Gordonton’s first FM radio station goes live today.
The low-power FM station will be run from Eastwest College and should cover a 5km radius.
Students and staff have spent the last four weeks learning how to run the station, which has been automated up until now.
“It is going to be run by students,” says student team leader Ruben Shudall. “We hope it goes live today, depending on circumstances.”
A small group will do all the programming and scheduling of content, as well as announcing and any other tasks in the day to day operation of the station.
“As yet, we are still finalising details of programming. However, we hope to largely play music that is more relaxed, with a focus on perhaps country and contemporary music. We also hope to run some community bulletins and some spoken programmes.”
As far as he is aware this is the first local radio station. “We hope to connect and bond with the local community and form a stronger sense of community between those at college and those outside it.”
The idea for the station came from a family at college originally from India, says lecturer Jim Couch.
“They have extensive experience working in radio overseas. This has been in the works for the better part of a year.”
Ruben says while they won’t be able to tell how many people are listening, they have had some early feedback on what people hope to hear.
“And we hope to receive more once we are properly running.”
The new radio station can be heard at 107.0FM.