Tamworth community radio station to close

Tamworth community radio station TCR FM is to cease broadcasting after nearly eight years on the air.

The radio station says it is being forced to close down and cut transmission mainly due to a lack of available funding and number of voluntary presenters.

106.8 TCR FM won a full-time community radio licence for Tamworth in 2009 with the aim of providing opportunities for young people to be trained in how to be radio broadcasters. Several presenters have gone on to work in both local and national radio including Alex Farrell who now produces the TalkRadio breakfast show for Paul Ross.

Last year, TCR FM was nominated in the community group of the year category at the Tamworth Business & Community Awards.

The final shows on TCR FM will be broadcast this Sunday (22 October) before the station’s transmitter is turned off.

Director Mike Thomas said “It’s really sad to be closing the station but we all consider TCR FM to be a great success story. I believe TCR FM offered a fantastic local radio service to provide people with regular news and information about what was happening in the local area.

“I would like to thank everybody involved in TCR FM since it first went on the air – that includes all of the fantastic volunteers who have given up their precious time during the past eight years to present programmes and keep the radio station afloat. It’s been a real pleasure being involved with such a wonderful team.

“I would also like to thank Tamworth Borough Council, Staffordshire County Council, local businesses and other community organisations in Tamworth for all of their valuable support over the past eight years.

“But most of all I would like to thank all of our loyal listeners, many of whom have been tuning in since day one.”

Posted on Thursday, October 19th, 2017 at 4:48 pm by RadioToday staff

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  1. Dave says

    An exciting new sound…

    Community radio in Tamworth is not ending. 

    TCR fm closed on 22nd October 2017 after 8 years broadcasting across Tamworth.

    A brand new sound is coming to 106.8 fm with a fresh team bringing an exciting sound for community radio in Tamworth.

    An appeal is now being made for local businesses to come forward to advertise and for local people who’re interested in becoming volunteer presenters. 

    Contact alex.farrell@tcrfm.co.uk or call 07825 213197

     

     

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