Our Journey – Documentary series, capturing the voices of the Windrush Generation in Bristol and the remaining activists of the Bristol Bus Boycott of 1963. Produced by SWSW Network, for Ujima Radio, Resonance FM, ALL FM, Somer Valley FM, Soundart Radio, and Bradley Stoke Radio

Hometown Stories – a series of six documentaries that take Virgin Radio artists back to their hometowns. The documentaries will be fronted by the artists themselves, and will be followed by an acoustic gig at an intimate venue of significance to them. Produced by Listen Entertainment, for Virgin Radio.

The Definitive Guide to Jazz in Britain (Nov 2020) – ten hour-long episodes celebrating 100 years of jazz in Britain.  A landmark series charting the history of the musical genre in Britain from the eve of the 1920s through to the present day. Produced by Made in Manchester, for Jazz FM.

Rockanory (Jan 2021) – A short-form scripted comedy format, where a celebrity narrator tells apocryphal tales of rock’n’roll – all enhanced, re-enacted and brought to comedy life by diverse new talent. Produced by Unusual Productions, for Absolute Radio.

Magic’s Olivier Stories (Apr 2021) – short-form factual series which will shine a light on the diverse talent behind the scenes in UK theatre. Produced by Folder and Co, for Magic Radio network.

The Rainbow Road to Tokyo (Summer 2021) – short form series profiling the record number of Out LGBT athletes taking part in the 2020 Olympics. Celebrating the achievements of those who have reached the greatest show on earth, and inspiring other LGBT people to realise what can be achieved. Produced by Made in Manchester, for Gaydio.