Thamesmead was one of the first places in the country to receive a license for a community radio station. Broadcasting on a localised cable radio system from a studio from a cupboard in a local church before moving to Tavy Bridge. The content of the station was distinctly made for, and by, Thamesmead. This was one of the first examples of the then-new technology of cable radio being used. The stations’ position as a positive cultural force was uniquely represented by the redistribution of its financial profits back into the regeneration and well being of the local community. By 1990 RTM was broadcasting on FM radio as (103.8FM) and in 1997 the station changed its name to Millennium 106.8 — a result of the station being taken into private ownership. In 1999 the station became Time 106.8 but by April 2009 the station was forced to close. In 2018 the artist-led space TACO! (Thamesmead Arts and Culture Office) revived the station as a community radio station through an artist project with Sam Skinner. RTM.FM was reborn as an online station and is now being rebuilt as a community cultural platform.
The collection here presents a selection of material including newspaper articles, recordings, photographs and promotional.
8 items in this collection.