Cost of running Tempo FM in Wetherby

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Tempo FM started broadcasting in September 2006 from a small cupboard, which was rent free thanks to the owner of the building, Bob Preedy.

He ran the Wetherby Cinema at that time and pioneered the idea of having a local radio station for the area.

The annual cost of running the radio station today is £11,000, which includes music licences and also rent for use of the Council offices.

Stuart Robinson, 61, Programme Controller at Tempo FM said: “We believe they are one of the cheapest community radio stations in the whole country.”

Tempo FM presenter desk

Approximately £6,000 per year is made from local business advertising, while £5,000 is made from grants, usually from Leeds City Council.

The Council has also set some conditions, for example Tempo FM need to show they are engaging with younger people in the broadcasting area.

They therefore run a successful Radio Academy at Wetherby High School on a weekly basis which caters for 12-17 year olds and assists them with their media studies.

The technical support volunteers built the new ‘state of the art’ studios at a cost of approximately £15,000.

Robinson said: “Over a six year period, whilst based in the small cupboard we were able to save most of cost of the new studio.”

In 2006 there were three volunteers and today there are approximately 45 volunteers, including the technical support staff.

Advertising for local businesses is also very cost effective and the rate set is £100 for a six week campaign.

Behind the scenes at Tempo FM

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