RED SANDS RADIO 2008

  • January 1, 2008

We would all like to thank those of you who listened in and took the trouble to support us.

Red Sands Radio is essentially a local radio service aimed at Whitstable and the North Kent coast. Licenced by Ofcom, (the Broadcasting Regulator) as a Restricted Service for a maximum period of 28 days per year. RSR chose to operate for only 10 days for various reasons. Mainly cost and the availability of staff over the longer period of 28 days. Each contributor gives their time for free.

The aims of Red Sands Radio are to raise awareness of the Thames Estuary Sea Forts which defended Britain in WW2. It also promotes the work of PROJECT REDSAND geared to restore and maintain The Redsand Fort for future generations. RSR is also dedicated to promoting the music of local unsigned musicians, local community events and is now becoming very much a part of the Whitstable scene.

The small number of onboard staff are fully experienced at working in uncomfortable conditions with risks attached. Each person has to be prepared to act promptly in an emergency and accept an average of 4 hours sleep! Unlike our shore based counterparts, we can’t return to a cosy home at night- BUT we love it!

During the setting up and operating periods of June and July the weather was mostly VERY poor. These conditions required us to withdraw plans for live music from the Fort in the interests of health and safety. Most people appreciate that conditions at Redsands are considerably worse than during the 1960’s so that operating in stormy and wet weather makes life rather difficult resulting in the odd “hiccup” or two, much loved by fans of “offshore radio”!

We are now looking at August/September for our future broadcasts. There’s no guarantee of good weather but perhaps a later period would be more settled. This will also depend on other works being carried out at the Fort. If funding can be raised for 28 days and we have the staff, this will be implemented. This is of course subject to the required licences being granted.

The feedback from our target area of Whitstable & Herne Bay has so far been superb with listeners reporting excellent reception, good local content and high audience figures. In our second year of broadcasting we were supported by local sponsorship and small business advertising. We are happy to announce that all our sponsors have reported a good response and were delighted with their ads.

Please see our gallery pages for images of RSR 2008 which will be updated as new pictures come in. You can also see some fabulous images on Bob LeRoi’s own site:www.bobleroi.co.uk

So until next time,

Best wishes,

Robin Adcroft
Chairman, Project Redsand Trust.

In Memory of Mike Bass 1933-2003

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More @ www.redsandonline.co.uk

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