Station receives a ‘good luck’ message from ex-Toon hero

NEWCASTLE United legend Alan Shearer has given a good luck message to a new community radio station set to hit the airwaves.

The former England and Magpies number 9, who is a deputy lieutenant for Northumberland, sent the message to the volunteers at Bedlington-based community station Synergy as it begins its 28-day broadcast.

Shearer said: “I’d like to wish all the volunteers involved in the launch of Syngery the very best of luck for their broadcast.

“Their aim to provide a genuinely accessible community radio service, with great music, to the people of south east Northumberland will, I am sure, be much appreciated by not only the listeners but also by the charities, voluntary groups and organisations, clubs and societies that make use of Synergy.”

Colin Heathcote, who chairs the South Northumberland Radio Group launching the new station, welcomed the report, saying: “We’re absolutely thrilled that Alan should be so supportive of our project.

“It is a huge morale boost for all those who have worked so hard in the past few months and years to get the station up and running.”

The station – broadcasting on 87.7FM and via Synergy Radio – began at 9am yesterday (Saturday).

Among the day’s highlights will be an interview with Bedlington Forum chairman Brian Oliver and match reports from Bedlington Terriers, Blyth Spartans and Ashington CFC.