|103.2 Preston FM|
"Like No Other"
|Formation||2005 (2013 Full-time)|
|Station Manager||Brian Ashman|
|Key people||Preston FM Ltd|
The station has broadcast previously on six one-month trials, in October 2005, March 2006, November 2006, May 2007, November 2007, and June 2–29, 2008. The community broadcaster, which is led by station manager Richard Lace, subsequently received a full-time community radio licence from UK regulator Ofcom. The station has been partly backed thanks to EU funding. As of April 2012, the station will go independent due to the closure of the arts charity Prescap.
History and overview
The station began as a project by Preston based arts charity and organisation Prescap.
All current shows on the station are mainly presented by various people from Preston and neighbouring towns. As Preston FM is a community radio station, all DJ's are unpaid volunteers and because of this Preston FM has a wider variety of presenters and shows than any other station in the area. As of 2010 the station reached an approximate of 115 shows along with 150 presenters.
Many volunteers and staff will occasionally organise workshops that focus on teaching DJing radio and broadcasting, editing and mixing music along with oral and presenting skills. The workshops have, since the station went full-time in 2008, reached out to schools and colleges.
Preston FM launched a project named 12 weeks of summer, where across a twelve-week period, the radio station went on a tour of six locations in and around the city of Preston, and broadcast from each of the six locations for 2 weeks at a time, starting in Leyland, at the Rococo Coffee lounge and then moving on to Ingol, Ribbleton, Garstang Discovery Centre, Moor Park at the Preston College Park campus and then ending the tour with Preston FM broadcasting live from the City Centre, from inside the St. George's Shopping Centre.
As of 11 April 2012, after 25 years of activity, the charity organisation that started the Preston FM project in 2005, Prescap, closed due to the lack of local government and EU funding. Preston FM still continues to broadcast full time, and is now run entirely by volunteers. Preston FM (NOW PRESTON FM LTD) is based at 30A Cannon Street