Radio St Austell Bay
|Broadcast area||St Austell, United Kingdom|
|Slogan||Local, Local Radio|
|Frequency||105.6 MHz FM|
|First air date||Monday 28 January 2008|
|Owner||Radio St Austell Bay CIC|
|Website||Radio St Austell Bay|
Radio St Austell Bay (RSAB, often incorrectly called St Austell Bay Radio) is a non-profit, community radio station. The radio station is funded by a combination of grants from the National Lottery and the Arts Council, alongside a small amount of commercial advertising and sponsorship. Partners include the Eden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, and the Cornish Guardian. All of the partners present shows on the station, alongside the regular DJs.
RSAB ran a Short Term RSL in February 2006 and presented their community programmes for 2 weeks. The response to the station suggested a desire for such a full-time service. RSAB's signal from Tregorrick Park (90 metres AMSL) could be picked up as far away as Plymouth whilst operating within OFCOM regulations.
In February 2007 OFCOM granted Radio St Austell Bay a community radio station licence. The station started broadcasting on 28 January 2008, on 105.6FM and online.
As its name suggests, Radio St Austell Bay covers the whole area from Tywardreath in the east to Sticker in the west, without focusing solely on St Austell town itself. St Austell is one of the largest settlements and the St Austell Bay area (population 34,700) is the second largest conurbation in Cornwall, after the Camborne-Pool-Redruth area (population 55,400).
Radio St Austell Bay also promotes and broadcasts live music events, in the bar adjacent to the studio at Tregorrick Park. Other live broadcasts have included The Eden Project's Arts Café, Tanya's Courage Sing For Courage 2008, and a 2-day broadcast from the offices of the Cornish Guardian in St Austell, for publicity.
- http://www.rsab.org Partners Page
- "Data from the 2011 Census (Office for National Statistics)". Cornwall Council. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
- Maga. "Cornish on the Radio". Cornwall Council. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
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