A director of a proposed new radio station for Diss, Eye and Harleston says they could be on the airwaves early next year after regulator Ofcom announced their application deadlines.
Park Radio, which was formed in 2010 and has completed four successful 28-day test broadcasts, is hoping to apply for a 24-hour FM licence which would serve around 50,000 people.
Ofcom is welcoming applications from the region from September 24, with a deadline of December 16. A decision from Ofcom is expected in the spring of 2015.
Park Radio director Chris Moyse said the station will apply for an initial five-year licence, which requires submission of a detailed station plan.
He said: “We are glad we have finally got the date for applications in this area so we can prepare for the future.
“We have been working hard recently to maintain a good community profile by attending many local events and feel confident that Ofcom will grant us a licence.
“It will give Diss, Eye and Harleston a dedicated local radio service, promoting the area where we live and work and engaging and involving the local community.”
Regarding the station’s proposed location, he added: “We are still in meaningful discussions with Diss Town Council and South Norfolk Council about having studios at the Diss Youth and Community Centre. Talks are positive and on-going, and will depend on available funding.”
Park Radio is also looking for volunteers to help, both on and off air. If you can help, visit the website at www.parkra dio.co.uk.