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Boost for Long Stratton-based youth radio station

PUBLISHED: 09:44 28 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:25 12 July 2010

A new youth radio station extended its reach across south Norfolk last week following the launch of two mobile studios.

South Norfolk Youth Action (SNYA) radio went live in November, which gives aspiring DJs and producers the opportunity to learn about broadcasting.

A new youth radio station extended its reach across south Norfolk last week following the launch of two mobile studios.

South Norfolk Youth Action (SNYA) radio went live in November, which gives aspiring DJs and producers the opportunity to learn about broadcasting.

The online radio station received a boost after receiving some new equipment that will enable youngsters to broadcast live across the district.

Each portable unit, which comes in a large suitcase, includes a mixing desk, computer and two CD players, and were purchased following a £20,000 grant from the East of England Regional Assembly.

Twenty-five young people are currently involved with presenting, producing and managing SNYA Radio, which is based in Long Stratton.

Steve Thomas, active citizenship coordinator for Norfolk County Council, said the station will be able to reach more youngsters as a result of the two transportable studios.

“We are going to use them in our schools across south Norfolk to broadcast live between 9am and 3pm and to broadcast at events. South Norfolk is a large area and we cannot get everyone to Long Stratton, so this will enable more young people to access the technology and broadcast live,” he said.

The online station has raised almost £50,000 to set up a studio in a former bar area at Long Stratton Leisure Centre after the idea was first raised in 2008.

Mr Thomas said that SNYA radio had already attracted “very good” listening figures of between 50 and 70 people per hour and the group was about to embark on a marketing campaign at schools across the district to boost its profile.

Schools and youth community groups interested in using the mobile studio units can call 01508 535842 or visit www.snyouthaction.org.uk

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