After months of planning, hard work and sleepness nights Reach hit the airwaves on Saturday 8th July 2006 just after midnight. It was smiles all round! The broadcast got off to a flying start with all the computers and technology working perfectly and every volunteer giving their first show 110%... the extra 10% was nerves! The idea of "DIY radio" was well received across Chelmsford on 87.7 FM.
As the broadcast approached the second weekend however, there was an unexpected problem that took the station off air. The transmitter equipment was located in central Chelmsford (for optimum coverage) in a secure location. Despite this, it was broken in to and the transmitter was stolen. Reach was silenced on the evening of Friday 14th July 2006. The theft made the lead story on local Anglia News
and you can view the report online here
(WMV format video).
Everyone who was involved with Reach, and everyone else who got in touch having seen the media coverage, was extremely helpful. Thank you too, to all our volunteers for being so understanding while the broadcast was silenced. Reach managed to secure another transmitter and securely installed it to begin transmitting again on Monday 17th July.
It was then all systems go for the next 3 weeks. Reach boasted a huge variety of output because each presenter was able to make the show fit their style. No repetitive chart tunes here!
The mood was high throughout the rest of the broadcast and the final show was no exception. Hosted by Aaron and Chris (and a broken PC for half an hour!), many presenters popped in to say thanks and pick up their certificate. Overall the few hours were a massive celebration of the last 28 days. We weren't counting but there were probably enough party poppers to celebrate 1 for every day! See the proof and browse the end of broadcast photos
, if only to see Aaron with a wig on! Click here