VOLUNTEERS at a community radio station in Seaford celebrated its first anniversary this month.
In January 2010, after three years of behind the scenes preparations, Seahaven FM finally took to the airwaves full time.
Managing director Nick Mallinson and his team had been helping to produce shows on 96.3FM, which can also be heard on the internet. Four short-term FM broadcasts took place but 2010 was a milestone for the station when members found they could be heard on 96.3FM 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Since starting its full-time service the station - for Seaford, Peacehaven and Newhaven - has become increasingly popular with local residents and people working in the area.
The station is a not-for-profit venture and was set up by businessman Mr Mallinson whose dream was to provide the community with local news on the radio.
He said, “This has been a very exciting year, we have achieved a huge amount, and the reaction from listeners has been beyond our expectations.
“As a not for profit organisation ourselves, we know only too well how difficult it is to raise funds, so I am very proud to say now we are on FM we have also been able to start helping local groups and charities with their fund raising and also get involved with things like work experience placements for schools, which means we can really make a difference to the local community.
“We are now looking forward for more projects to support so we can do much more in 2012 and the coming years.”
The birthday celebrations took place on air on Monday January 9.
To help run the station and its activities Seahaven FM is always looking for volunteers to help with live programmes and the general running of the station, experience is helpful but not essential.
To find out more visit: www.seahavenfm.com or call 891424.