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North East Coventry To Get Its Own Station

Residents of North East Coventry will be taking to the airwaves soon following the awarding of a grant for a community radio station.

Coventry North East Radio has been given £93,000 over three years, and could be on the air within six months.

The new station will broadcast to homes in Wood End, Bell Green, Henley Green, Manor Farm and parts of Potters Green, Foleshill, Holbrooks, Longford and Walsgrave.

Residents of these areas will be responsible for writing news bulletins and presenting music shows.

Enthusiasts will be trained in broadcasting, community research skills, information technology, audio engineering and general media skills.

Courses on these topics will be run in the Wood End and Bell Green areas.

Raynee Skelsey, secretary of the steering group that has worked to launch the new station, said:

“This is wonderful news. Now we can push on by applying for a restricted broadcast license. In the meantime we are looking to develop our premises and to buy equipment.”

The radio project was set up with guidance from the Community Based Economic Development Partnership and help from staff based at Coventry and Warwickshire Co-operative Development Agency and Coventry North East Area Co-ordination. This guidance was made possible with funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Raynee added:

“We are grateful for their help. Now we want to get everything moving and we hope the courses will attract people who will eventually staff the station and go on to advanced courses.”

CNE Radio is now inviting all interested residents of North East Coventry to get involved and find out more for themselves. Those interested can contact 024 7661 2181 or e-mail

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