Progress FM announce the launch of their 24hr Internet radio station on 14th January 2009. Operating on the web at Progress FM , Progress FM is owned and operated by Paula Hewitt who has over 30 years of experience as a radio broadcaster, programmer and even engineer!
Paula says: “ Nottingham has a niche for really local community programming and we think we fit the bill. We have a wide range of contemporary and specialist programs, all coming from our purpose built studio in Arnold and want to cover a broad demographic across the East Midlands area.
“ We’ll be offering local charities free advertising, will have community and helpline messages and in our specialist music spots, we aim to have local unsigned bands playing for us and contacting an audience they may otherwise not reach”
“ We’re actively asking people to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org with their views, ideas and suggestions – it’s a great opportunity for local people to get local radio the way they want it – by the people and for the people!”
Progress FM plans a launch night at The New Foresters Inn on Wednesday 14th January with a count down to the switch-on at 9pm. Open to all, the evening party is hosted by Licencee Debbie Law as a thank-you for all LGBT groups who have supported the community over the last year and will have representatives attend from such diverse groups as Base 51, Lesbian & Gay Switchboard, Nottingham Pride, Community Police Officers and the Rainbow Heritage.
Progress last broadcast liveon 87.7fm under an RSL (Restricted Service Licence) in June 2008 to co-incide with Nottingham Pride and had a successful two week run. Programming was varied, with many specialist theme music shows including C&W, musicals and classical as well as a specially commissioned comedy series, written and produced by a local successful comedy writer and with local actors taking part. Aiming for a full-time licence in the future, Paula hopes that this will be a radio station for Nottingham people to get to know other Nottingham people, regardless of creed or orientation.