New online station Radio Northants to launch

Radio Northants presenter Jay Shears
Radio Northants presenter Jay Shears
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People will soon be able to tune into a new online radio station when it hits the county airwaves later this month.

Radio Northants will be launched on February 15, broadcasting live from Rushden.

The not-for-profit station will initially only be available online but hopes to have an FM licence within two years.

Programme controller Jay Shears, who has worked at several commercial stations and on hospital radio, has 20 volunteers working with him on the new community station.

He said: “We want to provide listeners with local features that are relevant to them. We are keen to give people who wouldn’t normally get a chance to work in radio a platform on which to showcase their talents.

“We’re hoping to get some young people with learning difficulties involved.

“A lot of mainstream companies are reluctant to give them the opportunity but we want to prove that they’re perfectly capable of working in radio.”

The station is also looking into the possibility of staging a regular business segment, which would be similar to Twitter’s #NorthantsHour but on-air.

The launch party will be held at Rushden railway station on February 15 from midday to 4pm, with live music and a bouncy castle.