Revolution Radio Limited (registered company number 12708738) is a not for profit organisation based at our new studios at 4 Abington Street in the centre of Northampton which has been granted a community radio license to serve Northampton by Ofcom and we're getting ready to launch on 96.1 FM towards the end of April 2021.
Revolution Radio will play a mix of music styles and features local news, events, community information and discussion. Members of the community will be involved with making the programmes and we will be listening carefully to your comments as we design the sound of the radio station so your comments will really count.
We're also keen to hear from anyone who would like to get involved and we have lots of opportunities available so please get in touch!
Thank you for helping us to make a real difference.
Who Are We?
Revolution Radio's Directors bring a wealth of radio experience to our application and include Chris Gregg, Ian Hickling and Neil Kenlock. Our management committee will include other experienced radio professionals alongside members of the local community and we will be offering opprtunities to help run the radio station to our volunteers.
Chris is a very experienced radio broadcaster with over 22 years’ experience of leading broadcasting teams in Leeds, Manchester and Milton Keynes as well as presenting on many successful radio stations.
Before launching MKFM, Chris was Programme Controller at Horizon Radio in Milton Keynes from 2006 and oversaw the rebrand of the radio station to Heart 103.3 before the station was merged with three other Heart services 18 months later in 2010 which inspired him to start a replacement radio station to serve the local community.
Previously, Chris was Programme Manager at a full service local radio station in Oldham for 7 years, achieving the station's highest ever audience figures (over a million total hours) and organised numerous outside broadcasts, roadshows and community events.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Broadcasting degree from Leeds University, taught in conjunction with BBC Training
and has also worked as an Assistant Producer for Just Fabulous, an urban TV channel on Sky Digital where he produced several programmes focussed on urban music and its role within the BAME community.
Since 2016 Chris has been provided PR, marketing and event management consultancy services via the award-winning agency Jeanius Consulting which has included organising the MK50 Peter Andre concert, a concert tour for Martin Kemp, Milton Keynes Marathon and a marketing campaign for Milton Keynes College.
Since September 2017, he has also been working in fundraising for the national charity the Motor Neurone Disease Association based in Northampton and is currently working as a fundraiser for another local charity.
Neil is a Jamaican-born photographer and media professional who is acknowledged as being "at the forefront of documenting the black experience in the UK". He was the co-founder of Choice FM, the UK's first radio station broadcasting to the black community.
Over the years he has photographed celebrities including Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Eartha Kitt, Donald Quarrie, Eddy Grant, James Baldwin and Muhammad Ali, icons of reggae music such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff. Desmond Dekker and John Holt, and political personalities including Diane Abbott, Michael Manley and Indira Gandhi alongside key figures and leaders in the black community.
Neil was born in 1950 Port Antonio, Jamaica, where he was raised by his grandmother until 1963, when he migrated to London to join his parents who had settled in Brixton. As a youth in south London he captured in photographs the lives of the local community as well as becoming known for portraits taken on family occasions, his work as a whole coming to represent an exploration of many aspects of black British culture and history.
After working for photographic studios, in 1973 he became a staff photographer for West Indian World, one of the first national black British newspapers. In his first two decades as a professional photographer he specialised in fashion, beauty, celebrities and the cultural lifestyles of Black Britons.
During the late 1960s and the 1970s he became involved with the British Black Panther movement, becoming the group's official photographer and documenting anti-racist protests and demonstrations in the UK. In 1979 Kenlock co-founded the pioneering Black lifestyle magazine Root ("A British Ebony, only more connected to how people live in Britain"), published until 1987.
In August 2018, in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush bringing one of the first large groups of post-war West Indian immigrants to the UK, the Black Cultural Archives (BCA) showed 70 of Kenlock's photographs in the Lottery funded exhibition Expectations: The untold story of Black community leaders, curated by his daughter Emelia Kenlock, featuring such notable African and Caribbean subjects as Olive Morris, Darcus Howe, Arthur Wint, Lord David Pitt, Courtney Law and Steve Barnard.
Ian started getting interested in radio when he found some foreign stations on his parents’ Philco bakelite radio back in the 50s. Leaving school with Science and Maths qualifications he served in the RAF and then joined Plessey on piezo-ceramic development.
Moving to what was then Jaybeam Aerials in Northampton he started on a career in the black magic that is antenna technology which is the key to the æthos behind transplan UK’s highly specialised “transmission planning” regime which gave the Partnership its name.
Ian has provided technical support for well over 100 of the nearly 300 community radio stations across the UK from an unrivalled knowledge of transmission systems and equipment.