Wednesday, October 16, 2013
BAY FM – Exmouth’s community radio station run by volunteers – has had a “fantastic” surprise donation of £5,000.
The unexpected pledge, which was made recently on air by Del Haggerty, managing director of Western Training Services (WTS), will allow the station to extend the reach of its radio transmitter, helping to fill in gaps locally.
“We are always keen to support local businesses and this is an example of our dedication to the community,” said Mr Haggerty of WTS, the Exeter-based online training and testing centre for passenger and freight transport industries.
Mr Haggerty phoned Bay FM to pledge the money after hearing that the station was run entirely by volunteers.
“When we started out in business, we were helped at times when it was really needed,” said Mr Haggerty.
“After realising that Bay FM is run entirely by volunteers, we thought this was our chance to help other local businesses out.”
The pledge came unexpectedly during Bay FM’s Lifestyle morning programme, hosted by Daniel Lavery of the Devon Freewheelers. The presenter was shocked by the pledge.
“I’m shaking here,” said Daniel, live on air. £5,000? You guys have got no idea the difference that’s going to make to us!”
Andy Green, Bay FM’s station manager, heard the news over the station’s PA system at Littleham Fete.
“It just came out of the blue,” he said. “I’m delighted. This is a fantastic donation, helping to extend our transmitter so we can reach out to more listeners around Devon.
“We’ve been having some problems with the transmitter site and this will give us some vast improvements. What it should do is to fill in the gaps locally, to serve the community better.”
Launched seven months ago, Bay FM’s signal has been variable in certain locations, including along the A376 from Exmouth into Clyst St George.
“It’s a little bit patchy locally, so hopefully it will clear all that up,” said Mr Green.