30-hour 'radiothon' will raise vital funds for Teesdale's community broadcaster (From The Advertiser Series)
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30-hour 'radiothon' will raise vital funds for Teesdale's community broadcaster
A COMMUNITY radio station has begun its annual broadcasting marathon in a bid to raise much needed funds to keep it on air.
The 30-hour radiothon is being staged over two days by Barnard Castle-based Radio Teesdale.
Volunteer presenters John Atkinson and Joss Harwood kicked off the event at 7am yesterday (Friday, October 18) as they welcomed special guest, restaurateur Bill Oldfield, to the studio.
Under the terms of the station's Ofcom licence, just 50 per cent of Radio Teesdale's annual running costs of about £60,000 can be raised through advertising.
The rest must be found through grants, fundraising and other sources.
Station manager Peter Dixon said the radiothon was expected to raise about £4,000, with each of the 30 hours sponsored by a local business.
“Once again, we have had a really good response to the radiothon,” he said.
“We have a great line-up of community guests and the sponsors have again been very kind in coming back to support us.”
The event concludes tonight (Saturday, October 19) with volunteer presenter Marianne Dixon's show which finishes at 10pm.
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