Park Radio celebrates two years on air
A radio station determined to remain local is celebrating the end of its second year on air.
Park Radio was first heard 10 years ago when it began broadcasting test transmissions from a shoe shop basement in Diss.
At that time, its programmes were hardly heard beyond the town – but, when its application for a licence was successful, the range was extended to Harleston and Eye.
The station now aims to reach communities in south Norfolk and mid Suffolk now that broadcasting regulator Ofcom has allowed it to increase its signal strength.
Station director Chris Moyse has been part of Park Radio since the beginning.
He said: “It’s my 10th year since helping to launch the station and it’s a dream come true.
“Park Radio is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but it is the most rewarding and the most fun.”
The station’s strategy, he said, was to offer a distinct voice, while informing and involving the local community.
“Our aim is to fill a local radio void, with stations in the regional centres of Ipswich and Norwich offering little or no coverage and involvement in local needs,” he said.
Mr Moyse also thanked the 40-plus volunteers who support the station.
“They devote so much time to help provide a first-class local radio service to the communities we are licensed to serve.”
Diss town mayor Sonia Browne sent her best wishes to the station.
“I would just like to say congratulations to Chris and all the team on this the second year of transmission,” she said.
“I wish you many years of continued broadcasting to the communities of Diss.”