Published: May 14, 2010
Preparations for new Highbridge radio station gather pace

Preparations for the launch of a temporary radio station in Highbridge have continued this week with the recording of several programmes and jingles.

It comes after Ofcom, the UK's radio regulator, formally accepted the station's application and gave it approval to broadcast from 87.7 FM on June 12th and 13th. first reported last month how local organisation Somerset Film had unveiled plans for the station, which will be funded by the Big Lottery and the 'Family Connections' community initiative to enable families in and around Highbridge to hit the airwaves.

"Families taking part have been outlining what they would like to cover on the radio, with topics ranging from bee-keeping and stargazing to a piece about the new school Churchfield Primary and cooking with dad," the station's Deb Richardson told

"Each family also got to make a jingle ready for their show or feature and they have made a playlist of the tracks they will include."

"Local band My Lost Obsession is also recording a live session for the station as part of the Nicol Family Hour."

She added that if there are any families who would like to get involved, but aren’t sure what to cover, there are several suggestions to choose from, including a Junior Choice Hour, Highbridge in Bloom – Going for Gold, Junior Carnival Club, The Breastfeeding Hour for those mums up in the wee early hours, Dreamscheme, Road Safety Awareness, and golfing and fishing tips.

She added: "We’d love more families to get involved and there will be more workshops on June 1st and 2nd. To book a place, contact Kirsty on 01278 455649 or email her at"

Pictured are several Highbridge families recording their radio jingles with musician James Price and Phil Shepherd over the past week


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