Manchester-based Unity Radio prepare to celebrate 10 huge years since they were established as of December this year, and a 5 year landmark since becoming a legal radio station. Unity Radio are seen as the biggest radio station in the North of England, and have seen many familiar names come through to present a show such as Dance DJ’s Yousef and Carl Cox, as well as being home to many aspiring and future talents, for instance, Georgie K, the new drive time presenter who has stormed to great successes in the last year. Unity Radio can be traced back in their history to a time when mc’s and producers alike would get together to socialize over sessions in makeshift studios and attend local pirate radio stations. Unity Radio was born at time of the warehouse party culture that took place in the capital of the North, notably the Hacienda nightclub, which kick started a distinctive musical ethos that rapidly grew.
Unity has not lost it’s way, keeping with a sound that helped them get to where they are now, by sticking to what is popular in the city, especially with the real people, they can be heard playing unheard of music such as Drum & Bass and Techno, but have a mix of underground sounds and the biggest names in the DJ’ing scene. Unity paves the way for upcoming acts by having the freedom to play what they want, from Urban and Dance to Grime and Hip Hop.
Unity Radio have gone through a transition, from humble beginnings as a pirate station, founded by Jon Green, the once name ‘106’ station has moved about various times, and the support has always been there for local mc’s to pass through to showcase their talents. Jon’s partnership with Julian Guest, aka Jules, saw a move from radio to online, and positive engagement with both the youth and Manchester City Council has seen them get granted an FM license which can only be a good look. It is undeniable that the station, consisting of management team members Jon Green, Julian Guest, Dean Mcloughlin and Lee Dinsdale, has grown over time in listeners, popularity, as well as trust in the community, evident from the local council placing them on the valuing young people’s board.
Unity Radio is the radio of the people, a hub for aspiring artists and dj’s to come to showcase their talents. The DJ’s that Unity has to offer has made them a hotbed of DJ talent too, with the likes of future stars and already famous profiles, Yousef and Carl Cox, who broadcast his show from Space in Ibiza this year, is already international. Local talent also have the chance to grow, including Georgie K, who went on to say:
“Being part of Unity Radio has pushed me to the forefront of the Manchester music scene. As one of the only urban stations in the city, Unity Radio has a large following and I can take my passion for music and apply it to my show to share with the listeners. I feel as though my whole outlook on music has changed plus they are doing so much for the local area by supporting the youths of the city and showing them the opportunities within the creative
industry.” – DJ Georgie K
This coming Saturday, Unity Radio will be broadcasting live from Sankeys 21st Brithday, with a B2B from Arman Van Helden vs Basement Jaxx. NOT TO BE MISSED! Their community work continues to grow, and you can catch them every Thursday evening between 7-9pm, on their weekly NGY (Next Gen Youth) show, highlighting issues deeply rooted in society, from gang crime to parenting and child exploitation. They also work with young people in the community that have dropped out of education or are young offenders, in a sort of programme set up to help them gain a better future.
Unity Radio recently had a MASSIVE guest mix from house label Defected In The House, and interviews with top artists in the music industry, such as Kid Ink, Jon B, Eve, KRS One, and the UK’s very own Tinie Tempah and Raleigh Richie, show and prove that Unity Radio have the potential to be something much bigger, whilst keeping their integrity and loyalty to it’s original fanbase.
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