Radio Woking

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Radio Woking
CityWoking, Surrey
Broadcast areaWoking, Aldershot & surrounding areas
SloganCommunity radio for the Woking and Rushmoor Boroughs
FrequencyDAB Digital Radio 195.936 MHz (8A)
First air dateMonday 25 November 2013
FormatHot AC
OwnerThe Winston Churchill School, Woking

Radio Woking is a UK community radio station, broadcasting on DAB in the boroughs of Woking and Rushmoor and throughout the world online. The station is based at The Winston Churchill School, Woking replacing the former student radio station. Not forgetting it's roots, students at the school are still trained and get the opportunity to broadcast regularly on the station.[1]

The station broadcasts a wide range of programmes featuring local guests, sports clubs and specialist music shows featuring genres from show tunes to reggae.[2] Radio Woking regularly broadcasts Woking F.C. games with live commentary in a link up with BBC Surrey, who provide their internet commentary for Radio Woking to simulcast on DAB. The commentary identifies as BBC Surrey and Radio Woking on both platforms.

Surrey's first LGBTQ+ friendly show takes place every Sunday at 2pm, where Pride in Surrey takes over the airwaves for 2 hours on the Proud Show.[3]


Radio Woking's Sunday Show Tunes, a radio programme devoted to musical theatre, won the Theatre and Technology Awards "Best Podcast" for the show in 2017.[4]


Radio Woking started as a Student Radio station called YayRadio at The Winston Churchill School, Woking. Eagle Radio organised the installation of the studios, and their breakfast presenters, Peter Gordon and "Breakfast Bev", launched the station on 9 December 2011. On Monday 25 November 2013 it became a local community radio station with its present name, Radio Woking, allowing it to focus on the Woking community at large. Radio Woking was officially launched by Rick Buckler the drummer of Woking band The Jam and the Mayor of Woking Cllr Anne Roberts.[5]

State of the art facilities including a recording studio were opened by Jamie East on January 20th 2014, including a full drum kit donated by EMI Foundation. The recording studio was part funded by the school and Humphrey Richardson Taylor Trust. [6]

Small scale DAB

Small Scale DAB is seen to be a revolution in broadcasting for radio stations in the UK. Radio Woking is one of the initial community radio stations to be on Small Scale DAB as part of a trial for industry regulator OFCOM. In 2015 BFBS won a local OFCOM trial for small scale DAB with Radio Woking hosting the transmitter in Woking broadcasting Radio Woking, BFBS Aldershot, BFBS Beats, BFBS Gurkha Service, The Breeze (radio network) and Radio Caroline.[7] A mirror transmitter was later installed at the Aldershot Centre for Health in Aldershot enabling broadcast across not just Woking but the Rushmoor Borough as well.[8] The trial was deemed successful by OFCOM in 2016 [9]and the services will continue for the foreseeable future when it is rolled out to the rest of the UK.

Further stations have been added to the multiplex, Angel Vintage and DAB+ stations: auraltime, Brooklands Radio, Cheesy FM and News UK[10]

In the media



  1. "Radio Woking Broadcasting from The Winston Churchill School, now on DAB". WCSC Heads Blog. Woking.
  2. "Radio Woking Schedule". Radio Woking. Woking.
  3. "Proud Show". Pride in Surrey.
  4. "Theatre and Technology Awards Winners 2017". Theatre and Technology Awards.
  5. "Rick Jams on at Radio Woking launch". Woking News & Mail.
  6. "School's cutting-edge facility set to benefit entire borough community". Woking News and Mail.
  7. "BFBS Launches Small-Scale DAB Multiplex". RadioWorld.
  8. "Sixty small-scale radio stations take to the air in Ofcom trials". UK Regulator OFCOM. London.
  9. "New technology promises a local radio revolution". UK Regulator OFCOM. London.
  10. "Technical parameters for broadcast radio transmitters". Uk regulator OFCOM. London.

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