Radio Victoria – coming to FM radio on the Fylde Coast soon!


Yep. A radio on FM. We’ll also be available on your devices too.

Well the fab news is that Ofcom have awarded Radio Victoria CIC a community radio license.

Radio Victoria is currently the hospital radio for ‘the Vic’ as it’s known locally.

We now have 2 years to get on air. We hope we can do this in 12 months but that means we really need to crack on.

So what do we need?

You! Your creativity, your passion for local events, your ability to fundraise, your love of music, documentaries, news, in fact anyone with positive intent who wants to make a difference to the Fylde Coast.

What we don’t need

People who ONLY want to be “on the radio.” This is community radio and it’s all about making a difference outside of being a great radio station. Yes we will need presenters and good ones of course but my focus as I put together the master plan is on making connections, raising money and demonstrating the power of community radio.

We want to serve the patients at Victoria Hospital with more visits and befriending. We want to serve the Fylde’s harder to reach communities too among younger and older people with events and information. Of course, we want to become a brilliant radio station too!

How can you get involved?

Red setters can apply but ONLY if they write the email themselves

That is easy… just send me an email to radiovictoriablackpool(at) and I’ll put you on the newsletter mailing list. I will then soon tell you via email when we are holding the next recruitment meeting which will be next month in Blackpool.

We have a great deal to do in terms of negotiating our primary partnerships, fundraising and connecting with our community in the public, private and third sector so please don’t be offended if we don’t jump at the offer of an hour of Norwegian Nose Flute music just yet.

Thank you!

A huge thank you to those people who’ve supported me in this adventure. More and more of you are seeing that a community radio station for the Fylde Coast is something you’d like to be involved with.

So do join us.


Sean McGinty – Chairman of Radio Victoria CIC





It’s my tenth (new music radio) birthday this year!


Ten years in the business darling

About ten years ago I pitched John Clayton (the Editor of BBC Radio Lancashire) about doing a new music radio programme and how BBC Local Radio could help young artists get their music be heard. Strange but true, he agreed, so a 30 minute new local music programme began.

Sourcing the tunes back then was an interesting challenge but Myspace had recently launched and it wasn’t that long before I would have access to more local bands and artists than I could ever have dreamt of. I called the programme BRYAN which made little sense then and even less now but there it was.

A while later (events are somewhat blurred) I was allowed to have an hour of radio to play new music as there was so much great new local artists to play and it appeared from the figures that people were listening.

BRYAN becomes BBC Introducing Lancashire

Then BBC Introducing (the new music ‘brand’ from the BBC) was born in 2007 with a very similar brief to BRYAN but with a ton of talented people and a large wedge of cash to do some big things with. BBC Introducing Lancashire moved to a Thursday evening between 8pm and 10pm and began bringing bands and artists in for live sessions in the BBC Radio Theatre. This was with no money and little support but it was felt we should have live music.

This is the place radio happens

This is the place radio happens

The programme was extended from 1 to 2 hours and it was during this time BBC Introducing Lancashire was the most listened to programme on the radio (yes all radio stations) in Lancashire on a Thursday evening. So yes, we beat Zane Lowe, Radio 2, Radio 4, 5 Live et al.

Over a year ago, we had the command from above (it wasn’t a dove) to move all BBC Introducing programmes across the BBC network to a Saturday evening at 8pm. This was another challenge as we had to try and unearth a new Saturday audience on a night not exactly known for breaking RAJAR records. That work continues as we do more outside events and meet more and more people and tell them when we are on!

To be clear though I never did understand the mass move command to a Saturday night. It made little sense for me as our programme was doing great with listening figures and Thursday just seemed a more natural night for the programme.

Aren’t they doing well?

Over the years we have played a lot of great artists on the radio before anyone else had even heard them! Karima Francis, Rae Morris, Bondax, Mike Dignam and The Heartbreaks to name but a few. This is great and I like to keep in touch with them all but we as a programme are on a constant hunt for new music.

Celebrate good times… come on

So ten years in to this journey and I am working on a BIG GIG and a few smaller ones to get some great new artists together on a stage in different places across Lancashire. Also pull together the creative industry in Lancashire for a big chat on the radio.

I’ll let you know here and on BBC Introducing Lancashire what we are doing and when but I’d love to see you there.

The BBC doesn’t spend a lot on BBC Introducing in the regions and my team of helpers is made up of people who volunteer their time. They gain (I hope) good experience and a number over the years have ended up working for the BBC. That is great but this is an area of the BBC that needs more local investment so we can get out there and really connect with artists and audience.

BBC Apprentices – there’s a recruitment campaign afoot to recruit local BBC Apprentices  (great idea) but why on earth is BBC Introducing not at the forefront of that? So those skills and talents can be used in an area which has almost no investment from central BBC Introducing or in fact any part of the BBC.

The future

New music by its very definition is about NOW. As I plan out the next 6 months of events and gigs I hope we will put on some artists that (as I write this) I don’t know exist.

Big thanks to my team of helpers over the years and now and especially a big thank you to John Clayton the boss guy at BBC Radio Lancashire for letting me come up with a mad programme idea, letting me do it my way and giving so many local artists over the last ten years the opportunity of their first radio play.

Long may I be blessed to continue working with the brilliant young creative and musical types of Lancashire and thanks for reading, listening and supporting local music.





Twoople – it’s really quite new and I like


In a world where the increasingly revenue desperate Facebook has taken over the instant messaging space. I like this new idea.

Twoople gives you a personal URL… mine is and when it’s clicked people can chat with me, anywhere on any device. You can swap files too which is nice.

Instant messaging from anywhere to anyone with no networks

Instant messaging from anywhere to anyone with no networks

I miss ICQ

I am not sure what I might use it for personally as I.M. has not been my bag since ICQ went the way of all flesh but I wish them well as I think we need something like this.

I suppose if I ever set up an online business then it would be a nice addition to a customer service offering which is a lot more efficient that taking telephone calls all the time and more instantaneous than email.

Also (thinking about it) it could be a way for me to stop having to use Facebook to communicate with bands, artists and community radio people!

Canadian folk

And they are Canadian which means they are nice people.

My Twoople URL is >>here<<





BBC Introducing Saturday 3rd May 2014

BBC Introducing Lancashire

This week on BBC Introducing Lancashire we had All Becomes Clear on the programme playing a live session.


We spoke to My Mistake on the phone


We played a couple of live tracks from Rae Morris and the interview with Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2. (If you look at the playlist… to be clear Joe Whiley did NOT sing on Rae Morris’ track!) 😉


We spoke with these people about a good few things too!

And we played a ton of new local music. If you want to see who we played just click HERE to see a playlist for BBC Introducing Lancashire.









BBC Radio Lancashire – BBC Introducing

BBC Introducing Lancashire

New local music from the BBC

BBC Introducing

I am very lucky to be the presenter of BBC Introducing Lancashire.

Every Saturday evening from 8pm until 10pm on BBC Radio Lancashire I play the best new music from our fair county!

The programme was first to play a host of local artists you hear on national radio and see on your device type things.

The BBC Uploader

If you have music you’d like to send me then please go to the BBC Introducing site and register there. I get notified, we listen to the music and then if it passes through my team it could get played on the radio locally, nationally and you could end up playing one of the big festivals on the BBC Introducing stage.

Like Rae Morris did here. 

So how about having a listen?

Just click the yellow link below and see what was going on on this week’s programme.

Thanks for taking the time and hope to hear you soon.

BBC Radio Lancashire – BBC Introducing.

You’re Doing It Wrong: 4 Tips For Better Social Media Engagement


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You’re Doing It Wrong: 4 Tips For Better Social Media Engagement

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Did you know only 1 out of 5 customer inquiries on Twitter and Facebook receives a response from a brand or business? Even when they are answered, the average response time is a dreadful 11 hours.

What a shame.

So many missing major opportunities – for new business, to save business, and to learn what your customers want.

I’m always surprised when I hear of businesses that ignore their customers on social media.

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The first monthly @GuardianSocEnt podcast is here!

Great excite!

I wrote last time on this blog that I was making a podcast for The Guardian.

Well I did it and you can read about it if you click the link below.

Go to the Guardian website here.

I am proud to be working with The Guardian and Social Enterprise 2011 was a very friendly and professional event in a lovely oasis of a building in central London.

Thanks to the Editor David Mills and Gines for giving me the opportunity.

Join the Social Enterprise Network if you want to find out more about social enterprises.

One more word of thanks to my bosses at BBC Radio Lancashire from whom I never stop learning.

Here’s what went on The Guardian website.

Welcome to the Guardian social enterprise network podcast – a new, monthly podcast about social enterprise. Over the coming months, we’ll be speaking to social entepreneurs and those who fund them, buy from them and work with them, and exploring the issues that social enterprises face as they do good through doing business

This inaugural podcast was recorded at the Guardian Social Enterprise Summit on 8 November.

Sean McGinty, a radio journalist and social entrepreneur from Lancashire, presents and produces this podcast.

In this podcast this month

The winner of the Guardian Social Enterprise Award – Peter Cousins MBE from Brighter Future Workshop

Murtaza Jessa from haysmacintyre, one of the judges of The Guardian Social Enterprise Award 2011

The minister for civil society Nick Hurd MP on why government support for social enterprise can’t be ‘top-down’

Jonathan Jenkins from the Social Investment Business and NatWest’s Phillip Hall and their mission to invest in social enterprise

Paul Drechsler chairman and chief executive from the privately owned construction and property company Wates explains why his company is committed to working with social enterprises

Social Enterprise UK’s business director Nick Temple on why social enterprise needs a much wider stage

Our next podcast will be published in early December. If you’ve got any ideas for features, get in touch with Sean McGinty or social enterprise network editor David Mills.