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Oliver Letwin joins guests to mark Sherborne radio station going on air

By Western Gazette - Sherborne  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

ON AIR: Abbey 104 technical director Dan Gruner, presenter Robbie Hunter, chairman Ken Horsewell, West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin, and director Chris Tucker

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SHERBORNE’S community radio station went live on the airwaves on Saturday.

After more than a year of broadcasting on the internet, Abbey 104, formerly known as Radio Sherborne, went live on 87.5 FM at 8am.

People involved in running the station were joined by guests and Oliver Letwin, MP for West Dorset, at a launch party at the Eastbury Hotel.

Gryphon School pupil Ryan Tuffin, 16, a presenter and volunteer technician at the station, was asked to officially announce the radio going on air.

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He said: “It was a real honour and it was a surprise to be asked. After two years at the station it is great to see it finally live on air.”

Chairman Ken Horsewell thanked Mr Letwin, The Eastbury and Sainsbury’s, and everyone at the station for their help and support.

He said: “It has been a long time coming. We chose Ryan to launch the station because he represents everything we are about, community and young people.”

Station director Chris Tucker said: “This is the start of an adventure for the community. It is something the area has wanted for a very long time. Now I need people’s help and support to let it live.”

The station offers Sherborne and villages within a 12-mile radius news, chat, local affairs and music.

It broadcasts from Georgian House, Greenhill at the top of Cheap Street.

Abbey 104 is appealing for volunteers to help out at the station, and for sponsorship from local businesses.

For information and to tune in online visit www.abbey104.com.

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