A community radio station in Lincoln has lent a hand, and a spare transmitter, to a nearby community station.
It all started when Siren FM’s transmitter failed a few weeks ago, taking the station off the air. They installed their spare transmitter, but this, too, failed. They informed Ofcom, and Ofcom engineer David Thorpe called Hal Crompton, Technical Director of Lincoln City Radio, to see if Lincoln Community Radio could help out.
Hal called Andrew David, Managing Editor at Siren FM, who gratefully accepted LCR’s offer of help. On December 17th Hal took the transmitter to Siren’s studios at the University of Lincoln and later that day, Siren were back on the air.
Ed Wellman, Program Organiser at Siren FM, said: “We cannot thank LCR enough for the loan of their Transmitter. After a very uncertain time we are now back on FM with their transmitter.”
Mike Johnson MBE, Chairman of LCR added: “We’ve worked with Siren FM on various joint outside broadcasts, including the opening of the famous Lincoln Christmas market, so we were only too happy to help; after all it is the season of good will.
“LCR and Siren target completely different audiences so we wanted to do our bit for both stations’ listeners. Community radio in the city plays a very big part in the lives of our listeners, especially over Christmas. Over the last year we’ve developed a much stronger link with Siren FM and we our new venture with Radio WWOZ in New Orleans is also working well.”
Lincoln City Radio targets the over 50s whilst Siren FM is the student radio station for Lincoln.