A new radio station that aims to “give community organisations a voice” will begin broadcasting live from Biddulph Town Hall next month.
Churnet Sound, which will cover the Staffordshire Moorlands, announced its exciting “inclusive” plans this week and has promised to work actively in areas of social isolation.
A statement released by the station’s board of directors said: “We are very proud of the amazing work all of our volunteers are doing.
“We can’t wait to bring some fantastic programming to the Staffordshire Moorlands. We would also like to thank the team at Biddulph Town Hall and the town council for their support.
“The station will be made up of volunteers from the community, some with little or no radio experience and some who have been broadcasting professionally for years.
“One of the main aims of Churnet Sound will be to give community organisations in the area a voice to promote their work and any fundraising they are doing.
“Once restrictions allow, the station will be out in the community as much as possible working actively in the most rural areas where social isolation is at its highest.”
The station said its programmes will be varied and cover a number of subjects, from a daytime show focusing on local news and music, to specialist evening programmes focusing on country music, northern soul and LGBTQ+ issues in the local area and internationally.
The station has also been in discussion with the region’s schools to see how it can support learning.
Churnet Sound will begin broadcasting online, via a smartphone app and smart speakers from next month.