Phonic FM Chair and former chairman of Exeter City Football Club Dr David Treharne is leading a consortium applying for the Small Scale DAB multiplex in Exeter.
David, who also presents a jazz programme on the community radio station, also has a broadcasting background spanning some 35 years and a career as a university lecturer.
Of his new role, he says: “These new DAB digital transmission licences have never been awarded in this way before, so we’re in unchartered waters. We have a talented, experienced group of people in the consortium, including one of the few independent commercial stations in the UK in Radio Exe, and two strong community stations.
“We hope the regulator will see the benefit of local commitment over a land grab by outside operators.
“We’re now inviting people or groups who want to launch their own radio stations to let us know through our website.”