ALTON’S Wey Valley Radio will be back on the airwaves next Thursday for the first time in seven years.
Broadcasting from a studio at Alton Assembly Rooms, thanks to Alton Town Council, presenter David Way will make his first broadcast at 10.11am when the station will be officially welcomed back by Alton mayor Dean Phillips.
Established in the late 1980s to bring community radio to Alton and the surrounding area and initially licensed in 1992, Wey Valley Radio was, at that time, the smallest radio station in the country covering just 25,000 people in the North East Hampshire area.
The station broadcast from Alton until 2003 when, due in part to its success and the commercial environment at the time, it merged with Delta Radio in Haslemere. Delta went on to broadcast from Bordon until 2010 when its new owners decided to move production away from the area.
Since then, the original founders have been working to return radio to Alton.
Mr Way said: “The intention is to run the station with the same mindset that prevailed at the beginning, with programming made by the community for the community to entertain, inform and enhance the lives of people in the ever-expanding market town of Alton.”
The presenter and his team were at Alton Lions’ Party in the Park on Saturday, among them Paul Wisdom who is seen here interviewing Alton town crier Stan Whitcher.