If the station gets approval from Ofcom, the government regulator it could be on air and broadcasting from the town centre within six months.
“The idea is to create a service that appeals to the local people, with more mention of local events and news along with music for all ages” said David Gates who is the project manager.
Currently there are 4 ‘local’ radio stations covering our area but the problem as Mr Gates and his colleagues see it is these cannot cater for the local area as all except one of them are owned by national companies with the majority of programming coming from London.
“The idea of local radio is long gone and now only used for a commercial vehicle to carry advertising for national companies with a local outlet” Mr Gates continued.
“True local companies like sme’s cannot afford to advertise with these large conglomerates and that is where Spitfire Sound comes in we can afford to charge less because we are a not for profit company and the local community will be right behind us”.
The group have already got the backing of ‘one community’ the group that represents local community groups in our area, along with support from the Eastleigh Bid team (Business Improvement District).
“We are now looking to contact businesses in our area who are interested in helping us win our application, and in return when we win work with us to achieve a win/win situation by advertising to local people at a very sufficient discount on what will be a very competitive rate card”
If you feel that is you we would love to hear from you at your earliest convenience as applications close on October 20th