Celebrations as ICR launches on FM

IPSWICH'S community radio volunteers were celebrating today as they launched their station on to the FM frequency.After years of waiting, Ipswich Community Radio was due to go live on 105.7fm from noon today.

IPSWICH'S community radio volunteers were celebrating today as they launched their station on to the FM frequency.

After years of waiting, Ipswich Community Radio was due to go live on 105.7fm from noon today.

The station broadcasts from its base at the CSV Media Clubhouse in Princes Street, Ipswich, and has previously predominantly been available to listeners over the web at icrfm.co.uk.

It first broadcast from a caravan in Christchurch Park in the last 1980s and over the years has been based at several locations throughout the town. At times it has broadcast on limited licences but the volunteers who run the station have campaigned for years to get a permanent licence.

To celebrate the launch of FM broadcasts, which have been made possible by the station being awarded an FM licence by the regulatory body Ofcom, the station was hosting a launch event on the Cornhill this afternoon.

ICR FM is geared to represent the full cross-section of the Ipswich community. Among the programmes which make up its weekly schedule are Kurdish, Portuguese, Polish, Iranian and Asian programmes while the mix of music ranges from RnB and reggae to dance, rock, punk and country.

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