New Southwold radio station rises from the ashes of its predecessor

Southwold Community Radio Launch

Southwold Community Radio Launch - Credit: Archant

When they resigned from a popular community radio station and asked for broadcasting equipment to be returned, remaining volunteers felt they had no other alternative but to shut it down.

Southwold Community Radio Launch

Southwold Community Radio Launch - Credit: Archant

But now the pair who quit Southwold's Blyth Valley Community Radio (BCVR) citing 'several differences of opinion' with other directors and presenters have started their own new station.

Rising like a 'phoenix from the ashes' of BVCR, volunteer-run Southwold Community Radio (SCR) has been launched at Southwold Boating Lake and Café by Bill and Sylvia Jagger and DJ Terry Tarbox.

Mr Jagger, 70, who also co-founded BVCR with his wife Sylvia, said: 'With the demise of Blyth Radio, we had many people contacting us via phone, email and coming up to us in the street saying how much they missed the station. So we thought, why not give it another try?

'When we first stared there was nothing to cover the area other than local papers - but the radio station enables us to provide the necessary news quickly to the community.

'We even have listeners from as far away as Australia.'

Featuring nine DJs all of whom featured on BVCR, SCR will include both old and new shows to entertain and inform audiences of all ages and tastes.

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'Rising like a phoenix from the ashes of Blyth Valley Community Radio, Southwold and the surrounding area will once again have its own local radio station,' said Mrs Jagger, 71.

'I am very excited about the new radio station, which came about in response to overwhelming concern we received from people about the loss of Blyth Radio.

'I think it is important for the local area to have its own radio station because it brings together the community.'

SCR will initially be broadcast solely online for 24 hours a day, seven days a week. However organisers hope to eventually transmit on FM frequency.

Mr Tarbox, 70, explained: 'I am honoured to launch the radio station and look forward to presenting again, particularly reading the children's stories that I write.'

Broadcasting will temporarily be conducted from beach huts at Southwold Boating Lake as well as from the home of Bill and Sylvie Jagger, who hope with further development a permanent base will be sought.

He added he is keen to offer workshop opportunities for people of all ages to 'come and have a go' at broadcasting, as these proved popular while BVCR was on air.

If you are interested in joining the Southwold Community Radio team please visit www.southwoldcommunityradio.com.

Blyth Valley Community Radio fell silent earlier in the year despite good listening figures and support from the community.

Former Southwold mayor and town resident Simon Tobin had offered to take over as chairman on a temporary basis to try and keep it running but unfortunately it was not possible.

'Over many years Blyth Community Radio has been a fantastic community asset and many volunteers have put in a lot of time, money and effort,' Mr Tobin said at the time.

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