The station will have an arts, entertainment, literature bias, mixed with community issues and a wide range of music styles. Organisers say it?s for the whole family? not pigeon-holing a particular age group.
Well known freelance broadcaster Shirley Ludford was brought on board to help with programming and training. Project manager Ian Rowe said, “with her roots firmly in the local community and in community broadcasting added to considerable experience in community, commercial and BBC radio production and presentation, Shirley was our first thought as a relevant person to support such a venture.”
“This is an exciting project with loads of potential,” said Shirley. “Alongside broadcasts will be opportunities for individuals and organisations to learn how to use the press and media to promote themselves and their organisation, how to prepare for interviews and how to make programmes if they are interested, is something I feel is very valuable service. It?s access radio with a professional approach and sound”.
Ex-colleagues keen to see a community service for the town are coming in to show their support. The first to do so is Alan Thompson, pictured with Shirley, who worked alongside her at GWR and as the first programme organiser for BBC Radio in Swindon.
Broadcasting initially on 106.8 FM, the community frequency often used by Ofcom for such short-term licences, the station will be on air 24 hours a day.
Alan Thompson will be presenting a series of programmes with musical celebrities. “It feels really great to be back” says Alan, currently working freelance in news broadcasting in Berkshire.
Anyone wishing to get involved with programming during the initial four-week broadcasts can contact Ian Rowe on 01793 520895.