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Diss community station Park Radio moves a step closer to being on air

PUBLISHED: 19:18 17 May 2017 | UPDATED: 19:18 17 May 2017

Park Radio putting up its new 25m transmission mast. Picture: CHRIS MOYSE

Park Radio putting up its new 25m transmission mast. Picture: CHRIS MOYSE

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A community radio station is a step closer to taking to the airwaves after it was donated a 25-metre transmission mast.

In 2015, media regulator Ofcom awarded Diss-based Park Radio a five-year FM community radio licence to serve Diss, Eye, Harleston and the surrounding villages.

The community-run radio station is supported and run by around 30 volunteers of different ages and from all walks of life.

The recent acquisition of the 25-metre mast - gifted to the station free-of-charge from the former Peachman Investigation business based in Long Stratton - means the station has just taken a huge leap forward in their goal of being ‘on air’ during 2017.

Chris Moyse, station director, said: “The team are getting really excited about the prospect of bringing quality local radio to the community where everyone can get involved and help change lives and bring people together.

“Park Radio will be just like having a friend round for tea.”

The station’s aim is too fill the “local radio void” and provide a truly local service for the Waveney Valley community.

The new mast means the station will have the potential to reach some 80,000 listeners.

The radio plans to broadcast 24 hours a day, focusing on local news, features, interviews and events, accompanied by a sustained service of popular music from the last 50 years.

Plans are currently underway to transform the ground floor of the Diss Youth and Community centre into a studio space.

As a not-for-profit company, the Park Radio team has spent the last two years applying for different funding sources, grants and actively fund raising themselves.

The project has received donations from Diss Freemasons and The Rotary Club of Diss and District in order to buy essential broadcasting equipment.

In April the station received a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund - followed by the news it has been selected as one of three community projects to be entered into the Tesco Bags for Life Scheme, which gives shoppers the chance to vote for a community project to win £4,000.

Voting for the Tesco Bags for life scheme will take place in the Diss Tesco store in Victoria Road until the end of June.

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