City Radio

Cross Rhythms City Radio, broadcasting across Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme on 101.8FM is one of the most significant activities that Cross Rhythms currently does. Why is this? Well:

1) We were the very first community radio station to start broadcasting in the UK (started Feb 2002).

2) We were the very first Christian radio station to broadcast full time on FM

3) We believe we have been, and are, learning a whole new model of Christian broadcasting, one that is able to engage and stand up in the everyday marketplace, not just exist within church culture. One that serves the whole community and is seen as a vibrant, valued part of city life.

4) This model is now being reproduced in other parts of the country. Indeed two other groups, in two other cities have been given FM licences to provide community stations into their communities specifically working in collaboration with Cross Rhythms. Cross Rhythms Plymouth 96.3FM and Cross Rhythms Teesside 107.1FM.

What Is This Model?

The ethos of City Radio is to be a community station that is underpinned by Christian values but driven by local issues. Content looks to reflect a natural Christian lifestyle - one that encompasses everyday natural topics and issues, as well as presenting the spiritual dimension of our faith.

In addition to regular programming with community groups such as the council, police, health, education and employment agencies, the radio daily interacts with local businesses, arts and culture groups, local events and charities, theatres, ethnic focused organisations and many others. The local newspaper, The Sentinel, supplies us with hourly local news and we are or have been involved in many local initiatives and steering groups such as Stoke-on-Trent Music City, The Cultural Quarter Festival, plus programming that focuses on drug awareness and education into local schools. We are also developing a partnership with the local DAAT (Drug and Alcohol Action Teams) as well as the local YMCA to provide accredited media training for their students.

Every day Cross Rhythms City Radio also broadcasts a local event guide, supplied by Saltbox Christian Centre.

To find out more about City Radio, and to check out some of the things we have done please visit the different pages in this section. If you have any specific questions for us, please email us

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