Abbey104

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Abbey104
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Broadcast area Sherborne, Yeovil, West Dorset, South Somerset
Frequency 104.7 MHz and online
First air date 16 February 2013 as Abbey104[1]
Website abbey104.com

Abbey104 (formerly known as Radio Sherborne) is a community radio station broadcasting on 104.7 FM to Sherborne and the surrounding areas in Dorset and Somerset in the United Kingdom. The studio is located at Coombe Works, Sherborne.[2]

History[edit]

The station was originally known as Radio Sherborne broadcasting on 87.5 FM (on an RSL) and Online. Radio Sherborne was later rebranded as Abbey104 in February 2013 broadcasting on 104.7 FM.[3]

The idea of a local radio station for Sherborne was brought up in 2010 by Chris Tucker, he felt that the local community was neglected from broadcasters such as the BBC and other commercial broadcasters. This was most apparent in winter 2009-2010, where the area found themselves in a news black spot for local weather and travel reports.[4]

The station is proposed as a way to bring community views, news and music to people of the town and surrounding areas.

In 2010, the station received a National Lottery grant of £9000 which helped towards start-up costs, the station is well supported and sponsored by local traders in the area. Oliver Letwin, a local MP, was invited to the official launch at the Eastbury Hotel, Sherborne along with representatives of the local Lions Club and Rotary Club.[5]

Abbey104's 1st birthday broadcasting on 104.7 FM was celebrated with a special outside broadcast at Sainsbury's in Sherborne.[6]

At the end of March 2014, Abbey104 ceased broadcasting from Georgian House, Greenhill, Sherborne, and moved to temporary studio premises at the Mermaid Pub in Sherborne, whilst the new studio was prepared at Coombe Works, Coombe, Sherborne.[7]

In April 2014, broadcasting moved from the temporary premises at the Mermaid and commenced at Coombe Works where the station broadcasts from today.

Current committee is now run by Taff Martin as Chairman since 2016 with Lynda Martin, Paul Peters, Terry Bennett, and Ken Horswell as committee members. Abbey104 has gone from strength to strength over last two years and becoming a much needed part of the community, with Directors, Bonny Sartin, Jane Smith and Kevin Gould.

In February 2018 Abbey104 was given a new 5 year extension to their licence, committing the station to serve the local community for the foreseeable future.

Abbey104 has a huge wealth of experienced DJ's such as Paul Peters who has been a DJ since working the pirate radio stations back in 1960's. Along with well known local DJs such as Phil Clements Who is our Program Controller, Abbey104 caters for everyone with a fantastic collection of old and new hits which are programmed when station is unmanned to entertain the listener without the same tired collection of 80's hits other stations use.

Transmission[edit]

The main frequency for Abbey104 is on 104.7 MHz FM and emits 25 watts from a transmitter located at The Gryphon School, Sherborne. A STL is used to communicate between the studio in Coombe, to the transmitter site, the station broadcast range is approximately 12-15 mile radius around Sherborne. This includes Wincanton to the north and Cerne Abbas to the south, towards Martock to the west and Shaftesbury to the east.

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Coordinates: 50°57′10″N 2°31′24″W / 50.9528°N 2.5232°W / 50.9528; -2.5232