Fleet's Very Own
Community Radio Station
Sadly our FM licence application for Fleet and surrounding areas wasn't successful. Ofcom, the licensing authority decided to award a licence to Rush FM in Farnborough who have submitted an application for a station aimed at the under 30s age group which states that it will employ five people and be based at Farnborough College Of Technology.
Thanks to each and every person that gave support to Heath Radio CIC's community radio application not least the team of volunteers at Sound Vault led by Paul Simpson.
Ofcom invited FM community applications for the Fleet area on TWO separate occasions last year for a non refundable £600 fee, but have now decided that there is actually only ONE available FM frequency on which to broadcast a community radio station in the Fleet area.
Needless the say our team of volunteers who give our time for no remuneration are particularly disappointed as our application fee was partly donated by Fleet Lions charity. We aim to continue involving local councillors in pushing for this worthwhile cause of providing community radio by volunteers of any background rather than excluding the over 30s. We believe that our application was tightly budgeted to avoid handing back a licence in the future through lack of planning. We disagree with Ofcom in inviting applications twice for an area with only one frequency, awarding licences to parties who don't live in their proposed transmission area, and Heath Radio CIC don't consider our application be a commercial threat to anyone outside our town where we actually live.
service Starts from 1st May
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Message from Soundvault
SUPPORT FOR NEW RADIO STATION IN OUR PATCH:
Heath Radio is among 44 hopefuls to operate new community radio stations across the UK which have been submitted in response to a request for applications from industry regulator OFCOM.
If successful, the FM radio station would provide a much-needed community resource on Sound Vaultís doorstep, to the people of Fleet, Yateley, Farnborough and Hartley Wintney in Hampshire, and Camberley in Surrey.
Sound Vault is excited to be working with Heath Radio, and has everything crossed for their application for a licence. We canít wait to get on air with them, should they be successful in the bid to bring community FM radio to the Surrey/Hampshire border.
Heath Radio have come a few steps closer to handing in our application for community radio in Fleet. A podcast project called the vault is joining forces with Heath Radio so that even more people can become involved in all areas of media production training. Former PR guru at BBC Radio 1, Paul Simpson who is from Yateley is climbing on board to help Allan Gibson & Paul Wisdom from Fleet to broaden the appeal of community radio to the surrounding towns who will also be able to tune in and feel more connected with Fleet.
know that residents of Fleet commute to nearby towns for work and
leisure so it makes sense that everyone should be able to listen on a
radio in places like Yateley , Farnborough and Camberley.
Three Directors have been named. Allan Gibson (Content Manager and fleethants.com), Melisa Montagon (Funding Manager) and Paul Wisdom (Station Manager)
The prospect of a Local Radio station has been boosted by a donation of £500 by the Fleet Lions.
The essential costs will be:
We will of course publicise local news information and events for free but advertising local business will have a part to play in the sustainability.
Sponsorship of a three hour breakfast show Monday to Friday 7-10 am would cost £225 per month, including three messages per hour , fifteen messages per week.
The same could apply to other shows and hourly weather or what's on updates. A very reasonable price but the lifeblood for the station to cover costs.
director for BBC Surrey has offered to help with training of potential volunteer
presenters and will also be a director on the small board of the
community interest company. This could help with the application in
July. A positive response to the request to site an antenna on the Hart
Council building has been offered by John Ellison, subject to contract.
Another possibility for an aerial would be Beacon Hill for FM coverage.
Fleet Lions have been approached for possible funding.