Call for presenters to join radio volunteers
PUTTING the community at the heart of local airwaves is the aim of organisers of Nene Radio, the station for Rushden and Wellingborough, broadcasting on the internet.
The radio station is staffed by volunteers and the call has now gone out for more presenters to come forward to join their ranks.
The station’s CEO, Jase Shears, told Extra Local: “We initially had the idea to launch a radio station to try to put the community back into these areas.
“Nene Radio started as Radio Northants, which served for a year and was only changed after we approached Ofcom with our first FM licence proposal. Ofcom would not allow the name Radio Northants as it was too much like another local station.
“Since rebranding as Nene Radio, we have secured local businesses into our advertising packages and now have the DJs from a local entertainment company giving regular shows and attracting a wider audience.
“All our presenters are volunteers and put a lot of time in, but currently we are looking for more presenters who would like to help us at Nene Radio.
“We try to attend most of the local attractions within our areas with our outside broadcast team and our events team.”
The station took part in the inaugural Wellingborough Balloon Festival last August Bank Holiday. Jase said: “We were very proud to have been asked to participate in the balloon festival, where we were hosting the entertainment stage with a variety of local talent and acts.”
The station’s audience is growing, Jase adds: “Locally, we reach a listener base of 100-plus and that’s just the start, rising to more as we grow. I really believe that Rushden and Wellingborough have a need for a radio station of their own.
To find out more about volunteering, visit: nene-radio.co.uk or the Facebook page weareneneradio or Twitter @ Nene radio.
Jase said: “We will make it our mission to become a full time station for the communities of Rushden and Wellingborough. Hopefully, this year, Nene Radio will be broadcasting on DAB for the Northamptonshire region and possibly on the BSkyB satellite platform.”
Pictured above are Sharon Louise, Ashley Reedman, Steve Cee, Sam Perkins and Robin Haigh, with CEO Jase Shears in the middle and Samantha Thomas at the front. Missing from the photo are radio team members Andy Westley, Nathan James, Nigel Lawrence, Andy Cole and Hannah Thomas.