A NEWPORT community radio station in Newport is looking for help from residents and businesses to help fund it.

After its latest relaunch on Sunday, Newport City Radio is running throughout February before coming back on the radio later in the year.

Now the station hopes to raise £18,000 for running costs in the form of advertising and donations.

The idea is to eventually secure a full five-year broadcasting licence and to get this, it needs to show Ofcom and the UK Government it has the support and backing of people and businesses in the area.

Currently it has a community radio licence, allowing it to broadcast on its 87.9 FM station for 28 days, twice a year. It broadcasts online the rest of the time.

The station, run by volunteers, started broadcasting at 12.01am on Sunday and runs 24-hours a day with non-stop music through the night and a roster of around 40 DJs.

The studio equipment is rented and costs £5,000 for the 28 days.

Station manager Ian Lamsdale said: “We've got to prove the listeners want us, businesses want us and the people of Newport want us. This is when we need the support, it's really important businesses and people get behind this project now otherwise it's too late."

  • If you would like to advertise or donate to the station, email studio@newportcityradio.org or call 01633 265 300. Visit www.newportcityradio.org for details on upcoming events.