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Edge of Jazz     

A dedicated radio show for Exeter and the World Wide Web      


After four one monthly broadcasts in support of the Vibraphonic festival ( Exeter Community Radio Ltd was created to apply for a full-time community radio licence for Exeter during 2007. After a successful bid Phonic.FM came on air on 15 th February 2008 designed to provide ‘a sound alternative’ for Exeter on 106.8fm and online at

The company cannot broadcast advertisements or receive on air sponsorship and thus became a “no playlist, no format station”. In 2012 after applying to extend its licence, OFCOM the radio regulator granted a new licence that will run until February 2018. The Company willingly acknowledges the financial support it has received from a wide range of funders.

Control Desk, Sound Gallery One .. Moving into custom built studios in July 2008; the station is now housed in the basement of “The Phoenix” and really is at the heart of the City of Exeter. Serving a resident population of 120,000 and a student population of 20,000, the constantly evolving style of the stations output reflects the wide arts based programme available in the City.

It is also fortunate in sharing the basement area with a state of the art recording studio, which in addition to providing a showcase for new and emerging talent gives Phonic the facility to broadcast ‘live’ sessions from their recording studio via a link to the radio studio. It is also possible to feed live acts performing in other parts of the building to be broadcast ‘as live’ in performance.

“Phonic. FM is beyond being alternative” – Christian Brookes (Times on line)

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David Treharne
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