THE much-anticipated Chi FM will be hitting the airwaves in December in partnership with the Observer.
Radio broadcaster Kevin King will be launching the community radio station to be aired from the Observer offices from December 1 to 24, and he’s got a number of characters lined up to host the show.
Sure to be an audience favourite, Pearl Goodman, 93, will be talking about how she has seen Chichester change over her lifetime, with her nostalgia show ‘Pearls of Wisdom’.
She will give the audience nostalgic nuggets as part of Kevin’s breakfast show which he will present for the full 24 days.
Other contributors include Will Hammond and Luke Crossley who will present a range of the city’s best new talent on the music scene.
Kevin said: “We believe there is a gap in the market for a community station in Chichester.
“It will be a station for the community, run by the community, and will be a great place for businesses in the area to advertise.
“We will be playing music too, but there willl be lots of different presenters, and it will be all about Chichester.
“Lots of people are already on board to be involved, but we are always looking for more.
“We will have school choirs for the morning show, singing Christmas carols which will be great.”
Other shows include the women’s hour with Jane and Jo, called Stuffing and Stockings.
David and Abby are expected to host a show at lunchtimes interviewing local celebrities and other people in the area with interesting stories to tell.
Steve Silby will run the late show from 10pm, and as Kevin said will be “putting Chichester to bed”.
And Jamie K and his team will run an evening show featuring singers, songwriters, poets and storytellers from around the city.
Kevin has also recorded buskers from around the city performing in the streets, and some of them will come into the studio to perform live.
Broadcasting from the Observer offices, naturally there will be regular news updates from Ellie Evans, deputy content editor for the Observer series.
The radio will run for 24 hours a day for the 24 days before Christmas, but Kevin doesn’t rule out the idea of the show becoming a permanent feature.
The precise boundaries for the station are undefined, but it is hoped that it will reach Selsey and Bognor Regis in the south, although it will not quite reach those living over the Downs in the north.
Tune in to 87.9FM from December 1, for your fix of Chi FM.
Anyone with ideas to present their own show, or businesses who wish to advertise with Chi FM should contact Kevin King on 01243 790444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org