Takeover Radio future secured by Coalfields Regeneration Trust grant

THE future of a once under-threat community radio station looks secure after it received funding from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

Takeover Radio 106.9, which is based at Sutton Centre Community College and is run by young people and adult volunteers, has been handed the grant to develop its work experience programme and employ a new station manager.

Chad has previously reported that the station was under threat because of a funding crisis.

At present, listeners can only tune into pre-recorded shows, along with occasional live shows from the young people.

But many of the shows have been cut, including sport, which had attracted a large following.

The new station manager is expected to start in January and sports editor Craig Priest has welcomed news of the funding.

He said: “The grant is going to allow us to get a new station manager and the kids’ shows are going to get an injection.

“It’s part of their eduction and it’s going to be a boost for that.

“It will support getting the station back with a more structured schedule during the week.”

Meanwhile, listeners have been showing their support for the station, with one person writing a letter to say how much they value it.

“We are desperate to get that back,” says Craig.

“I want to thank everyone who has got in touch with messages of support.

“We couldn’t do it without everyone’s support.”

Takeover Radio also needs adult volunteers to supervise when the children are presenting and producing their shows.

No experience is necessary and the role would not involve radio work.

Takeover Radio’s Director Graham Coley said: “All they need to is offer a couple of hours a week.”

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Graham Coley on 07939311967.