Cash boost for south Norfolk radio station

A YOUTH radio project in south Norfolk has received a funding boost of more than �25,000.

with filer pic Josh Worley

A YOUTH radio project in south Norfolk has received a funding boost of more than �25,000.

A group of teenagers launched ambitious proposals earlier this year to set up a community radio station at Long Stratton Leisure Centre.

Officials behind the scheme spoke of their delight last Thursday after South Norfolk Youth Action was awarded �20,000 from the East of England Regional Assembly to purchase two mobile radio stations.

The funding will allow workers from South Norfolk children's services to roll out the project to schools and youth clubs to help youngsters broadcast live from across the district.

It comes after the South Norfolk Alliance awarded more than �7,800 to finish off its radio station in Long Stratton and complete its website.

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Steve Thomas, active citizenship coordinator for South Norfolk, said the 25 youngsters had so far raised �48,000 for the project.

'They are absolutely chuffed to bits and really pleased with the efforts they have put in to get funding from various organisations.'

'The mobile radio stations are a tremendous opportunity for all the young people. The nature of the district means that we cannot get everyone in the villages to the studio in Long Stratton, so this gives us extra impetus to get into the community and take it to the young people,' he said.

The web-based SNYA is set to go live next month (November 23) and will be broadcast from 4-10pm every day. The station is the brainchild of 13-year-old aspiring DJ Josh Worley, who is set to run the studio.

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