New radio station is hitting net

A NEW community radio station based in Bedlington has gone live online and could be about to hit the airwaves.

Radio Northumberland is broadcasting music, community information and talk-based programming over the internet.

In due course, it plans to apply to the Office of Communications (Ofcom) for a temporary restricted-service licence enabling it to broadcast on an FM radio frequency to listeners in Ashington, Bedlington, Blyth, Cramlington and Morpeth.

Members of staff at the radio station have spent the last six months planning programming, community involvement and scheduling, with a view to heavily involving community groups in their plans.

Station controller Stewart Allen, of Bedlington, said: “Radio Northumberland is Northumberland’s best kept secret.

“The station has already forged links with a number of schools and community organisations in south east Northumberland as well as securing as-it-happens news reporting from the News Post Leader.

“There has been a tremendous amount of work undertaken in the background by our volunteers, and I am delighted to at last be able to tell everyone about our plans.”

The station will broadcast a variety of music styles and genres, featuring shows by experienced presenters and interviewers, as well as running slots presented by schools, scout groups and other community organisations.

Visit www.radionorthumberland.com to find out what’s on offer.