Simon Jones, founding Director of Coastal Radio Great Yarmouth, announced today that Coastal has received a grant of just under £10,000 from The Big Lottery through Awards for All England, who offer grants of between £300 and £10,000 for projects that improve communities. The grant will enable the station to set up a purpose-built studio for its broadcasts and train local people in a variety of roles including presenting, production, administration and fundraising. The station is keen to work with local schools and colleges and offer on-job training for individuals from all sectors of the community and all abilities. Coastal will be based in the Great Yarmouth area and transmit from the heart of Great Yarmouth
Coastal has been active in the community for several years and engaged local people and businesses over two successful FM and online broadcasts, each lasting three to four weeks. During these broadcasts, more than thirty people were trained for a range of jobs and during its off-air periods, Coastal’s facebook page has been regularly updated with local travel and local issues, as well as heart-warming news stories from charities like Tia’s Treasures.
John King, Managing Director of the Coastal Radio Community Interest Company said, “This grant will enable the station to connect with and draw together local communities in the town and villages. Coastal will continue to be a community asset and influential local voice through local radio. He commended the station team for their tireless work in keeping the local community engaged while on and off-air, through social media and at local events” and added “Other towns in the region
have their own community radio station and surely, Great Yarmouth deserves one! ”
Coastal Radio applied for a five year permanent FM broadcasting license in December and hope their bid will be successful. Coastal are actively recruiting volunteers, if you would like to get involved please contact them via their website www.CoastalRadio.co.uk or you will find them on facebook.
We have now applied for the 5 year license – fingers crossed!
Well that’s it!
Our application for a five year license to provide Great Yarmouth with the Community radio it DESERVES has been sent off!
Now all we can do is just sit and wait until next year. We are expected to learn if we have gained the license or not to broadcast for five years in February/March.
Thank you for all your support!
Our aim is to provide a diverse and unique service to the community of Gt Yarmouth and it’s surrounding areas, By creating direct links to the listener and indeed the community instead of “talking at” you. We believe a truly local station will be come an integral part of the local community. Not only will we entertain and inform you, The listener. But our intention is to reflect on the interest and the needs of our audience. Meaning of course cultural diversity will be incorporated into our programming to provide a service to all. Featuring both music and local interest talk you will be at the heart of Coastal Radio.
Part of our remit is also to offer training and support to local people who are interested in learning a variety of new skills and knowledge associated with the set up and future running of the service.