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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.

The Flash is a not for profit community radio station run entirely by volunteers and promoting the talents of local unsigned bands, musicians, and singer/songwriters in the greater Portsmouth area.


We provide an alternative music service for those who prefer to listen to the likes of Queen, Yes, Pink Floyd or Dire Straits and remember a time when all music was provided by real musicians rather than a computer. We don't just stick to the well known singles either, we often include lesser heard tracks from classic albums.


Other community radio stations around the country support unsigned artists by providing a specialist programme for followers of the local music scene, our approach is to reach listeners who would not usually visit a local live music venue by mixing original tracks by local musicians within our daily output.


We also broadcast a regular Local Live Music Gig Guide so our listeners can follow the artists they hear on air. This gig guide is compiled by our volunteers and is a free service for local music venues and live acts that perform in the South Hampshire area.


The Flash also invites local artists and event organisers in to the studio for on air chats and live acoustic sessions and promotes charity events within our area.


The Flash broadcasts to The Portsmouth area on DAB and streams on the internet WORDWIDE via the website or the tunein app for mobile devices



A rock based local radio station promoting the talents of local musicians in the Portsmouth area has joined forces with a popular school in the Leigh Park area of Havant. 'The Flash' radio station have signed an agreement with Park Community School which will give the not for profit broadcasters a new home and create exciting opportunities for the school and its students.


Although, The Flash broadcasts on DAB from a transmitter on Portsdown Hill, the stations programmes have been

coming live from a small cabin located at The Curlew public house in Petersfield Road in Havant and ironically referred to on air as 'Flash Towers'. Station founder & Managing Director, 47year-old Martin Kirby, said "We had great times at The Curlew but had outgrown our surroundings. The pubs future was also in doubt and while searching for a new home one of our volunteer presenters put me in touch with the school". "On my first visit I was instantly inspired by the school's approach and the modern facilities it offers its students and community, so it soon became obvious that we could be of benefit to each other".


The Flash will soon be broadcasting full time from The Apex Centre in Bishopstoke Road, Havant, which is leased by Park Community School to be able to provide practical construction skills based learning for students from Park and other schools further afield.


The radio station will be offering students the chance to learn media skills and assist in producing features for broadcast. There are also exciting plans for a monthly programme to promote the talents of students and community events taking place at the school.


Christopher Anders, Headteacher said “We are extremely pleased to be able to offer space to The Flash and form this partnership. This opens up vast opportunities for our students in gaining ‘real life’ broadcasting experience by producing programmes and features for broadcast on the station”.


The Flash is available on DAB radio's to the Portsmouth area and via its website

Students Josiah, Josie and Harvey in the new Flash Martin Kirby with Headmaster Christopher Anders at