Penistone FM has signed a 5 year lease for Suite 7 in the new prestigious Penistone 1 Development adjacent to the Market Barn. This exciting development and move has been made partly possible through an “Awards for All” community grant from the Big Lottery.
Penistone FM began transmitting from its current home on the upper floors of a retail/office unit in the centre of Penistone in June 2009 and Ofcom recently renewed the station’s FM operating licence until June 2019.
Martin Sugden, Station Director said, “I’m very proud to be able to announce this re-location for Penistone FM, which is exciting news for all our listeners, presenters and clients. We have had a happy five years in our current location but have always planned to grow with time and offer more. The new easy-access location maintains Penistone FM’s brand as being at ‘The Heart of the Community’ and will allow us to improve our programmes and services whilst, at the same time, offering the ability to become part of a highly successful community radio station to many more members of the public. The support through an “Awards for All” grant is amazing and we would like to thank them for their help in this development.”
The move will be a gradual transition of services to the new studios once building works, transfer of equipment and testing has taken place. Penistone FM has been supported by Voluntary Action Barnsley with their funding advice, and Dransfield Properties Ltd with their support and assistance in making this possible. The station will continue broadcasting from their current location until the new studio is ready, but intend to be fully re-located by the end of March 2015. All services will be unaffected by the move.
The photograph shows Martin Sugden, Brian Robinson and Steve Webber from Penistone FM being handed the keys by Dave Hale from Dransfield Properties Ltd for the new office and studios.