NORTH East Derbyshire’s new Castle FM are aiming to help bring a ray of sunshine to the area with the launch their new online local community radio station www.castlefmproject.com for Bolsover, NE Derbyshire and Chesterfield.
A Castle FM spokesman said: “This is intended to be very much a ‘people’s station’ by building strong links to the local community and with a particular emphasis on inspiring young people to take an interest in radio production themselves.
“The team behind Castle FM are placing community relations at the very heart of their application and local people are being encouraged to play their part in helping the station become a reality, by becoming involved in everything from research to presentation.
“The intention is for the station to offer much more than simply a ‘voice on the radio’ by becoming a real inspiration to young people in the area – something underlined by the Castle FM bid’s commitment to offer summer camps and after-school activities in radio-related skills.”
Bid co-ordinator Paul Wragsdale, who has a radio background as well as a successful career as a DJ, is part of a four-person team hoping to turn what was once just a dream into an exciting reality.
Another local DJ, Darren Cairns, will use his experience as a promoter in the vital role of events and promotions manager, while Paul Wilkinson’s extensive technical skills will be key to keeping things running smoothly.
Finally, Michelle Stevenson-Briggs has been given the important task of taking Castle FM out into the community and into schools and college.
The radio station’s launch is planned for Saturday, September 29, with a fantastic celebration at the Double Top, on Inkersall Green Road, Inkersall, from 1pm to 11.30pm, with 11 live, local acts, a barbecue, a Rodeo Bull, a Mini Olympics and appearances from public dignitaries. The event will all be broadcast live via www.castlefmproject.com.