New community radio directors prepare to launch online station

The new directors of Radio Wymondham - Penny Hubble, Bob Johnson and Anthony Woods. PHOTO: Radio Wym

The new directors of Radio Wymondham - Penny Hubble, Bob Johnson and Anthony Woods. PHOTO: Radio Wymondham - Credit: Archant

Meet the new directors of Radio Wymondham

A group of radio fans are close to launching a new online radio station for Wymondham area.

Penny Hubble, Bob Johnson and Anthony Woods (AJ) are the three directors hoping to be online before Christmas to support the community with local news, events, sports and music programmes.

Though the station will initially be internet-based, it will be available worldwide which they hope will reach ex-pats and residents who work abroad.

Mr Johnson said: 'The Radio Wymondham project has been in the planning stage for some time but it now has a real momentum to make it happen. Spires Solicitors in Wymondham are helping the team with the necessary legal documents and compliance required.'

Between the three of them, the new directors have a wealth of experience.

Mr Woods, an IT support worker, has been a DJ for a number of online radio stations, undertaking presenting, station management and staff training. He said: 'Each station is a new experience with new challenges and tasks, however Radio Wymondham is going to be completely new to us all.

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'Being 18 I bring a younger perspective to the station and hope to encourage younger people to get involved.'

Mr Johnson, a 69-year-old Waitrose worker, said: 'My first gig was in 1973 in the NAAFI at Brookwood Barracks. Me and my mate Pete had built the decks and it was mainly soul and reggae. On leaving the forces in 1976 I thought I'd continue DJ'ing with my friend Alan building the whole caboodle and me DJing. We did our apprenticeship as a mobile disco (Lipps Disco) and then we took up residency at Lowestoft's legendary Hedley House.

'My DJ'ing, for the last 10 years, has been as part of a very successful Conference team and I've been lucky enough to play in practically all major cities in mainland UK. I've also DJ'ed at the legendary Caister Soul Weekenders and it was a real privilege to be part of the Caister Radio Team and as part of the Caister Official Radio Station Soulconnexion Radio, where I hosted a regular Thursday show 4pm – 7pm.

'I then joined Great Yarmouth's brilliant Smart Radio team and presented a Soul show and a Classic Rock show until July of this year when I decided Radio Wymondham must take priority.'

Ms Hubble, 46, works in the community and has a background in project management and engineering in automation and environmental controls.

Listeners are hoped to be able to tune in to Radio Wymondham around the new year.