FCUM Radio is a not for profit online radio station rooted in its dedication of all things FC United of Manchester and the communities the club resides in. As a station we are not only passionate about our football club; but we are also just as obsessive about non league and music too.
FCUM Radio is run by an army of dedicated volunteers who make the station what it is. We stand for fan empowerment and have been an independent voice within the club since we were founded in 2006.
If you would like to join this team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
FCUM Radio will always strive to do more, and aims to expand its ambitions and programming to become an invaluable tool for FC supporters, non league lovers, and music aficionados alike. However the priorities of the station will always remain the same:
- We will continue to provide live, honest, and passionate coverage of every single FC United fixture home and away.
- We will continue to bring you all the news, views and interviews from across our club throughout the season.
- We will continue to bring greater exposure to the non league game.
- Our volunteers will continue to infuse their passion for music across everything we do here at FCUM Radio.
Football, Community & Music United
FCUM Radio is steadfast in its support of all things FC United of Manchester, and as a station we believe in bringing the FC Family together in a celebration of everything FC United, as well as assisting and promoting the club with its community endeavours.
FCUM Radio brings you live coverage of every single FC United fixture this season from our very own fanatical FC Live team, whilst the This Club is My Club team brings you all the news, views and comment from the club to keep even the most fair-weather FC fan informed throughout the week.
FCUM Radio also believes that non league is brilliant, and deserves to have a much bigger spotlight then it presently gets from the mainstream. With this in mind, in the next season, working with leagues, journalists and pundits from across the football pyramid, it is our aim to use our unique punk DIY spirit and bring much more exposure to our level of the game.
Working with FC United’s community team and with other providers in the Manchester area, FCUM Radio has embarked on an ambitious community radio program designed to teach and create content. Our courses cater to both adult learners and vulnerable adults.
As a station we are now committed to broadcast community content each week, and have our very own dedicated Community Podcast Channel, with all content created by learners from our very own radio production courses.
FCUM Radio is committed to bring you dear listener the best in music and entertainment programming each and every day. We genuinely believe our presenters are a crop of some of the finest and most knowledgeable you’ll find within online radio and we believe every presenter should have the freedom to play what they want. FCUM Radio also believes in variety, no online radio station offers such a diverse range of musical genres in one place.
FCUM Radio prides itself on having shows dedicated to Classic Rock, Indie, Blues, Soul, Hip Hop, Folk, Jazz, Funk and Modern Electronica (and a load more too!), with a schedule which is constantly growing and expanding into all kinds of musical directions.
As a station, we are also committed and passionate about unsigned music from across the region, and have aims to be one of the best stations in the country for supporting and showcasing the acts of tomorrow. Please see our CellarTapes show to see just how we’re getting on with this particular endeavour!
A brief history.
12:00 18th November 2006 – Salford City v FC United @ the Willows
Some guys with tin cans & string turn up at the Willows claiming to be…..
….. “doin the radio for FC”
Despite some of our best efforts it appeared [due to financial problems] that FCUM Radio would cease to be in August ‘07….
…Enter the Armchair ARMY.
During the FA CUP game against Trafford – Set to be the last broadcast, our talented? presenter Swampy decided to go with “SWAMP-A-THON” an on-air challenge to ask the Armchair Army to raise funds for the radio service.
During the game over £500 was pledged and by the time we had set up mechanisms for receiving payment over 70% of the pledges came in. The response was enough to convince the team to keep at it, and over the next few weeks the Armchair Army pledges kept coming.
We secured alternative funding for FCUM Radio [betterbet betterbet better bet bet bet], that together with the AA money helped keep the program on-air. It should be noted that all equipment purchased for the FCUM Radio project, will remain in the ownership of FCUM Radio and will become an asset of the club [FC-United of Manchester].
Two characters “Ben & Marv” contact FCUM Radio and ask “can we do some stuff for the station?”. What follows is a superb increase in the 24:7 music side of the station with shows & features. The end of the season sees the station organise The FCUM Radio Summer Proms – 3 nights of LIVE music – raising close to £1000 for the FC United Development Fund.
FCUM Radio secure a sponsorship deal with Contructive Coding.com This together with donations from the AA will ensure the radio can go from strength to strength. B&M relaunch the station with 7 day programming and loads more content. By the end of the season, FCUM Radio had recorded its highest ever audience for a FC Live broadcast, with close to 2,000 people tuning in for the Playoff Final between Colwyn Bay and FC United.
This Club is My Club becomes available as a download, and Constructive Coding launch a new stats app. Audiences for FC Live reach record levels, as the radio gang follow the rise of FC United from second from bottom in the league at Christmas, all the way to the Playoff Final against Bradford Park Avenue in May.
In March 2012, the station along with our brothers and sisters at FCUM TV, published The Future of FC United’s Broadcasting Output document.
The station broadcasts its first ever Women’s match as FC United took on Manchester City Ladies in the league on Broadhurst Fields in Moston, with the reds winning 3-2.
By the end of the season, FCUM Radio, in conjunction with the club’s community team, began to roll out community radio projects across Greater Manchester, reaching young and disadvantaged adults across the city.
FCUM Radio start the year by establishing the unofficial World Record for the longest ever continuous Football Commentary, as FC Live’s Swampy and Ben commentate for a whole 24 hours during a fundraising football match for the Street Soccer Academy at Wigan’s Robin Park, on June 7th and 8th 2013.
Elsewhere, in conjunction with The NPL Facebook Group, FCUM Radio begin producing a revamped NPL Show podcast for the Northern Premier League.
While on the pitch for FC United, audience records tumble as over 2,000 people tune in for the Playoff Semi Final match between FC United and Ashton United.
The Buffering Year! With FC United lodging in the wifi free zone of Tameside, FCUM Radio soldiered on through the season to smash all previous audience records, as Karl Marginson’s side go on an unbelievable run to finally win the Northern Premier League.
Off the pitch, FCUM Community Radio, working with Manchester College and the Manchester Library Service, continue their excellent work with adults across the city. All in all, our community courses have seen over 100 adults pass our 12 week Community Newsroom Course, with some then moving on to volunteer at other radio stations as well as FCUM Radio itself.
The Evo-Stik NPL Show goes weekly with the launch of Evo-Stik Extra, while This Club is My Club celebrates the move to Broadhurst Park with a landmark radio documentary Broadhurst Rising, our most listened to podcast ever produced.
And we finish the season with our first FC Live broadcast from Broadhurst Park, as FC United take on Benfica, as we say goodbye to Seamus, who retires after years of dedicated radio service to become a proper supporter in the new SMRE.
The season didn’t start too well for FCUM Radio, with the station losing funding for its successful adult community radio courses.
But instead of retreating, we went for it and decided to reinvent ourselves, launching several new programmes. With new shows like MFL Weekly, a podcast dedicated to the Manchester Football League, we also launched Supporters Direct Weekly too, and we even did a show for the Southern Football League.
2015/16 also saw the station launch the first ever regular live match service for the non league women’s game in the country, with the launch of Women’s Team Live. While away from football, FCUM Radio launched a new YouTube music show called the CellarTapes, aimed at showcasing the talents of Manchester’s unsigned scene.
And not only were we nominated for our first ever national award during this season, at the Football Supporters Federation Awards for Best Radio Show (for This Club is My Club), but we actually only went and bloody got one too! Being awarded the Supporters Direct Richard Lillicrap Award for our work helping promote supporter ownership.