Bradley Stoke Community Radio Association has been awarded a grant of £5,000 from the Quartet Community Foundation’s Grassroots Grants Programme towards setting up a community radio station in the town.
The money comes on top of the £2,500 awarded to the group in August by South Gloucestershire Council’s Southern Brooks Area Forum, £1,500 from the same source in 2009, £1,000 from the Avon and Somerset Police Community Trust and £400 from Bradley Stoke Town Council.
Lucy Smith, who has been responsible for fundraising, said:
“We are very pleased to say that we are just a couple of steps away from having a full time online radio station.”
“The funds we have now raised will be used to buy equipment and enable us to provide online streaming through our website and access for all to our programming in the new year.”
“We will also be able to promote our programmes throughout the community and get more people and groups involved in this exciting community project.”
A series of free radio training workshops will be held in the new year and the station aims to run a full-time FM broadcast in June to cover the Bradley Stoke Community Festival.
The station recently took possession of the office that will house its studio [photo] on the first floor of the Willow Brook Centre and is now appealing for furniture and equipment to fill it.
The association is also keen to hear from local groups, businesses and people who want to be interviewed or are holding events which could be promoted on Bradley Stoke Radio.
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