Community Radio in Tune with the Cotswolds

We are delighted to announce that a local community radio station is soon to join us at The Old Prison in Northleach!

Set up in response to Lockdown by father and son duo Keith and Richard Blundell, the community station Northleach Radio is to be rebranded to Cotswold Radio and is relocating its studio to the historical House of Correction. It will share the space with our newest addition to the Relish Group portfolio; The Old Prison Café which already has a superb loyal customer base with tourists and locals discovering it for the first time on a daily basis.

The Radio station first hit the airwaves on Friday 27 March with a log-in of just nine but has seen this grow to three-figure audiences reaching across the north and south Cotswolds, as well as Denmark, Australia, Scotland and Yorkshire. Keith puts the rapid rise down to “family and community.” The station began with a very simple formula of live broadcasting, a breakfast show, weekly quiz, a sports hour and community information.

During the lockdown, the local councillor would be a regular on the airwaves to inform people about the latest political and government developments linked to the Coronavirus. Since its inception, they have grown as a team and have a six-year-old presenter a 13 and a 15-year-old, which is helping us engage with a younger audience. In fact, one presenter creates his content in Australia and sends the broadcast over live.

To celebrate the rebrand and moving to the Old Prison, Cotswold Radio is opening its studio door during the afternoon of 12 September to enable visitors and customers to the venue and café the chance to see the presenters in action. The station has already established links with Northleach Primary School to help educate its students in broadcasting and have offered their facilities to help the students try their hand at a spot of DJing.

The studio doors will be open on September 12th and it will be great to see Keith, Richard and the team at work in the studio. It is, of course, a great reason to visit The Old Prison, with the opportunity to also enjoy lunch or afternoon tea with family and friends.