Classic rock station will broadcast live from Havant pub

Martin Kirby, the founder of The Flash radio station, is broadcasting live from The Curlew. Picture: Sarah Standing (150310-8674)
Martin Kirby, the founder of The Flash radio station, is broadcasting live from The Curlew. Picture: Sarah Standing (150310-8674)
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Pub punters clubbed together to help get an internet rock radio station broadcast over the airwaves.

The Flash plays music from local bands and beams out across the south of the county from a studio set up in the grounds of The Curlew pub in Petersfield Road, Havant.

And from Sunday, March 8, founder Martin Kirby will joined by other DJs broadcasting from 87.9FM until midnight on March 14.

But applying for an FM licence is an expensive business.

Martin paid for most of the £1,600 licence himself but punters chipped in to the tune of £275.

Martin, who set up the station in 2012, said: ‘This is our second short-term broadcast licence from Ofcom and we will be broadcasting from studios at the pub.

‘Although we have been plugging away on the internet to a loyal and growing audience for almost three years now it cannot be compared to the excitement of actually broadcasting to the local area.

‘We have an excellent team of volunteer presenters 24 hours a day and cannot wait to get that buzz again and offer our unique format to a wider audience.

‘We must thank landlord Simon Cook and his generous regulars for their support and kind donations towards the cost of this licence.’

The Flash promotes music by local artists as well as rock music by the likes of The Who.

Martin, from Waterlooville, aims to get a full-time licence in the future but it is a costly business.

In the meantime he is overjoyed to get a week on air.

He added: ‘We would like as many people to tune in as possible. I’m sure they will love the station.’

To find out more go to theflashonair.co.uk.