Stephen Johnson known as Steve
MA by Research
F.E.T.C. Stage One and Two
D32 and D33 Assessor awards
Steve Johnson has been working at the university as the Community Radio Tutor since January 2002. On his first day, he represented the university at a planning event for what was to become Professor Anthony Everitt’s ‘New Voices’ document. He has taken an active role in supporting the development of community radio in Wales ever since. Steve was heavily involved with the launch of Gtfm Radio, the first Community Radio station in Wales as a part of the original pilot project for the 3rd tier of broadcasting in the UK. He managed the weekday evening programming for the station, introducing a range of new programmes and volunteers from the university and wider community en route. As a part of this initiative, Steve wrote two new radio modules based on developing radio skills for newcomers to the industry. These were under-written and accredited by the university and delivered at several Community radio stations throughout South Wales. He also founded the Cardiff City Phone In, the only radio show that purely focuses on CCFC and its fans. For several seasons, Steve was also the match day announcer for Cardiff City FC and covered matches for various radio stations and the Clubcall matchday football service.
Steve has presented every radio show on the schedule, ranging from Breakfast Shows to overnights for various radio stations, including Red Dragon FM, Valleys Radio, Bridge FM, Radio Cardiff, GTFM and BBC Radio Wales. He was one of the original presenters at Valleys Radio, broadcasting from the day of the launch. Whilst at Red Dragon FM (now Capital South Wales) he interviewed many musicians, including the Manic Street Preachers, Stereophonics and Catatonia ( the radio debut for Cerys Matthews!) He was the first Programming Manager at Bridge FM and was involved with the launch of the station. Whilst there, he mainly presented the Steve Johnson Morning Show, which largely consisted of phone-in competitions, music and chat. He also interviewed guests every day (musicians, politicians, even magicians!). As well as this, he oversaw the music policy, maintained the station sound and had responsibility for the station playlist. He was also responsible for all output, planning the schedule and meeting with presenters to discuss ideas, promotions and where necessary, disciplinary and contractual affairs. He also provided live sports commentaries and reports, as well as presenting the afternoon News, and taking a role in commercial production.
Steve collaborates with a range of academic colleagues, most notable Dr Peter Jachimiak and Dr Paul Carr in the production of the popular Loose Goose Radio podcast.
2000 – 2002
Programming Manager, Bridge FM
Lecturer in Radio Production at Coleg Glan Hafren.
Radio presenter, Valleys Radio
Radio presenter, BBC Radio Wales
1988 – 1994
Radio presenter, Red Dragon FM
Radio Subject Leader, University of Glamorgan
Community Radio Tutor
Producer of live radio programming from the Atrium
Steve co-wrote an analysis with Dr David Barlow of: Finding a voice:Role, sustainability and practice, a one day symposium which took place at the University of Glamorgan on May 1, 2008. The report was published in The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast & Audio Media 6.2 & 3. Intellect, Bristol (2008). He delivered a presentation on a similar theme as part of the one day international colloquium on community media Finding and Funding Voices: the inner city experience at the London Metropolitan University on 17 September, 2007.
Steve co-wrote a chapter with Dr Philip Mitchell for Radio in Small Nations (2013). He also wrote an article for the 3C Media Journal (2016). Steve was the external examiner (Radio) for the University of Gloucestershire from 2103-2015. Both publications outline the state of the comunity radio sector in wales and its development over the first ten years of its existence.
Steve continues his research into issues surrounding sustainability and longevity for Community Radio stations in Wales. This has led to him analysing the various radio station histories and approaches to the medium. His study of Radio Cardiff was utilised by Peter Lewis for his paper on the development of European Community Radio, presented in Budapest in 2009.
Steve was the External Assessor for the BA Radio Production Award at the University of Gloucestershire from 2011 to 2014.
Steve is actively engaged in researching methods of sustainability for the Welsh Community Radio Stations. As a result of a Strategic Initiative Partnership with the Welsh Government in 2011, he was heavily involved with a new digital cluster group created to facilitiate an online Welsh Community Radio Network.
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