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Radio station is urging young people to join in

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

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YOUNG people in Bideford and the surrounding area are being encouraged to get involved in a new radio station.

The station is being set up as part of the Community Arts Network (CAN), a not-for-profit programme for youngsters.

Athos Pittordou, from CAN, who is setting up the station is hoping it will be broadcast over the internet by September.

He said it will be a way for young people to get their music heard as well as discuss issues that matter to them.

He added: "Youngsters in this area can often experience isolation through it being so rural. "We are hoping this will help to tackle that.

"It will be an extension of our VH Live programme which supports bands and musicians through live events."

Athos has estimated it will cost £15,000 to set the station up, the main expense being equipment, and that is before a FM licence is obtained.

He said: "We want to make sure the equipment is good quality. We will be sticking with broadcasting on the internet to see how it goes.

"We have looked into getting a licence but it is very expensive and we need to make sure we have a continuous stream of youngsters involved before we take that step.

"We want the station to have music but also call ins and chat shows.

"We would like to encourage the youngsters to invite local MPs and other significant people in the area onto the radio station so they can put questions directly to them."

The project has been supported by Asda through their Community Life Champion Peter Wilcox .

Peter has been spending two hours a week helping with the set up of the radio station, including fundraising.

The first trial broadcast of the station will be held at Asda on March 30.

CAN is still looking for youngsters to get involved. To get more information about the radio station contact CAN on 01237 471972.

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