Sea Change: Coast FM West Cornwall

Coast FM logo, from the station website.

The sandy beaches and turquoise waters of Mount’s Bay in Cornwall are one of the UK’s most cherished natural spots (writes Annabel Martin). The historic port of Penzance is the county’s westernmost town. Here, we speak with Dave Pascoe, station manager of Coast FM, about the community radio station, the Beach Boys and a shoplifting seagull.

Aerial view of Jubilee Pool, the UK’s largest Art Deco seawater lido, in Penzance. Photo: Monocle article.
View of St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall. Photo: Coast FM website

Tell us about the history of the station.

It started out producing podcasts as Penwith Community Radio in 2006, then moved onto internet broadcasting in 2011. We eventually achieved our FM licence in 2014, before starting broadcasting on 96.5 and 97.2FM.

What song is played most on the station?

Anything by the Beach Boys. But our playlist ranges from the 1960s to the present day – we want to appeal to all ages.

Tell us about some memorable broadcasting moments.

Our first day on air has to be the most memorable. But a close second was when we rebranded as Coast FM. We loaded the bus with our presenters and team members and travelled from Penzance to St Just on a customised bus, only to be met with the most foggy conditions. Covering the Tour of Britain bicycle race was an epic team effort and great fun too.

Coast FM logo, from the station website.
Some of the Coast FM team take a break during maintenance on one of the transmitters. Photo: Coast FM website.

What events will you be covering in the near future?

We’ll do the annual Golowan Festival again this year, along with a joint broadcast with the BBC from the Jubilee Pool for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June.

What’s the big story this week?

A seagull ran out of Holland & Barrett natural food shop with a chocolate bar clutched tightly in its beak. It was closely followed by an exasperated member of staff. By that time it had safely crossed the road and was busy unwrapping its chocolate. Apparently its name is Frank and it’s a bit of a hell-raiser.

Where do you and your colleagues hang out?

We always have a good welcome in the Crown and the Queens Hotel.

© MONOCLE Weekend Edition May 7, 2022

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