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By Chelmsford Community Radio
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About

We are Chelmsford Community Radio, we broadcast from the Birthplace of Modern Radio, Chelmsford, Essex, UK!  

We are run entirely by over 100 volunteers...  Our youngest volunteer is 12, our oldest is 70.  We've a rich and diverse mix of people and local groups from various backgrounds with different levels of broadcast experience. We are funded by sponsorship from business and individuals, and via our own in house Community Coffee Shop.

Our objective is to bring people together, promote good events and causes, celebrate success, teach broadcasting skills, and re-energise community radio. 

We've been given a building on the site of the former Marconi Radio Works in Chelmsford Essex UK; our new home is the historic 'Marconi Water Tower'.

Guglielmo Marconi was the inventor of modern wireless, and the Water Tower was a vital feed to his factory, a factory that made radio equipment.  We are delighted to have Guglielmo Marconi's daughter, Princess Elettra Marconi as our Patron.

The Marconi factory opened in 1908 and closed in the 1990's, the original factory has now been demolished and turned into housing.  

The Water Tower remains, and is now over 100 years old.  After years of sitting empty and slowly decaying it is being brought back to life and given a new purpose as a Community resource. We want it to now feed the community, it is time for the Water Tower to finally take over and do what the factory it served did, make radio.

We want to get the most of this amazing Water Tower... and nod to the past by turning it into a centre of excellence which celebrates radio history, but also is an experimental hub that looks to the future... This old building will welcome the local community, the wider country, and people from all over the world as a place to come and learn about broadcast. 

We are moving our existing broadcasting operation into the building as the first step... 

...but we do have a problem to solve.... and we need your help!... and quite urgently....

The building was designed to house water, and therefore the ceilings are very high! 

If we are able to realise our dream to install a Radio Training Academy into the space then we need to install a mezzanine floor to create a new floor!

Please watch the video to get a better idea of who we are, and what we do...   We need you Kickstarter, please consider our appeal!  

Every donation will be celebrated on air, please see our Kickstarter rewards.  On the opening of the tower we'll create a special live radio broadcast from the space and we will also read out every name of every person who has contributed to the project.

Thank you for considering our appeal, and join us anytime at chelmsfordcommunityradio.com

Risks and challenges

We've managed to negotiate a great deal with the Marconi site developer to fit our new floor, from project management through to the final safety checks and handover.

So long as we achieve our target, everything will be in hand. Our team of volunteers are lovely people, and will work hard, and together to ensure this project is completed.

This is a tough challenge, but it is a nice one.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $7

    A known chart song of your choice played on our chelmfordcommunityradio.com output, dedicated to yourself or a loved one live on air! We'll notify you of the song, when it was played, and provide a link to the show 'Listen Again' service.

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    Inclusion on our Wall of Fame in Studio 1 at the Water Tower. Please send a photograph of yourself to be included on our 'Wall of Fame' in Studio 1. The wall will be giant collage which will form a mosaic on the main Studio wall, which will be sealed behind clear perspex to protect it, that way you'll always be a part of what we're doing! Limit of one person per picture.

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    Pledge £15 or more About $22

    We'll play your unsigned song! We get hundreds of requests each week from unsigned artists asking us to play their music. We can't play everything we receive. If you help us get our floor, we'll guarantee to play your track! You'll get a mention on air, a link to the listen again service for the show you were included on, and a warm feeling in your heart! NB: Songs must clean with no explicit or potentially offensive lyrics.

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    Pledge £50 or more About $73

    Be a part of our YouTube channel by setting Adam a 'Drawing Game' challenge to play against another volunteer. It can be anything, the tougher the better! The video will be dedicated to you, and you'll get a mention at the start and end!

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    Pledge £200 or more About $292

    Your Corporate Logo will be included on our 'Wall of Fame' in Studio 1, and we will play a song of your choice, dedicated to you or your company and staff team. We will provide you a link to the 'listen again' service so that you can share this with your business colleagues.

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    Pledge £500 or more About $731

    Show Sponsorship.

    Sponsor one of our weekly Shows for a year! Every time the show is broadcast, you'll get a mention, and inclusion when the show is on air!

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Funding period

- (60 days)