Teenagers launching NCB Radio on internet
A GROUP of teenagers from Bodmin are weeks away from officially launching a community radio station.
North Cornwall Broadcasting Radio is scheduled to go live via the internet on January 7 at 6pm from a studio in Bodmin.
Various presenters will host shows on the launch night and the following day a 15-hour non-stop broadcast is scheduled from 9am to introduce listeners to the station.
Originally planned to only cover the Bodmin area, the radio team decided earlier this year to widen the appeal, and hopefully sponsorship opportunities, by covering other parts of North Cornwall.
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It has taken nine months of planning for the team to progress this far and 19-year-old station manager Aaron James has promised the network will have something for everyone.
As most of the staff are students and at college, a non-stop playlist of music will be aired during weekdays but on Saturdays and Sundays they will be presenting live shows, including local news and sport.
Aaron explained: "At weekends, there will be presenter-led programming ranging from a variety-type show, to a sports results slot and a music show.''
The station's head of music is Dave Gould, a presenter on Radio Plymouth and Exeter FM, who has devised a playlist similar to successful commercial radio stations.
Aaron, who was instrumental in setting up Bodmin College Radio when a student there, said he hoped the new station would fill a void in North Cornwall, where he believed many local events received scant airtime on other stations.
"Our aim is to reach out to each area of North Cornwall and let them utilise NCB Radio. We are not going to ram North Cornwall down their throats in branding like some other stations do in parts of the county. We believe we should be directly accountable to the people we serve because without them there is little point in our existence.''
The aim of the station is to one day obtain a full community broadcasting licence so listeners can tune in through their radios.
One of the station's sponsors is computer store Evolve in Honey Street.
Owner, Daniel Mitchell, said he was excited to be part of NCB Radio.
"It's relaunch in the new year will test the group's resolve and dedication but I'm sure will ultimately shine as a testament to all the hard work and time put into the project.
"Evolve will continue to support NCB Radio over the coming year and looks forward to the ongoing partnership and friendship,'' he said.
Aaron added: "After an interesting and quite challenging nine months, the reality is that we are nearly there with NCB, thanks to some great sponsors, Truro College media technicians and other organisations. We are really looking forward to serving North Cornwall.''