radio station hopes to become permanent service
temporary radio station, Highbridge Family Radio, which took to
the airwaves in the town over the weekend hopes to become a permanent
service in the future.
station, which was supported by the Big Lottery Fund and co-ordinated
by Bridgwater charity Somerset Film, transmitted a schedule of
music, chat and information live from Market Street in Highbridge
on Saturday and Sunday via 87.7FM and online.
by local families, for local families, both young and old were
involved on and off the microphone.
also backed the service by providing community news for the station's
regular bulletins over the two days.
of the organisers, Deb Richardson, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The
weekend was a great success and we were delighted with the support
shown over the two days. We were pleased to have almost 900 visits
to our internet feed on Saturday alone in addition to many others
listening on our FM frequency."
would like to convert the service into a full-time community station
run by people here in Highbridge. We've therefore submitted a
formal expression of interest to OFCOM, the government radio regulator,
about getting the licence but will have to see what comes of this."
who dropped in to present programmes during the weekend included
Highbridge County Councillor John Woodman, Pastor Kelton Black
and even the Wrinkly Rappers!
covered ranged from beekeeping and stargazing to the scouting
movement, business and local history.
Saturday, listeners were able to cook along in their own homes
when the Strong family from Highbridge presented Cook with
Peter guided audiences on how to make delicious Rhubarb Fool,
whilst Mum Jacqui gave advice on how to grow the essential ingredient,
highlights during the weekend included local groups Lost
in Obsession live in session with the Nicol Family in their
show Nicol Natter.
band Vermin were in conversation with Jack Ward, playing
tracks from their latest release and giving details of their forthcoming
tour. And listeners were also able to go behind the scenes with
local choir the Coastal Singers.
Sunday morning, the Rowswell family presented Junior Choice,
with dedications and tunes specially for younger children alongside
useful information on services for families.
volunteers from rescue charity BARB were also invited to the station
on Sunday to discuss the organisation's work in seaside safety.