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Help needed in Haworth radio bid
A Haworth resident is hoping to take to the airwaves to turn his online radio service into a much more extensive operation.
Writer, publisher and broadcaster Graham Smith, who runs Bronte Radio, said he felt there was plenty of demand for an expanded service.
“The interest is there, but getting people to volunteer and physically do things in a small community is very difficult,” he said.
“I think this is something that would be good for the whole area, and there’s a definite opening for community involvement and a real community facility.
“I’d like to interview more councillors, local characters and others who have stories to tell. There are plenty of these people around, and there are a lot of events and activities that take place in the Worth Valley that could do with some form of radio coverage.”
Mr Smith, who lives in Sun Street, explained Bronte Radio has existed in its current online format for about 12 months.
Its website includes recorded interviews with a variety of individuals who live and work in the Worth Valley, as well as photos of people and local landscapes.
Mr Smith said he had been planning to apply for an Ofcom licence to set up a more traditional ‘conventional’ radio station, but noted this route did have its disadvantages.
“There’s a £600 fee just to apply for the licence, which would give me a two-year window to set up a traditional radio station on an FM frequency,” he said.
“But Ofcom would be looking for 70 to 80 hours of broadcasting a week. At the moment, Bronte Radio is me and a couple of others, so for that we’d of course require a lot more people and suitable premises, ideally in Haworth.”
Modern technology makes it straightforward for him to provide good quality audio online at bronteradio.com. “The quality is easy, but it’s getting the content that matters,” he added.
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