Community station needs help to ‘keep the lion roaring’

Lionheart celebrated its fifth birthday in 2012.
Lionheart celebrated its fifth birthday in 2012.

The longest-running community radio station in the county is calling for support as it struggles to make ends meet financially.

Lionheart Radio, based in Alnwick, is run completely by volunteers, but still requires £15,000 per year – or £41 per day – to pay for the licenses and accommodation on Fenkle Street.

The station, on 107.3FM, has been broadcasting for eight years and relies on donations, small grants, programme sponsorship and some limited local advertising, but continues to operate on a shoestring.

An appeal has been launched online at JustGiving which runs until the end of the month.

The initial target was £500, but as of yesterday, £795 had been raised. However, the more money that’s raised, the more that can be spent on keeping the radio station afloat by providing the accommodation, licenses and equipment to do so.

Presenter and editor Yvonne Bell said: “It’s been struggling for years as the advertisers and sponsors have been more careful with their money during the recession.

“However, it’s fair to say that without a lot of support, we will see its demise soon, which will be sad.”

She explained that the station entertains Alnwick and district 24/7, gives air-time to new bands, shares community information, trains people of all ages in the skill/art of radio presenting and production and works with children with special needs every week and other young adults throughout the year.

The station also works with school and university students during placements and work experience, some of whom have gone into professional radio work.

Visit www.justgiving.com/yimby/lionheartradio to make a donation before the end of March.