A community radio station that has gained an estimated 13,000 listeners across Barrow and Furness is celebrating its first birthday today (Wednesday, November 23).
CandoFM, based at Furness College’s Channelside campus, will mark the milestone with a party for its volunteers, local businesses and community groups.
The station has grown and now employs three staff alongside more than 20 volunteers who contribute to its mix of music, news, sport and information.
Danny Leitch, station manager, said it had been a hectic year watching the station take off and grow its listener base.
“When you look at the programmes we have done, we have built something from the ground up and put it in a really good position,” he added. “It works because we have stories to share, detailed local content and know about the issues affecting this area and understand our community.
“We’ve had great support from the college and the community is getting behind us. People from all different backgrounds have got involved – from students here at Channelside and Rating Lane to young professionals, working parents and retirees. Our volunteers have a real passion for the community and pride in the local area.”
The station enlisted support from the college’s catering students to ensure its birthday milestone was marked in style. Autumn Backhouse, Ryan Harris and Bradley Bentley, who all study hospitality and catering, created a cake with the CandoFM logo and cupcakes for the party.
The station, which began as an enterprise project with media tutor Jonny Williams, still needs volunteers who do not need previous radio experience as training is provided.
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