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Coastal Radio trial licence in tune with community's listeners

PUBLISHED: 22:07 15 August 2013 | UPDATED: 22:07 15 August 2013

Gemma B

Gemma B

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Thirteen days into the 28-day trial licence and Coastal Radio 107.3 is going from strength to strength, amazing directors, presenters and volunteers.

As well as playing music – many by request via the Facebook page, the station has had a raft of guests from groups all over the borough since it went on air on August 4 – on that day attracting 24,300 website hits!

Coastal Radio 107.3 is a community station with all things local and community – all the presenters are well known faces and voices.

Shows are quite specialist with Nathan James from 6pm to pm daily featuring local bands; while director Simon Jones gets everyone up for work with his breakfast show and easy listening. Fellow director Dave Starbuck has entertained with music and chats with people from the community, including Lorna Bevan Thompson from Save Hemsby Coastline, Diana Staines of Centre 81, Derek George of Caister Lifeboat, Neil and Valerie from Hopton Ghosthunters, Ben Stone representing the YMCA, Kate Platt from The Priory Centre, Jack Jay from the Hippodrome, and borough council leader Trevor Wainwright.

Also featured have been magic act M Jay, bands The Lost Cats and Hot Cold Ground, as well as impressionist G-Voice.

Other local groups are urged to get in touch via the website or Facebook page if they would like to be featured.

There are 15 days to go and the station is urgently seeking more help in the backroom to ensure everything goes smoothly during the trial.

Age is no problem, just skills are wanted, from helping out with the Facebook page while presenters are on air and passing on messages, help with going through daily newspapers for the presenters, trawling websites for Yarmouth stories, dealing the traffic and travel news – which could lead to reading out the news on air.

If the trial is successful and the team gets the required number of listeners, it is hoped Coastal Radio 107.3 will become a full-time station for the community, run by the community and featuring members of the community.

It will be set up as a social enterprise which means any profits will have to be being ploughed back into the station to help with its running costs and equipment.

Initially, if the licence is won, it will need a large amount of funding to get the necessary equipment to ensure it reaches local people.

Based in Fastolff House in Regent Street, Yarmouth Coastal Radio airs live from 6am to midnight daily, with music filling the remainder of the time.

The station is being currently funded by a £5,000 Norfolk Community Foundation grant, together with advertising revenue and sponsorship.

To find out more about volunteering opportunities at the station or to offer sponsorship, you can email simonjones103@fsmail.net or log on to the website at www.coastalradio.co.uk.

To send in a music request or dedication, go to Coastal Radio 107.3’s Facebook page.

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