UTTOXETER could be set for its very own radio station aimed at ‘bringing the community together’.
Radio presenter Kate Copeland and her colleagues are awaiting confirmation of funding to create Utch Radio.
Miss Copeland recently made the headlines by losing three dress sizes in as many months for charity.
Now the 28-year-old is turning her attention to creating the new station, which will initially be streamed online.
She is in talks with two landlords about securing premises for the station in Uttoxeter.
Miss Copeland said: “My colleagues and I walked through town and walked past 20 empty shops.
“I just thought ‘something has to be done to bring this community together’.
“So, if we get the funding we’ve applied for, we’re all systems go to start Utch Radio.
“It will be online to start with but we’re planning to apply for an airplay licence for medium wave.”
Businesses and community will be allowed to share their news on the airwaves and on Utch Radio’s website.
They will also be allowed to advertise their vacancies for free.
There will be a business show featuring expert adivce and support for town firms.
And station staff will create an app so listeners can tune in on the mobile devices.
Miss Copeland said: “We’ll have a normal breakfast show and drive time show, featuring pop music from the last four decades.
“And, beyond that, we want to provide a service the whole community can tap into.
“We’ll support the town’s economy in any way we can and give residents a platform for their views on important issues affecting Uttoxeter.
“Young people looking to get into broadcasting will also be able to access training with our specialist equipment and get a really good idea of what it’s like in the world of radio.
“Pending confirmation of our funding, we hope to be on the airwaves very soon.”