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Radio DJs forced to broadcast from home following lockdown

DJs at a radio station have begun broadcasting from the comfort of their own homes in response to the government lockdown.

Radio Stradbroke has launched a ‘home service’, with DJs broadcasting remotely from their own homes, seven days a week – a significant departure from the one day a week the station is used to.

Presenters will be on air every day from 10am to 2pm, sharing essential news about supermarket opening times, alongside their regular programming.

DJ Kim Bannon working at home for Radio Stradbroke. (33310135)
DJ Kim Bannon working at home for Radio Stradbroke. (33310135)

Presenter Michael Hugman, 62, said: “As we are all going to be stuck at home, we thought we should try to broadcast remotely.

“It took about four or five days of testing to make sure we had the right upload and download speeds.

“On top of that, I didn’t think we could go from broadcasting one day a week to seven, but, so far, it has worked.”

Radio Stradbroke's DJ Owen Hargrave(33310146)
Radio Stradbroke's DJ Owen Hargrave(33310146)

The station, which is exclusively available to listen to online, will also be celebrating its 14th year in service this weekend, and is looking forward to hosting its second instalment of Stradbroke Music Day – a free, one-day festival in the village, scheduled for July 11.

Mr Hugman said: “We took it on as a free festival and it was so good, we thought we have just got to do it again.”

Despite the growing number of summer events being called off in response to the spread of coronavirus, Mr Hugman remains hopeful it will go ahead.

He said: “We haven’t cancelled it yet – we’re hanging on for as long as we can before we make a decision.”

To listen to Radio Stradbroke, go online to radiostradbroke.co.uk.

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