Fleet's Very Own
Community Radio Station
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.
A small board of directors for the
community interest company is coming together with the latest member ,
Mark Cater who is Content Director at BBC Sussex and Surrey offering his
support and help with training. He has recently trained volunteers from
Wey Valley Radio in Alton, Suzy Radio in Merstham. This includes two
three hour sessions at the studios in Guildford incorporating multimedia
provided by the The BBC Academy which covers best practice on covering
local news stories online through social media and broadcasting. This
also explained the differences between Libel, Defamation, Slander and
how to avoid other pitfalls when presenting.
The test transmission fee has kindly been donated by well known
community man Allan Gibson of www.fleethants.com
Alton Radio - Wey Valley has been able to launch for £4000 including a
donation by one of the directors of £1000. The amount of people who
have come forward with donations of time and money or new equipment has
been overwhelming. It really is the people of Alton's radio station and
I hope to replicate that good will in Fleet.
The essential costs will be:
Ofcom Application £600
Transmitter Install £1000
Ofcom Tests £250
License Fee £600
PRS and PPL £2500
Liability Insurance £150
Transmit Insurance £50
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 offred 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.
Fleet community radio will have two different strands of programming for daytime and evening with a team
of experienced and less experienced volunteers who will have access to training and benefit from being
part of a small community hub in the centre of the town. Offers gratefully accepted.
Following the Ofcom guidelines, members of community radio could broadcast their own shows
consisting of local interest that could include the arts such as drama, poetry, movies, or even mixing
We would also be attending the the town to bring the colour to the airwaves for some listeners who aren't able to attend for various reasons.
There will be training available from experienced presenters at places like the local BBC
Radio in Guildford who are helping Alton and with my own close links to Wey Valley Radio
in the smaller town who successfully applied to Ofcom, they are testing this month on 101.1 FM.
Seven councillors have already emailed since last week to get behind the Fleet station which bodes very well,
for a cost of £850 a year to Ofcom ( £ 650 for the application ) and then there is music licensing.
Fleet community radio will hopefully find a home within a council building and perhaps a chimney site for an antenna mast designed to look like a flag pole.
One thing that our small team of three volunteers need right away is a letter of support for the application.
Without any future obligation, do you think a charitable radio service that is dedicated to Fleet and the people within the town would be of benefit to society?
How do you think you would benefit ?
Thank you again and hope you will support an application for a local Fleet Community Radio
and respond as soon as you can by email to
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