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Resonance 104.4 FM is a London based community radio station run by the London Musicians Collective which started broadcasting on 1 May 2002 as part of the UK Radio Authority's Access Radio Pilot Scheme. The station brands itself as "London's first radio art station" and presents material ranging from a programme presented by the staff of the experimental music magazine The Wire to "Calling All Pensioners" which aims to inform the elderly about things such as local events and what benefits they are legally entitled to. Live music sessions are broadcast on shows such as You Are Here and gLASSsHRIMP. There are many other shows. Hooting Yard offers the listener a journey into another world, not very much different from our own, while Harman E Phrasyer holds up a mirror to the modern world.

The station is broadcasted from a transmitter at London Bridge which has a limited range due to Ofcom's regulations. It can be picked up in central London at 104.4FM (try moving the aerial, going into a different room, listening in mono or moving home) although local pirate stations may make things more difficult at the weekend. It can also be streamed from the station's web site (http://www.resonancefm.com/audio.htm).

Resonance FM has received critical acclaim in the pages of The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, The Daily Telegraph and several other publications. Professor Anthony Everitt who was appointed by Ofcom to evaluate the Access Radio Pilot Scheme is quoted as saying the station's "extraordinary range of musical genres outspans the output of any other radio station in the United Kingdom - and very probably in the world. While maintaining a broad editorial reach, Resonance FM has uncovered a rich, little-known stratum of avant-garde practice and made it generally accessible, without diluting the necessary ingredients of challenge, surprise, difficulty, irritation and delight. It is a genuine discovery channel."

The Resonance FM mission statement runs as follows: "Imagine a radio station like no other. A radio station that makes public those artworks that have no place in traditional broadcasting. A radio station that is an archive of the new, the undiscovered, the forgotten, the impossible. That is an invisible gallery, a virtual arts centre whose location is at once local, global and timeless. And that is itself a work of art. Imagine a radio station that responds rapidly to new initiatives, has time to draw breath and reflect. A laboratory for experimentation, that by virtue of its uniqueness brings into being a new audience of listeners and creators. All this and more, Resonance104.4fm aims to make London's airwaves available to the widest possible range of practitioners of contemporary art."


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