New talent on station's radar

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A COMMUNITY radio station that has been making waves on air continually for a year is on the hunt for new talent.

OX105FM, which is based at Blackbird Leys Community Centre, was launched in 2006 but will tomorrow celebrate having had its full broadcast licence for a year.

Budding DJs and producers are welcome to join the station, which is on air 24-hours-a-day and broadcasts to thousands of listeners.

Director and chairman Geno Humphrey, one of the founders of the station, said: “We are always looking for new people.

“They must have an interest in community issues and they must have a passion for radio.

“We are there to provide as much training as possible.”

He added: “We have worked with many different groups within the community over the years before the licence.

“People have been able to air their issues on a grass roots basis.

“We are working in the community and working to make a positive change in the community.”

Presenter Ian Edmead said: “Unlike other stations, we’re interactive, so it’s not just non-stop music.

“I host a magazine talk show and we interview local charities, discuss community news and talk about what’s important to local people.”

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About 100 volunteers have been involved in the radio since its launch seven years ago. Ir presently has about 30 volunteers.

The first broadcast was from Jubilee Hall in Sorrel Road, Blackbird Leys, in October 2006.

It now broadcasts music and magazine shows and the station promotes help and advice centres and advertises job vacancies.

Before receiving its full licence, the station operated on a restricted services licence that allowed it to broadcast for 28 days at a time. It also broadcasts online.

Drive-time presenter Lady T has been hired by national radio station Premier Gospel thanks to her time at OX105FM.

She said: “People should get involved, either behind the scenes or behind the mic.

“I’m looking forward to hosting my new show at Gospel, and I couldn’t have done it without the help and training I got here.”

The station is funded by grants and advertising.

  • Visit ox105fm.com for more information.

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