Exmouth's Bay FM is go! Community radio station to launch on Good Friday
By PGStrange | Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 15:39
EXMOUTH'S BAY FM is go! The town's not-for-profit community radio station says it aims to be on air full time for the next five years from Good Friday (29 March). Test transmissions on its new frequency of 106.4FM have already begun…
Exmouth's Bay FM team celebrating their five-year community radio licence. The station starts broadcasting full-time on 106.4 FM from Good Friday (29 March)
Getting the message across: the big Bay FM launch banner at the Saddlers Arms on the A376, coming in to Exmouth
News of Bay FM's launch date came as it confirmed that following its successful application to UK communications regulator Ofcom for a five-year Community Radio licence, a new frequency number has now been cleared for the station to use.
In addition, East Devon District Council has backed an application for Bay FM's 20m radio mast to be located at Withycombe Raleigh Common. The new mast will allow the Exmouth station to broadcast to a wider area, including Budleigh Salterton, Woodbury, Lympstone and Ottery.
"We had to wait for Ofcom to clear our new frequency number – which I can now confirm is 106.4 FM – and the site for our new transmitter," explained station manager Andy Green. "We wanted to get our mast in this location because we recognised that surrounding areas are underserved by local radio, so we're really pleased to be able to serve these areas better now from this location."
Seven years' hard work
Andy co-founded Bay FM with his partner Julie in 2006. Since then the station has broadcast two-week trial FM broadcasts – coinciding with the annual Exmouth Festival – as well as an online service.
"We've been planning this for seven years," said Andy. "We've had to jump through so many hoops to get it. It's amazing that we are finally launching full-time after seven years' hard work.
"It's a really good achievement and it's recognition of our determination. We aim to provide an informative service to a professional standard."
On air 24/7
Test transmissions have already started on 106.4FM, with the aim of going on air 24/7 from Good Friday (29 March).
There will be daily breakfast, mid-morning and lunchtime programmes, as well as two afternoon shows focusing towards the 40+ age group, playing contemporary pop from the last 60 years, with particular focus on the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
The station's day-time magazine show "Lifestyle" will feature local organisations, such as the police, Exmouth Town Council and the voluntary sector. There will be community information and focus on local issues and topics, with live guests each day.
Specialist music programmes
Evenings and weekends will be broadly focused to appeal to as wide an audience as possible and will include specialist music programmes. The station will also continue to promote local talented musicians and artists, with interviews and live air play.
On Saturday mornings there will be a youth show, hosted by pupils at Exmouth Community College. On Tuesday evenings the team holds a radio club for budding presenters.
On Sundays from 4pm there will be a memory lane show, hosted by former Radio Devon presenter Nick Muir. On Sunday nights there will be a programme on mental health issues.
Helping local community groups
Local charities and community non-profit organisations will have the opportunity to promote events, clubs and activities. The station says it intends to help many community groups get their message or event maximised, free of charge, by promoting them on air and on the website.
If you have an event, which you would like to promote, please email details to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Exmouth People wishes Bay FM every success in the future