A consortium of local businesses and individuals has been formed to apply for a new radio licence for Andover.
Expressions of support are being sought for the radio station, which will be committed to providing local people, businesses and charitable organisations with access to the airwaves.
Andover Radio is led by a former Andover Sound consultant and the group is applying for a new radio licence advertised by broadcast regulator Ofcom. If successful the station would launch next year.
The not-for-profit company is community-focussed, with a commitment to exist to provide social gain for the town.
Founder David Harber says, “Every single one of the businesses and organisations with whom we have spoken have committed their support. Our service will be purely and unashamedly local for Andover, providing local news and information while exhibiting local success and talent.”
“Should we be awarded the licence, we will be actively seeking and training dozens of volunteers and staff to gather, create and deliver local content. All programmes and features will be designed to showcase and support the town, both socially and economically.”
The station will be a broad mix of music of appeal to all generations, including specialist music and speech programmes. Local information, discussion and content will feature prominently.
Community Worker Mo Sweeney adds, “This is radio with a remit for social gain. We are encouraging individuals and organisations to operate collaboratively to each the entire town’s benefit. We are planning to create a town centre media hub with training courses designed to teach new skillsets in multi-media, spoken and written communication.”
Individuals, businesses, charities and other organisations wishing to show their support are invited to get in contact via the Andover Radio website: www.andoverradio.co.uk.
The organisation has until mid-October to submit its application and if successful, an announcement is expected early next year.