Olympics-sound launch for Hoxton Radio

Dave Harris, founder of Hoxton Radio, London, 250712 © ∂å

SUDDENLY local radio is coming alive — not the pirates with their shout-outs and amateurish advertisements but stations licensed to broadcast.

London Fields Radio, Shoreditch Radio and Hoxton FM will be joined tomorrow at 0812 by Hoxton Radio, motto “the new sound of Shoreditch”.

The timing is to fit with the national bell-ringing event marking the start of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, Work No. 1197, or the Big Bong as the Olympics TV satire TwentyTwelve dubbed it.

Hoxton Radio launch is the latest radio-station launch by David Harris, pictured, who works also as a radio journalist for Sky News.

The station’s remit will be not just south Hackney but East London and it will programme news, events and pop culture with a mix of new alternative indie, Eighties, punk and electro, along with the music being pioneered in creative corners of East London.

How did a young Londoner take to such an old medium? During his childhood in a town on the edge of the capital, he told Loving Dalston, he became a fan of Chris Tarrant, a presenter on Capital Radio who built “a kind of huge community”. Harris said: “I always wanted to reconstruct that.

Just over 100 years since radio first (air)waved across the Atlantic, he’s on his way to doing it.

David Altheer 260712

* Hoxton Radio launches on Fri 27 July 2012 at 8.12am. Tune to it via smartphone, wi-fi radio or computer.

* Emboldened words in Loving Dalston articles are hyplerlinked so readers can see background or get further information should they wish.

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