Radio station to go out on the air for trial run

AN online community radio station is about to take to the airwaves after being given a month-long FM licence.

Koast Radio, based at Longhirst Hall, near Pegswood, secured the trial broadcast period after raising £7,000 for a licence fee, hire of equipment and music licence.

More than half the cash, £4,000, was provided by UK Coal’s Potland Burn Community Trust Fund, and Northumberland County Council put up £2,000. The rest came from sponsorship.

The station will broadcast on FM for 28 days from Friday, August 26.

Station manager Vicky Oakley said: “We are going to have a lot of fun. It’s radio how it used to be – music and great presenters with brilliant personalities.”

Following the trial run, the station will return to online broadcasts, but it hopes to carry out another FM trial early next year ahead of applying for a full licence next summer.

Vicky said: “Without the help from UK Coal and our other sponsors we would not be in the position to be able to apply for the full-time FM licence for next summer so we have much to thank them for.”

UK Coal project manager Peter Wood said: “Koast was something interesting, something we had not given to before, an influential project offering help to the community and improving employment opportunities in the area.”