Local radio stations in Cumbria have been providing extra local and live content over the weekend as Storm Desmond continues to cause flooding and damage to the area.
BBC Radio Cumbria, CFM, Lakeland Radio and The Bay all went the extra mile to connect with their communities, although one station was forced off-air due to a power cut and rising water levels. The Bay, which overlooks the River Lune on St Georges Quay in Lancaster, was off overnight on Saturday before returning Sunday lunchtime.
Danny Matthews, breakfast presenter on The Bay appeared on Sky News updating viewers on the local situation and posted this video to Facebook.
BBC Radio Cumbria provided live and local programmes all day and at night dropped BBC Radio 5 live.
CFM had local news bulletins Saturday morning with local information, but continued the networked Boogie and Dingo show till 12 midday. Andy Gregory interrupted the non-stop music and appeared just before 1pm with a local travel bulletin, ahead of his regular 2pm – 6pm Saturday show followed by CFM’s drivetime presenter Pete Moss who continued local coverage into the evening. The station remained live overnight.
Network programmes returned Sunday evening on CFM but with extra travel news via split links.
The recent weather conditions has also forced Zetland FM off the air. The community radio station covers Redcar & Cleveland from a building on the seafront which was evacuated on Saturday and staff were unable to get the transmitter back on until 9am Monday.
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