TWO friends will launch a radio station after deciding that Gosport needs a home for music.
Kieron Howes, 24, of Cottage Grove, Leesland, and Craig Jones, 25 of Pavilion Way, Gosport, co-founded Revolution Radio when Kieron decided that Gosport needed a new musical centre.
Kieron and Craig will host a full programme of radio shows, preparing to launch the station online later this year.
The pair have raised cash from fundraising events and hope to get more from Gosport Borough Council’s YouDecide event, which allows community groups to pitch for funding.
Kieron said: ‘It started off as a pipedream – I present a show on Radio Haslar but wanted more control and a wider community station.
‘We started properly planning a month ago and we’ve already got £600 and have been accepted to go to a YouDecide bid.
‘For the whole project we need £5,000 to run properly for the year comfortably.
‘We’re hoping to go live for December 1, it’s happened so fast.’
The two friends have been taking advice from Nick Bowen, 27, manager at Quay West Studios in Gosport, along with George Jones, 22, of Camp Road, Bridgemary, who will provide sports coverage for the radio station.
The group of four is keen to encourage anyone from the Gosport area to host a show on the station.
Kieron hopes that the launch of the station will lead to an FM broadcasting licence in just a year.
He said: ‘It’s going to be a lot of hard work – we all haven’t really slept properly in the last two months.’
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