On the air – A new community radio station for Kettering

A group of ambitious young people in Kettering have successfully launched a new radio station for the borough with the help of a local businessman.

Back in April Kettering businessman, Simon Cox was approached by two enthusiastic young people from who were putting plans together to set a new community radio station for the town.

Mr Cox said: “I met with Charlie and Ellie and listened to all their exciting plans and was very taken by their drive and ambition. I knew then I was keen to help them get their ideas off the ground and to help them achieve their dream.

“In May I asked them to present at our Kettering Business Network Meeting, when the Lord Lieutenant Mr David Laing was present, and from there on their ideas and the level support for the radio station idea just snowballed.”

The momentum for the Shire Sounds radio station has been growing ever since and the team of young people aged 15 – 24 have been making their name via broadcasting live at town events including the Northamptonshire Food Festival in June and Kettfest and the Open Door Project in July.

Most recently they helped run a fundraising quiz for the Street Pastors that raised nearly £600 for their volunteer work within the town centre that support people out enjoying themselves on a Saturday night in Kettering Town Centre.

On Sunday, 7th July Shire Sounds was officially launched in the town’s Market Place and provided the town with the live broadcasts and live music performances throughout the afternoon.

The event also allowed for the station to introduce their young presenters and explain more about the radio station’s brand and its audience reach.

Shire Sounds can now be heard online or the via the MyTunerRadio app on iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and also smart devices including Amazon Alexa, Google Home & most Sonos speakers. You can also listen to Shire Sounds online at shiresounds.co.uk if you are on a computer. It broadcasts 24/7 with shows presented by local young people at various points in the day from their new studio based in Kettering Town Centre and will begin to look into broadcasting on DAB radio in Summer 2020.

Mr Cox Added:

“The introduction of this new community radio station for Kettering is a really great thing to be happening and a very exciting addition for the town and is helping more to put our town on the map.

“It is especially encouraging to see these young people excel and make their dreams a reality and we hope now the people of Kettering will get more behind them and support their great community efforts.”

He added: “What is also brilliant it is giving the young people a positive experience whilst allowing them to gain new skills and confidence for future ventures and employment. All their hard work should be highly commended.”