Radio station hits airwaves

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A thriving music academy is hitting all the right notes after launching a new radio station aimed at supporting local DJs and musicians.

Fylde Coast Radio at Blackpool Music Academy, in Waterloo Road, took to the online airwaves earlier this month.

The community station will help to promote bands, record and interview live on air and get young people involved in becoming presenters.

John Shaw, Blackpool Music Academy owner, said the station would be a platform for musicians to learn about working on radio.

He added: “We hope to start courses for this project. We are trying to bring youngsters into the music academy.

“The academy was started for youngsters. We want to get youngsters in and get them to come on the radio.

“They can look forward to getting up in the morning – we are really looking forward to offering it to them.”

Mayor of Blackpool, Coun Val Haynes, officially opened the new studio, which has been constructed with materials donated from Homebase, Jewson, Wickes and Pickersgill DIY and Bathrooms, as well as labour from the Kirkham Prison Pay Back scheme.

Ten presenters work on the station, which is on air 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

When DJs are not in the studio, continuous music is played from the station, with guests invited to take a break by using the academy’s coffee shop.

Dion Mitchinson, 23, from Fleetwood, hosts two three-hour shows a week with support from his helper Mike Williams, 60.

Mr Williams said the station would act as a great starting point for upcoming DJs, bands and musicians.

He told The Gazette: “The presenters do a mix of music including soul, country and rock, as well as interviews and recordings.

“A lot of people send in requests for music through our Facebook page.

“Dion really enjoys it. It is a massive thing for him. It is a great way to get music out there. I’m hopeful many people will take an interest in the centre and use it as a starting point for their careers.”

T0 listen to the radio station go to www.fcradio.co.uk.

For more information call (01253) 695398.