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Tune in to Cannock Radio

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It has been a dream for years - but now it is becoming a reality as volunteers prepare to take to the airwaves on a new radio station in Cannock.

Cannock Radio will be available online from November 15 and bosses say there is a demand for a dedicated radio station that offers a 'new voice' for the town.

The station will broadcast from its studios in Kingston Court, off Walsall Road.

A test stream is currently running before the shows start next month.

Around 15 people have been recruited to present the shows since Rob Hughes and his fellow organisers started setting up the station.

It will be broadcast on www.cannockradio.com. Apps will also soon be available for people to listen on their mobiles.

Mr Hughes said the focus will be on community events and stories.

Another of the organisers Geoff Anderson said: "We are very excited as there many talented people in Cannock and we want to give them an opportunity to showcase themselves and broadcast a positive image of the area."

He went on to add: "Our focus will be on community-based stories and we will be out talking to people and groups finding out how living in this area affects them."

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The station will play music from the 1950s to 1980s, with presenters aiming to avoid repetitive playlists.

Mr Hughes added: "It has been hard work getting everything together but now we are finally ready and we are looking forward to getting started.

"The studio is fitted out and the equipment is installed, so we are pretty much there."

To get involved call 01543 504604 or email office@cannockradio.com.

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It comes after Stafford FM radio station won a full-time community radio licence by the industry regulator Ofcom earlier this month.

The station hopes to launch in spring 2015. But it is estimated its supporters need to raise about £25,000 for the full FM launch.

Stafford FM broadcasts 24 hours a day via the website. and on mobile apps from studios on Mount Street.

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