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Abbey 104 - The Community Radio Station Promoting Your Area

Thursday 14 February 2013, 17:24
By Ken Horswell

Abbey 104 radio station logoFrom 16th February West Dorset & South Somerset will have its own local Community Radio station. Abbey 104, the new stations name, (formally known as Radio Sherborne) will begin broadcasting on FM from its studios in Sherborne on that date.

Although centred in Sherborne, the towns and villages within a 12 mile radius are within the expected coverage. To illustrate, that includes (past) Wincanton to the north and Cerne Abbas to the south, (nearly) Martock to the west and (nearly) Shaftsbury to the east.

Wincanton falls so comfortably within the permitted coverage that it should be well served, as will the villages in between it and Sherborne. Abbey 104 will be able to promote the many activities that take place throughout the year and particularly the Summer Fete season. Details should be sent to the Station via.

Abbey 104 radio station posterThe area around Sherborne is neglected by the national and commercial broadcasters. We are on the limit of their interest coverage and rarely feature in the News or Current Affairs programmes. Abbey 104 will strive to fill the gap with local news and features.

The seeds of the idea for the station were sown during the bad winter of 2010 when so many villages were cut off by the snow. It was realised that people dependant on buses had no idea if they were running or not. We can give out information like that in future because we're local.

Abbey 104 is a Community Radio station and is staffed totally by volunteers of all ages, from teenagers to 'seniors'. There are opportunities for enthusiastic people to join the Station, particularly those with technical and IT skills.

Local groups and schools are already contributing to programme content. As part of an Enrichment course Pupils from Gryphon School are participating in making and planning programmes. There are even plans for the English Department to create original plays, especially for radio. Other community groups will be welcome to contribute to programmes and showcase their activities.

Many programmes will feature live music from local musicians.

Abbey 104 will be on FM on 104.7 and online at Of course the online service can be listened to on the move via smart-phones and tablets.

Ken Horswell
Chairman, Abbey 104


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Reply #1 on : Mon May 20, 2013, 15:30:53
Looks like they are closing down

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Reply #2 on : Wed May 22, 2013, 21:26:08
Please note the above comment is a hoax, and was not posted by the rel Robbie Hunter. Abbey 104 is still very much on the air on 104.7FM as well as on the internet on and very much appreciated by the local population listening in.
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Reply #3 on : Wed May 22, 2013, 21:49:59
Interesting. So someone has registered the version of your domain name and put up a notice to suggest the service has ended, presumably in an attempt to sell it for an illegitimate profit. is the real one and you guys never had How did that happen? It's rather unfortunate, because that other notice doesn't look like it's going anywhere.

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