LASAR Radio announce station closure at the end of the month

LASAR Radio has made the shock announcement it will cease broadcasting at the end of October.

The Leek-based online community radio station, which was founded by local broadcaster John Barratt in November 2016 and went live in January 2017, attracts 1.2 million visits each week from a worldwide audience.

LASAR chairman Derek Walker explained: "We face an uncertain future if the town council decide to sell Bank House, now that Support Staffordshire - from whom we sub-let our studio room - have given notice to quit their tenancy at the end of the year.

"The unavailability of other suitable affordable premises, should Bank House be sold; the need for someone to manage the station now that our founder John Barratt could stepping down; and our failure to acquire fresh sponsorship due to the effect Covid-19 is having on local businesses, has caused the directors to take the difficult decision to end live broadcasting on October 31.

He added: "At the onset of Covid-19, despite being faced with immense difficulties, we continued broadcasting to our community with a skeleton staff complying with the necessary safety measures, feeding important information to listeners in addition to lifting spirits with musical entertainment"

Derek said: "I would like to say a massive thank you to all our volunteers including past and present talented presenters, our sponsors, our contributors and researchers, and, of course, our listeners.

"Sadly, this area is about to lose an established amenity which has been of benefit to the entire community

Picture: Bank House in St Edward Street, Leek.


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