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More listeners to be able to tune into community radio station

PUBLISHED: 09:16 27 August 2019 | UPDATED: 10:22 27 August 2019

Mascot Parky Bear with the Diss Park Radio volunteers and  team. Picture: Park Radio

Mascot Parky Bear with the Diss Park Radio volunteers and team. Picture: Park Radio

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A volunteer run community radio station broadcasting about life in south Norfolk and north Suffolk has been given permission to extend its range.

More listeners in South Norfolk and North Suffolk will be able to tune into Diss radio station Park Radio. Picture: Park RadioMore listeners in South Norfolk and North Suffolk will be able to tune into Diss radio station Park Radio. Picture: Park Radio

Ofcom, the media regulator, has approved additional power to increase its coverage area of Park Radio which currently broadcasts 24-hours a day to Diss, Harleston and Eye and surrounding villages

The station, which is based in Diss, had applied to be allowed a more powerful transmitter so it can be heard further afield where coverage is patchy.

Station manager and director Chris Moyse said: "We are all truly delighted with this new and exciting development which will increase our listener and advertising base and allows us to remain sustainable.

"Once installed and commissioned, the additional transmission equipment should allow us to be heard as far afield as Bungay, Banham, the Buckenhams and well into Suffolk, down as far as Debenham and Mendlesham."

The community station, which has 40 regular volunteers and broadcasts on 107.6/105.2 and online, launched in November 2017 after a long campaign that started in 2009 and first took to the airwaves with test broadcasts in 2012.

Its mix of community news and music has quickly won regular listeners and the station's roadshow has become a familiar sight at events ranging from Diss Carnival to Christmas lights switch-ons.

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