Gallery: Fen Radio’s final day of broadcasting.
PUBLISHED: 15:11 01 August 2008 | UPDATED: 11:43 29 April 2010
WHAT HAPPENED? The Afternoon Show with Richard Grant, Fen Radio s programme manager and head of music, was retained as always. However, Fen Radio s breakfast show presenters Nigel Payne and Shaun Crerand hung around for the afternoon to see the station of
WHAT HAPPENED? The Afternoon Show with Richard Grant, Fen Radio's programme manager and head of music, was retained as always. However, Fen Radio's breakfast show presenters Nigel Payne and Shaun Crerand hung around for the afternoon to see the station off air at 6pm. A number of people visited the studio in Church Mews, Wisbech, throughout the day including Cambs Times and Wisbech Standard reporter Tom Jackson, to give a taster of 'Tomorrow's News Today' for the last time.
THE HISTORY: Fen Radio, the Fens' only commercial station, was formed on October 3, 1999 as XCel. The station was based in Littleport until UKRD took it over in 2002. The studio was moved to Cambridge and ran under the Star banner.
Richard said: "We finally moved to Wisbech in February 2004 and at the time there was still building work going on."
After moving to Wisbech, the station was rebranded Star Fen and was renamed Fen Radio a short time later.
However, UKRD announced earlier this month that it was struggling to maintain the station in the face of falling advertising sales and handed its licence back to Ofcom, the communications regulator. Viewers have been redirected to sister stations KLFM, based in King's Lynn, and Star Cambridge and Ely, which were unaffected by Fen Radio's closure.
During the last nine years Fen Radio threw its support behind hundreds of events and gave away thousands of prizes, including concert tickets and posters.
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD? "We are hoping that Ofcom will allow us to continue the licence in some form at some future date," Richard said. "We are looking for local people and businesses to get in touch to offer their support. I am also hoping that, through the paper, we can let people know what is going on and, one day, be able to resurrect Fen Radio."
WHAT ABOUT NIGEL AND SHAUN? Nigel will be doing the Sunday Morning Breakfast show on KLFM. Shaun, meanwhile, is hoping to soon join Nigel on KLFM's Sunday Morning Breakfast show and will continue his Wednesday slot on Hospital Radio Lynn, run under the Patientline banner at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn.
WHAT ABOUT LISTENERS' COMMENTS? The station has been flooded with best wish letters and text messages from listeners. Here are just a few:
"I will miss you. Great sound, great rock radio."
"I know you said you didn't want soppy messages but I feel like I've lost one of my best friends. It's like when I moved up here from Milton Keynes five years ago! I've been an avid listener ever since we moved here. So sad to have to say goodbye. I know this is cheesy but if you've got it can you play Sealed With A Kiss by Jason Donovan? Then I can pretend you'll be back after the summer! Good luck guys."
"Thanks for the great music that you have played over the years. It's been great. All the best to Fen Radio - the one and only."
HEATHER AND MICHAEL, Walpole St Andrew.
AND THEIR MOST PROLIFIC CALLER? In the hour and a half we spent at the studio last Thursday, Wisbech woman Kate Norman called the station a number of times.
"I am quite prolific," said Mrs Norman, of Elizabeth Terrace. "I call them five or six times every day at least. I'm certainly going to miss them.
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