Radio station bids for full-time slot
RADIO fans have been giving overwhelming support to Exmouth's very own community station in its bid for a full-time operator's licence.
Bay FM Radio has returned to the airwaves to feature coverage of the annual Exmouth Festival which is running over the next two weeks.
ON THE AIR: Bay FM DJ Andy Green in the new premises in Exmouth with Paul Haslam, Julie Green, Andy Gilbert, Paul Strange and Emily Sutton
It went on air on Monday from its new studio donated by Buildbase on frequency 107.9 FM.
The studio is off Salterton Road at Exmouth and is on the air 24 hours a day until Sunday, June 6.
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During that time, station manager Andy Green is mustering support ready for a bid to communication watchdog Ofcom for a full-time licence.
Mr Green said support from listeners is growing all the time and he has renewed his appeal for fans to send the station letters of support.
These will be given to Ofcom to boost the campaign to get on the air full-time, he said.
"In our bid we will be sending Ofcom letters of intention in support of aim to become Exmouth's own community radio station," he said.
"We have been trying for the past five years to obtain an operator's licence and still confident we will achieve this.
"We are getting massive support from listeners and once again we are supporting the Exmouth Festival by broadcasting from venues around the clock."
During the next fortnight the station will be broadcasting the afternoon slot Strawberry Fair which features local music talent from 2pm to 4pm.
Bay FM is also getting overwhelming support on its website set up for the first time in its new look this year.
Mr Green said: "We are getting more than 5,000 hits a day on our website which is brilliant.
"Even when the festival is over we are to continue our website on www.bayfm.co.uk for our listeners which is streamed in real time on the internet.
"We are urging our supporters to continue backing us, ready for when our application will be decided by Ofcom.
"Everyone is working so hard and we are grateful we have a new studio. We would like to open full-time next year."