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Fantasy FM *Updated*
Posted By Chris on Sunday 7th October 2007 @ 10:56 PM | Filed Under: Misc

Fantasy FM  *Updated*

Ingoldmells could be set to get their own radio station as Fantasy FM has plans to form a community radio station that will broadcast from Skegness. If the application is approved by OFCOM, the station would be the first radio station dedicated to Ingoldmells, Skegness and Chapel St. Leonards. Despite sharing the name of Fantasy Island, there are no clear signs to affiliate the radio station with the park itself.

The station is currently recruiting volunteers to present for the station. The station is already set to broadcast online from their Skegness studio where presenters will be trained. Candidates have already been identified for the breakfast, afternoon drive and news editorial positions. The station is still looking for the daytime, evening and weekend presenters.

Update: Thursday November 15th 2007
Fantasy FM has been rebranded as 'Funcoast Radio'. This name change reflects the coastal location of the community radio station, and is "coming soon". The service also has a new website Funcoast Radio. Conraining little information, the site doesn't reveal anything more than before, or even the reason for the name change. One reason might be to eliminate confusion with Fantasy Island.

The press release for Fantasy FM is quoted below:-

A local consortium of radio presenters, business leaders and volunteers are planning to become the first ever radio station dedicated to Skegness, Ingoldmells and Chapel St Leonard's. Playing a variety of music from the last forty years, the radio station will also feature on-air contests, local news, travel and sport. The station also plans to have a daily expert in the studio each morning to answer your questions on a variety of issues.

The station will also be the first in the UK to launch the MCAS (Missing Child Alert System) The Missing Child Alert System is something that is common place in America. If a child was to go missing, the radio station will temporarily break from normal programming to give out details of the missing child. The idea behind it is that if a child is abducted, the public will know instantly to look out for the child. The issue of children going missing was recently highlighted by the disappearance of Leicestershire child Madeline McCann in Portugal.

With the application due to be handed to the government agency OFCOM before Christmas, the management team of the radio station are looking to add more directors and would be presenters to the station, which is about to launch its online music and local news service. Project co-ordinator Elaine Forsythe said "To have a radio station dedicated to Skegness and Ingoldmells would be a dream come true foremost of the residents here, and the lack of coverage by current operators has fuelled the demand".

Station Director Richard Garvie was full of praise for the members of the public who have joined the station so far, and encouraged more to get involved. "This station is for the local people to make their own. The whole idea of community radio is to be open and accessible to all. That said, unlike most community stations in the UK who have already been licensed, we will treat this as a professional organisation and we will make sure that everybody who would like to become involved receives the proper training. We want this to be a station that can become the heart of the community and for that to happen the station needs to sound good and because of that reason alone, our standards will be the highest they possibly can be."

If you are interested in becoming a director of the station, or would like to find out more on becoming a presenter, or call Richard Garvie on 07954 255956.

More news and information about Fantasy FM is available via their website.
Thanks to Island Quest forum member IngoldmellsLocalLaddie.

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