After 10 years of being an exciting underground Radio Station called Apni Awaaz (Our Voice), we decided in 1999 to call ourselves Radio Asian Fever and started working towards being legalized by broadcasting on the Restricted Service License (RSL). Our aim as before was to serve the South Asian communities of Leeds. Fever FM as now known delivered 7 RSL broadcasts and in October 2005 was awarded a five year full – time Community radio License by OFCOM, God bless them.
The dream becomes a reality:
1st March 2007 we started our live broadcast and soon became the biggest platform in Leeds. However just before our launch we faced immense pressure due to cancelled funds and support from our local councillors; we became a political football among the parties. We continued regardless as the community radio license was always our aim and the objective was to give our wonderful Asian community a huge platform to air their views and concerns, while educating, informing and entertaining them. Fever FM serves all South Asian communities in the city, combating under-representation and exclusion from mainstream media. We work across the cultures, faith groups and their many denominations. Our aim is to bring the whole community together and respect one another by learning from each other.
We broadcast programmes in English, Urdu / Hindi, Punjabi and Mirpuri. Our talk shows, competitions and phone-ins attract large audiences. From our online service we have build up a strong listenership from other parts of UK and across the world like Pakistan, India, America, Austria, Middle East, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Canada, Norway, Austria, Germany and many other countries.
As well as working for our audience, Fever FM recruits and trains volunteers in presenting skills, technical knowhow, IT and life skills. We support and encourage our volunteers (through training, mentoring and supervision) to research, produce and present their own radio shows. Fever FM is also a springboard for local talent, with some success.
Programming ‘by the community – for the community' is a core value of the station.