Based in Reading Berkshire, we have been on air full time since 29 May 2020. We have grown the station from having 1 DJ to 25 at any one time. Although our DJ’s are new, most of them are experienced DJ’s and presenters. We play a wide range of music and cater to every musical taste from Ska to Afrobeats.
We have a wide range of shows for local people and we have international artiste from around the world. We do shows for the community, specifically health issues relating to diabetes, prostate, mental health and wellbeing and we also have shows focused on children and adult education. We do events for the community such as The Seven Churches Fun Day, The Meals Event, The Reading Community Carnival and we are also involved in Windrush. We do special programmes throughout the year such as the Ethiopian Christmas Celebrations, Bob Marley week, and as part of the International Women’s day, we dedicate the month of March to Women. We acknowledge special days such as Haile Selassie’s birthday and coronation day, Martin Luther King’s Birthday, Jamaican Independence, the London Carnival, Black History Month and we try to promote all the independence days celebrated by the other Caribbean and African countries.Throughout the year we also promote all the African-American historic black heroes.
The station was first created by myselfCharles Carrington, Reuben Irie, Rudie Rich, and DJ Ninjaman who all brought their combined years of experience to the station as it was always a dream of mine for Reading to have a community radio station as they do in London and around the world. As it was not possible to have a ‘pirate’ radio station in Reading, I brought some London radio DJ’s to Reading to set up a radio station which only lasted for less than a year. Soon after this ended, I went to London to work with another ‘Pirate’ station known as ‘Sky Radio’ based in Shepherds Bush in west London. My slot was on a Sunday night for four years which gave me the training and understanding of radio such as how to play, present and construct shows. I also worked on the graveyard shift because it allowed me to play the music I liked and not necessarily what was popular and to build an audience. After Sky FM, he went to St. Vincent in 1996 and worked on a legal Station called Hot 100 FM. Whilst there I learned that there was a major difference between how music was played un the Caribbean compared to how it was played in England – in the Caribbean the music was much faster by the beat whereas the British played it on a slightly slower tempo. After playing on Hot 100 FM, it made me even more determined to realise my dream of having a radio station in Reading.
I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to play at other radio stations in and around Europe and also playing on a Government-owned station in Gambia (Radio Gambia) as well as a local pirate station whilst only there for a week. I have a very eclectic taste in music which was passed on to me by my mother who had a wide and varied taste in music.
From the age of 18, I had a sound system called King Solomon sound which boasted a good team and used to play all over the UK especially in London. The sound system was where I learned to play music and where I also gained my real love of music and the burning desire to be a radio DJ and to have my own radio station.
RG2 Radio Station is there to help people to start their own musical careers and to help empower the local and global community to realise their dreams. The RG2 team of DJ’s, Presenters, and backroom staff get a lot of joy in helping to bring back memories for their listeners, promoting new artist, and spreading love, peace and joy to the community and we continuously strive to do better.
RG2 is a family who cherish all the ‘family members’ past and present who have contributed to making RG2 Radio what it is now.