Local radio returns to West Norfolk

A man with a passion for radio has launched a new station for West Norfolk.

Heacham’s Richard Dix has been involved in radio for around forty years starting with Hospital Radio in the 1980s. He said: “When we had careers advice at Smithdon I was told I should be a sound engineer, of course I ignored that and went into farming and later into computing and broadband.

“All the time I was doing these other things my interest in radio continued to grow, I worked as an engineeer at radio stations in Slough, York and FunLand Radio in Atlanta and here I am now launching KL1.

“I’m partnered with YO1, a radio station based in York, and we have a massive database of music, 800GB, so we will not be offering a narrow sound, rather one that will appeal to our audience in West Norfolk and most importantly we will be bringing back local news.”

Greatest Hits Radio replaced KLFM at the beginning of September and Mr Dix has told T&A that some of the people who were part of KLFM will be joining the KL1 team.

“It’s a very exciting time”, he said.

“The team will consist of local presenters who have a real interest and great knowledge of both West Norfolk and radio.

“We kick off with the Breakfast Show on 28th September at 8am and after that we’ll be on air from 7am with specialist shows interspersed with local news and weather, traffic updates and competitions with national news on the hour - all this with a great selection of music from the 60s to the present day.

“KL1 will be part of the community; we’ll cover local events like Festival Too and will work with local charities and good causes.

“Something new is the ‘Sunday Roast’ from 12-2, a show with more chat and a bit of a mardle and I’m keen on introducing a business show on a Sunday morning too.”

You can listen to KL1 on smart speaker, Alexa, Google and phone app or on the website kl1radio.co.uk

Mr Dix plans to be able to broadcast on DAB via local masts from 2021.