Worthing radio station has community goal

Cookie Jones, Richard Yandle and Lionel Leighton.  W13554h12
Cookie Jones, Richard Yandle and Lionel Leighton. W13554h12

OFFERING content without a commercial agenda – that is the aim of a new community radio station in Worthing.

Worthing Sunshine Radio aims to offer a platform for a range of music, from big band to jazz and from reggae to indie and rock.

Based in Ivy Arch Studios, in Ivy Arch Road, the station is currently in its relative infancy and broadcasts primarily from 6pm to midnight online at www.worthingsunshineradio.co.uk.

Richard Yandle, co-owner of Ivy Arch Studios, said the station aimed to become more of a community hub, mentioning local events and having interviews with a number of the musicians who pass through the studio’s doors.

There are also plans for Northbrook College, which runs a journalism course, to be more involved in the station, potentially with a weekly round-up of news, comedy and fashion shows.

He said: “The station offers something a little more local-centric and also something a bit out of the ordinary that you wouldn’t hear on a pop radio station.”

Cookie Jones is the presenter of the jazz show on Sundays, from 10pm to 1am, and a life-long musician, who has worked with a number of jazz legends.

He said: “I think it’s a great idea because there’s a lot of jazz in the area and it doesn’t get much publicity. Also, if there’s a community event going on people can get in touch and we can give them a plug.”

Anbody with show ideas should email studio@worthingsunshineradio.com.