County Durham radio station increases its listening just months after launching

A community radio station which was launched last year is seeing an increase in listeners as more and more people hear about it.

County Durham Community Radio was set up by experienced DJ Sean Quilty, who spotted a gap in the market for a community focussed radio station that gives businesses and organisations a platform to showcase themselves.

Currently a large proportion of the station’s content is from syndicate providers, however Sean and the team are working to bring more County Durham-based content, as well as attract presenters from the County Durham area.

Sean, who runs the station from Ferryhill, said: “I really wanted to bring community radio to County Durham so last year I decided to set up, funding it with the income I received from the Kickstart programme, which I accessed through East Durham Business Service.

“We went live, 24/7, in November and our listenership is gradually growing, as is our social media presence, and I consider us to be at an embryonic stage in our business growth.

“I am now trying to attract advertisers and sponsors who can help generate the revenue which will enable us to really push County Durham content – bringing local interests, groups and small businesses to life and highlighting what they have to offer to the population of our glorious and historical county.”

County Durham Community Radio, or CDCR as it’s also known, is fully digital, so can be accessed easily via web, smart speakers and mobile apps, and Sean is looking to launch it on DAB when OFCOM’s multiplex transmitters connect up in the coming months to cover the vast majority of our County.

So far it has attracted over 4,000 listeners with 2,500 of them coming in the past 30 days.

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