Community radio on air for the city

Community radio on air for the city
By Will Bradley

A radio revolution in Salisbury comes with the launch of a new community station based in the heart of the city, now broadcasting live in the surrounding area.

Sarum Radio was launched on February 5 and is based in the Old Fire Station Enterprise Centre, Salisbury.

“We want to establish a platform for the radio station,” Anthony Bird co-founder and presenter explained to Valley News.

“We are looking at running adult open days, and sessions with local musicians, working in collaboration with Salisbury Fringe and other local organisations.

“We want to station to be exciting for the local community.

The online community radio station is broadcast via the internet, or you can listen directly via Sarum Radio website or TuneIn.

The station aims to produce a diverse mixture of live and pre-recorded shows with music, chat and informative programmes.

“People can listen to us from around the world. We are having feedback from Salisbury expats abroad,” station manager Gary Richards added.

“There is definitely an audience for alternative radio shows and spoken word. Shows will be community-driven,” Gary continued.

The new station is also working with local organisations and charities, including Fisherton History Society.

“There is a lot of work ahead but we aim to allow people to get to hear more about Salisbury and get to know the people,” Gary explained.

The non-profit Community Interest Company has ambitious plans and is aiming to attract 4,000 to 5,000 unique listeners a month and be financially sound within a year.

“If we can secure the funding we need, there is no stopping us. We have incredible talent in Salisbury; we are just giving them a platform and supporting the local community.

“We believe we are a benefit to the local community, and are supporting Salisbury, advertising it as a visitor attraction,” Anthony added.

“The heart of Salisbury is dying, we are providing a platform where listeners can find life,” Gary claimed.

“We want to encourage independent businesses to use us.”

Local businesses are being urged to get in touch, as the station requires sponsors to operate as a non-profit-making concern.

“We are looking at securing sponsorship and grants,” Gary confirmed.

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