Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Radio Station Ready to Make Waves

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Radio Station Ready to Make Waves

Article excerpt

PEOPLE in Northumberland will soon be able to listen to a new community radio station which eventually plans to broadcast to 140,000 homes.

The fledgling Koast FM station aims to offer a lively mix of music and talk in Blyth, Ashington, Cramlington and Morpeth.

It has secured a pounds 10,000 grant from a national funding body to help pay studio and equipment costs, and expects to receive a further pounds 20,000 to pounds 25,000 soon. The Koast FM board has identified studio premises in Bedlington, and in about 10 weeks' time people should be able to listen to its first output online.

The station hopes to run two or three trial radio broadcasts early next year before applying for a full-time FM licence from Ofcom later in 2011.

The Koast FM website is currently being set up in readiness to stream content by the end of November or early December, but the long-term aim is to take to the airwaves with a mixture of 70% music and 30% talk.

Station manager Vicky Oakley, 38, who lives in Bedlington, gave up her job as an auditor with the county council in July to spearhead the project. …

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