Town’s in for Mighty good fes­tive ra­dio

Southport Visiter - - The Southport Of Yesterday - BY CHRISTY BYRNE christy.byrne@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @ByrneChristy

MIGHTY Ra­dio is re­turn­ing to the South­port air­waves this Christ­mas after be­ing given a new fiveyear com­mu­nity FM li­cence.

The sta­tion has been broad­cast­ing on­line since its pre­vi­ous li­cence ex­pired, but now is re­turn­ing to give the town a fes­tive sound­track.

Mighty Ra­dio has been lim­ited to on­line broad­cast­ing in re­cent years, but ap­plied to Of­com in Au­gust 2017 for a Re­stricted Ser­vice Li­cence for South­port.

Since be­ing told they had been ac­cepted in De­cem­ber 2017 the team have been plan­ning the FM Launch, which will hap­pen this Christ­mas on 107.9 FM.

Sta­tion pro­ducer Paul Tasker be­lieves the sta­tion can fill a void that has been gap­ing since Mighty was last on the ra­dio in 2015.

Paul said: “Mighty Ra­dio will fill a big gap for South­port, as it will be South­port’s only of­fi­cial com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tion.

“Other ra­dio sta­tions in the mar­ket are all com­mer­cial, there is no other com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tion in the re­sort, so Mighty Ra­dio will have a nice gap to fill for the com­mu­nity.”

He added: “My pas­sion is not just about the mu­sic, but about bring­ing en­joy­ment to the lis­tener.

“If we can make them smile, help with an event men­tion on a char­ity event or even if they want to just talk about some­thing that has hap­pened in South­port, this is what lo­cal ra­dio is about.”

Paul’s ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try speaks for it­self, and he prom­ises lis­ten­ers that while his cur­rent crop of pre­sen­ters will re­main a part of the ven­ture, any up-and-com­ing ra­dio en­thu­si­asts can get in­volved and take the first step on the lad­der.

“I have 16 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence as a pro­ducer, but most of my train­ing ground comes from an old ra­dio sta­tion I used to lis­ten, Dune FM.

“I started at Dune FM in South­port at 16 years old, mak­ing the cups of tea, any­thing to get the chance to learn the in­dus­try.

“The vol­un­tary work was my way in, but also my pas­sion for mu­sic.

“After learn­ing ev­ery­thing that went into mak­ing great lo­cal ra­dio from both the pro­gramme man­ager and pre­sen­ters, I gained a paid full time job as a sta­tion net­work pro­ducer.

“I’ve looked after a clus­ter of North West ra­dio sta­tions and worked with over 28 ra­dio sta­tions within its net­work.

“I be­lieve that if you give some­one a chance, like I was given a chance, then hard work can pay off.”

Mighty Ra­dio will be re­turn­ing to the air­waves to ex­pand from its on­line baset this Christ­mas

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