Park Radio in Diss prepares to go live
- Credit: Chris Moyse
After nearly five years of work, a community radio is preparing for its big launch.
Park Radio is launching on Sunday, November 26 and will begin broadcasting to Diss, Harleston and Eye, out of its studio based at Diss Youth and Community Centre.
Park Radio did tests throughout 2012 to see if it would be possible to host a station in the town.
Station manager Chris Moyse said: 'We did a lot of 30-day test broadcasts in the town centre, to test the market and see if listeners and businesses were engaged.'
The result was positive and the station set about applying to Ofcom for a full-time five year community radio license.
In the summer of 2015 the licence was granted and the management of the station set about fundraising, looking for sponsorships and applying for grants.
The team kept the name of Park Radio alive and well buy supporting local events including the Diss Carnival and the Christmas lights switch on.
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By September of this year the team began setting up its studio in the youth centre and installed masts in Harleston and Diss.
Mr Moyse said: 'From 2017 until 2022 Diss, Eye and Harleston will have its own local, quality radio station, it has been very exciting.
'People are willing to invest in the station as they know what the values are and the community inclusion.
'We are having three hours of youth programming a week, devoting each Thursday evening to the sixth forms in the area.
'We have a team of young people meeting each week to plan the programme with issues that are interesting for young people and music that they like.'
The community radio station has a team of 30 presenters of all ages and from all walks of life.
'We want to have an offering for everyone,' Mr Moyse added.
'I think people like hear about where they live, work and shop, they want to feel a sense of pride in their community.
'We can donate time to the small things in the community and what people care about.'
Although the presenters are volunteers, the station will have rolling news on the hour from official broadcasting companies.
During in the week the radio will be live from 7am to 10pm, with a full programme of shows with different presenters.
The station will broadcast on 107.6 in Diss and 105.2 in Harleston.