The Fylde Community Radio License

For years now I’ve been working with others to bring a community radio station to the Fylde Coast. If you don’t understand how great that would be for the area then stop reading now and go and watch Dave.


I first worked with our local hospital trust on community radio when a forward thinking Chief Executive asked me to get involved. They were concerned about their hospital radio station and wanted me to sort that out and bid for a community FM radio license; which would work for the good of the hospital and also serve their wider community.

A bid was put together to Ofcom which eventually delivered us a community radio license. I then built, with others, a sizeable group of volunteers who worked hard to make the changes needed to uphold the standards of an Ofcom licensed radio station.


Unfortunately, just as all that hard work came to fruition, the senior management changed at the trust and after some discussions we suddenly had no studio.


Sadly, today I have handed back the community radio licence to Ofcom.

The hospital has an internal radio station again which is good to see but a great opportunity has been lost for Blackpool and The Fylde Coast.

I’ve looked at this from both sides now

I am looking at this whole subject of how Blackpool can change itself another way now and am already exploring some really exciting ways that the arts with journalism can impact here.

Thank you

I must thank all the people I have worked with in the last few years including those who didn’t share my vision. It’s taught me a lot and that’s a total bonus.












The Guardian Podcast


It turns out I’m presenting a new podcast for The Guardian this week and a very happy and proud man I am too.

It’s their Social Enterprise 2011 summit on Tuesday at The H.A.C. Armoury House in London. I’ll be there to find out where the sector is now and where it might head across a whole range of different subject areas. From funding to regulation. New markets to growth strategies.

And the winner is…

We’ll also hear from the winner (to be announced at the summit) of The Guardian Social Enterprise Award 2011. They will receive all kinds of goodies but we’ll get to that on the podcast or click here if you want to see now. You can check out the finalists too here.

Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society

Speakers and stuff

I’ll try to grab some keynote speakers <– they are there… and ask them some searching and intelligent questions. Well I’ll try.

If you have any questions you might want to ask Nick Hurd The Minister for Civil Society then please fire them my way on twitter. You can find me here – @seanamcginty

You probably do so already but if not please follow @guardiansocent too.

Where will I find this podcast?

Good question at the back there… well it will be on The Guardian Social Enterprise Network

You’ll be able to subscribe through iTunes and other places as yet unheard of probably.

Hope you can find the time to have a listen and if you’re running a social enterprise or thinking of setting one up please get in touch I am really interested in hearing from lots of new people about their experiences.

BBC Introducing & #Uncon22

Email sent to delegates of Unconvention22 in Preston

You are welcome to get involved even if you didn’t go to #Uncon22 last Friday


Apologies for the intrusion! It’s Sean McGinty emailing you from BBC Introducing Lancashire and SPACE Blackpool CIC.

The #Uncon22 peeps kindly let me contact you so we can try and take forward some of the ideas that came up last Friday and make some more “joined up stuff” happen here in Lancashire.

Background: It was the last session of the day and it became clear that Lancashire’s big problem is that we are all over the place geographically. That makes it harder to work together for bands, managers, venues… everyone.

The starting point for taking this forward for us is tomorrow night at 8pm at the BBC Lancashire studios in Blackburn. I’d love it if you could come and get involved too.

The organisers and some guests from Friday’s Unconvention22 will be talking to me on the radio and I hope you will join us to throw your ideas at us and get involved with the conversation.

If you want to come down to the studios to chat, to give us your new tunes or just drink BBC coffee and talk about your experiences please email me back to let me know who you are and what you do please. You need to be there before 7.45pm.

If you can’t come then you can still email me back and ask a question or make a suggestion.

You can listen online from 8pm on Thursday 23rd June 2011 just click here! Or use one of those retro radio things.

Thanks for reading this… all I am trying to do here is help start the conversation that could lead to some solutions for bands, managers, promoters, service providers and venues alike.

I hear so many talented artists and bands every week as I put together the programme but artists tell me they need more opportunities to play live, work with promoters, producers, designers, video makers etc from all over Lancashire. If creative types across Lancashire could get together more and chat we could really build something here. That is what we are trying to achieve and I hope you can support that.

So if we can help make that happen then it is a winning/tiger DNA type scenario.

Muchos grassiass,

Sean McGinty
BBC Introducing Lancashire
SPACE Blackpool CIC


Get up to £2,000 With Live UnLtd in partnership with SPACE Blackpool

You have a good idea that would be good for you and your friends… you need some money… come to Baristas Coffee Shop Next Tuesday 3rd May at 6pm and apply… read on…

Get up to £2,000 With Live UnLtd in

partnership with SPACE Blackpool

Live UnLtd and SPACE are on the hunt to find some
young people who want to make a difference.

Live UnLtd are offering awards of up to £2,000 to help
11-21 year olds in Blackpool to create positive change in
their community. You will be given help and support to
develop your idea from and Live UnLtd and SPACE (run
not for profit rehearsal studios and events.)

What is it you want to do that would make
a difference to young people in Blackpool?

This is a GREAT opportunity to apply for this grant and to meet
UnLtd and SPACE in preparation for a Dragon’s Den Style
event where eight to ten young people will get the opportunity
to pitch their amazing ideas to a panel.

Applications forms will be provided on the day as well as all the
help you’ll need. You just need to get to

Tuesday 3rd May 2011

Barista’s Coffee Shop

Birley Street, Blackpool, FY1 1DU

At 6pm

For further information about the project please refer to the FAQ
section of our website here:
faq or email

Please share this around so anyone who might be interested gets a chance to see it!

Email me if you have any questions please.

In the meantime here are some cakes.

Muchos grassiass,


mmmm cakes

Place based outcomes, Trains and Kinks

Colloquium bound

So is this blog three of the new site. I write this as I sit on a train from Preston to London Euston. I am on my way to a colloquium being held tomorrow morning which is being hosted by Local Partnerships. Obviously, being of a limited educational standard, I didn’t know what a colloquium was. It sounded like some sort of operation on your arse but I checked the app on the trusty old iPhone and it is in fact this…

“A conference at which scholars or other experts present papers on, analyse and discuss a specific topic.”

So clearly they made some sort of mistake. I called them and apparently there was no error… they DID want me to come because of my involvement with the social enterprise movement. How lovely to be asked.

The event is called “The Local Place, Place Based Outcomes” but when you cut through the industry speak and jargon (ok I mean BS) it is in fact all about the kind of stuff I’ve been going on about for years.

Power to the people

So this is all about enabling local people to take responsibility for and control of their public services. This ain’t easy because for generations now we have become used to a top down, “we know best” approach from central and local government.

Most of the people I know feel powerless to change anything and therefore don’t engage locally or nationally. After four long hard years of trying to engage with Blackpool Council I know what they mean. The council  is a many headed hydra. I have met many decent, hard working and good people there who thought they were doing a good job. But they are administrators rather than leaders, ticking boxes rather than building and creating value locally. At worst they were empire building thugs with little good that I could find to say about them. There are signs of a change here but the proof will be in the scoffing of the pudding (or whatever.)

Now is not the time for examples of the times I saw waste and frustrating bureaucracy not deliver ANY outcomes at all. I am positive that there now must be a shift in thinking by all local authorities. If I can play a small local part in enabling this then woohoo!

Anyway more on this over the next few days.


I’m listening to The Kinks now… never really listened this much to them before in one go. I know they are good but wow… so good to listen to. Why don’t I do this more often? (Note to self… do this more often.)

Get to the point

I had a good day today presenting the drive time programme on BBC Radio Lancashire and with it being judgement day (from a government spending point of view at least) it was busy and rather adrenaline fuelled. Guests going missing, being handed scripts on a just in time basis etc… I felt like Ron Burgandy…. or Jeremy Paxman but sadly for my radio career the listener probably heard Alan Partridge.

Laptop out, as the Virgin Train bobbles and rocks it’s way through the midlands (I think) I thought I would say a few things about my hopes for this horrible thing I have done. You know getting my own website made with my name on it. I’ve had the domain for years but just used it for email. But after 4 years of running a social enterprise in Blackpool I have finally realised that it is a good thing just doing the work locally but the only way of really making the kind of progress I want to make for the things I believe in is to sometimes shout about them. A blog is a good way of doing this.

To BBC or not to BBC that is the question

I will promote new music here too and post stuff about the other things I do including my other passion radio. I present the BBC Introducing programme on BBC Radio Lancashire which must be the best job I have ever had in my life. Yes I know young people can be a total pain in the arse but the talent and energy I see every week from the artists and the young people that help me get the programme on air is utterly inspiring.

Also sitting in here and there on news programmes where on a good day we get beneath the stories and through journalism shine a light on things that are going wrong and right in our society in Lancashire.

Not many of the bands I feature will go on to make a living as a musician but their involvement in music will give them experiences, skills and motivations that will help them throughout their lives.

Anyway, that was Milton Keynes so I am going to close this post and hopefully get online at the hotel and post it there.

Think now Sean

Just got an email from the BIG boss today about blogs and social media… I will do my bestest not to transgress anything the nice lady said. The BBC is one big old public sector beast worth cherishing (as it changes) and I am all for that.