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ExmouthAiR Radio

"Local Radio - For Local people by Local People"

Who We Help, Why We Help & the Difference It Makes

Local Radio - By Local People, For Local People

 “I’m going to start a radio station for Exmouth”, proclaimed ExmouthAiR’s brainchild Andy Green to his wife Julie one day all those years ago.

This is the story of how ExmouthAiR was born…

Julie gave me that look, Husbands – you know the one I’m talking about. Little did I know how difficult it would be to start a local radio station.

When starting a radio station, you cannot just apply for an FM licence. You must wait for invitations from Ofcom (the licensing body). You also need to prove evidence of demand and support from the community you intend to serve. The only way you can prove demand and gain support is by running trial broadcasts up to a maximum of 28 days.

Equipment is not cheap and licence fees are extremely high. Our first broadcast was in 2006 in a rented room above premises in Rolle Street with a studio desk on a table. In 2007/8/9 they were all at the sail loft at Camperdown Terrace and the rest at our current premises off Salterton Road, Exmouth.

In 2007 Ofcom opened invitations to apply for a full time FM licence, we applied and were unsuccessful. Ofcom felt the station was too new and was not established well enough, but we never gave up.

We built up a loyal team, established links within the community and after seven, two-week trial broadcasts which coincided with the Exmouth festival. The opportunity came in 2011 for us to re-apply for a full time FM licence. The application took three months to write and in 2012 we received the news that we had been awarded our full time FM licence. My wife cried with delight whilst I suddenly realised, this was now my full-time job.

We launched at midday on 29th March 2013 on 106.4FM. I remember being excited and very nervous that day.

The station has grown from strength to strength ever since and is loved by its loyal listenership receiving over 500 messages every day.

We have come a long way since 2006. We now have two fully equipped professional studios and the station has recently been awarded two additional frequencies. 95FM which serves the Sid Valley area and 94.6FM which is being well received by listeners commuting in and out of Exeter.

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ExmouthAiR is a volunteer led Community Radio Station for Exmouth, Sidmouth & Surrounding Towns & Villages

We broadcast on 106.4fm | 95fm | 94.6fn for Exmouth | Sidmouth | Exeter

We provide an uplifting radio service with music that brings back memories with music from the 60's to the present day.

We have found that during the Covid19 pandemic our listeners have found listening to ExmouthAiR a way to escape from the worry of the pandemic, with listeners saying how much of a breath of fresh air it is to listen to something that makes you feel better and helps with their wellbeing and health.

ExmouthAiR is a local radio service with personality as described by one listener.


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We are always looking for volunteers to help with our outside events, obviously due to covid19 we are not doing any of these at the moment but we will be again as ssoon as the pandemic is over.

You can volunteer to supply news stories, promote the station, and also to learn how to present your own show.

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