Charlton Live is a radio show which is broadcast live from The Valley by supporters every Sunday night, from 7-8.30pm, with the Big Match Preview live on Thursday evenings between 7pm and 8pm, on this website.
The ninety-minute Sunday programme is dedicated to everything related to the Addicks, and features special guests, interviews, views from fans and Charlton banter.
If supporters miss the live show on a Sunday or Thursday night, they can listen again as the entire show is made available to stream again on the Charlton Live website.
What’s more, each Sunday show and the Big Match Preview are made available as a podcast, and can be downloaded from iTunes or via this link.
Fans should note that even though the Charlton Live show is broadcast from The Valley, the programme is independent of the club.
After almost 18 months off the airwaves, Charlton Live returned in August 2010 following extensive discussions between the club and the team behind the show.
“With the lack of a suitable broadcaster, the only option open to us was to bring the show back as a webcast,” explained Charlton Live’s Dave Lockwood.
Charlton Live is broadcast by a team of volunteers, from those who present the programme to those who conduct the interviews, devise the jingles and adverts and edit the various audio required, including the podcast.
The team is always keen to hear from people interested in contributing to the show – and also sponsoring the programme.
“There is definitely a role for supporters to play in helping to revitalise the club, and this is an area where we believe we can provide more Charlton coverage for fans, while also potentially helping to bring in more income for the club,” added Lockwood.
“Of course, we’re only a group of enthusiastic volunteers – albeit volunteers with radio broadcasting experience. We aren’t receiving any funding from the club, so we’re giving up our own time to make sure that the show goes on, and although we’ve got a great team of people, we could always do with more. We always welcome any help or suggestions.
“We’re also looking for sponsors, and advertising and naming rights are available for relatively small amounts. I should stress that we’re not looking to make any money for ourselves, but we have plans to expand what we offer and equipment costs money.”
Charlton Live and the club is also grateful to Charlton’s radio partner, BBC LONDON 94.9, for providing some essential equipment and general support to enable the programme to be broadcast.
The origins of the Charlton Live show date back to autumn 1988 when Charlton Chat, then hosted by future Addicks commercial director Steve Sutherland, was first broadcast on the old Radio Thamesmead cable service.
Charlton Chat was the first-ever club-dedicated radio show, and it went to FM in April 1990 when the radio station became RTM. Three years later, the programme became Charlton Live, and the show became famous in the late 1990s thanks to Mark Mansfield’s legendary commentaries, notably on the 1998 First Division play-off final against Sunderland.
The show was curtailed when the club signed a radio deal with Capital Radio, but Charlton Live returned on Time 106.8FM in August 2008, when recorded versions of the programme were also later made available on the club’s official website. However, Time FM closed down suddenly in March 2009.
Charlton Live, in its current incarnation, returned to the airwaves with a special one-hour season preview programme on August 1st, 2010 and the two-hour weekly show began the following week.
The show reduced in length to ninety-minutes in 2014, and then teamed up with local station Maritime Radio briefly in 2015, broadcasting on their FM airwave as well as online, a partnership that they hope to reignite in 2016.
Fans can find details on how to contact the team here