Get ready to feel the Pride via the radio waves as a new radio station aimed towards the LGBTQ+ community is set to go live today.
Launching today at noon, Pride Radio 89.2FM will be the North East’s only dedicated LGBT+ radio station and will broadcast 24-hours a day across Newcastle, Gateshead, South East Northumberland, Sunderland North, South Tyneside and North Tyneside.
To get Pride Radio FM off to a kick-start, station chiefs have recruited some of the region’s leading presenters including TV’s Peter Darrant and Mel Crawford, Alex Roland and Stu Smith formerly of Metro Radio and Century Radio favourite Jonathan Morrell.
Chair of the Pride Community Network, Jonathan Morrell, has been involved since the project began several years ago and said:
The launch of this station on FM is the culmination of eight years’ work by a dedicated group of volunteers from the LGBT community. We believe the station will help to unite LGBT people across the North East and help them get the most out of life in the region.
Pride Radio is a brand new community radio station and is the product of several years of hard work by volunteers. The station aims to bring communities together by promoting equality, diversity and inclusivity through a number of varied programmes.
Station manager Richard Kell is keen to attract listeners of all ages and walks of life, and believes it could quickly establish itself as one of the region’s leading stations. “Pride Radio is a community station and we really need everyone to get on board and support us as much as possible,” he said.
“We have exciting programmes lined up with some of the region’s most respected presenters and we want to spread the word that we are here and keen to involve the community as much as possible. We can’t wait to get started.”
Station chiefs are now looking for volunteers to join the team of presenters, along with helping with marketing and social media. Anyone interested in getting involved can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The station will go live at noon on Monday 9 July. Visit Pride Radio’s website for more information on how to tune in.