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Tamworth community radio station closes after eight years on air

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TAMWORTH community radio station, TCR FM is to cease broadcasting after nearly 8 years on the air.

The radio station is being forced to close down and cut transmission mainly due to a lack of available funding and number of voluntary presenters.

106.8 TCR FM won a full time community radio licence for Tamworth in 2009 with the aim of providing opportunities for young people to be trained in how to be radio broadcasters. Several presenters have gone on to work in both local and national radio including Alex Farrell who now produces the TalkRadio breakfast show for Paul Ross.

Last year, TCR FM was nominated in the community group of the year category at the Tamworth Business and Community Awards.

The final shows on TCR FM will be broadcast this Sunday (22 October) before the station’s transmitter is turned off.

Director Mike Thomas said “It’s really sad to be closing the station but we all consider TCR FM to be a great success story. I believe TCR FM offered a fantastic local radio service to provide people with regular news and information about what was happening in the local area.

“I would like to thank everybody involved in TCR FM since it first went on the air – that includes all of the fantastic volunteers who have given up their precious time during the past eight years to present programmes and keep the radio station afloat. It’s been a real pleasure being involved with such a wonderful team.

“I would also like to thank Tamworth Borough Council, Staffordshire County Council, local businesses and other community organisations in Tamworth for all of their valuable support over the past eight years.

“But most of all I would like to thank all of our loyal listeners, many of whom have been tuning in since day one.”

Mike Thomas Saturday Live Roadshow

Mike Thomas at one of the TCR ‘Saturday live roadshows’

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