Sleaford to hit the airwaves with radio station project?

Daniel Sumpton - one of the volunteers looking to start up a community radio station in Sleaford. EMN-151127-144453001
Daniel Sumpton - one of the volunteers looking to start up a community radio station in Sleaford. EMN-151127-144453001

Sleaford could soon be going on air with its own community radio station if a bid gets the backing of licensing authorities.

The project is being fronted by Daniel Sumpton, of Sleaford, a producer and presenter on Lincoln’s community station Siren FM, supported by Victor Savage (a director) and Andy Brookes (training and development manager) at Grantham’s Gravity FM.

They sought the support of Sleaford Town Council at its General Purposes Committee last Wednesday. Members will consider the proposals before deciding whether to give their backing, but committee chairman Coun Adrian Snookes said he was “very excited” by the prospect.

Mr Sumpton said: “We feel there is a need for it. There are other successful examples locally.”

He said they were working on their business plan and would need to find grant funding and premises. In the shorter term they could request a 28-day limited licence to test the water and gauge public demand to build a case for broadcasting regulator Ofcom. “We would then apply to Ofcom for a licence which could take a couple of years,” he said.

Content would be varied, including national and local issues, interviews and music, but with an emphasis on raising the profile of local events, subjects and organisations. They would remain impartial, accurate and without political or religious agendas.

Mr Sumpton said: “We are volunteers, we are committed but would look at areas to generate income to make it sustainable.”