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Drystone Radio expands to cover Burnley and Blackburn


L-R - Dave Earnshaw (Motown & Soul show Tuesday at 7pm) and Dave Watkiss (sports commentator)

Community radio station Drystone Radio has announced an expansion of its coverage area as it adds a digital radio transmitter to cover East Lancashire.


The service, which is based at studios in Cowling on the North Yorkshire-Lancashire border, has been available on FM in Ilkley since 2020.


Earlier this year it added Bradford to its coverage area via DAB, and has also just announced that its FM broadcast licence has been extended by a further five years.


The station was founded in 1998 as a registered charity with a remit to promote active community involvement in regeneration and social inclusion, and to enhance diversity and inclusion.


The station recently began live broadcasts of Ben Rhydding Hockey Club’s fixtures, and also airs commentary of Ilkley Rugby Club’s matches.


Andrew Rankine, director and station controller at Drystone Radio, said: “Our primary focus at Drystone is to give back to the community and provide opportunities for development. Whether that be through supporting a wide range of charities, offering work placements to local college students or providing ongoing training and development opportunities to our existing volunteers, at its heart Drystone is a community station made for the community, from the community.


“Our charity partnerships are truly at the core of what we do, as a charity ourselves we understand the struggles and intricacies of fundraising. All charities that we support gain income that would not otherwise receive and can access advertising opportunities across our channels.”

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