Link FM

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Link FM
Format Community Radio

Link FM was a community radio station operating in Havering, east London on 92.2 FM. Its first broadcast was in 1992, with the station going on air for a couple of weeks. Every summer since then Link FM has repeated this format of short-term broadcasts. In the summer of 2005 there was no broadcast with the station deciding to go on air at Christmas instead. In 2006 it was announced that after 10 years of short-term broadcasts that Link FM had been awarded a full-time community radio licence, with the station opening permanently in April 2007. However due to lack of funding the station closed down in June 2010.

Origin[edit]

The concept of Havering having its own community radio station was trialed in 1990 at Harold Wood Primary School. This was the first school ever in the country to broadcast radio. It was trialed again a year later but this time at St.Edward's Church of England Comprehensive School.

The first time Link FM went on air in 1992 turned out to be very popular among the local community, with many volunteers joining the station soon after the broadcast. Many people who joined the group in 1992 are still involved today and have formed The Friends of LINK FM.

Famous hosts[edit]

A number of people involved with Link FM over the years have gone on to achieve careers in the media industry. Ian Camfield now broadcasts with Xfm in London. Ross Gilbert presents traffic and travel from the air on Invicta FM in Kent. Nik Rawlinson is Editor of several IT related publications and recently presented a weekly technology talk show for the UK's oldest commercial radio station, LBC.

The end[edit]

On Sunday, 27 June 2010, it was announced that the service was to close at midday the following day.[1]

"This hasn't been easy. We have 60 volunteers - some who have been with us since inception - and we've put a lot of hours, blood, sweat and tears into the station" Nikki Cook told the Romford Recorder.

The newspaper also reported that the station had applied for 30 grants, all of which were turned down.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "London FM Radio Station Closes". Radio Today. 27 June 2010. Retrieved 27 June 2010. [dead link]