Former BBC man James Finlayson takes charge of Ashfield’s Takeover radio

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A FORMER BBC radio producer has taken charge at a Sutton community radio station and has some big plans for the project.

James Finlayson has been appointed as the new station manager of Takeover Radio 106.9 after funding for the post - and to keep the radio station running for a further 18 months - was secured from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust in December.

James worked for the BBC as a radio producer from the mid-1990s until 2007, working on stations such as the World Service and Radios 1 and 2.

He moved north for family reasons and had a career change, becoming a media studies teacher.

“This opportunity came up and I thought it would be a great chance to combine both worlds,” he said.

James said that he and the team who have previously been involved with Takeover have some good ideas for how they want to take it forward over the next few months, but are getting back up and running straight away.

He said: “The idea in the short term is to get back to the minimum of where we were before.

“The Mansfield Town coverage and the young presenters who have been trained up previously are back on the air now.”

The future plans include launching training progammes to get more local youngsters involved in the station, while there will be a big re-launch later in the year for new on-air content.

James said: “It’s a great project. It’s had a few setbacks but now we have some money in the bank, some good ideas and a team who are ready for a re-launch.”

In the meantime, Takeover is looking for more volunteers to get involved.

Both young people aged eight to 18 who may fancy a go presenting a show, and adult volunteers who can spare a couple of hours a week to supervise, are needed.

Anyone who is interested should email, text SUTTON plus their message to 84555 or visit the station’s Facebook page.

Sports editor Craig Priest will resume his coverage of the Stags’ matches starting on Saturday with the Fleetwood game at Field Mill.

Ashfield residents can listen to Takeover at 106.9FM or anyone can listen at by clicking here

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