Radio station plan suffers setbacks

Efforts to establish an independent community radio station for Warkworth have been put on hold for the foreseeable future after a series of setbacks. Warkworth Community Radio FM (WCRFM) had got as far as broadcasting online, but despite concerted efforts, founder Pete Unstead, marketer Grant Henderson and other volunteers have been unable to find suitable studio space in the town centre. Now, Pete has been forced to step down as station manager as he needs to have heart bypass surgery. “I have written to the team members and asked if anyone else would like to step up and continue and I will see if we have any takers,” he says.  “In the meantime, we have no studio, no promoters and no money to continue, so the project is pretty much dead in the water, unfortunately. I will be out of action for the next three months and will see what happens once I am back in good health.” Grant says he is hopeful that the initiative can be resurrected later in the year, when Peter is back on his feet.