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
2018 IS LOOKING LIKE BEING A GREAT YEAR FOR THE FLASH!!!
Not only is our weekly audience going up all the time for our present internet and DAB outlets, but we are also waiting patiently to hear Ofcom's decision following the submitting of our detailed licence application for a community radio licence to serve the Greater waterlooville area on FM. The regulator had opened up this area for consideration and we are feeling confident that we will be given the go-ahead. However we must not pre-judge their decision and there are lots of considerations for Ofcom to consider. We hope to know the answer to this before the summer, as Ofcom are very busy as the overall regulator for all communications in the United Kingdom.
A SIGNAL BOOST FOR THE LEIGH PARK AND HAVANT AREA!
As you may know our DAB signal is broadcast via the Portsmouth DAB multiplex, which carries a wide range of digital stations. This multiplex is run by Angel Radio and more information can be found by visiting www.solentwireless.com. This multiplex gives us DAB coverage across the Portsmouth, Hayling Island, Gosport, Waterlooville, and Havant areas. However as with all radio signals, we have found that the signal can be a little patchy in some areas, notably in the Leigh Park area. Our engineers Alan and Ash have been busy setting up a relay transmitter to boost our signal in this area, and we hope to be able to announce the introduction of this early in February.
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