Telegraph joins up with Welly Radio

Gemma Toulson with Mark Jones at Wellingborough Radio Station

Gemma Toulson with Mark Jones at Wellingborough Radio Station

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The Northamptonshire Telegraph is teaming up with a new radio station to provide regular news bulletins.

Welly Radio will be aired over the internet. It will feature a range of music and shows about local issues and topics.

The station will cover as far as Rushden and Higham Ferrers and all the villages in between those towns and Wellingborough.

It will be officially launched at the Wellingborough Christmas lights switch-on on Saturday, November 24.

Telegraph reporter Gemma Toulson will have the honour of cutting the ribbon at the official opening, which is being held to coincide with the Wellingborough Christmas lights switch-on in the town centre.

Neil Pickford, editor of the Telegraph, said: “We are delighted to be teaming up with Welly Radio, an exciting new local community radio station.

“We are pleased to be able to provide the station with news for its daily bulletins.”

The community station will be run by its members. There are currently 25, but people are still welcome to join.

Wellingborough businessman Mark Jones is one of the founders of the project and his two businesses, Most Wanted Homes and the O2 shop, have contributed £5,000 towards the costs of setting up the station and buying state-of-the-art radio equipment.

Mr Jones said: “We are very pleased to be working in conjunction with the Telegraph.

“We are looking forward to our official opening on Saturday, November 24.

“We are currently in the process of running test broadcasts.

“At the moment we are appealing for new members to join. We want people who have got ideas for their own shows which have a local feel.”

Welly Radio has acquired the PRC and PPL licences required to play music.

For further details visit www.wellyradio.com.