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Broadcast trial is a hit say Harbour Radio

PUBLISHED: 12:22 07 February 2014 | UPDATED: 12:22 07 February 2014

Harbour Radio, Nathan James

Harbour Radio, Nathan James

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Support to establish Harbour Radio as the community radio for Great Yarmouth and the surrounding area has been overwhelming, station directors said this week.

The transmitters in the Harbour Radio studio will be turned off at just before midnight this Sunday following a four-week trial RSL (Restricted Service Licence) broadcast.

And director Dave Starbuck said: “The feedback, engagement and on-going support from listeners, supporters and sponsors suggest the Harbour team has demonstrated the benefits to the town of the need for a community station and Harbour are confident they are the provider of choice in respect of a five-year licence application.”

He added: “The station has received many letters and emails of support and best wishes for the future success of the station. Facebook supporters are also suggesting they would like the station to keep broadcasting on line after the RSL”.

This is something that the Harbour team are currently looking at in terms of show content and programming for online. The facility exists and it can be achieved at a realistic cost, they said.

But Dave added the big challenge is to convert current FM listeners over to online listening. “In this day and age though there are so many devices available to a lot of households to make this a viable option. Mobile listeners can also listen online via a smartphone device using Shoutcast, Tune in or I Radio UK apps.”

The station is also aware many listeners are tuning in via a laptop or desktop computer by logging onto www.harbourradio.co.uk.

Sunday will be Funday on Harbour Radio. Starting with Sunday Breakfast with Dave Starbuck and Carl Castledine and culminating in a live party from the Harbour studio in the evening, before the FM transmitter is turned off at 11.59pm.

Dave said: “The team would like to thank listeners and supporters for their brilliant support and would urge everyone to stay engaged online and via Facebook.”

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