Park Radio receives a warm reception from listeners as it hits six month milestone
Park Radio’s director, Chris Moyse, says he is “proud” of the station reaching its six month anniversary – after a long journey to get to air.
The community radio station, serving Diss, Eye and Harleston, launched in November last year.
“I think people have really warmed to it,” said Mr Moyse.
“People, shops, business, and offices have engaged with it. The people who have found us like us and really want Park Radio to succeed.
“Those first six months have been important – it’s the honeymoon period where you make your big splash. If you don’t you’ve missed a massive opportunity.
“I think we’ve made that splash.”
Mr Moyse, originally from Diss, got his start on hospital radio in Norwich before working as an accountant for Radio Broadland in 1984. Returning to Diss in 2006, he worked to launch Park Radio – with its first test transmission in 2010.
“It was very hard to set up,” admitted Mr Moyse.
“We were, at one stage questioning whether this would ever happen. But, we dug deep and, with funding and support from the local community and town council, we realised we would do it.
“We had a tremendous amount of good fortune and we have worked terribly hard to get to where we are now.
“We would be letting people down if we hadn’t pursued our passion for local radio. We just had to hang in there, keep calm and carry on.”
The station received a five year licence last year and currently broadcasts from the Diss Youth and Community Centre.
Mr Moyse said: “I am immensely proud of what we have achieved. We have more than 40 talented volunteers who dedicate their time, enthusiasm and energy to the station.”
When asked about the future of the station, Mr Moyse said: “I think we need to keep reinventing ourselves, keep it new, keep it fresh and we have some initiatives coming along which will turn heads.
“We will be busy in the coming months with community events.”