Streetlife Radio launched as ‘Streetlife FM’ in 2004 as a short term Waltham Forest project to provide a platform for young people to air their views on issues of concern to them. We ran a feasibility study, which confirmed the demand for a community-wide radio station; the project thus continued establishing itself into a more long term venture. To date Streetlife Radio is the only community radio station in Waltham Forest. The uniqueness of this initiative is centred on residents of all ages and experiences being given the opportunity to learn and develop new skills and to take ownership of this community project.
Streetlife Radio broadcasts live from Waltham Forest College as well as co-hosts community events and collaborates with strategic partners, such as, Waltham Forest Youth Support Service to provide free training opportunities for the unemployed and engagement opportunities with Forest YMCA and the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB). We provide a legal platform (i.e. not pirate radio) for new musical and artistic talent in the borough.
Our commitment to young people’s tastes and preferences is reflected in the station’s programming, which incorporates: debates, dramas and documentary features that deal with difficult topics, such as sexuality, under age pregnancy, crime and drugs.
Streetlife Radio offers all residents the opportunity to ‘have their say’ from within their community and to reach out beyond it. It is this rationale and inclusiveness that is the bedrock of community radio and the element that sustains viability in Streetlife Radio
Key Milestones2004 Streetlife FM is launched by Waltham Forest Children and Young People’s as an initiative for young people within the borough to air their views
2006 Streetlife FM adops an ‘Open to All Ages Policy’ and is awarded its first FM Broadcast RSL
2007 Streetlife FM runs further RSLs funded by the London Borough of Waltham Forest and establishes a partnership with Age Concern
2008 Streetlife FM is awarded a Mid Media Box grant
2009 The most successful RSL so far, bringing in a huge response from the community. In response, Streetlife FM broadcasts online 24/7
2010 Streetlife FM is awarded an AM License, relocates to a bigger studio in Waltham Forest College and registers as a Community Interest Company (CIC)
2011 Streetlife FM rebrands as Streetlife Radio and relaunches with a new website
Trevor Duberry - Founder & Chairman
Stanton LaFoucade - Founder & Managing Director
Zahra Willians - Lead Tutor / Project Officer
Dele Oluwayomi - Technical Manager & Presenter
Harriet Owusu-Ansah - Head Producer
Jason Bird - Broadcasting Assistant
Joanna Steele - Marketing & Communications Consultant
Ishmail M. Omar - PR & Communications Consultant
Divina Kum-Jones-Alleyne - Administrator, Blogger & Graphic Designer
Jermaine Jules - Marketing & Communications
Brenda R. Muyama - Producer
Founder & Chairman
Trevor is a former City of London based Financial Services Business Analyst, who for the last six years has held the post of Senior Development Officer for the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. Currently his key responsibilities include the continued management and coordination of the foundation's youth engagement programmes. He works closely with organisations such as the Premier League, Prince's Trust and Greater London Authority. In addition he is a qualified UEFA B licensed football coach and coaches within Tottenham Hotspurs club academy system. His strong community links led him to the appointment as a Justice of the Peace in 2003. He is a member of the Waltham Forest panel sitting in both adult and youth courts.
Founder & Managing Director
Stanton, affectionately referred to as DBM (Daddy Boss Man!) by some, is the founder of Streetlife Radio, a fact he'll be the last to say. Stanton has been in management for over 10 years, 7 of which he spent managing social regeneration programme delivery in Waltham Forest. In 2003, Stanton took up management of the newly established Street Crime Warden Service through which he was able to reduce recorded crime in the Leyton area by 22% in the same year. The service was awarded a national commendation for its efforts in crime reduction by the the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Streetlife too has had recognition initially started as a Street Crime Warden Initiative, having been shortlisted for a National Innovation Award in 2005 again under Stanton's management. Stanton then went on to be appointed Youth Involvement Manager for the Leyton Pathfinder, then Neighbourhood Manager for the Pathfinder a year later. Stanton has remained involved in Streetlife from its inception and continues to do so now as Managing Director despite no longer living or working in Waltham Forest. It's often referred to as his baby....
Lead Tutor / Project Officer
Zahra has been working in the radio and music industry for over 6 years within a variety of organisations including Choice FM, Big Life Management and Eastside Music Publishing. She has worked with a variety of music artists including Cleo (formerly of Cleopatra), Natalie Williams, The Verve, Snow Patrol, and Klaxons. She is a qualified Radio Presenter, Radio Broadcasting and Literacy Skills Tutor and has a Music Industry Management Degree. Zahra also runs her own music consultancy 'ZW Consultants' offering advice and facilitating artists and musicians in the next steps of their music career. Zahra has been a member of Streetlife Radio for 5 years and is involved with the recruitment of volunteers. Her role also includes tutoring, running workshops, organising events and building relationships with local community groups in Waltham Forest. Zahra has a love for travelling and different foods. Her favourites? Curry Goat and Roti!
Technical Manager & Presenter
Dele has over 5 years experience working as a Technician in sound, radio production, video and music. Dele first got his first opportunity in radio with Ape Media - a Creative Industries Training, Event Management and Production Company Located in Stratford, London. Due to his hard work and commitment he was offered the chance to join Ape Media. It was through this that he was introduced to Stanton and Streetlife Radio and the rest, as they say is history! Dele is Streetlife Radio's technician. He also has his own show with fellow presenter Neesha and is also a member of the board. Dele also DJs at a number of clubs across London. He is one of the longest serving members of the Streetlife team and has a passion and desire to make Streetlife Radio become a vital element of the Waltham Forest community. Outside of that, he is a big Manchester United fan.
Harriet Owusu-Ansah is 23 years old from Tottenham, North London. She joined Streetlife at its inception 6 years ago when at Leyton Sixth Form College and has been in various roles. Currently she is member of the Operational Team working as a Producer. Harriet also works as a Programme Manager for City Year London, a charity to encourage and suppor 18-25 year olds to work as role models, tutors and mentors in primary schools. She has direct responsibilinty for over 25 people spread over three teams. She joined City Year as a volunteer last year when she was one of seven people to be picked to be a member of the start up phase of the charity. In the future, she hopes to set up her own media training group or work in education.
Jason first joined Streetlife Radio in October 2009. He often works within the station producing shows working with many of Streetlife Radio’s presenters such as T-diddy and Spice and Lawless and Jase. Jason also helps out behind the scenes editing material for podcasts, editing songs on the playout system and in 2010 he became a fully fledged member of Streetlife Radio’s operational team. In his spare time Jason enjoys socialising with his friends, playing computer games and relaxing.
Marketing & Communications Consultant
Joanna has worked in Marketing and PR for almost 7 years working within a variety of industries. Previous posts have seen her increasecustomer engagement via social networks which contributed to a 97% increase of unique web visits over a 6 month period. She has also project managed the development of new websites. She currently works as Marketing & Communications Manager at Women in Technology and works as a freelance marketing and communications consultant. Her involvement in Streetlife Radio began via Zahra Williams who she is good friends with. Joanna has spearheaded the station's rebrand and subsequent launch of a new website. Joanna cites new media, hip hop, art, cosmetics, fashion and film as some of her interests. She is also a Spurs fan and a Spanish speaker.
Ismail M. Omar
PR & Communications Consultant
Ishmail has over 5 years experience in PR and Communications, starting his career at the international campaign group Mothers Against Guns in late 2007. Ishmail has since formed his own multi-faceted media organisation, Connect Media Group which specialises in Public Relations, Marketing, Event Management, and Branding Consultancy within the UK & Europe. He has consulted for a number of national and international clients and throughout his career has worked on projects such as Atlanta International Fashion Week (Atlanta, USA), UK rapper Giggs (XL Recordings) and UK Blockbuster film Adulthood to name just a few. Ishmail, Connect Media Group and UK events company Uni-Ty Live have organised a number of concert after parties and live music events, the most high profile being J. Cole (Roc Nation, Sony Music) at Inc, O2. He was introduced to Streetlife Radio through Zahra Williams and Josh ‘Silver J’ Ryan. Ishmail is currently developing relations between the station and potential partners such as record labels, sponsors, PR companies and radio pluggers. Ishmail main interests include music and fashion. He also enjoys reading crime fiction books in his spare time and is a loyal Arsenal FC supporter.
Administrator, Blogger & Graphic Designer
Divina is a Graphic Design graduate with a background in film and photography. Her work spans from idents for MTV, animation visuals for a live orchestra performance, to photographing for performance events and club nights. Studies of television and radio production has lead her to pursue her interests and, so in turn, get involved with Streetlife Radio. With four years experience as an administrative assistant, Divina has joined the team as the station’s new administrator under the guidance of Zahra. Divina also joins as a blog contributor informing the local community of today's issues and what's happening in and around town and is responsible for the production of some of the station's printed collateral.
Marketing & Communications
Brenda R. Muyama
Brenda is an outgoing, enthusiastic, and ambitious recent graduate and Streetlife Radio member. She got involved in the station when she was in college, studying media studies just as a way to gain some practical media experience to complement her theoretical study. As a result of her involvement she has worked with renowned training companies as a Radio Tutor and played key roles in the running of all Streetlife Radio's Restricted Service Lience (RSL) and online broadcasts. When it comes to radio, she's a fan of talk radio - LBC, Radio 4, BBC London, that’s her thing. One of her most memorable moments of Streetlife so far, was winning a community award. Streetlife Radio has been an amazing opportunity for Brenda to meet some amazing media professionals and members of the community, learn a lot about the radio industry and experience all it has to offer.