First community radio station set to celebrate 12th birthday

Derek & Gail Hunt in the studio

On 24th March the Island’s first Community radio station, Angel Radio will have been broadcasting full-time on FM 91.50 for 12 years.

The launch was at 11 AM on a Saturday morning in 2007 and we were all so excited to finally be on air after trying for the FM licence for eight years. It had been such a long and difficult struggle but all worth it in the end.

A very extensive record library which is mainly stored on minidiscs.

The station began in 1999 with short term licences whenever we could afford them so we have been Angel Radio Isle of Wight for twenty years in all. The first studio was in the attic of the Age UK offices in Pyle Street and in 2001 we moved to a proper studio in the Wight Fibre building in Love Lane Cowes and broadcast on their network. W now have two lovely studios there and are really grateful to them.

Bev Webster working on the computer

A spokesperson for the station said: “Funding has always been an uphill struggle but we have managed to run the station without having to resort to advertising and thanks to our wonderful listeners donations we have always managed to cover the cost of the licence fees and costs.

“We hope we will still be here for the next twenty years! You can tune in to Angel Radio , the Island’s most loved nostalgia station on 91.50 FM and on the internet”