Screen Shot 2016-01-11 at 09.22.23On Saturday 16th January a new online South East Northumberland community radio station will open its doors to let people see the “behind-the-scenes” set up and how they can get involved.

Beach Hut Radio will hit the airwaves this month after a successful New Year’s Eve broadcast that was listened to by hundreds of local people.  The open day event will take place at their Blyth quayside offices from 10am to 12pm.

Address: Blyth Community Enterprise Centre, Ridley Street, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 3AG

Beach Hut Radio is a new online community radio station based in Blyth, Northumberland and part of the Beach Hut Media Group.  A not-for-profit company established with the aim of engaging the community in the medium of radio through training and experience.

The venture is open to people of all ages.

Avid listeners can listen online through the Beach Hut Radio website, www.beachhutradio.com and through the TuneIn app, which means people can join in the fun on their laptop, PC and on the move through their mobile and tablet devices. They use the striking landmark Blyth beach huts as their station logo.

Based at Blyth Community Enterprise Centre, the team, made up entirely of volunteers, provides experience and training in broadcast and media skills.  The aim is to promote education, pathways, employment opportunities and inter-personal skills such as confidence, team building and motivational skills.

The project looks to with closely with a wide selection of the local community including unemployed individuals, lone parents, people with disabilities, faith groups, vulnerable adults, schools, local businesses and start up companies, charities and social interest groups.

Director of Beach Hut Radio, Richie Ross, said: “We are on the lookout for volunteers who’ve always dreamt of playing their part in local community radio. Maybe you’ve had an ambition to hear your voice broadcast over the airwaves or even just wanted to get involved behind the scenes. Well the organisers of Beach Hut Radio in Blyth…need you!

“Beach Hut Radio is radio produced by local people for local people; and for anybody interested in listening to good music, stories and news from in and around South East Northumberland.  We want people to get in touch with ideas for shows and to give their feedback about the station, as we plan to start as we mean to go on and that’s to provide an amazing service for our audience.

“The station will be an outlet for entertainment, education and energy we urge you to get involved today!”

As a community enterprise the station will rely solely on the support of volunteers to keep the station live and active, and are constantly looking for people to join in all aspects of the radio station. As well as “on air” roles there will be many other areas to get involved with including marketing, live events, technical and fundraising.

The station open day will take place on Saturday 16th January from 10am to 12pm; and anyone interested in becoming part of the Beach Hut Radio team please contact info@beachhutradio.com or by calling 01670 618 550.