Radio station brings people together
Harri Mendez producing in the KTCRfm Studio
A LOCAL radio station has continued to generate a positive response from residents since it started broadcasting at the end of January.
KTCRfm is the new local radio station for the Keynsham area and also broadcasts to Saltford, the Chew Valley, North East Somerset, most of South Gloucestershire, as well as Bath and much of Bristol, with a potential audience of almost 100,000.
It is a fully Ofcom-licensed FM broadcaster and is available 24 hours a day on 105.8FM.
Since January, the station has added a number of programmes to its schedule, all of which are locally based and made by local people, including The Keynsham Hour, which has been broadcast on SomerValley FM for the last five years.
Ofcom awarded KTCRfm a broadcast licence following the genuine community participation in The Keynsham Hour.
These programmes will be supplemented by a number of others shared with other local radio stations in the region.
During March, KTCRfm helped to develop a community response to the coronavirus outbreak with other local groups. It is now broadcasting a Good Morning slot every day at 8am and 9am detailing news and developments in the local community.
Spokesman Ric Davison said: “KTCRfm is run largely by volunteers and is a registered not-for-profit-company.
“The station is supported by the National Lottery and a host of local agencies and businesses, including Keynsham Town Council and especially the @One Community Trust and Burnett Business Park, with generous support for the station's studios in Keynsham and transmission installation at Burnett. Others include Smart Computers, IT Solutions Saltford, Truespeed and Jazz Computers.
“The station’s income and operating costs will be enhanced by the radio advertising opportunities for local businesses, and a number are already in production.
“Local radio is a sure way of helping to alleviate isolation, especially with the elderly confined to their own homes.
“Since broadcasting began, local response has been extremely encouraging - and a recent posting on the station's Facebook Page quickly had over 4,000 views.”
The station also streams live on the internet. To find out more and to listen, visit www.ktcrfm.com