Com­mu­nity sta­tion to hit the air­waves

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

PEO­PLE in the city will soon be able to make their voices heard thanks to the launch of a new com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tion in Peter­bor­ough.

Ra­dio Peter­bor­ough will be broad­cast­ing across the city for 28 days on a trial ba­sis from June 26, co­in­cid­ing with the Peter­bor­ough Fes­ti­val.

The sta­tion has re­ceived a tem­po­rary li­cence from reg­u­la­tors Of­com to broad­cast on 106.2 FM from Bridge House, on Town Bridge, to around 165,000 peo­ple across Peter­bor­ough.

The pair be­hind the sta­tion – Lite FM founder Wayne Fitzger­ald and for­mer DJ Peter Tibbs – are now invit­ing peo­ple to come up with pro­gramme ideas. If the four-week trial is a suc­cess, then it is hoped the sta­tion will be­come a per­ma­nent fix­ture in the city.

The sta­tion will be manned by vol­un­teers, watched over by Mr Tibbs, an ex DJ at Lite FM and busi­ness­man Mr Fitzger­ald, who is Peter­bor­ough city councillor for North Bret­ton.

Mr Tibbs, who pro­vides weekly pro­grammes to com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tions across the coun­try from his home stu­dio in Or­ton Water­ville, will man­age the ra­dio pro­grammes, vol­un­teers and train­ing. Mr Fitzger­ald will deal with tech­ni­cal is­sues and present a show him­self.

He said: “Lo­cal ra­dio across the coun­try has been eroded in terms be­cause com­mer­cial ra­dio has to func­tion as a busi­ness and have main­stream ap­peal. I think there are very few op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple of all ages with a pas­sion for ra­dio and mu­sic to get in­volved with it.

“There is no point putting things on no­body will want to lis­ten to, you need to strike a bal­ance be- tween what the ma­jor­ity want to hear and spe­cial­ist cov­er­age slots. But there is noth­ing that will not be con­sid­ered.

“We want to hear from ev­ery­body who is in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved, peo­ple from dif­fer­ent parts of the com­mu­nity.”

Mr Fitzger­ald said staffing would be on a vol­un­tary ba­sis to start with, al­though em­ploy­ees may be signed at a later date. There are also plans to es­tab­lish a train­ing academy at the sta­tion in fu­ture.

The cost of the not-for-profit sta­tion is ex­pected to be around £10,000, in­clud­ing the Of­com li­cence and equip­ment. Mr Tibbs and Mr Fitzger­ald said they will foot the bill if fund­ing is not found.

Mr Fitzger­ald added: “Peter and I are un­der­writ­ing the cost. We are pre­pared to do that be­cause we be­lieve in it.

“It’s ex­cit­ing stuff for Peter­bor­ough.”

They want to hear from vol­un­teers, spon­sors and peo­ple who would like to join any fu­ture board of di­rec­tors. To get in­volved, call 01733 704123 or email info@ra­diopeter­bor­ough.co.uk

ON THE AIR: Wayne Fitzger­ald and Peter Tibbs are launch­ing a new com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tion, Ra­dio Peter­bor­ough. (METP-01-06-10AS070)

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