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Friday, 6th September 2002
Splash FM proves worthy winner in West Sussex town

The brand new local radio station licence for the West Sussex town of Worthing has been awarded to Splash FM. The station hopes to be on air by Easter 2003, broadcasting on 107.7FM in the area.

Aimed at listeners between 25 and 70 years of age, the station is planning to involve the community with local interest programmes alongside music from the last forty years.

Splash FM radio station logo for Worthing, West Sussex                             The station will base itself in the revamped Guildbourne Centre with a high profile position at the heart of Worthing's shopping precinct.

Splash FM Chairman Jim Brathwaite CBE said:
“We are absolutely thrilled to receive the endorsement of the Radio Authority for what will be a local radio station run by and for local people. We have enjoyed hosting various events like the Christmas lights switch on for the enjoyment of Worthing residents and we are looking forward to many more events in the future and we now have our most exciting challenge - getting ready to go ‘live’ around Easter 2003.”

The Splash FM team consists of Jim along with David Atkey who was an Executive Producer at Radio One for 25 years and now Operations Director for national digital radio station PrimeTime Radio; David Cunningham who was the first voice of radio in the Town when he launched Worthing Hospital Radio in 1986, along with another founder of local radio and co-director of Splash FM, Roy Stannard who is now a senior advertising and marketing director locally. Laura Raymond an experienced radio journalists, Steve Stark, former Managing Director of Brighton Juice 107.2, whose owners Forever Broadcasting plc, hold a minority holding in Splash FM and “Diddy”‘ David Hamilton make up the board. David will be bringing his forty years of broadcasting experience to the mix by hosting a Sunday afternoon show as well as kids TV presenter and Worthing resident, Dave Benson Phillips who will present his “Brunch Bunch” family show on Sunday mornings.

Worthing Mayor Councillor Eric Mardell commented:
“Splash FM impressed me throughout their campaign for the licence with their commitment to local issues, glamorous and unglamorous alike. Their approach has been professional as well as entertaining. I can’t wait to tune in!”

Chairman Jim Brathwaite added:
“Splash FM would like to thank the hundreds of local people, businesses and organisations who expressed their support via letters, e-mails and faxes over the past months, Splash FM will work tirelessly to honour that faith to bring fresh airwaves for Worthing”.

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filler From left to right: Jim Brathwaite CBE (Chairman of Splash FM) David Cunningham (Director of Splash FM)
fillerDave Benson Phillips and Emma Mills (The Brunch Bunch Show), Laura Raymond and David Atkey (Directors of Splash FM)

Related links:
Splash FM website
Sussex radio stations, on this website.
Dave Benson-Phillips news item
full list of applicants for the Worthing licence
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