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Trent FM to return in June

A social enterprise company calling themselves Trent FM Limited say they plan to recreate the magic of the old Radio Trent with a new online station.

They say the service – due to launch on 1 June 2011 – will broadcast from Nottingham, won't have adverts and will promote spirit of community, fun and civic pride.

The address given on the temporary [link=http://www.trent.fm]website[/link] for the station is the same as that used by [link=http://www.centre-radio.com/]Centre Radio[/link], as well as a computer shop.

The people behind the new Trent say: "Following the demise of Trent FM in January, by popular public demand we have decided to launch www.trent.fm which aims to re-create the magic, spirit of community, fun and civic pride engendered by Radio Trent back in the 1980s and early 1990s. The proposed service will not broadcast advertisements and will focus on the core concepts that underpinned the launch independent local radio in the UK before it became the bland, homogenous, soul-less and brain dead drivel which is inflicted upon listeners and dressed up as "local" radio. Our service will broadcast FROM Nottingham, TO Nottingham, FOR Nottingham."

They add: "We need to act quickly before the Capital-isation of local radio becomes acceptable, we don't need money but we do need your support and ideas of what you loved about Radio Trent/Trent FM, what you'd like us to do and how we can best create a truly local radio station to serve Nottingham city and county."

The station says it is also looking for voluntary staff to help out – and claims to have already recruited some former 'Radio Trent Careline' presenters.

Radio Today has contacted Global Radio, who operated Trent FM prior to its rebrand as Capital FM earlier this year. A spokesman declined to comment or confirm whether they still own the Trent FM name and brand.

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