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Petersfield will have its own 24-hour dedicated digital radio service when Shine Radio launches on Saturday, August 15.

Shine Radio is a leap into internet radio by the team at Petersfield Community Radio, which has been producing podcasts and online audio content for the town for more than 18 months.

It is available on any connected device – including mobile phones, laptops and smart speakers – promises ‘a brighter mix of great music’ along with local information, interviews and a ‘friendly voice’, and is available 24/7 as an online stream at shineradio.uk. It is aimed primarily at residents of the Hampshire market town and its surrounding villages, such as Buriton, East Meon, Hawkley, Liss, Rogate and “everything in-between”.

During the COVID-19 lockdown, the community radio team turned its talents to producing a weekday news podcast for the area, with regular updates on available support, closures and how people could help others in the community. More than 100 editions of the Morning Report were scripted, presented, recorded and edited remotely from volunteers’ homes, while listening figures topped 19,000 during its run.

Almost 100 people were interviewed, with lockdown features as diverse as a hospital wedding – planned and performed in a week – and an 11-year-old fundraiser who walked to the top of Ben Nevis … on her home staircase.

Co-founder and resident Richard Gaisford, a familiar face to TV viewers as chief correspondent on ITV’s GMB, explained: “A few of us felt that Petersfield deserved its own radio station. The area has a lot going on and is bursting with talented, interesting people – but we always seem to be on the edge of coverage zones for existing ‘local’ radio stations.

“The launch of Petersfield’s Shine Radio, as a 24/7 online stream, is the third major step along the road to our ultimate aim of a DAB licence. Step one was creating a volunteer, not-for-profit organisation; step two was the launch of our podcast, the P pod, which has become a popular favourite with listeners.

“This is true local radio: produced locally, discussing local topics and presented by local people – there’s a good chance you’ll know at least one of the presenters.”

Fellow co-founder Stephen Martin, a radio professional with more than 30 years’ experience, added: “It is an amazing achievement in a town of our size to find sufficient volunteers to launch a radio station, but the support and effort put in by our team has been phenomenal, particularly throughout lockdown when the team stepped up to produce daily updates for more than four months.

“I am hugely proud of what the volunteers have achieved so far and for what we believe we can achieve in the future. We’d like to thank all our volunteers, and the businesses in the town that have welcomed us with open arms, and we hope, in return, our support has helped them survive and, hopefully, prosper in what have been difficult commercial times.”

Petersfield’s Shine Radio begins broadcasting at midday on Saturday, August 15, with a bright mix of music and local information. Its programmes include the Brighter Minds Quiz, with teacher Ian Crossman, every Saturday and Sunday night, and a book show with author Suzie Wilde.

The project is still welcoming volunteers, particularly those looking to be trained for either on- or off-air roles, such as production, editing, marketing, etc.

Commercial opportunities to sponsor the station or advertise on air are also available. Contact Stephen Martin or Kate Fairweather on team@shineradio.uk or 01730 5 55 500 for more information.

To find out more about the new station visit shineradio.uk or call 01730 5 55 500.

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Information for journalists

● Shine Radio is the 24-hour broadcast service from Petersfield Community Radio – not-for-profit, limited by guarantee and operated by volunteers for social gain.

● Interviews with co-founders Stephen Martin and Richard Gaisford are available upon request.

● All Petersfield Community Radio content is available to download or stream from all normal podcast outlets, such as iTunes / Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play and TuneIn.

For further information contact the project’s PR officer, Lucy Davies, on ppodguests@gmail.com, or call 01730 5 55 500.

Current contact details:

www.petersfieldradio.uk 

01730 5 55 500 

team@petersfieldradio.uk 

Instagram: Petersfield Community Radio

Twitter: @PetersfieldRad1

Facebook: Petersfield Community Radio

After August 15, the contact details will be:

www.shineradio.uk  

01730 5 55 500 

team@shineradio.uk