An exciting time for local media

LymeOnline managing director Philip Evans MBE, editor Francesca Evans (right) and production manager Jackie Evans pictured at the second anniversary party

HAVING celebrated LymeOnline’s second anniversary at the end of February, we’re heading into our third year with a reinvigorated enthusiasm for delivering local news you can trust.

This year has already brought about several achievements for us – our second anniversary edition was our most financially successful yet, our online audience continues to grow each month, and we’ve seen new ideas come to fruition with the launch of our multi-media platform, LymeOnline Sights & Sounds, on our website.

It’s definitely been an exciting few weeks and we hope that’s set to continue, with plenty more ideas up our sleeves to further develop this community venture.

The media industry is changing. While we recognise the importance of the printed press, we also know that many no longer rely solely on this traditional format to keep them up to date with the latest news.

That’s why we’re also committed to developing our online presence, our social media platforms and video content.

And now Lyme Regis even has it’s own radio station!

After three long years in the making, it was an exciting and probably exhausting week for the team behind Lyme Bay Radio – station manager Simon West, his wife Tracey and Chris Tipping of Lyme Regis Development Trust.

Since their launch on Sunday I’ve tuned in to practically every show, even setting my alarm early to make sure I don’t miss the start of the breakfast show at 7am.

On Tuesday I was out of bed extra early to take some photos and video footage of the team in action, and ended up going on air quite unexpectedly for my first radio appearance!

The studio is tucked away in what was a quiet corner of The Hub. But quiet no more; music is playing around the clock and more presenter-led shows will soon be on air once all the station’s volunteers have completed their training.

It was fascinating to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the fast-paced world of radio, which LymeOnline hopes to become more involved with in the future.

Hats off to Simon, Tracey, Chris and all the volunteers; delivering a 24/7 community radio station is a huge undertaking but a project I really hope will take off over the coming few weeks.

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