Phoenix FM is a community radio station broadcasting on 98.0 FM to Brentwood and Billericay, Essex, United Kingdom and also online to the world!
The station was formed in August 1996 as “The Phoenix” with the aim of bringing a new community-based local radio service to Brentwood, Billericay and surrounding areas.
In April 1999 the station changed its name from “The Phoenix” to “Phoenix FM”. They also moved their headquarters from Brentwood Borough Council’s Tourist Information Offices in Ongar Road to a new home in the Hermitage Arts Centre in Shenfield Road. In June 2001 they became the first community station, and one of the first stations in the UK, to stream programs on the internet. They spent 10 years of lobbying The Radio Authority and its successor, Ofcom and in February 2006 they received news that they were to be awarded a new permanent radio licence. They launched full time on 23 March 2007 at their new studios in the Baytree Centre, Brentwood.