Tune in and spook out to Purbeck Coast 101.2 FM’s Halloween special!

The community radio station, Purbeck Coast 101.2 FM, based in Swanage, is broadcasting a Halloween Spooktacular throughout the day and up to the witching hour, to mark All Hallows’ Eve.

The programming will kick off at 8 am on Saturday 31st October 2020 with presenter, Debbie Reddick who starts the day with a practical look at how to have a happy and fun Covid-safe family Halloween.

The Flying G 's home studio
Purbeck Coast FM

The Flying G broadcasting from home

“Lots of gruesome grooves and pumpkin party vibes”

Purbeck Coast’s station manager, Michelle Langthorne said:

“Listeners may have had to forgo the usual trick and treating and the parties of more than six people, but there is no need to be a Halloween zombie, tune in and join us!

“It was originally an idea by DJ Jaime St. John, who’s worked hard to organise and get the monster party started. Many of Purbeck Coast FM’s favourite presenters are joining in the Halloween festivities and there will be lots of gruesome grooves and pumpkin party vibes to enjoy.”

Alongside the music, at 11 am, there will be a special scary story for Halloween narrated by popular local journalist, Ian Harkness. He’s reading a new and original story, entitled Blue Moon written by Purbeck author Edward Squires.

It’s an intriguing tale about a young family who live in a remote farmhouse in Dorset who encounter a strange beast, hell-bent in getting inside their home. The story takes place 18 years ago, the last time that Halloween coincided with a full moon.

From 1 to 2 pm Frankie Rae will be broadcasting from his haunted kitchen, with dog Barney at his side. Followed by Jaime St John from 2 to 3 pm.

Other presenters hosting shows for the Halloween special include The Flying G, Peter Groom. Kim St John, Patrick Johnson, Annabelle Cooke, Wayne Cartridge, Jan Hunt, Paul Brady and Sandra O’Sullivan.

Michelle Langthorne added:

“Leading us up to the witching hour of midnight will be broadcaster David Hollister and if that doesn’t scare the socks off you, I don’t know what will!”

David Hollister in his home studio
David Hollister

David Hollister “scares your socks off” with his show that runs up to midnight

Bring some light relief right into people’s homes

Purbeck Coast 101.2FM is a community radio station that started broadcasting in August 2019. During lockdown, the radio studio in Marine Villas on Swanage Pier had to close but soon the team were broadcasting from home and have continued to bring some light relief right into people’s homes throughout the coronavirus crisis.

Much of the funding to launch the radio station has come from the National Lottery Community Fund, as it’s widely recognised how beneficial listening to local radio can be for communities, especially for those feeling isolated in their homes.

It also offers a fantastic opportunity to people from a variety of ages and backgrounds to tackle the challenge of broadcasting.

Purbeck Coast 101.2 FM’s short survey

The team at the radio station would love residents and visitors to give them feedback about the programmes and their ideas for improvements. They’d especially like to hear from school age children and young adults about what they think of the shows. To comment, please fill in the Purbeck Coast 101.2 FM’s short survey.

Further information

To view the radio station’s full schedule or to listen online go to Purbeck Coast 101.2 FM’s website

Share this story

Contact us

Do you have anything to add to this story?

We like to keep everything up-to-date, so if you know more, please help us by getting in touch.


Top stories

Dorset on ‘full standby’ as crowds head to the beach during heatwave With the temperature set to soar, Dorset Council says it’s prepared for the expected visitors and has put in measures to ensure everyone can enjoy a safe trip to the ... 1 month ago Studland cut off as fire breaks out across tinder dry heath 5 days ago Fire crews stay overnight damping down hotspots after Studland fire 4 days ago Swanage Carnival announces new events for 2022 2 months ago Dorset Police update on assault outside Swanage bar 3 weeks ago

Most recent

Welcome return for Wareham Wednesdays as pirates invade! The major summer fundraiser for Wareham in Dorset - a series of Wednesdays in August with music, funfair stalls and fireworks at the quay - is back after three years. 3 hours ago Songwriter returns to Swanage for ‘the most beautiful views’ 1 day ago Church Knowle fete draws crowds and runs out of vital supplies! 2 days ago Studland fire: Cars towed after driving over water hose to park 3 days ago Campfire and barbecue found at scene of Studland Heath fire 4 days ago