Licence boost for Diss radio station

A community radio station in Diss is celebrating after being granted a short-term FM licence.

The volunteer-run Park Radio will hit the airwaves next month after receiving a 28 day broadcasting licence from regulator Ofcom.

Work has begun to install a studio into a redundant shop in Market Hill, Diss, in time for the radio station to launch on November 28.

Station manager John Cross said the restricted service licence was the first step for the not-for-profit station before attempting to secure long-term permission to broadcast.

More than 50 people have expressed an interest in becoming DJs and producers on the first dedicated radio station for Diss. The station will broadcast on 87.7 FM.

Officials aim to broadcast between the hours of 6am and 10pm between November 28 and December 24 and will play mostly mainstream music from the 1960s to present day during the day time and more specialised music in the evenings.

Mr Cross added that he hoped members of South Norfolk Youth Radio in Long Stratton will get involved.

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'There is no station that really services Diss. There is going to be a lot of stuff going on and community groups can find us and get on air straight away. It is good for the town.'