The final countdown…

Overton’s new community radio service will officially launch at 5pm next Sunday (30th July 2023).

Local business owners are invited to join the event at The Red Lion in the afternoon to learn about the service, watch (and hear) the station ‘go live’ with thanks to popular local resident and BBC Breakfast host Mike Bushell.

The station’s chairman Ian Urry with founders Rob Francis and David Harber will be on hand to answer questions about the service which aims to provide a 24 hour non-stop information and entertainment service which promotes Overton and the immediate outlying areas of Freefolk, Laverstoke, Ashe and Deane.

We are grateful to launch partners Barlow Construction and Stickland Plumbing and Heating, founders of the radio service which is available on digital devices. You can listen to our test transmissions now by clicking the listen now link, or by asking your smart speaker to “Play Overton Radio”

Overton Radio founders Rob Francis and David Harber
Rob Francis (L) & David Harber, founders of Overton Radio.

Over 30 local voices are already heard on the radio service, and the station is inviting as many local people to get involved as possible.

“Usually a radio station takes years to launch”, says co-founder David Harber. “But Overton Radio has been a matter of weeks in the planning.

“We aim to grow with the help of local peoples’ involvement. We crave content and information and are asking anyone involved in business, events or organisations locally to let us know how we can help promote their work and services.

“There will be an holistic growth of the radio station and more and more people will become aware of our service and ultimately, hopefully, contribute.”

Anyone wishing to get involved in the radio station can email by clicking here.

The radio station will launch with a ‘shop local’ campaign called ‘Thanks a Million’ – aiming to encourage local residents to spend £5 a week more with local businesses. If each adult resident spent a fiver locally rather than online or with a national chain, the local economy would be boosted by just over £1m a year.

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