The Waterlooville area is going to have its own spot on the FM dial from
Saturday, as The Flash radio station launches a community radio service from a transmitter located high in the town centre. The Flash, which celebrates the talents of local bands and the live music scene, originally came on air as an internet station back in 2012, and then launched a DAB service to the Portsmouth area in 2015.
Station founder Martin Kirby said “It all started with an idea in my head and 2 hours on a Sunday via a dodgy internet connection and a basic studio in my bedroom, but the growth of the station is down to the dedicated team who joined me later and the touching support we have had from our listeners and the local artists we feature”.
The Flash was awarded the Waterlooville licence last summer and the funds for the FM broadcast equipment came from very kind donations, including an amount from the token scheme at Tesco Extra in Havant, and a grant from Councillor Jackie Branson. The studio’s are based at The Apex Centre in Havant, thanks to support from Park Community School, and the broadcasts are also supported by Waterlooville Library.
The station can presently be heard with test broadcasts on 104.3 FM, and will launch at 12.00 noon this Saturday. The not for profit Community station has a team of over 30 volunteer presenters who cannot wait to go live to Waterlooville and the surrounding areas, and not only promote the local music scene but also spotlight everything that is positive in the local area.