Pocklington’s long awaited West Wolds Radio has been up and running successfully 24/7 for over two months now on 103.1 fm.
Online feedback via Facebook suggests the number of listeners is growing and there has been a very positive response to the choice of music among all age groups.
Everyone at the station is a volunteer including the Station manager Stuart Cocker who is also the main host at West Wolds Daily.
The station has a community licence which means it is a not for profit business and it should benefit the community in a variety of ways. Volunteers are needed for many tasks – welcoming and taking messages in reception, helping with IT, planning interviews and programmes, presenting and learning the technical aspects of broadcasting.
Dozens of guests have shared their local knowledge and interests on the daily magazine show 10am to 1pm with such diverse topics as the Sledmere Waggoners, Oral Storytelling in the East Riding, Rotary and Sainsbury’s local Sports Relief Challenges, a planned Pianothon at All Saints Church and many more. For those who have missed these interviews there is a ‘Listen Again’ facility on the website.
A spokesperson for the radio station said: “It seems to be the hub of the community and I get a real buzz out of being here.”
The studios are on Market Street above the Market St Cafe and contact details are available on the website.
Volunteer Sarah Oakden, who is a keen supporter of the venture, said: “I really believe in Community Radio and am passionate about it.
“It’s a wonderful concept that local interest programmes can be made by local people for local people.”