Radio station looking for volunteers in Portsmouth

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A specialist community radio station is looking for volunteers from Portsmouth to help present shows.

The Flash broadcasts classic rock and blues music to the Portsmouth area on DAB as part of a nine-month experiment by communications regulator Ofcom.

Station founder Martin Kirby said: ‘We’re looking for people who have a passion for classic rock or alternative rock and an interest in the local live music scene, which is a big part of the station.

‘People can come in and have a go at presenting a show and see if they like it.

‘Full training is given and new presenters record their first shows with another member of our team operating the studio equipment, so no-one is thrown in the deep end.’

Volunteers can commit as much or as little time as they want and do not have to commit to a regular slot.

The station is based in the Curlew Pub in Havant, just a short walk from the station.

They are particularly keen to hear from talented local bands and songwriters in the area to showcase their talents.

Original material in an mp3 file can be emailed in along with some background information and any gig dates.

Their music will then be broadcast with the potential to be interviewed in the studio.

Martin Rogers, 58, from Milton, asked to join the station shortly after hearing test transmissions on his DAB radio back in August and now presents a weekly show on Saturday evenings.

He said: ‘I cannot quite believe that I’m a DJ like my hero John Peel, and get to play my favourite music to the people of my home town, Portsmouth.’

Specialist programmes are broadcast in the evenings and they even have a weekly space rock show, presented by Portsmouth musician Kev Ellis.

The Flash can be heard on DAB in the Portsmouth, Hayling Island, Gosport, Fareham, Havant, and Waterlooville areas via theflashonair.co.uk.

Anyone who is in a band or who is interested in becoming a volunteer presenter should e-mail rock@flash1512.co.uk.