You'll be able to tune in to a brand new radio station next year.

Licence regulator Ofcom today awarded Ridgeway Community Radio a licence to broadcast to Dorchester and surrounding areas of west Dorset on FM and online.

It will broadcast from the historic Little Keep in Dorchester, home to the Arts Development Company, and plans to start broadcasting on FM during the first half of 2018.

The internet radio service will start in Februrary 2018.

Andy Worth, of Ridgeway Community Radio, said: "It's really exciting that we will add to the radio scene in Dorchester. 

"Part of our job will be to go into the community to cover concerts and civic events and suchlike, so folk who can't get out can join in.

"We will cover health, mental care, and other issues that concern all of us at some time. Music of all types will play it's part, as will home grown radio drama."

Andy said anyone who would like to be a part of the team is invited to get in touch so that the group can plan for the station's launch.

He was inspired to start the new community radio station after broadcasting with Ridgeway Radio at Dorset County Hospital for more than 50 years.

He added: "Our Little Keep office and studios are wheelchair friendly at ground level and you don't even have to be a presenter, there are plenty of other things to do. We are looking for financial support in the form of sponsorship and donations and if anyone can help it will be most welcome."

A radio licence application was submitted to Ofcom by Mr Worth in August. It was backed by community organisations including Dorchester Arts, Dorset County Museum and Dorchester Town Council.

Mike Hoskin, CEO of the The Arts Development Company, said: "We are delighted to be part of the launch of this exciting new service for Dorchester.

"Our role is to bring organisations together for the good of the community, and we're looking forward to launching our own arts programme on the station in the New Year."

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