Coastal Radio planning second trial over Christmas

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centre 81 2013 - Credit: Archant

The team at Coastal Radio are busy making plans for their next broadcast to Great Yarmouth and surrounding villages.

The station’s summer broadcast in August was a great success and gained engagement with listeners from near and far via the 107.3FM frequency and on line.

Local groups, volunteers, charities and businesses used the station to relay their messages to the community.

Now the group behind the project have submitted an application to Ofcom for a second trial to take place over the Christmas period.

Coastal Radio is a community and not-for-profit station and therefore funds raised are used to help build a station for the future benefit of the community and listeners.

The station is being run by volunteers including a newly formed board of directors with relevant radio, operational, sales and marketing experience with a framework designed to put social and community gain first.

Coastal Radio and its DJs have already helped with local fundraising and so far this year collaboratively have helped raise in access of £12,000 for people and causes. Just last Saturday they were involved in a Club Night at the Cliff Hotel to help Centre 81.

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Director Dave Starbuck said: “The night was not just about raising money, it was also about putting smiles on people’s faces and the fact these nights integrate able-bodied and disabled people together, under one roof and on one dance floor having a fun time, is rewarding for all concerned.”

John Rodgers, Richard Routledge, Carl Castledine, Simon Jones, Nevv Moore and Dave Starbuck are currently the main people behind the community radio project, but report they have a great team of volunteers supporting them and they need more.

“We need to get on with the job of raising money to establish the station in the event of a successful licence application.

“It could see the station become a permanent fixture for the borough, in the first half of 2014,” Dave added.

The team is seeking grants, local sponsors, and donations, particularly from local businesses. If anyone wants to get involved in any way, contact the team at

Also, anyone requiring help with fundraising or promotion on air or on line during the second trial, the team may be able to help.

Dave added: “With 196,000 hits on their website and over 2,000 Facebook fans, the job of engaging with the community is well under way, but there is a long way to go, so please do all that you can to help the project become permanent.”