Community radio station Stroud FM closes

Gloucestershire community radio station Stroud FM is to close after operating for almost six years on FM.

The station launched in March 2008 but started life a decade ago aiming to broadcast to the area full time.

It filled the gap left by Star Radio Stroud when UKRD closed the station in 2006, and was staffed by a large number of volunteers.

Bosses say the station is now no longer viable due to a projected shortfall of £8,000.

A spokesman from Stroud FM said: “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Open House, Forrest Green, Stroud Town Council and Stroud District Council, as well as many local businesses for their considerable support over the years, to our listeners both in and outside Stroud, and of course to those volunteers who have given their time and energy.”

“At its peak, the station was reaching out to over 1,000 listeners, both live and online. Some 60 presenters regularly recorded and broadcast programmes each week, ranging from music shows to talk shows covering a wide range of topics and local news. We have looked at every way we can to continue, but with a projected shortfall of almost £8,000 the station is simply no longer viable as it stands.”

In March 2010 former Stroud and Labour MP, David Drew, officially opened a brand new second studio at the station with the help of a grant paying for this to take place.

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