LYME Regis and the surrounding area now has its own community radio station, with the launch of Lyme Bay Radio.
After three years in the making, the online station launched on Sunday, March 1.
Volunteers and supporters piled into the newly-built studio at The Hub in Church Street to countdown to the first live broadcast (see video below), presented by station manager Simon West and programme controller Chris Tipping.
Speaking at the launch, Simon and Chris gave some background to the project and thanked all those who had already offered support.
Tracey West, who has also been instrumental in recruiting and training volunteers, and will be presenting her own shows on the station, said she hoped Lyme Bay Radio would help bring the community together.
Lyme Bay Radio is being led by Lyme Regis Development Trust and was made possible thanks to an £8,800 National Lottery Awards for All grant, as well as donations from the local Rotary Club, Regatta & Carnival Committee and Palmers Brewery.
The station will be run completely by volunteers, broadcast 24/7 via the website www.lymebayradio.com.
Several programmes have already been scheduled, including a daily breakfast show with Simon and Chris, Light Lunch every weekday afternoon, as well as programmes covering the arts, environment, holistic health and a wide variety of musical genres.
The station also offers regular news, travel and weather updates, and will be broadcasting live from Lyme’s many events and festivals.
Music is currently played automatically between scheduled shows, but Lyme Bay Radio is looking for more volunteers to offer presenter-led content. No experience is required and full training is available.
For more details on volunteering, how you can support Lyme Bay Radio or to listen live visit www.lymebayradio.com