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Airwaves buzzing around Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 23:59 16 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:21 03 March 2010

THE AIRWAVES around Suffolk are buzzing again as Ipswich Community Radio clicks the on-air button once more.

The station, last heard in April this year, is back for a month-long broadcast bringing with it the issues, news and music relevant to this area of the country.

THE AIRWAVES around Suffolk are buzzing again as Ipswich Community Radio clicks the on-air button once more.

The station, last heard in April this year, is back for a month-long broadcast bringing with it the issues, news and music relevant to this area of the country.

Every section of the community will be provided for with discussion, debate and music to suit all tastes.

For starters, over the coming days, many of the Parliamentary candidates hoping to take over the seat left open by the death of Jamie Cann, will be in the station's Sorrel Horse Mews studio, to face the questions of listeners.

But this is only for starters.

For the next four weeks the airwaves will be bustling with blues, jazz, R&B, hip hop, trance, techno, rap, metal, funk, swing, reggae, gospel, garage, guitar, indie and Asian music.

Not to mention in-studio discussions with a host of community groups working in the area, including the Bangladeshi Support Centre, the Black and Asian Mental Health Group, and support workers, such as a racial harassment officer and teenage pregnancy co-ordinator.

Mark Straw, project leader at the station's base, which is also home to CSV Media and the Millennium volunteers who all work together, said: "There's a bit of everything for everyone. We're going to be providing enough information, enabling people to pose questions for our guests.

"We're trying to get a whole diversity of people interested and relating to what's going on in Ipswich."

A launch party to mark the start of the second ICR broadcast of the year was held at Chicago Rock Café and it was a night that was not only about the station, but the achievements of Millennium Volunteers who have completed 100 or 200 hours of volunteering and the re-launch of the magazine IP1.

DJ John Peel was there to join Mayor Maureen Carrington-Brown in presenting awards to the volunteers.

Mark said: "The night went well and the fact that John Peel was there was positive for the young people to meet someone who they hold in high esteem.

"He enables people to check out different forms of music which in today's age not many people are doing.

"It was a great night and was enjoyable for the young people who put in a lot of hard and at times difficult work."

While much of the Millennium Volunteers' focus is on the current ICR broadcast, which runs until December 9, their work with CSV Media is enabling them to learn skills in various areas of the multi-media industry.

One of their latest undertakings is promotional work, particularly videos, and the volunteers are looking forward to working for Ipswich Town Football Club, the Drug Action Team, Out and About and the Youth Offending service in this area.

There are currently about 50 volunteers at the project working in many areas.

Mark said: "Our strength is our diversity."

N Ipswich Community Radio is on air from 8am to 2am during the week and from 8am Friday to 2am Sunday at the weekends. It is broadcast on 105.1FM.

N IP1 is available free at various outlets around Ipswich.

N Anyone interest in becoming a Millennium Volunteer or wanting to promote their organisation on ICR should call Mark Straw on 01473 236659.

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