Community radio station Stafford FM has set a launch date after winning an Ofcom licence in October last year.
The turn around is one of the quickest in community radio from licence award to on-air, which is set for April 25th on its new frequency of 107.3FM.
Stafford FM first launched in 2001, conducting a series of FM 28 days trials. However, they began broadcasting as a full time online radio station in September 2011, and completed a further four FM trials.
In addition to the news of Stafford FM’s launch, the station has released details of some of their main daytime programmes, which will include the Breakfast Show hosted by former Signal Radio presenter, Stu Haycock. Another ex Signal presenter, Ray Crowther, will take on the 10am -1pm Mid Morning Show, whilst local author and Gnosall resident, Maxine Mallen, will present the 1-4pm Afternoon Show, followed by Ian ‘Big E’ Keeley hosting the 4-7pm Drive Show.
Stafford FM’s Programme Manager, Ray Crowther: “The county town has been waiting for its own radio station for over 15 years, and we’re just putting the finishing touches to things before our planned launch.”
Saturday 25th April will also see a brand new website launch and the introduction of locally produced news throughout the day. Stafford FM will also carry a number of specialist programmes throughout its evening and weekend schedules.
Station Manager, Stu Haycock, added: “We’ve lots of exciting things planned, which all starts on and in the run up to the 25th April.”