Community radio station Tulip Radio, which said goodbye and closed down last week, is getting ready for a re-launch on January 2nd.
An approach has been made by Hereward Media, a registered charity which operates training services in Peterborough, to help save the station.
Alex Geairns, Station Director of Hereward Media says: “The deal will preserve this vital community asset for the Spalding and South Holland area. Broadcasting is one of the ancillary outputs from our training initiatives, where we increase the employability of those who need a new direction in their careers. Radio, TV and internet skills can be transferred to a whole host of professions, and bringing Tulip into our group gives us a hub in another part of our coverage area.”
Tulip will continue to broadcast to Spalding and surrounding towns, maintaining local studios and a community centre.
Chris Carter, Tulip’s Director said: “This was far later an intervention than the eleventh hour – this was more like three minutes to midnight! I was on-air when the letter from Hereward Media was thrust into my hand. I was already amazed with the offers of support which were coming in, but what was being proposed, in this case, offered exactly what was needed. It’s not money that has been the issue with our station, it has been provision of technical know-how and numbers of volunteers. These are both addressed with Hereward Media’s business plan, which leaves me both delighted and relieved.”
Hereward Media is in the process of setting up a media training centre in Peterborough, coupled with a local TV channel, and activity in the future will include the eventual opening of a television studio in Spalding as well.
Alex Geairns said: “Our original intention was to have radio in our remit, but with a focus on online-only. With Spalding in our catchment area, it will allow us to ensure the community continues to be able to have a voice, and on easily accessible FM airwaves. All I ask now is all those who stepped forward in the last few days to help their local radio station, as we did, now follow through with their offers. We want to hear from everyone, as we need new presenters alongside the established ones, and there are many behind-the- scenes roles to be taken. Community radio is volunteer-driven, and you can never have too many people involved.”