Phoenix FM Calling for Young People with ASD

Phoenix Radio 96.7fm at Dean Clough, Halifax wants to work with young people to create a regular radio show designed by and for young people aged 16-19 with a moderate learning disability or with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder diagnosis.

The fee is £5 per person per session with 6 places available per workshop. For more information call Howard on 01422 365923 or email

Phoenix FM Community Station Licence Renewed

OFCOM has awarded another 5 years licence to Phoenix 96.7 FM, Calderdale’s only full time community radio station. In December this year the station will have been broadcasting for 10 years.
Over this time the station has reached a monthly audience of over 80,000 listeners with an additional 3.2K listening via the Tune In Radio App. The Online broadcast has also reached audiences as far away as the USA, Canada, Switzerland and China.
Over the past 10 years the station has broadcast live from several venues around Calderdale including the Halifax Minster, The Piece Hall, The Victoria Theatre, Hebden Bridge Market Square, Halifax Gala as well as presenting events such as the Hebden Bridge Duck Race and Neighbours Day.
The station has gained a strong reputation for supporting people through our training programmes; linking diverse communities and working with volunteers of all ages and abilities. We have also promoted local charities, businesses, sports clubs and musicians, as well as offering placements to local and regional schools, colleges and Universities.
More recently we have developed a Youth Show which involves working with young people in care, care leavers and young carers. We also work with people with Parkinson’s and older people to support those showing early signs of Dementia, as well as combating isolation by meeting with people and recording their memories of growing up in Calderdale. Our aim is to create an audio history of Calderdale, told through the voices of people who have lived and worked here.
Our new chapter begins with a move to Fletcher’s Mill, Dean Clough where, from our new studios, we will continue to serve the people of Calderdale.

Radio shows planned for over 50s with Phoenix FM96.7

phoenix fm logoForum 50+ together with Phoenix Radio (FM96.7) is planning a series of pilot radio shows specifically aimed at people aged 50 and over.

Initially the show is set to air once a month but if they can build a large enough audience they will look at making the show a more regular occurrence.

The content being considered for the next show, due to be aired on Monday 13 April includes:

Proposals for Show 2 – Monday 13 April 2015

  • Interview with Neil Hurst, re: Memories And Melodies
  • Brenda Carroll recorded  a song in Gibralter, in 1954. Her Daughter has never heard it and it was brought to Phoenix by her as a 78rpm. Phoenix have converted it to CD, and  will be interviewing her and Mum  on Mothers Day to get some background
  • Pathways – a local project that does DVDs about local walks
  • Information and/or recordings of music recorded in Halifax in the 60’s
  • Feature on local cinemas of the past with interviews from people who went to them
  • Feature on the Plebians Jazz Club/ and or Palins Dance Studios
  • People coming forward with stories relating to the local music scene, cinemas, theatres, bowling alley etc
  • Interviews with local sporting legends

These are just some of the ideas but would like to get “Experts” on a range of subjects concerning people aged over 50 too.

If you or anybody you know has memories or help for over 50s that could be recorded for future shows, contact and you will be contacted directly.

FREE Writing workshops at Phoenix FM

phoenix fm logoIf you’re a young person (aged 14 +) and you like writing, why not join local writer Gaia Holmes for a series of FREE writing workshops at Phoenix FM, D/DG Mill, Halifax, HX3 5AX.

During the workshops you will play with language, look at a variety of writing styles and radio techniques and work towards producing a feature for broadcast which will explore the hopes, fears, dreams and wishes of characters that live on a fictional street in West Yorkshire.

In the Easter holidays the sessions will be held on Thursday 9 April 2015 from 9am to 12noon and from 1pm to 4pm and you are welcome to go along to one session or stay all day.

During term time the sessions will be held every Wednesday starting Wednesday 15 April from 4pm to 7pm. You can go along to as many sessions as you like.

If you are under 18,  you will need you to take a completed consent form. For more details contact Sara on 01422 365923 or email