Wirral Radio closes due to financial issues
Merseyside station Wirral Radio has surprised listeners and the industry by announcing its immediate closure today.
The station closed at 10am after the announcement on Breakfast.
A post on social media said: “Thank you so much for all your lovely comments regarding our very sad news today. Thank you all for your support over the years, it has been greatly appreciated. #WeWereWirral”
Wirral Radio says financial pressure was the reason for the closure. It was broadcasting under an FM community radio licence but also paid for DAB space on the local commercial multiplex.
It started life in 2003 as 7Waves Community Radio using a 28 day licence, and started full time in 2008. It rebranded to Wirral Radio in 2014.
The final song was ‘Goodbye’ by The Spice Girls followed by a station jingle.
Here’s a statement from the station:
It is with regret we announce the news that due to financial pressures Wirral Radio will close and cease broadcasting from 10am on Friday 9th February 2018.
Wirral Radio has served Wirral for 15 years and played a part in many people’s lives. This has been through volunteer opportunities in broadcasting and other areas of Wirral Radio. Also through employment and placements, we also supported many younger generations via The Academy. We have witnessed many success stories involving Academy members finding employment in the field of their choice. Another major achievement is Wirral Radio has contributed to over £5million pounds worth of social return during our time operating.
Wirral is a wonderful place and somewhere to be incredibly proud of. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us over the years, especially our volunteers, clients and listeners.
Wirral WRAP is unaffected by the closure and will continue to operate at the Wirral Media Centre.
Here’s the final breakfast show:
Thank you so much for all your lovely comments regarding our very sad news today. Thank you all for your support over the years, it has been greatly appreciated. #WeWereWirral pic.twitter.com/nyHGplPOPL
— Wirral Radio (@WirralRadio921) February 9, 2018