....... in association with Tonefinder
The Flash is a 'not for profit' community radio station based in South Hampshire. We are offering persons
aged 30 to 60 an alternative to the pop stations presently available in this area, by providing a
refreshing diet of classic rock singles and album tracks from 1960 to 1999.
Unlike other stations currently on air we know there is more to music than Maroon 5 and Rihanna, or
even the same tired oldies repeated over and over again.
Other radio stations seem obsessed by X Factor, The Voice and similar tv programmes, but you only
need to visit a local pub to see real live talent, and South Hampshire has more than it's fair share of
talented musicians, bands and singers, many of whom have written and perform their own great
music. We reflect this local talent within our output and promote such performances in the South
THE FLASH ON 87.9 FM.
At midnight on Saturday 14th March 2015, The Flash completed our second successful trial FM broadcast, this time to the Havant area on 87.9 mhz FM. For 7 whole days we broadcast live via our transmitter and permanent studio base at The Curlew pub in Petersfield Road, Havant.
Here are just some of the comments that came in from listeners during both of our trial 7 day FM broadcasts, the first being in June 2013.
" I have been tuned into 87.9FM and your format reminds me of the original Radio Victory from the mid to late 70's. A station that gave the listener what they wanted. I wish you the best of luck in the future in obtaining a full time licence hopefully in 2-3 years time" STEVE BLACK, FAREHAM.
" I have not been able to get enough of The Flash. You are all interesting to listen to. Please see if The Flash can have a permanent FM licence soon" RICHARD NIGHTINGALE.
" I'm listening to what has become my new favourite radio station as I drive about" ALEX, GOSPORT.
"Just to say that I have tuned in at different times of the day during the week and have loved hearing the mix of music!. Much as I love the new stuff, you played an all time favourite this morning - George Harrison's 'What Is Life'!, Hocus Pocus and The Travelling Wilburies the other day. Lots of memories of times gone by, but the music stands up today!. Best wishes for future ventures"
CHRISTINE BATES, Portsmouth City Council.
"Loving the live shows, it's really brilliant being able to listen in the car!!!" CAROLINE STOREY, HAVANT.
"Wahhh! it's the last day of The Flash on the radio today!. Thanks for entertaining us in the kitchen this week guys"
THE WOODMAN INN IN PURBROOK.
"Great radio, great programme content. I hope you get a licence soon" MICKSZY MANSKI.
"Keep up the amazing work" DAN VALVERDE.
"Fantastic week of quality music for our local area of Havant. Very Professional broadcasting with lots of info on the local area's. Lots of information on talent around the south of Hants. The Flash reminds me of Portsmouth's original station Radio Victory. Well done to everybody who put this together and make it sound so brilliant. All the best in trying to gain a full time local FM licence for the Havant area"
ADRIAN FROM BEDHAMPTON.
"I have really enjoyed listening to the station this week" DAVID HARRIS, FREELANCE WRITER, EMSWORTH.
"Ahh it was a shame not picking up the flash in the car on my way home from work tonight - glad you were still on the web though
for when I got in!. I really enjoyed listening to all the shows I caught, you are all very friendly characters to listen to, with a great
selection of music. The morning drive time with Martin was brilliant. For a couple of days I had the radio on constantly in the
nurses station, and thought the quality was great - great variety, great presenters, and best of all great rock!!!, I can't wait until
you're on full time fm - good luck!!!"
"A big thanks to Martin Kirby and Derek Pearce at The Flash for yesterday's chance to talk about The Ready To Rock School and our spring charity gig at The Workies in Leigh Park. A wonderful eclectic mix of classic rock and blues tunes!. Where else would you hear The Wizard by Uriah Heep mid afternoon on FM in the UK??"
MARK THOMPSON-SMITH OF THE READY TO ROCK SCHOOL / T-S & THE YOUNG BLADES.
"HI all at FLash. As the end of the week approaches I wanted to pass a few comments on what I have heard so far.Awesome, I mean seriously. This is exactly the kind of music that I listen to and play on a daily basis and exactly the sort of music that radio stations just won't play, and yet if you were to go and listen to live music in Portsmouth and Southsea you will find a lot of original bands that play music like this to full houses, so I am obviously not the only one. I have passed on your website and FM channel to many of my friends locally and Internationally via the web and I know of at least half a dozen who are now dedicated listeners. Great music, great station, run by Rock music enthusiasts for Rock music enthusiasts. Its just perfect
Keep up the good work, Oh and more Pink Floyd when I go for my walk in the morning (around 8:45)"
VINCE BARNES OF LOCAL BAND 'FREE FROM GRAVITY'.
"On the school run so can listen in the car now I'm back in Flash territory Yay! Having trouble hearing you in Cosham, but my son Fraser has been loving listening to the blues on the way home.... I have to take the scenic route so we get coverage for longer!! I did just happen to tune in online this afternoon just in time to hear Mark Thompson-Smith on Derek Pearce's show... Have to say a big thank you to Mark just for running his awesome rock school and to Derek for spreading the word and particularly for playing Lucky 13 on air... (Fraser is the guitarist) a great surprise! Look forward to the day you're permanently on air"
NEWS UPDATE (28rd January 2016)
REQUEST FOR RECEPTION REPORTS.
This afternoon (28th January) our DAB transmitter at Highbury College in Cosham was replaced by a new system at Fort Widley on Portsdown Hill. Our signal is now not only being radiated from the best possible site in the area, but with double the power going through a more efficient aerial system. If you have previously had reception problems then please have a listen and e-mail any reception reports to us by e-mailing 'firstname.lastname@example.org'.
If you were previously unable to receive us at all then please conduct a rescan on your DAB radio and search for 'FLASH' as you may now be able to hear us.
As you know The Flash is a not for profit community radio station, whose presenters not only give their time & talents for free, but also put hands in their own pockets to help keep us on air. We keep our costs as low as possible by using basic equipment and operating from a rather small area indeed. We exist through the generosity and goodwill that has been shown to us over the years by our supporters.
Even with this history I was very touched by a kind donation of £50.00 which came in today via the Paypal donation button on our website, from a very kind lady named Helga Streit from Germany. It came with the message "Great programme, Keep it up".
Rock Chick Rozii Chaos proudly sporting her new 'The Flash' T Shirt. They are available from our merchandise page.
You can hear Rozii's music on The Flash, and you can find out more about Rozii by visiting her official website at www.roziichaos.com.
Running a radio station like The Flash is a very expensive business due the the high cost of broadcast and performing rights licences, not to mention the cost of equipment etc. All of our presenters give up their time voluntarily to help out at their own expense for which we are extremely grateful.
We are a non profit organisation and all of your donations no matter how small or large go 100% to the running costs of the station. Any donations, however small, are very much appreciated.