A NEW radio station is looking for help from the whole of the South Fylde community as it aims for a future on the air.
Radio Vibe is a community-based initiative covering the Fylde which aims to provide a voice to all ages, offering something to suit all interests and tastes – and with the hope of funding future community projects.
Director-chairman Gordon Audsley and a group of regular presenters have been broadcasting via the internet since March and the hope is that they will be granted an FM licence by 2013.
To help in this aim, they are seeking volunteers interested in radio production and presentation – and are planning to be involved in a series of local events throughout the summer, such as Lytham Club Day and St Annes Carnival, to raise the station’s profile as well as provide coverage.
But Gordon and his colleagues stress that no particular experience of radio is required – interest and enthusiasm are key and if you feel you have something you want to tell the Fylde about, Radio Vibe want to hear from you.
“This is a vibrant community and we feel it deserves a strong community radio station to reflect that,” said Gordon.
“Radio Vibe certainly isn’t just about DJs presenting music – we aim for a wide range of programmes to interest all types of listeners and we want local people of all ages to feel we are their station. We aim to be the broadcast version of a magazine.
“Community radio stations are more and more becoming part of the broadcasting network and the aim is that after we go on air, we will be able to plough any money we make back into the community, so it is very much an interactive relationship.
“We have training packages available for people who have no experience of radio and we are keen to hear from people with any interest that they feel would be of interest to others within the community.”
The station is currently broadcasting from a studio within The Video Lab on St David’s Road South, St Annes.
Their next committee meeting is next Tuesday at Bar 15, St Annes Square from 7pm, when all members of the community who can help in some way are very welcome.
Anyone keen to get involved or find out more can call 0800 012 6763 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.