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Radio Wave celebrates 21 years on air and reveals £1million charity boost

Local radio station Radio Wave 96.5FM is celebrating its 21st birthday and station bosses have revealed that over the years it has helped to raise more than £1million for charities and good causes across Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde.

The radio station, which broadcasts from the top of Blackpool Tower, first went on air at 7am on May 25th 1992 and has always prided itself on its fundraising activities. Station director, Paula Davies, said: “Radio Wave is part of everyone’s life on the Fylde coast and we have always been keen to give back to the local society. Some of our major achievements have included raising over £95,000 for the Macmillan Windmill Appeal and a similar amount to help establish Blackpool Carers Centre.

“Radio Wave has been a big supporter of the Beaverbrooks 10k Fun Run along the promenade which has raised many hundreds of thousands for a wide range of good causes locally and other beneficiaries include Donna’s Dream House, Brian House Children’s Hospice, the Butterfly Group, Pinpoint Prostate Cancer Appeal and NSPCC.

“Our most recent fundraising campaign saw breakfast show presenters Ged and Hayley spend a week in Blackpool Tower to raise £15,000 for Chloe’s Wish to Walk campaign and help it smash its £70,000 target.

“I’m very proud of what Radio Wave has achieved over the last 21 years and we’re busy planning for bigger and better things in the future.”

Radio Wave, owned by UTV Media (GB), was the original pioneer of small-scale licences in the UK.

While most towns now have their own radio station, back in 1992 the radio landscape was very different and commercial radio stations covered large counties. Radio Wave was the first of its kind to be granted a licence to cover a smaller area by the then Radio Authority.

Chairman John Barnett, who was awarded the MBE for services to radio broadcasting, said: “It’s fantastic that Radio Wave has raised over £1million for local good causes and I want to thank everyone who has put their hand in their pocket to help.

“The station was originally set up by local people who were willing to invest in the idea because they believed that Blackpool and the Fylde should have its own radio station. After 21 years the station continues to go from strength to strength.”