Lymm Radio Has Arrived
The Lymm Radio Story
Just ahead of the Government announcing nationwide lock-down measures on 23rd March, we had the idea to launch a local radio service for the residents of Lymm – a source of information and entertainment through the uncertain times that lay ahead.
We had originally planned to run the service for three months. But the overwhelming response and support from the community made us realise that there is a definite appetite and need for a community radio station in our lovely corner of the world! In just a few short weeks, plans rapidly developed to secure the future of Lymm Radio and to make the service available for the good of our community on a permanent basis.
As of 15th May 2020, Lymm Radio officially became a Community Interest Company – a Social Enterprise – and we secured a permanent base at 15b The Cross, right in the centre of Lymm.
As the weeks went by, much work went on behind the scenes to create a state of the art studio facility and community hub. Paul Smith & Ian James are mainly funding the project, but with the very kind support of the community. Our listeners generously donated just over £1700 to help fund our studio build – and much of the work has been carried out for free by some very kind and talented people – including Jorgen, our joiner – and Andy, our carpet fitter.
We have also received positive support from Warrington Borough Council and Lymm Parish Council.
Paul and Ian are no strangers to the world of broadcasting – and with the help of a small management team and some very talented volunteers – are well placed to make a brilliant success of Lymm Community Radio. Together, they have many years of experience working in the UK broadcasting industry – both as presenters and in management. Since 1991, Paul & Ian have operated a multi award-winning media production company and are responsible for creating one of the North-West’s most successful media campaigns in recent times – for Fords of Winsford.
As our service develops, we will be working closely with local schools, the police and fire service – offering new educational opportunities and engagements. Listeners, members of societies and organisations will be welcome to call in to our hub to help with programme content, ask for record requests and to promote appeals.
In addition, we will be offering a podcast studio facility to local businesses and also grant-funded and self-funded vocational training courses to the wider community.
We want the conmunity and our listeners to actively get involved! As we develop (and as social distancing restrictions become more relaxed) there will be many opportunities, including paid positions.
For now – we have a full compliment of volunteers and programme presenters – but will be opening up new opportunities early in 2021. If you are keen to get involved, please listen to Lymm Radio as we will only ever talk about, announce or advertise any opportunities we have on air! We will not be post any details on our website. This way, opportunities will only be available to our most loyal followers – our audience!