We’re taking a break – but we will be back!

Here at Radio Newark, the team is continuing to keep you entertained and informed during these troublesome times, broadcasting 24/7 as always.

But unfortunately it’s not so easy where Girls Around Town is concerned…

Your favourite Sunday morning slot relies on lots of lovely guests giving up their time to pop into the studio, sharing their stories, both personal and professional, with listeners in live, face-to-face interviews every weekend.

Under normal circumstances, social distancing is the very last thing on on the minds of JuneRosalynRachel and Claire but at the moment circumstances are far from normal of course.

And since the wellbeing of those guests – and of the girls themselves – has to come first, it’s with heavy hearts that Newark’s Fab Four have decided to take a bit of a break.

But don’t despair – just like Arnold Schwarzenegger, they’ll be back!!

Initially, the show will be off air from Sunday 22 March until the end of April, with the option to extend the break further as necessary.

Looking on the bright side, in its place the lovely Ady Crampton‘s show will be broadcast on both FM and DAB – while the girls are away, Ady will play!!

And there’s more…

Some of the stories that would ordinarily have been aired on the show will now be covered in Sunday Best, a new online magazine that was already in the pipeline anyway, along with extra features designed to keep you connected with the GAT team and the other members of its community.

You’ll be able to access it here on the website, free of charge – just watch this space for details of Issue 1, coming soon.

In the meantime, don’t forget to keep an eye on the show’s FacebookTwitter and Instagram feeds for regular posts and pics. And if you’re missing those Sunday morning chats with guests, why not hop over to the podcast page and listen to one or two of the interviews you may have missed?

Above all, please take care and stay safe – looking forward to making a comeback soon but till then, please continue to support Radio Newark by turning on and tuning in

Big hugs to you all –

June, Rosalyn, Rachel & Claire xxxx

Full time radio returns to Newark!

on airChristmas came early for the team at Radio Newark when Ofcom today officially confirmed the success of its application for a full time licence.

Just over a year after its launch last November, the station now has the go-ahead to start planning full time on air output for Newark and surrounding towns and villages from early summer 2015.

Station director Phil Johnson was the first to hear the news, in a phone call from the broadcasting regulator’s office on Monday afternoon.

“The news was embargoed until Ofcom made its official announcement at 11am today,” said Phil. “Getting the heads up only a few hours in advance was probably a good thing – keeping a lid on it even for a short time has been difficult, when our first reaction as broadcasters was to do what we do best and broadcast good news for and about our town!

“To say we’re excited is definitely an understatement. The whole team has worked hard to get to this point and we’re delighted that Ofcom has recognised both the strength of our application and everything we’ve done in our temporary broadcasts and online over the last year.

“One of the factors that influenced the Ofcom decision was almost certainly the strong links we have already forged with local schools. As far as we know, we’re the only community station to work so closely with this sector of the community; our media centre is based in Barnby Road Academy, we’re also working with the Magnus School and Newark Academy and pupils from across the Newark Family of Schools play an increasingly active part in the station’s output.

“Coupled with the unstinting support shown by residents and businesses in the area, this gave us the confidence that we were putting forward a winning application and today’s announcement demonstrates that Ofcom has the same confidence in us.”

Members of the Radio Newark board of directors greeted the news with delight and were quick to pass on their congratulations to the team.

“I am so pleased that all your hard work and persistence has paid off,” said Tony Roberts MBE. “It will be good to have a radio station that is relevant to our area. All too often Newark is forgotten by the other ‘local’ stations. Now we are back in the news. Excellent!”

“I am delighted that, after all the hard work and effort of Phil and his team to get this project off the ground, this good news for Newark has been received,” commented Joanna Parlby. “As chairman of the Advertiser Media Group, I look forward to being involved as a director and wish Phil all the best of luck with the new venture.”

When the news broke, Radio Newark was in the first week of its third temporary broadcast which runs until Friday 26 December.

“Completing this four-week broadcast to a high standard is our priority at the moment,” added Phil. “After Christmas, we’ll continue to broadcast online while we get on with all the work involved in preparing for the full time launch around June next year.

“There’s a lot to be done between now and then, both by ourselves and by Ofcom. But the whole team is raring to go and ready to bring Radio Newark to the town 24/7, 365 days a year for at least the next five years!”