Green light for community radio station

STAFF at a Seaford-based radio station are celebrating after it was awarded its full time community licence following months of campaigning.

Seahaven FM started test internet broadcasts in February last year and made its first test FM broadcast a month later.

Since then the station has been broadcasting its programmes full time on the internet from its studio in Seaford via the website and has held a series of other short term FM broadcasts licensed by Ofcom.

The team applied for a full time Community Radio Licence in November last year and learnt last week their wish had been granted.

Nick Mallinson, the station's MD, said, "This is the news we have been waiting for, for almost two years. There is a lot of work to do now to get things ready for us to be on FM full time, but Seahaven FM is going to be a reality and Seaford, Newhaven and Peacehaven are going to have their own radio station all year round!".

Since its beginning, Seahaven FM has received overwhelming support from the public and currently has around 50 volunteers helping to run the station's internet broadcasts.

The idea of Seaford and the surrounding area having its very own genuinely local radio station was the dream of Mr Mallinson whose aim was to bring news, music and programmes to the airwaves.

This picked up momentum following a discussion with three other businessmen at a Seaford and Newhaven Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting. Since then Seahaven FM has gone from strength to strength.

The station announced the recent good news on air during the internet broadcast at 9.09am on September 9, the day after they received the green light from Ofcom.

It is hoped Seahaven FM will be on air early next year after work that needs to be done at the studio is finished and Ofcom complete all of the technical and regulatory tests. Seahaven FM will be allocated a new frequency and this will be announced when it is known.

Seaford MP Norman Baker, who has a Sunday morning slot featuring Jazz, Blues and Country music, said, "This is fantastic news not only for Seahaven FM but for Seaford and Newhaven who have a genuinely local radio station.

"This can only bring a sense of community and I hope that people in Seaford and Newhaven will support it and also tune in to my show on a Sunday!"

Since the radio station's creation people of varying ages have had the chance to broadcast material and some of the shows include 80s music, quizzes, Rock and French music and much more.

Seahaven FM is always looking for new volunteers to help with programmes and the general running of the station.

There are about 50 volunteers helping to run the station's Internet broadcasts at the moment but to keep the station running 24 hours a day more help is required.

Seahaven FM is a not for profit company. For more information please visit the website www.seahavenfm.com or the office can be contacted on 891424.