Station on air after months of planning

Chairman Colin Heathcote at the launch of Synergy community radio station in Bedlington.
Chairman Colin Heathcote at the launch of Synergy community radio station in Bedlington.

A NEW community radio station has finally hit the airwaves after months of planning.

Synergy – on 87.7FM and www.synergyradio.co.uk – started broadcasting last Saturday from its new base in Bedlington.

It opened with an interview with the chairman of Bedlington Forum Brian Oliver.

Also included in the opening day’s schedule were football reports from Blyth Spartans, Ashington CFC and Bedlington Terriers.

Organised by South Northumberland Radio Group, the station’s schedule features round the clock broadcasting for 28 days.

Group chairman Colin Heathcote said: “We are enormously proud that we have managed to get this community radio project under way,

“A lot of work has been done by many volunteers, and group secretary Neal Younger worked throughout Friday night and early Saturday morning with Thomas Cardy-Dodds to ensure the station was technically ready for the launch.”

Guests lined up for the forthcoming week include singer of traditional Northumbrian folk songs Michael Goonan, Northumberland fire chief Alex Bennett, John Johnston, from Bernicia, representatives from South East Northumberland Credit Union, Headway – the brain injury association, Northumbrian Water, the South East Northumberland Rail Users Group, and Blyth MP Ronnie Campbell.