There’s something new in and on the airwaves around Leyland. The town’s volunteer-run community radio station Radio Leyland, has now officially launched on 104.8FM.
Originally Leyland Festival Radio and having operated almost exclusively online for around four years, the station management applied for an FM licence over 12 months ago. With the strict requirements of Ofcom, the industry’s governing body, fulfilled, Radio Leyland is now up and running on FM.
The first FM Breakfast Show incorporated the official launch and was presented live before an invited audience of VIP guests, supporters and fellow volunteers at the station’s bespoke headquarters within 10ofThose.Com, a Christian resources company on Tomlinson Road, Leyland.
The launch was anchored by regular presenter Phil Gough working in tandem with Keith Bradshaw who, between music and local news, interviewed special guests and orchestrated the official switch-on with the Mayor of South Ribble, Councillor John Rainsbury and his wife Mayoress Shirley Rainsbury.
Councillor Rainsbury said: “It’s a great honour to be asked to ‘declare the station open’ and I’m sure it will be a fantastic community asset for our town in years to come. I’m really impressed and wish everyone involved every success going forward.”
The man with the original vision for Radio Leyland FM is Brian Ashman, who has worked tirelessly with his volunteer team to realise the fulfilment of the project. At the launch he paid tribute to the many individuals, businesses and organisations who have helped along the way.
He said: “We really appreciate all the support we have received. I am particularly grateful to Jonathan Carswell owner of 10ofThose.com for providing us with bespoke premises, a permanent home for the station.”
Nick Brake from station hosts 10ofThose.com, Anna-Marie Knipe of the South Ribble Dementia Alliance, Krissy Hodgkinson creator of The Leyland Hub and presenters Marc Wolverson, Debbie Noblett, Andrea Andrews and Martin Deacon, along with station manager Brian Ashman all took to the microphone to endorse the launch and wish Radio Leyland well.
Radio Leyland FM is the newest of over 250 community radio stations licensed by Ofcom to cover a hyperlocal area. All stations are run on a non-profit basis and provide access and training for local people and organisations. Funding comes from local and national grants, supporter donations, voluntary subscriptions, sponsorship and local advertising.
The FM station, which also continues online at www.radioleyland.com, will broadcast a daily breakfast show (with local news, events and interviews), a mid-morning ‘music while you work’ programme, a ‘vintage’ afternoon show mainly of the over- 50s, drivetime and specialist music shows. Most shows will be hosted by enthusiastic and knowledgeable local presenters.
Brian Ashman added: “The station is always on the lookout for volunteers for various roles – meeting and greeting breakfast show guests, helping maintain the music library, interviewing local people, audio editing, research, presenting and more. All training is free and on a tailored basis.”
Radio Leyland can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Radio Leyland Facebook page