Radio station to launch FM service in lower Wensleydale

Julian Hotchkiss.

Dales Radio has announced it will start broadcasting in FM in lower Wensleydale.

The community radio station has been broadcasting in the Yorkshire Dales for just over five years, but until now has only been available in the Leyburn area on 936AM.

The station plays a mix of popular music, as well as local news, content and information.

Station director Julian Hotchkiss said the launch was good great for residents.

“We are excited to be bringing FM radio to Leyburn, an area much underserved by local radio.

“For the first time Leyburn will finally have a station to call its own.

“You’ll be able to listen in FM Stereo in the car, at work and at home and enjoy some great programmes all produced in the Dales.”

The Station is a not-for-profit service licenced by Ofcom and is funded by grants, donations and advertising and run entirely by volunteers.

The core team is made up of experienced broadcasters who give up their time for free and are always looking for new people to train up and join the team.

Now was a good time get involved in the station, Julian said.

“As we prepare to launch in Leyburn, we are looking for local ambassadors and community correspondents who champion Leyburn.”

“We’re looking for people who keep their ear to the ground about local events, what’s new, the latest word on the street and the issues that matter.

“Maybe you are a budding presenter or have other skills we could use? Every role is vital in helping the station to produce great local content.”

Morning show host Lee Moulsdale added: “We like to get the low down from local folk – everything from the local community centres, sports clubs and associations with regular live radio interviews.

“I’m always looking for new people to have a natter with and it give them a great opportunity to spread the word about what they’re up to.”

Julian, who also presents the station’s daily breakfast show, said they have been working hard in the background to get the launch ready.

“A lot of work has gone into planning for our new transmitter in Leyburn.

“We have had to negotiate with the new site owners, clear the frequency with Ofcom, the radio regulator and purchase all the equipment to get us on the air.”

The switch on at Leyburn is part of a expansion plan for the station with additional transmitters across other underserved parts of the Dales on the way in Hawes, Kirkby Stephen and Sedbergh.

Dales Radio goes live over the Easter weekend on 104.9FM in Leyburn and lower Wensleydale.

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