From Leyland, For Leyland

From Leyland, For Leyland

From Leyland, For Leyland – with a new name!

HAVE you heard, it’s in the air – and on the air! Leyland’s very own community radio station is getting a fresh new look. From Saturday June 16 Leyland Festival Radio will become Radio Leyland.

The volunteer-run station has a new name and a new logo to complement its ‘new’ bespoke premises on Tomlinson Road at the heart of our town.

Leyland Festival Radio was set up in 2015, initially to cover the Festival, and has been broadcasting, with some ‘holiday breaks,’ ever since. Apart from two brief periods when the organisers were awarded RSLs (Restricted Service Licences, temporary FM frequencies) the station has been available almost exclusively online. However, following an extensive application process, the station was granted a full FM licence earlier this year.

Brain Ashman, the managing director and driving force behind Leyland Festival Radio explained the changes: “We anticipate becoming a full time FM community radio station early in 2019. In the past, people have associated us purely with Festival time, but of course we aspire to be much more than that. As Radio Leyland we will be broadcasting on 104.8FM and we’re hoping the ‘Leyland’ brand will inspire and encourage the town to support us.

“We are extremely grateful to the staff at for welcoming us into their Tomlinson Road premises. The have helped us build our very own studio, it’s the perfect home for Radio Leyland.”

Nick Brake, manager of, a Christian books and resources company, recently handed over the studio keys.

He said: “We export all over the world but we are very much part of Leyland and we value being able to support this exciting venture. It’s great to be in at the beginning of Radio Leyland and we wish the station every future success.”

Leyland Festival Radio can currently be found on and will again be covering this year’s Festival on Saturday June 16.

Brian Ashman said: “It’s our fourth successive Festival outside broadcast coverage and we are very much looking forward to it. Once Festival 2018 is over, Leyland Festival Radio will be no more and Radio Leyland will take us into the future.”

Pic: Nick Brake from (left) hands over the studio keys to Brian Ashman of Radio Leyland