Radio Verulam in St Albans to celebrate its 10th anniversary of FM broadcasting
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A radio station is celebrating its 10th year of broadcasting on FM.
On Friday, July 7 avid listeners will have been enjoying St Albans’ Radio Verulam for a full decade.
The not-for-profit organisation started modestly in 1993 operating on a telecential cable system and then over the internet, upgrading to FM when it got a community radio licence in 2006.
It began broadcasting on 92.6FM since midday on July 7, 2007.
Originally it was transmitted from Victoria Street, St Albans by only 14 volunteers. However, the low ground restricted the station’s range.
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Now, the station has 100 volunteers, 60 trained presenters, thousands of listeners from all over the world and can be heard 24 hours a day in a 15-mile radius from the top of St Peter’s Church, in Hatfield Road.
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The roof of St Peter’s is the highest point in St Albans and therefore ideal for radio broadcast, one of the founders of the station, Clive Glover, said.
On a clear sunny day, listeners can tune in to the station from Borehamwood to Luton, Welwyn, Hemel Hempstead and sometimes as far as Hertford.
Mr Glover first got into presenting on the St Albans City Hospital radio, before founding the Verulam Community Radio Limited.
“I feel it’s quite impressive but we haven’t done it all by ourselves. I couldn’t have possibly done it all by myself,” he said.
“We feel we are now part of the fabric of the community and we expect a lot of people here are driving to work or driving slowly towards school are listening to our live broadcast.”
The station tries to weave into St Albans life as much as possible and were broadcasting from St Peter’s Street throughout The St Albans Pilgrimage festival on June 24.
He said the station is “always trying to improve” and noted the huge technological transformation over the time period.
When they started, vinyl records would be piled high to the ceiling in the station and now everything is digital.