The wait is finally over. Kennet Community Radio launches on 106.7 MHz across Newbury and Thatcham on 10th March 2018.
The Mayors of both Newbury and Thatcham have been invited to jointly launch the station on 10th March. Kennet Radio’s chairman, Julian Swift-Hook said, “It’s fantastic news. After more than five years of hard work we are bringing truly local radio back to Newbury and Thatcham.”
“I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our amazing volunteers, past and present, and to everyone who has supported us with donations,” he continued. “We really couldn’t have done it without you.”
Kennet Radio is run by volunteers and is primarily funded by sponsorship and donations. Most of the programmes are made by people who live and work in the area. Programmes include a wide variety of music as well as local news and sport, what’s on around the area, traffic and travel, discussions and phone-ins on local issues and events, and interviews with local people.
A limited amount of on-air advertising is also permitted under a community radio licence, so businesses can enjoy cost-effective radio advertising to local listeners while supporting a valued community organisation.
Kennet Radio will be on air 24/7 and is looking for more volunteer presenters and producers. Local people who can already be heard regularly on Kennet Radio include Garry Poulson, CEO of the Volunteer Centre, and Chris Boulton, CEO of Greenham Trust.
“There is plenty to do behind the scenes as well as in front of the microphone, so you don’t have to want to be the new Tony Blackburn or John Humphrys to get involved,” said Julian. “To find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.”
For local businesses, advertising on Kennet Radio is great value for money. “We will only be broadcasting to Newbury and Thatcham,” explained Neil Hutton, Kennet Radio’s Head of Sales, “so you can invest in advertising tightly focused on your local customers from as little as £199 + VAT per month.
“And as well as making an investment in great value advertising, you will be supporting a fantastic community organisation.”
Kennet Radio has been broadcasting online for the last five years, and from 10th March will available on 106.7 MHz FM. Test transmissions are already underway, so listeners can tune to 106.7 right now and save it as a favourite.