News Roundup – 25th March

Community Radio News

The Voice are attempting their own digital switchover.

The station in North Devon hopes to launch full time on DAB on April the 12th but is also waiting to find out if it’ll be granted a full time FM licence.

If all goes to plan for the station’s digital launch, most of North Devon will be able to tune in.

They are conducting some research into digital listening habits as part of the process though a survey on their website.

Is your station attempting a digital platform switch? If so, the Community RA+Edio team want to hear about it.

A new station is being set up in Cheltenham as a thank you to the area.

Reg Lee is dedicating the new station, Cheltenham Community Radio, to the town after it turned his life around.

When he first arrived he had been homeless on the streets of London but the borough council helped him find a home.

It launches on the 1st of April, starting out as weekly podcasts but later hoping to move to live broadcasting online.

PSCO’s in South Leeds take to the airwaves.

The two officers- Johnny Wilson and Dave Lythe -will have a slot on South Leeds Community Radio devoted to the latest news from the neighbourhood policing teams in the area.

They also plan on giving out crime prevention advice on the show and having special guests on to discuss police and community matters.

A youth community station hits the small screen.

Fife Youth Radio was featured in 60 second commercials on ITV, Channel 4, Five, and Sky 1 last weekend.

The station was being celebrated as part of the O2 Think Big initiative for its work teaching young people off the streets new skills in radio.

17 year old Ricky Williamson founded the online station in 2010 and since then it has attracted over 85,000 listeners.

Lincoln’s first community station ranked highly at the European Podcast Awards.

Siren FM’s, ‘The Reading Room’ came second in the UK professional category.

The show, which is a literary review show presented by Paul Tyler, beat podcasts from the likes of Radio 4’s Today Programme and the Guardian.

Bolton FM is trying to replace its lost staff.

Two members of staff had to be let go because of a lack of funding so the station are trying to recruit volunteers to take on the administrative work instead.

The station has been recently crowned ‘The UK’s most loved radio station’ for the second year running.

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