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Park Radio: a local radio station serving its community

PUBLISHED: 08:00 21 March 2018

Park Radio launch. Photo; Diss Matters/Diss TC

Park Radio launch. Photo; Diss Matters/Diss TC

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Broadcasting 24 hours a day from the heart of Diss, Park Radio is a not-for-profit radio station providing a continuous source of popular music and hyper-local information to listeners in and around Diss, Harleston and Eye.

Park Radio. Photo; Diss Matters/Diss TCPark Radio. Photo; Diss Matters/Diss TC

Founded in 2010, the station initially ran a series of four one-month test broadcasts throughout 2012.

Whilst work was being done behind the scenes, to raise funds, apply for a license and secure a home from the which to broadcast, the station name was kept alive by supporting a number of town events such as Diss Carnival and the Christmas lights switch on. Then, last year, after many months of hard work the station’s wish came true with a five year a Community Radio licence from Ofcom and the station officially went live in November 2017.

Since then, listeners throughout the Waveney Valley have been able to tune in and catch the station’s daily schedule of news, views and popular music.

Station manager Chris Moyse said; “Our unique selling point is that we’re reflecting life for the local community, across the three towns.

Park Radio studio which is based at Diss Youth and Community Centre. Picture: Chris MoysePark Radio studio which is based at Diss Youth and Community Centre. Picture: Chris Moyse

“We’re at the beginning of our fourth month and we have found both listeners and advertisers have been suitably impressed with the quality of the output.

“So from our point of view it’s a great beginning. There is still lots of work to do though.”

With the goal of being personal yet informative, Park Radio aims to be ‘just like having a friend over for tea’.

With more than 30 volunteers delivering a regular schedule of breakfast, midday and drive-time shows, guests on the station since it was launched have included local musicians, Mayor of Diss Trevor Wenman and Conservative MP for South Norfolk Richard Bacon.

The station also regularly works with high schools in Diss, Harleston and Eye providing opportunities for young people to try their hand at radio, gain new skills and promote their music.

Park Radio is available on 107.6 FM in the Diss area and on 105.2 FM around Harleston and online.

The station is always looking for more volunteers, to find out more visit the station’s web site.

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