Youth radio project expands into Wymondham

A youth radio movement in Norfolk is set to expand with plans to start broadcasting from a third station.

South Norfolk Youth Action (SNYA) Radio launched its own internet radio channel two years ago at Long Stratton Leisure Centre, which expanded into Norwich last year.

The project is set to be relaunched as Suffolk and Norfolk Youth Action next weekend after being restructured following youth service cuts in Norfolk.

Youngsters involved in the initiative, aged between 11 and 21, will be holding a simultaneous internet television and radio broadcast from their studios at Epic TV centre in Madgalen Street, Norwich, on Saturday, October 8.

And the new-look SNYA Radio will begin broadcasting from their third location at the Woodshack rehearsal studios in Postmill Close, Wymondham, from October 12.

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The independently-run project receives financial support from E-clic and South Norfolk Council and is looking for sponsorship for its Wymondham project.

Steve Thomas, SNYA Radio co-ordinator, said the expansion would give more young people the opportunity to get involved in broadcasting and the media.

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'We did not consider the transport issues when we came to Norwich. It is a fantastic studio, better than Radio 1, but because we are working with young people, the transport system does not accommodate the hours they do and it does not fit in with scheduling unless parents are prepared to drive them.'

'We are really excited about going to Wymondham and I think the people of Wymondham will embrace it. We have always been well supported by young people who attend Wymondham High School and College but this will make us more inclusive,' he said.

Fourteen bands and solo artists have confirmed they will be performing at the relaunch event from 1pm on October 8, including Imogen Smith, A-Don and Biggs, Penny Hannant, Jake Setters, Lewis Lacey and Harry David, Darwin and The Dinosaur, Impulse, Rose Bradshaw, Joe Gibbings, Hardie Canute and Twisted Piglet.

Tickets are available on the door or in advance at a cost of �5 per person.

The project is also hoping to collaborate more with community station Park Radio in Diss, which has had two short-term FM licences in the last year.

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