Community radio station for Kettering planned

Members of the Kettering Community Radio team at Market Place, Kettering. Pictured are Allan Hodgetts, Danny Gibson, James Kendall, Mary Butcher, Richard Garvie and Sanjai Tailor
Members of the Kettering Community Radio team at Market Place, Kettering. Pictured are Allan Hodgetts, Danny Gibson, James Kendall, Mary Butcher, Richard Garvie and Sanjai Tailor

A new community radio station featuring a mix of music and local information could soon be hitting the airwaves.

Kettering Community Broadcasting Company will have a 28-day trial broadcast in November as bosses fine-tune the service’s format.

Richard Garvie, who has helped launch the project alongside former Connect FM programme manager Danny Gibson, said he wanted to create what he called a community facility, which was more than simply a radio station.

The 28-year-old said: “We want to provide a one-stop shop on air for everything local.

“More importantly, we want to provide a facility that incorporates studios for artists and photographers, a computer suite, meeting rooms and classrooms that community organisations can use for various projects.”

He also said key motivations behind the launch were to help the long-term unemployed as well as to give a voice to young people in the area.

Mr Gibson, who helped Connect FM to record listener numbers, added: “I think it’s safe to say that neither of us considered radio to be part of our future plans.

“That being said, the opportunity to be part of something that is truly focused on Kettering is really exciting and has stirred my interest in broadcasting once again.”

The station will feature music from the 1980s through to present day, with local news every hour and regular travel and sport news.

Mr Garvie said: “I wouldn’t have got involved in this project if it wasn’t something unique.

“We have some fantastic broadcasters involved, some amazing community figures and a pool of talented young people who want to get on and build a career for themselves.”

Media regulator Ofcom says it will advertise five-year community radio licences in the coming months, and if successful KCBC hopes to begin broadcasting full time in Kettering by the end of next year.