West Wolds Radio closes due to lack of staff

Community station West Wolds Radio has closed today, saying it can no longer fulfil Ofcom Key Commitments.

West Wolds Radio was the community radio service broadcasting from the East Yorkshire Wolds for Pocklington and the surrounding villages. The station’s description was “We are here to serve the local community with local news, interviews, entertainment and a wide variety of music to suit all tastes”.

The station has only been on-air since November 2015 and stopped broadcasting at 1pm today. We reported on its pending closure in April but station management rescued it.

The station tweeted the news yesterday simply saying “We will cease broadcasting tomorrow (Friday) at 1:00pm and the station will close. Thanks to everyone for listening and your support.”

West Wolds Radio was launched from studios in Market Street, by East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight on Sunday 29th November 2015, 20 months after Pocklington was granted an FM licence by Ofcom.

Tony Marron, who was a director until recently, told the York Press: “We couldn’t get enough people to keep the station running. There are certain commitments you have to do, and we couldn’t fulfil those commitments without more volunteers.

“I am very sad. We believe in the community aspect of radio but we couldn’t get enough people in the community involved. But we all enjoyed it and worked very hard to keep it going.

“The volunteers were working long hours on it and it was becoming a job rather than something you do voluntarily. Baring in mind no-one was getting paid.

“We’ve tried everything we can. We just couldn’t get enough people motivated. So it’s definitely going to happen.”

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