Charlton-based community station Maritime Radio lands full-time FM licence

Duncan Martin
Martime Radio founder Duncan Martin hopes to be behind the mic in 2018

A radio station run out of a studio at Charlton Athletic’s stadium has been given a full-time licence to broadcast to Greenwich borough on FM.

Maritime Radio, which has broadcast on two temporary licences over the past two years, is expecting to take to the air early next year after being awarded the licence by broadcast regulator Ofcom.

Last summer, the station broadcast from a studio inside the Valley Central community centre run by the Charlton Athletic Community Trust. Weekly Addicks radio show Charlton Live also appeared on the station, which plays a mix of music from the 1980s to the present day with local news coverage and events listings.

Founder and presenter Duncan Martin said: “It’s great to know that next time we go on the air, it will be full-time! The previous seasonal broadcasts were a huge success and our team strongly believe that we could deliver a radio service to Greenwich on a full-time basis. We’re thrilled that Ofcom also share our opinion!”

The station says it had 7,000 listeners during its 2016 run. It hopes to go on air in the first half of 2018, and is looking for advertisers to help fund its output.

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