Flood-hit radio studios going nowhere, says station founder

Bucks Free Press: Flood-hit radio studios going nowhere, says station founder Flood-hit radio studios going nowhere, says station founder

THE BOSS of a volunteer-run radio station which suffered badly during this year’s devastating floods claims the studio has no current plans to relocate.

Tim Ashburner, founder of Marlow FM, said the station will stay put at its home at Longridge Activity Centre despite considering a switch to a new home after the studio was badly flooded.

He said: "The costs are prohibitive at the moment, plus we have a very good relationship with Longridge.

"It cost us £25,000 to set up here and will cost another £11,000 to move, so it may be easier to just pay to pump out the water when it floods than move premises.

"Of course, we are always open to options available but the time and effort of relocating are really considerable."

Marlow FM was forced to temporarily abandon its riverside studios when the rising Thames swamped the studios in January.

It was the second year running the volunteer staff had to jump ship because of flooding, requiring a mammoth pumping operation to minimise the damage.

The station managed to stay on the air, relocating to an upstairs room in the Methodist Church on Spittal Street during the crisis.

And DJs feared they may have to relocate for good during the period of wet weather, which lasted two months.

Mr Ashburner founded Marlow FM in 2007 after posting an invitation on 'Marlow Parents' Yahoo Group to anyone interested in starting a community radio station.

After initially broadcasting online, the not-for-profit station received its community FM licence and began transmitting in 2011.

And the volunteer staff, who between them present over 20 shows spanning niches and genres, celebrated three years of successful broadcasting earlier this month.

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