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Lincoln City Radio ready to launch

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: April 06, 2010

Alan Ritson warms up as Lincoln City Radio prepares to launch

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New sounds will be hitting the airwaves as Lincoln City Radio prepares to launch after nearly 25 years of planning.

The community radio station will be blasting out old-school classics from the 50s to the 90s on 103.6 FM from April 19.

One of the directors and owner of the Old Bakery in the city Alan Ritson said: "Lincoln City radio has been trying to get going for nearly 25 years but didn't succeed for one reason or another.

"In the last few years people have really tried to get it started.

"We would have been on the air sooner but there has been a problem with the aerial.

"Staff at the cathedral very kindly said we could place it on the tower but obviously at the moment the Peregrine Falcons are nesting there and the last thing in the world we would want to do is disturb something like that.

"We have sorted out a temporary place to put it and then will move it to the cathedral in July after the falcons leave.

"I think our audience range will be people aged about 40 up so the station is not going to be about pop.

"There will be a mix of music with shows from 8am until 8pm and then the rest of the hours will be pre-recorded music, it is very difficult to get a 24-hour station running."

Mr Ritson will be hosting a daily show from 5pm to 8pm and will also host a folk hour on Tuesday evenings.

Instrumental in organising the folk evening at Lincoln Castle, Mr Ritson is among five directors of Lincoln City Radio.

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    Chris F, Lincoln  |  September 08 2010, 11:54PM

    I've been listening at work for the last few days. I love the mix of music & its great to hear the stuff that never gets played on the mainstream channels. I can't listen to Lincs FM and Radio Lincolnshire is a huge bore. At least you aren't playing the drivel that radio one pumps out... Lots of untlented divas, screeching like cats being castrated... Keep up the good work.

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    david sith, lincoln  |  August 11 2010, 11:10AM

    at last a decent radio statio on air keep up the good work and i hope the station prospers but please do not become like all the others on air we dont want endless ads and we dont want presenters who go on and on and on ! we want good music ,followed by more good music .

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    Gillian Wiseman, Danesgate House, Lincoln  |  April 10 2010, 12:26AM

    Yes, Gravity FM do have some great presenters and very advanced with their style of broadcasting for the community. It is nice to have the extra choice on the airwaves along with the BBC in London on the net.

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    Bob the Cabbie, Lincoln  |  April 09 2010, 11:53PM

    I listen to Nev and Lauri D at Gravity 97.2 FM over in Grantham. The new studio is almost finished and well worth a visit.

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    Gillian Wiseman, Danesgate House, Lincoln  |  April 09 2010, 10:49PM

    Good luck to all the new presenters...Jill, Ben, Malcolm, Roger and Tony plus Jilly in the office. Pleased my student digs were able to step in at the 11th hour with the antenna on the roof above my kitchen. Ann and I wish you all well and most of all have fun broadcasting from 19th April. xx

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    Deborah Wilson, Lincoln  |  April 09 2010, 7:58AM

    I'm very pleased to hear that Lincoln City Radio are to make it on air - they've waited so long ... good luck chaps! I'm involved with Siren - we will be complementary radio services as we serve different audiences - and it's great that Lincoln is getting such a choice along with the existing mainstream providers and the growing community radio sector across the county.

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    Tea and Crumpets anyone!, Birmingham  |  April 07 2010, 8:12PM

    Siren FM is the better of the community stations...rock on Siren!

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    Shep, Lincoln  |  April 07 2010, 4:31PM

    Nice comment Oscar. Writing it off before it has even launched. Love your positive outlook.

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    Graham, Somewhere In The Country  |  April 07 2010, 3:57PM

    We have to give this good people a chance, what some listeners don't realise is that most radio sets do have an off button. Radio stations in Lincoln, the BBC is well..., the BBC, Lincs FM, not for me. Give them a chance, especially with the specialist programmes which are generally not put out by most mainstream stations. In time, we'll come to respect the station.

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    ROB., on the moon  |  April 07 2010, 11:05AM

    this could be better than boring old lincs fm.It plays the same old same old all the time.....