Purbeck Coast 101.2 FM has continued to broadcast throughout the pandemic crisis, despite government guidelines forcing the community radio station to close its studio on Swanage Pier.
Fortunately the show could go on, by the presenters adapting and recording their shows from home.
It was a challenge at first to get everyone’s home studio equipment working smoothly but slowly more ‘lockdown’ broadcasts came on stream, as the presenters got used to working from home.
With digital technology allowing the radio station’s manager, Michelle Langthorne, to input the programmes into the Myriad broadcasting software, the shows could then be broadcast across Purbeck via the transmitter on 101.2 FM.
Michelle Langthorne said:
“I’ve been really impressed with how adaptable and resourceful the presenters have been as they’ve embraced the unexpected sudden change to the way we broadcast. We’ve shown that whatever gets thrown at us, we can still fulfill our remit to the community to continue broadcasting informative and entertaining programmes. We hope it’s helping everyone across Purbeck, even in a small way, throughout this difficult time.”
Purbeck Coast 101.2 FM, which was only launched in August 2019, hopes to be able to return to its studio on Swanage Pier soon, but only when it’s safe to do so. For now, the presenters are happy continuing to ‘work from home’!