Boston’s own Endeavour Radio has realised its long-term dream of being granted a full-time FM licence.
Ofcom, the communications industries regulator, has today awarded a communty radio licence to the independent station - which serves Boston and the surrounding area.
This means it now has a licence to broadcast on the airwaves full-time on the FM frequency.
Currently it is broadcast online and has previously taken to the airwaves over the summer - but only with a a 28 day Restricted Service Licence (RSL).
The station, set up in 2006, and run by volunteers, has been trying for some time to secure a coveted full-time licence.
A spokesman for Ofcom told The Standard the station has secured funding - but will operate as a ‘low cost model’ run entirely by volunteers.
“As a result the Broadcast Licensing Committee considered that it demonstrated an ability to maintain the service,” said the spokesman.
“The group operates an online radio service and has drawn on this experience to propose a service that will cater to the tastes and interests of its local community. The application presented evidence of a high level of demand and support for the service.”
Community radio services are provided on a not-for-profit basis focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits to a particular geographical community or a community of interest. Licences are awarded for a five-year period.