SNYA Radio started life as an idea for a youth internet radio station back in November 2008. Josh Worley and Steve Thomas completed many funding applications before starting to look for a team of broadcasters and presenters. Will Litchfield joined the team and with the help of Rebecca Thomas, we attended many photo shoots and prepared for the big launch. Josh Worley played out our first track ‘Nothing's gonna stop us now’ by Queen on 18th November 2009 before handing over the reins to Matthew Dowse and Bradley Biddlecombe for our first live radio show.
Since then SNYA Radio has directly worked with hundreds of young people from across Norfolk and utilised our outside broadcast unit to visit many more.
The radio station has gone from strength to strength and now broadcasts from three studios located at the Woodshack Rehearsal Studios in Wymondham, Long Stratton Leisure Centre, south Norfolk and EPIC TV Studios in Norwich.
SNYA Radio is a community radio station for young people, young adults and adults that has been funded by many financial backers and local businesses.
- Cookes of Norwich
- South Norfolk Crime Reduction Partnership
- Norfolk Youth Fund
- South Norfolk Youth Action
- SNC Neighbourhood Fund
- The Mason Trust
- Norfolk Community Foundation
- South Norfolk Alliance
- East of England Regional Assembly
- Virgin Money
- Stratton Flooring
- C P Ceilings
- Mill Electrical
- R G Carter Construction Ltd.
- South Norfolk District Council
- Euopean Collaborative Innovation Centres (ECLIC)
- The Adnam’s Charity
SNYA Radio has engaged with rurally isolated young people with broadcasts from various youth groups across the County.
Cossy Possy (Costessey)
(Mon – Friday) Diss High School
Ormiston Victory Academy
SNYA Radio works with young people who are not in education, employment or training, in care, young carers, those at risk of being excluded from education as well as mainstream young people.
Students from City College, Hartismere, Attleborough, Dereham Neatherd High School and Wayland Community High School participated in work experience at SNYA Radio.
- Sports Relief Mile
- Lyn’s run for life
- SN Sounds – Open air concert at Diss
- The Blue Moon Walk
- Norwich Lord Mayors procession
- Poringland village fete
- Local Democracy Week – Radio workshop
- Taverham High School – School open day
- Cosstesey Fete
- Wymondham Lion's Christmas Fayre
SNYA Radio has broadcast live from
- Bernard Matthews Youth Awards
- Young Enterprise Awards
- Open Youth Venue – Nightclub
- Norfolk In-care Football Tournament
- The Matthew Fletcher Trophy Charity Football Match
SNYA Radio has produced programmes for broadcast such as
- Teenage pregnancy and relationship programme
- ‘Political Mash-up’ a live broadcast with candidates for the General Election in Norfolk
- Halloween – live broadcast from Wymondham, Diss and Harleston Town Halls in partnership with Norfolk Constabulary, South Norfolk Council and Town Councils 2010 and 2011
- Wymondham Lion's Christmas Fayre 2011
SNYA sports team has commentated on school basketball matches between Attleborough, Long Stratton, Diss and Archbishop Sancroft High Schools. In addition to five –a –side football at Norwich City Football clubs training ground.
SNYA Radio broadcasts
- young bands live on air including Clouded Vodka and the Easy Brothers.
- A live simultaneous TV and radio Rock broadcast
SNYA Radio has interviewed the following celebrities
- Susie Fowler-Watt
- Stewart White
- Julie Reinger
- Bryan Gunn
- Darren Huckerby
- Jake Humphrey BBC Sport anchor man
- Stephen Bumfrey
- Greg James Radio One presenter
- cast member from channel fours - Heroes
- cast members from channel fours - Glee
- Tulisa from X Factor
- Karen David from Waterloo Road
Other Radio Stations
SNYA Broadcasters have appeared on BBC Radio Norfolk, Exchange Radio, Future Radio and Park Radio.
BBC Radio’s Stephen Bumfrey
Jake Humphrey (BBC)
Greg James (Radio 1)
Lisa O'Sullivan (Talksport)
(Pictures by Jamie Brown)