Community radio set for Cheddar

PUBLISHED: 15:01 15 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 25 May 2010

PEOPLE living in the Cheddar area are set to get their own volunteer-staffed radio station this summer.

PEOPLE living in the Cheddar area are set to get their own volunteer-staffed radio station this summer.

Pulse Community Radio will offer discussion on village and town issues and entertainment to listeners when it hits the airwaves this June.

Broadcasting on 105FM, the station claims it will reach homes in Cheddar, Axbridge, Banwell and Winscombe for the 28-day airing period.

But the band of organisers say they first need the support and funding before applying for a restricted service license from media regulator Ofcom.

Programme controller Andy Saunders said: "We want to serve the people in the area with local information and the music they want to listen to.

"Essentially it's all about the community, but we need help before lifting off.

"We're currently asking for support from the area's parish councils and looking for volunteers who may be able to help us when we broadcast.

"There is also the issue of funding, which we need to go ahead with this."

The station, which already broadcasts on the internet, boasts a variety of music and prides itself on being community-based.

It is hoped once the community license is granted it will transmit from the Fry's Hill mast near Axbridge.

Managing director Paul West said: "We will develop and run a community radio station that is owned and controlled by members of the community.

"It is committed to an open door policy where people can either volunteer, become members of the station advisory committee or take up a role as a station director."

A meeting is set to be held later this month to discuss the station's step toward applying for a license.

Any would-be volunteers or people with ideas are encouraged to contact the station team on 07581882976.

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