Phonic FM - A Sound Alternative

Phonic FM
Bradninch Place
Gandy Street

Call or text 01392 690 450



Phonic FM is staffed by volunteers and funded by grants, events and donations.

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Phonic FM is Exeter’s sound alternative — a community radio station for the city and beyond, broadcasting on 106.8FM and online since 2008.

About Phonic FM

Phonic FM is the on-air name of Exeter Community Radio, a company limited by guarantee, registered in England & Wales, number 05979408. Our registered address is Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter, EX4 3LS.

Exeter Community Radio’s directors are:

  • Dr David Treharne (chair)
  • Chee Chee-A-Nam
  • Edgar Coate
  • Patrick Cunningham
  • James Evans
  • Paul Giblin
  • Michael Salter
  • Daniel Steer
  • John Wigzell

Phonic FM’s Business Development Manager is:

  • Marina O’Shea

Ofcom, the communications regulator, has granted Phonic FM a community radio license to broadcast to Exeter on 106.8FM until February 2023. Our license number is CR000118BA/2. You can download Phonic FM’s key commitments and coverage area from the Ofcom website.

Phonic FM evolved from a radio station set up in 2003 to support Exeter’s annual Vibraphonic Festival. Vibraphonic FM ran for one month each year. In 2007, Exeter Community Radio was set up to bid for a full time licence from Ofcom which was granted in late Autumn of that year.

The leap from Vibraphonic to Phonic was made in early 2008 when the annual Vibraphonic Festival radio station broadcast under the new name. Phonic FM went on air on 15 February 2008 and covered the Vibraphonic Festival until 15 March but, instead of waking up to the lonely hiss of static at the end of that period, listeners were able to stay tuned to Phonic FM.

Our output is largely music, both live and recorded, focusing on those tunes and genres you won’t often hear on mainstream radio.

We support the arts (in the widest sense) in and around Exeter. We also seek to publicise events as well as encouraging innovation and participation.  In the years it has been on-air, Phonic FM has supported a vast array of artists, events and musical styles.

We are committed to encouraging participation and are always seeking new approaches to both content and output. If you’d like to get involved, please contact detailing your ideas, experience and skills.

Phonic FM report to Ofcom 2013-2014
Phonic FM report to Ofcom 2012-2013
Phonic FM report to Ofcom 2011-2012
Phonic FM report to Ofcom 2010-2011
Phonic FM report to Ofcom 2009-2010
Phonic FM report to Ofcom 2008-2009

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