Defying studio closure, Purbeck Coast FM stays on air

Swanage-based Purbeck Coast 101.2 FM says despite government guidelines forcing the community radio station to close its studio on Swanage Pier, it’s managed to continue to broadcast throughout the pandemic crisis.

The presenters were able to keep their shows on air, by quickly adapting and recording their programmes from home.


The radio station said that it was a challenge at first to get everyone’s home studio equipment working smoothly but slowly more ‘lockdown’ broadcasts came on stream, as the initial glitches were resolved.

The Flying G 's home studio
Purbeck Coast FM

The Flying G broadcasting from home

Broadcast across Purbeck

The radio station’s manager, Michelle Langthorne, also working from home, is able to input the programmes into the Myriad broadcasting software, allowing the shows to continue to be broadcast across Purbeck via its transmitter on 101.2 FM and online via its website.

Michelle Langthorne said:

“I’ve been really impressed with how adaptable and resourceful the presenters have been as they’ve embraced the unexpected sudden change to the way we broadcast.

“We’ve shown that whatever gets thrown at us, we can still fulfill our remit to the community to continue broadcasting informative and entertaining programmes. We hope it’s helping everyone across Purbeck, even in a small way, throughout this difficult time.”

Purbeck Coast 101.2 FM, which was only launched in August 2019, hopes to be able to return to its studio on Swanage Pier soon, but only when it’s safe to do so. For now, the presenters say they are happy continuing to ‘work from home’!

Thelma Deacon recording from home
Purbeck Coast FM

Thelma Deacon recording from home

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Purbeck Coast 101.2 FM is a community radio station that launched in August 2019 and broadcasts across Purbeck.

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