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Uckfield FM radio marks three years on the air after start in broom cupboard
4:30pm Monday 8th July 2013 in News
A community radio station that began in a store cupboard has celebrated three years as a full-time broadcaster.
The non-profit-making Uckfield FM, which is run by volunteers, started out in 2002 in a store cupboard at the town’s Picture House and shared its administrative area with the popcorn store.
It was allowed to broadcast only once or twice a year for a month at a time, but three years ago began running shows 24 hours a day, giving local groups, individuals, societies and musicians access to the airwaves and offering training to its contributors.
Co-founder Gary King said: “It has been a great three years and we have seen a lot of new presenters being trained up.
Uckfield FM has grown with the town and a lot of it has been thanks to the business community, which has supported us with advertising.”
Chairman Mike Skinner says he is proud of the variety of programming the station’s volunteers offer.
He said: “So many mainstream radio stations are offering generic programming, while over the years and up to today Uckfield FM offers its listeners specialist presenters for jazz, musicals, soul, rhythm and blues, Motown, country, comedy, Christian and world music, to name a few.
“And the board of directors is especially grateful to the community, which has involved itself in the stations through giving interviews, contributed, made requests and dedications, playing and singing live at the station and supporting the station’s own Lottery.”
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