Meeting to launch new Daventry radio station

Daventry Radio
Daventry Radio

A public meeting will take place for those interested in helping a community radio station get off the ground.

Daventry Radio is holding the meeting at the Welfare Rooms, near Tesco in New Street, at 7pm on Wednesday July 15.

Anyone interested in getting involved with the project, or who wants to find out more, is invited to go along.

The small group behind the plan say: “For 67 years this modest little town was once home to a globally significant broadcasting station.

“The station’s host of aerial masts on Borough Hill fell silent 22 years ago.

“Now, with your help and support, a new community-based radio station could be developed in the heart of the town.”

The station’s aims are to improve social unit, provide an outlet for creativity and expression, entertain listeners and provide them with local and wider news, promote local businesses and groups, and to highlight work done within the community.

Broadcasting online presents no restrictions. However, to gain a licence to broadcast over radiowaves permission is needed from Ofcom. A Community Radio licence permits up to five years broadcasting, usually on FM wavelengths, but is only available on a discretionary basis when Ofcom opens application rounds. Restrictions can also be placed on community licence holders in terms of how they are funded.

Anyone interested who can not make the event, or who wants to get involved now, can join the Daventry Radio Facebook group, email Noah Price on noahprice91@gmail.com or call 07470 087474.