Thornbury Radio is on-air
THORNBURY'S own radio station has started permanent FM broadcasts after years of hard work by volunteers.
Thornbury Radio launched on 105.1 and 107.5 FM in June, with a socially-distanced event held to mark the occasion at its studio on The Plain, which was officially opened by the town's deputy mayor Chris Davies at an event attended by volunteers, sponsors, presenters and local councillors.
The FM service is designed to cover Thornbury and surrounding villages, including Alveston, Olveston, Tytherington, Oldbury-on-Severn, Leyhill, Wickwar, Bagstone and Iron Acton.
It is also still available online, on an app, radio players and via smart speakers.
Run by a non-profit community interest company, it is being funded by a combination of grants, donations and advertising.
Station manager Chris Criddle said: “We are delighted to be on air across Thornbury and the surrounding area.
"The station will play a great mix of music, highlight information about our local area, and be the place for everyone to talk about Thornbury and surrounding area.
"Please do listen in, let us know what you think and join us in making Thornbury Radio the choice and voice for local listeners, events and organisations.
"Finally thank you to everyone who has helped make the station launch on FM possible.
"This is the culmination of over 16 years of work by countless volunteers being involved over the years.
"Listeners will hear many programmes coming live from the studio right in the heart of Thornbury.
"Other shows will be more specialist music and talk shows. There will be something for everyone including national and local news, weather, and the what’s on guide."
Over the years, more than 300 volunteers have helped to delivered local radio programming on the station, which started with Thornbury FM and Gloss FM restricted service broadcasts and continued online as its team worked to secure a licence.
The station is still looking for volunteers to fill roles from training and presenting to admin and maintenance of the technical equipment.
Anyone who is interested can fill out a form online at www.thornbury.radio.