Help launch WF9 Radio

6th July 2011'Colin Dobson is setting up a community radio station ' PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
6th July 2011'Colin Dobson is setting up a community radio station ' PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
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A NEW radio station for the southeast of Wakefield is set to be launched.

WF9 Radio will officially begin broadcasting on Monday, September 26.

The station, which will cover the WF9 postcode area, is in need of community correspondents, sports correspondents, presenters and people with marketing, advertising and legal experience.

All the broadcasting content will be produced by the local community, including individuals, special interest groups and local schools.

It will initially be launched online for the first 18-months before applying for an FM licence when new frequencies are released by Ofcom in early 2013. Online content will be available 24-hours a day.

The station will also offer NVQ level 1 and 2 in radio production to 16 to 18-year-old students, with Minsthorpe Community College already signed up and Hemsworth Arts and Community College showing an interest.

Funding in already place from local businesses and sponsors to supply the necessary equipment and discussions are ongoing to secure a permanent home.

WF9 Radio will be an not-for-profit organisation and all positions are voluntary.

Station manager Colin Dobson said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the WF9 area. I’m really excited because it gives people the chance to be a part of something special, our own radio station that is dedicated to our community.

“We are getting everything set up now so that when the FM frequencies are released we will be ready to apply and go live. It won’t just be about music - everything will be community led, with input from local groups and schoolchildren.

“We have been putting everything together for the last six months and now we have a launch date.

“But we still need volunteers and we hope people with the relevant experience or enthusiasm will get involved.”

To volunteer, visit www.wf9radio.co.uk and click on the ‘contact us’ link.

The station also has a page on social networking site Facebook. Visit www.facebook.com and search for WF9 Radio to show your support.