Words and photo by Dave Barry
Scarborough-based radio station Coast and County is offering to help people like me, who don’t know how to tune a digital radio.
Like many things, when you know how to do it it’s easy but, often, you just need a helping hand, someone to show you how.
I didn’t know how to tune my digital radios in to specific channels so called in to Coast and County and was shown how. It took about two minutes.
“If you're having trouble tuning in, call in and one of our geeks will show you”, says managing director Dave MacGregor, a local businessman who runs Winking Willy's on the seafront and set up Coast and County last year.
The station also has an app so you can listen on one of your devices.
Coast and County’s music is “generated by listeners not playlists”, Dave says. “I felt there was a need for another radio station in town,” he explains. “You have to have an alternative”.
The station has a pool of 26 presenters. Many oversee specialist programmes on jazz, country, reggae, classic rock, goth/alternative and fusion.
The programme controller is Jerry Scott, who set up Yorkshire Coast Radio 23 years ago and was with Radio York for 12 years.
Jerry presents the Coast and County mid-morning show on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and the breakfast show on Thursday and Friday.
Chris Curtis presents the breakfast show on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and the mid-morning show on Thursday and Friday.
The latest recruits include Greg Scott, who joined the team three months ago, and Piotr Lukaszek, whose Polish-language show has become popular with the large Polish community.
It is a commercial station with a maximum of two minutes advertising at a time.
It’s on air 24 hours a day, thanks to a joint initiative involving Radio Seagull in Holland. The two stations share each other’s output.
Coast and County is broadcast throughout North Yorkshire on the DAB network.
“Most North Yorkshire people have an affinity with Scarborough”, Dave says.