Bury St Edmunds’ local radio station will welcome two new presenters this year as it celebrates a special anniversary - five years since being awarded a community radio licence.
Sarah Stamp, perhaps best known for her role as a borough and county councillor, and Mark Cordell, chief executive of town improvement organisation Ourburystedmunds, will start presenting for RWSfm 103.3 in the spring.
“We’re excited because they’re both well known around the town and they have certain qualities they’re going to bring in addition to the people we already have, and they’re both passionate about music,” said station manager Julie MacLeod.
From 8pm on May 14, Sarah will be taking over the two-hour 80s show on Thursdays.
This follows the departure of the show’s current presenter, production manager Andrew Fraser, who is relocating to Scotland.
Sarah said: “I see RWSfm as a hidden gem in the town with a strong and loyal listener base and I’m really honoured to have been asked to get involved and have been touched by people’s positive reactions since we announced it.
“Loving music and having a face which lends itself to radio, I’m beyond excited about the show’s launch and have already started training up to make sure I don’t disappoint when we go live which seems a daunting prospect at the moment!
“I’m planning lots and lots of listener involvement and requests in each show and features which will give people a chance to take a trip down cheesy memory lane.”
Mark, a regular studio guest, will be hosting a new conversation-based show from late April/early May.
He will have an hour to interview someone from the community he feels is ‘contributing to making Bury even better’ and will be talking to them about the town as well as their five favourite songs.
“He’ll be interviewing people from around the town that people know of but don’t know much about,” said Mrs MacLeod.
Mark said: “I know that most people are happy socially to talk about their favourite songs and there are usually some interesting stories behind their choices and I thought this might make the basis of a show.”
He added: “I’m hoping this experience will widen my music knowledge as some people have already identified their choices and I haven’t heard of their selected tracks, and I hope to be able to get know these ‘movers and shakers’ a little bit better.”
Of his concerns, he said: “I think I’m pretty good at talking but hope I can be just as good at listening as the show is about my guest and not me!
Sarah has asked for people to ‘like’ the ‘80s at 8 on RWSFM’ Facebook page or follow her on Twitter @sstampcomms where she will be posting regularly in the build up to the launch and looking for people’s memories and requests.