Beats and bubbly launch Derbyshire internet station Spire Radio

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Derbyshire’s newest radio station has begun broadcasting to the world.

Internet station Spire Radio was launched in a blaze of beats and bubbly this afternoon (Sunday, August 16) at its base in West Bars House, Chesterfield.

Geoff Cox, managing director (far right) with Paul Wragsdale at the desk and members of the Spire Radio team.

Geoff Cox, managing director (far right) with Paul Wragsdale at the desk and members of the Spire Radio team.

The station will broadcast 24 hours a day, airing 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s hits, showcasing the music of the area’s bands and singers, spotlighting musical theatre groups and reaching out to schools and community organisations.

Spire Radio has been set up by Geoff Cox and Paul Wragsdale, the former is the station’s managing director, and the latter is studio director. They worked together on the internet station Castle Radio.

Geoff said: “Spire will initially broadcast on line at www.spire-radio.com and through the Tune-in app by searching Spire Radio (available on all mobile devices - mobiles and tablets).

“The long term goal is to apply for a DAB licence when Ofcom make a decision on whether the small scale DAB project they are currently trialling, is a long term success.

“Unfortunately, we’ve just missed out on a round of FM licence applications but that said, Ofcom want to eventually turn off analogue FM radio which means every station will be where Spire start!”