Chorley FM

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Chorley FM
Broadcast area Lancashire
Slogan "Real Local Radio"
Frequency 102.8 FM MHz (NW region)
First air date November 24, 2006
Format Community Radio
Owner Chorley FM LTD
Webcast [1]
Website http://chorley.fm

Chorley FM is a radio station based in Chorley, Lancashire, England. The station was created by volunteers back in 2001 to broadcast a special two week licence in conjunction with the Midsummer Festival which was located on Botany Bay near the M61.

History[edit]

The name "Chorley FM" originated as the name of a fictional radio station featured in comedy programmes That Peter Kay Thing and Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere. The fictional station uses a logo based on Century FM in the 1990s.

The 'real-life' station based in Chorley operated for short periods of time each year from 2000 under a temporary licence, that was organised by Chris Mellor, the then Cultural Services Manager at Chorley Council, and was located on Steeley Lane in the town. Chris then recruited volunteers to set up the Chorley FM company ltd as a not for profit company and lobbied Ofcom to ensure that the station would be a community station rather than be taken over by commercial interests.

Chris even negotiated with Peter Kay to stop him taking over the new company, after Kay made a derisory offer of £80 to take over the Chorley Fm company brand to allow him to promote his merchandise business. Chris also thwarted other commercial interests in taking on the local licence. Chris made the setting up of a community station a key outcome of the borough's Cultural Strategy 2001-6. Christian Moss was the first chair of Chorley FM in 2001.

Then on 9 September 2005, under the chairmanship of Neil Aspinall, Chorley FM was awarded a five-year licence to broadcast round the clock to the local community, this has recently been extended for a further 5 years. It also broadcasts worldwide via the Internet at www.chorley.fm.

The station's target objective is to broadcast for the area's young people and provide them with an opportunity to get involved and gain valuable experience in radio and the media.

Shortly after being granted their licence, the Chorley FM team created a competition in association with the Chorley Citizen newspaper, asking members of the community to design a logo for the station to use throughout its life, which was won by then 15-year-old, Rhys Griffiths. The logo however, changed to the current station logo during a full station re-branding exercise completed in February 2008. Then another rebrand in January 2012.

The station launched their full live output on 24 November 2006 on the frequency 102.8 FM, as well as streaming online via the station website.

In February 2008 Chorley FM saw a re-launch and implemented a new daytime music policy consisting of modern chart music, R&B, commercial dance, Indie rock and a few 80s, 90s chart classics. As of May 2011, the music policy has been relaxed, playing a wider variety of music. From 6pm, more specialist shows are common-place, comprising many forms of Dance music not covered by other radio stations including underground House, Old Skool / Retro House, Garage, Techno, Scouse House, Drum & Bass and Hardstyle. Other shows include the Flat Iron Show (featuring local unsigned bands), a Rock music show, Folk and Irish Music show, Camp classics & 80's Anthems and a sports show.

Chorley FM identifies its second objective target audience as the local LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) community. In late 2007, Chorley FM won the 'Community Service Award' at the National LGBT Health Summit and drew particular mention to the 'Breakout' Show targeted at the LGBT community of Chorley.[1] More LGBT Programmes have are now in the schedule including'In the Pink' which plays mainly club music from the LGBT scene.

In late 2008, Chorley FM worked in Conjunction with Search for a Star (Launched as a joint project with the Daily Star), a talent contest in partnership with Bobby Ball and Casey-Lee Jolleys. The show, hosted by Chorley FM's Nathan Hill and Steven Normyle with celebrity judges that included Bobby Ball, Casey-Lee Jolleys, X-Factor's Rowetta and Garry Bushell. Live theatre style shows took place weekly on the Blackpool North Pier.[clarification needed]

2009 has seen the station continue to grow with much media attention; including a number of inclusions in reports on Granada Reports and a behind the scenes look into volunteering as a young person at Chorley FM as part of the national BBC Blast project.

In 2011 the station was awarded a five-year renewal of its community radio licence.

Staff[edit]

  • Company Secretary: Dr.Philip Price
  • Community Liaison Director: Barbara Lowe
  • Technical Director: Alan Robinson
  • Membership Director: Terry Diviney
  • Training Director: Steve Lowe
  • IT Director: John Peters
  • Youth/L.G.B.T Director: John Miller
  • Volunteers Representative to the Board: Matt Sillitoe
  • Dance Shows Representative to the Board: Brendan Haywood
  • Daytime Shows Representative to the Board Gareth Edwards.

Presenters[edit]

  • Alan Robinson
  • Barbara Lowe
  • Ben Jenkinson
  • Bruce Wight
  • Carl Dillon
  • Chris Holland
  • Dave Nightingale
  • David Howard
  • Eric Vickers
  • Frank Griffiths
  • Gareth Edwards
  • George Price
  • James Blatchley
  • Jason Conrad
  • John Miller
  • Jordan Caunce
  • Matt Sillitoe
  • Mike Bryan
  • Neil Edwards
  • Nick Hardy (Little Saint Nick)
  • Paul Taylor (Tay)
  • Rob Scott
  • Sean Dwyer
  • Sam Oliver
  • Scooby
  • Terry Birnie
  • Terry Diviney
  • Chris Barnard (Nard)

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