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New local radio station will be 'groundbreaking'

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: January 30, 2013

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STAFFORD’S airwaves are crackling with the announcement that a new radio station is set to launch in the county town.

XL FM will begin broadcasting online on Sunday, February 3 and is set to feature one or two familiar voices to listeners in the area.


Billed as “ground-breaking” the new radio station will feature former Signal 1 and Stafford FM presenter Stu Haycock, pictured, Ray Crowther, Steve Murphy and Signal Radio breakfast presenter Doug Wood.

“XL FM will be different,” said Mr Haycock. “We will embrace the community and support the needs of the area in which we serve,” he said. “We’ll be a champion of local business, and we’ll be supporting charity groups and community organisations like ourselves.”

XL FM will broadcast from 12 noon on February 3 from a temporary location in Stafford and

will aim to apply for a full-time FM community licence in the coming year.

“We’re in discussions about moving into the town centre,” said Mr Haycock. “We’ve already seen some great support from both the borough and the county council, and we’re fully commit- ted to making XL FM accessible and totally transparent.”

He said XL FM would play an eclectic mix of music throughout the day, a variety of programmes, including live commentaries on all Stafford Rangers games, Northern soul and Motown, talk shows, special documentaries as well as a host of events backed by Stafford Borough Council with the station broadcasting live from some of the area’s most prestigious events, including the Stafford Half Marathon and the grand Prix.

“Look out for the XL FM team over the coming months,” said Mr Haycock. “Our aim is to ramp up our presence in the community as we look to apply for the full-time licence in the second half of 2013.

“We intend to create a real buzz in the area, and with the team we have in place, we’re every bit confident that XL FM will be a success story.”

Listeners can tune in to XL FM via their website at www.xl-fm.com on the Tune In app or by looking for them on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  February 01 2013, 3:43PM

    "ground breaking".? How? "champion of local business"? sure if they pay for advertising. It won't last. Most of the ones involved have opened and closed so many times over the years.