New community radio station to launch in Northampton next month

A new radio station is going to be based at the St John's Halls of Residence in Northampton
A new radio station is going to be based at the St John's Halls of Residence in Northampton

A new community radio station based in a student halls of residence in Northampton is set to launch next month.

NNBC is a joint venture between the University of Northampton and a group of broadcasting professionals who were granted a five-year community radio licence by communications regulator Ofcom.

The station, which will broadcast on FM and the internet, will be broadcasting to the people of Northampton and wider county.

Students from the university will be given the chance to volunteer at the radio station

Former XFM DJ Steve Taylor, who is now deputy dean for the faculty of arts, science and technology, said: “We have students who are studying radio and broadcast journalism who will be getting involved as a matter of course, it’s another place they can go along to and gain work experience.

“However, students across the university can get involved in the station as well. The opportunities for enhancing employability skills and transferable skills are endless with radio.

“Key skills include research, writing clearly, concisely and conversationally, presenting, producing – and even the application of number as you have to plan the timings of shows. These are all skills that are crucial that will help students get on in their career, regardless of the field they go into.”

NNBC was founded in 2012 by experienced broadcaster Terry Doyle, who formed a steering group comprising former Northampton South MP, Tony Clarke, ex Northampton Borough Council leader, John Dickie, and broadcaster Robert Owen.

NNBC’s studios will be based at the University’s St John’s Hall of Residence, in Northampton’s Cultural Quarter.

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