Howick Village Radio
Eastern residents have a local voice thanks to the launch of a new radio station.
Howick Village Radio officially launched last week and promises a mix of local news, community group information, health and lifestyle features, and varied musical styles.
“We wanted something solely for the Howick community and locals to call their own, and hopefully we can make a success of the venture,” says station manager Michael Rowse.
The station is a 24-hour service broadcasting on 88.1fm with a coverage of about a six-kilometre radius from the Howick town centre. But Mr Rowse says that because of the uneven geography some areas might struggle to get reception.
The station is non-profit and will be run entirely by volunteers.
It has been funded by the Howick Village Association and Howick Community Board.
Mr Rowse runs a local business and before managing the new venture he operated a small-scale radio station from his home for three years.
He says the Howick station can reach a greater number of the area’s residents and provide a valuable community service.
Listeners can suggest features on special musical interests or community activities and businesses.
“The station will provide something for everyone, from a Sunday morning jazz show hosted by former Howick mayor Morrin Cooper, to the opportunity for teenagers to play more contemporary music in the evenings.”
There will also be opportunities for guest DJs and school groups to take part.
The station is seeking support from businesses and volunteers with previous radio station experience who want to contribute.
“It’s going to be a struggle at first but with support we’ll get there,” says volunteer Jenny Foster.
© Eastern Courier 10/07/2008.
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