Park Radio’s contribution to the local community has been recognised after only 18 months on-air, with a special award to the volunteer-run station in the 2019 South Norfolk Community Awards.
TRULY LOCAL RADIO
Park Radio is your local radio station for Diss, Harleston, Eye and surrounding villages in the Waveney Valley.
Park Radio’s aim is to provide an all-day truly local service every day for the area it covers on the Norfolk and Suffolk border. Our aim is to fill a local radio void, with stations in the regional centres of Norwich and Ipswich offering little or no coverage and involvement in local needs.
Park Radio offers a distinct voice allowing local people to contact, inform and involve the community. It is owned and run by local people on a not-for-profit basis and is operated by volunteers from the coverage area. It is supported by advertising, grants and fund-raising.
ON AIR 24 HOURS A DAY
Park Radio broadcasts 24 hours a day from its specially-built studios at the Diss Youth & Community Centre in Shelfanger Road, with transmitters at Diss and Harleston.
You can hear us on 107.6 FM in the Diss and Eye areas and on 105.2 FM around Harleston. You can also listen to the station on our website, via the “arrow” icon in the top right (on desktop) or if you listening on your smart-phone, click the double box icon at the bottom, or by using the Tune-In app.
LOCAL NEWS AND INFORMATION – AND GOOD MUSIC
Park Radio’s focus is being local, with news, information, features, interviews and discussions about people, issues and events around our area.
The station also features a sustaining service of great, good-listening, popular music from the last 40 years and more.
You can hear a wide range of favourite hits from the 1960s right up to the present day; some that you just won’t hear anywhere else these days! And there’s a variety of specialist music shows in the evenings and at weekends.
HOW PARK RADIO CAME ABOUT
The Park Radio group was originally formed in 2009, after a public meeting in Diss showed strong support for the idea of setting up a local radio station.
Founder director John Cross registered a company the following year with the aim of applying for a broadcast licence, naming the company after the town centre park. The group organised four one-month test broadcasts over the next few years, which were able to reach only the area around Diss, due to restrictions on signal power.
The group grew in strength with some experienced new people coming on board, including Chris Moyse, now Station Director, and a third director, Mike Stewart, who was involved in local commercial radio stations in for over 30 years, including in Norfolk, Suffolk and North Essex.
When the chance eventually came up to apply for a full-time broadcast licence, it was decided to involve a wider coverage area in the Waveney Valley, including Eye and Harleston. Ofcom, the radio regulator, then approved the group’s plans and granted a Community Radio licence for five years.
Work then started on planning, building and equipping the station’s studios and transmitters, with the station’s big on-air launch day finally arriving on November 26th 2017.
The station’s first successful 18 months on-air was marked with a special award for the Park Radio team in the 2019 South Norfolk Community Awards.
GET INVOLVED WITH PARK RADIO
If you would like to become involved with Park Radio as a volunteer, contact us for more information.
Part of our remit as a community radio station is to offer training for our volunteer broadcast and support team, so we are always looking for dedicated local people to help us in a number of areas. These include administration and community engagement, as well as programme production, presenting and support.
Telephone us, send an email, or fill in the contact form on our website.
OUT AND ABOUT
Park Radio is at the centre of the community.
Members of the station team continue to go out-and-about to raise awareness, support and funds. We have attended or organised a wide range of events locally over the years – and continue to do so.
Contact us for more details if you would like us to attend your event. See more details on our Events page.
GET IN TOUCH WITH US
Park Radio wants to hear from you!
If you have any information, news or want to tell the area about an event you are involved with, then let us know. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, can we say a big thank you to John Hutton from Diss and District Camera Club as well as locals Vicki Jones and Peter Sturgeon for providing many of the superb local images on our website.