Radio station gets out in the community again

The Leyland Centre, King Street, Leyland
The Leyland Centre, King Street, Leyland

Leyland’s online radio station went into the community for only its second outside broadcast.

The station is aspiring to be Leyland’s Ofcom-licensed FM community radio station.

It visited the Leyland Centre, King Street, Leyland, on Wednesday. Terry Durney, ex-BBC Radio Lancashire and Red Rose Radio hosted the event.

Brian Ashman, station founder and manager, explained: “This is the second outside broadcast we’ve done recently in an older people’s setting - the previous one was at the regular Friday coffee morning at Lowerhouse Community Centre, Welsby Road, Leyland, run by Progress Housing. Lowerhouse went down a storm - they want us to come back and they’ve promised to double the attendance next time.”

He added: “We’ve applied to Ofcom for a permanent FM community radio licence for a station serving mainly the over-35s in Leyland and surrounding area, with special provision for those of college age and people in the older age groups, the over 50s and over 65s. We have substantial participation from the among the 50 to 70 age group and we’re looking for volunteers over this age to join us - we think they have a lot to offer and we have a lot to offer them.

“We should hear about the licence application before, or shortly after, Christmas.”