A NEW initiative is being launched to widen audience participation for community radio in Thornbury.

Thornbury FM, which has announced a return to the airwaves, having been on hiatus since 2011 is introducing the “Friends of Thornbury Radio” scheme to give individuals and businesses a chance to show their support.

Station founder Glyn Roylance said: “We’ve deliberately set the membership fee at a very low level so that we can be inclusive as possible. When you join we’ll keep you updated on developments, and ask your opinions.”

The funds raised by the scheme will contribute towards the operating costs of the station like music royalties, broadband and electricity.

Having a large membership base will also be useful “evidence of demand” when applying to the Ofcom regulator Ofcom for a licence.

To become a Friend of Thornbury Radio, just visit the Thornbury Media Community Interest Company website at www.tmcic.org/support