East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is to officially launch the newest radio station in the country. West Wolds Radio will go on the air on Sunday 29th November at 10.31am on 103.1FM and online from studios in Pocklington.
The station, run by volunteers, will broadcast a daily mix of music, news, features, events information and sport, with specialist programmes focusing on business and music.
Sir Greg will be one of the first guests on West Wolds Weekend, presented jointly on the first day by station manager Stuart Cocker and director Tony Barker.
Stuart says: “It’s a great start to have Sir Greg launching West Wolds Radio, an exciting new service in East Yorkshire and a new part of the community. We have lined up a series of guests for the first day to provide a varied mix of interesting talking points, from Pocklington Canal Amenity Society to local football.”
The station will have a magazine programme on weekdays from 10am-2pm called West Wolds Daily, and will include special guests, an events guide, short story and a featured decade of music.
Sir Greg says: “It’s certainly not every day that we can welcome a new radio station onto the airwaves of East Yorkshire and I am so pleased at this launch which is great news for Pocklington. I am also privileged to be opening the station and personally say well done to the volunteers who have given up so much time already.”
An extra live programme will be broadcast on Wednesday 2nd December when the station will celebrate Pocklington’s Christmas Shopping Festival, organised by the Town Council. Stuart Cocker will host the show with live coverage from 4-8pm, supported by reporters Dan Scullane and Tony Barker in the Market Place as they keep shoppers informed of all the activities and find out about the entertainments at the event, including Rocking Rudolph’s journey by the Pocklington District Lions.
The station is one of around 250 community radio services around the UK, providing dedicated local broadcasting for a specific area, such as Pocklington and surrounding villages. It will be funded by advertising, sponsorship, grants and fundraising, with all profits reinvested in the service.
West Wolds Radio was awarded a licence by the broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, to provide a radio service for the area in April 2014 and, since then, the station has been recruiting members, built studios in Pocklington Town Centre, set up a website and been to events such as the Pocklington Summer Fair, Fangfest, Barmby Moor Feast and Bielby Music Festival to promote the station brand.
The station’s website contains interviews recorded at various events, as well as news stories and an events guide.