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Purbeck Coast Radio
Purbeck Coast FM is a community radio station for Purbeck in Dorset, broadcasting on 101.2FM to Swanage and the surrounding area.
This service is for the whole community, attracting active involvement and listenership from people of all ages, broadcasting a mix of local news, interesting chat and great music from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and today.
How it all began
The idea of the radio station began in 2014, when the Swanage Pier Trust started to look at ways of increasing greater involvement and support from the community, as part of the Swanage Pier regeneration project. It was clear from research, that there was a great deal of enthusiasm for launching a radio station on the pier. As it was an attractive activity and of interest to people of all ages across the community, it was felt that it would help the long term sustainability of the pier. So the planning began, and money was raised for the project, completely separately from the pier renovation programme. In 2018, after a rigorous application process, OFCOM awarded Purbeck Coast with a licence to broadcast and allocated the frequency 101.2FM. We will launch on Monday 12th August 2019.
The whole ethos of the radio station is to engage everyone from across the area, both as listeners and as volunteers, enthusing them about the radio station, Swanage Pier and the area they live in. The purpose is to act as a community hub, raising awareness of local services, publicising events, and providing the perfect platform to give everyone a voice. Lots of visitors say that they used to come to Swanage on holiday as a child with their family, therefore our aim is to provide visitors with a mix of music and chat to rekindle those happy days. Purbeck Coast FM is here to connect listeners to everything that is going on in their local community, to reduce social isolation, act as a companion and to provide an engaging link without having to step out of the front door.
This is a very special and beautiful part of the world which provides a core focus for Purbeck Coast FM. We are proud of our local environment and community, and the radio station is here to promote the amazing opportunities it has to offer. Please get involved – there are so many ways to do this, either by tuning in, volunteering or through sponsorship of the programmes. To find out more about Swanage Pier Trust, please visit the
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