Community station to hit the airwaves
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 email@example.com
ON THE AIR: Wayne Fitzgerald and Peter Tibbs are launching a new community radio station, Radio Peterborough. (METP-01-06-10AS070)