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Exeter Community Radio Ltd was formed in 2007 to apply for a full-time community radio licence for Exeter. After a successful bid Phonic.FM came on air on 15th February 2008 designed to provide 'a sound alternative' for Exeter on 106.8fm and online at

In 2021, still operating as a “No adverts – no playlists” station the Company joined with four other parties to apply for a DAB+ licence on the Small Scale DAB network (SSDAB) for Greater Exeter, which was awarded in July 2021 to ExeDAB ( the group part owned by Exeter Community Radio (trading as Phonic FM). Whilst the station will continue to broadcast on FM it will, from mid-2022, broadcast to a much larger area on the new network.


There will also be an ongoing programme of studio development and improvement. The station is based in the basement of the Phoenix ( ) right in the heart of the City. Exeter has a resident population of about 130,000 and a large student population of about 22,000. The station continues to support Arts in the Greater Exeter area and is grateful for the support that it has received from various external bodies but remains largely self-funding.

Welcome to phonic dab


“More eclectic than 6 music, but with presenters who bring their own unique charms to the stations output”

(e mail from a listener to the studio@phonicfm site 2021)