Community radio station Stafford FM has been re-structured after a team of people there set up a new station called XL-FM.
Former Signal 1 presenter, Stu Haycock, and a team of former Stafford FM Director’s, including Steve Murphy and Ray Crowther, have made the move to create a new community radio organisation, headed up by Stafford Borough Council Leader, Mike Heenan.
XL FM will launch on Sunday 3rd February at 12 noon with a variety of shows, including live match commentaries on all Stafford Rangers games and what they describe as an eclectic mix of ‘wow’ songs.
Stu Haycock told Radio Today: ”I’m really excited about XL FM. We’ve managed to pull near enough the entire team across with us from Stafford FM. Whilst our previous community venture was hugely successful, we felt the name was far too skewed towards just Stafford.
“We went round the houses to find our new name, and we feel XL FM is perfect. The most important thing is the quality of programming. The name is important, but with what we built at Stafford FM in 18 months, I’m confident that XL FM will have the same impact.”
The station will apply for a full time community radio licence later this year, and has secured status as the official radio station for the Stafford Half Marathon in March.
Stu continued: “I secured a good number of commercial deals whilst with Stafford FM, and already my clients are joining the queue to advertise with XL and support the radio station. This is further proof that Stafford can sustain a radio service and more than anything deserves one that truly serves the needs of the area.”