Starting in summer 2015 on a temporary FM licence to support the town’s annual Festival, and followed up with ad hoc online broadcasts covering other key local events, non-profit grassroots radio station Leyland Festival Radio now continues with regular live online Breakfast shows while preparing a case to be the full-time community radio station for Leyland.
Station manager Brian Ashman said: “We have a terrific group of supporters, friends and volunteers from all over Leyland.
“We’re also delighted to have had valuable support from organisations as diverse as New Lease Residential Lettings Ltd., Ainscough Properties, Bewitched Parties, Morrisons, Moss Side Community Association, Leyland Leader magazine and others too numerous to mention.
“Our twice-weekly Breakfast show is doing extremely well. The 90-minute programme includes music, a regular “lyrics teaser” quiz, a Community Action feature (highlight a local charity, group or club), a guide to what’s on locally, and local guests. Recent guests have included Andrew Birchall of the Protect Chorley Hospital campaign group and Haydn Williams from Leyland’s Crankshaft Brewery.
“Our panel of volunteer Breakfast presenters, all without previous experience of hosting their own radio show, are doing an excellent job, while continuously honing their presenting and interviewing skills.
“With Breakfast now firmly established on the schedule we’re currently looking to recruit more volunteers - for both on-air and background duties - to help provide daytime programmes aimed at older people. No previous radio experience is necessary and there’s absolutely no age bar.
“Radio for older people in other areas has shown huge wellbeing and inclusion benefits for participants, plus a unique listening experience for others.
We’d be very pleased to hear from anyone who would like to help with (or present) shows based on music and chat of interest to older listeners, especially featuring music from the 20s to the 70s. Training is free.
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