Serving West Northumberland, the new community-based radio station will open its corporate office and training facility in the IDEAHUB at 260 Peter Street. SmallTown Radio is volunteer-managed and operated, a first for the IDEAHUB.
Deputy Mayor Jeff Gilmer, member of the Business Incubator Management Advisory Committee (BIMAC), looks forward to the new addition, “SmallTown Radio presented a very strong business plan to the Committee and with a goal of training the broadcasters of tomorrow, the station will provide an opportunity for volunteers to learn all aspects of broadcasting.”
SmallTown Radio will chronicle the daily lives and culture of the residents of West Northumberland County including music, arts, sports, meetings and major tourist events in the community. In addition to diverse music programming, the station will offer play-by-play commentary on sports events, in-depth interviews with local residents and business owners, and promotion of local culture with communications opportunities for artists and not-for-profit organizations.
“SmallTown Radio is comprised of a group of passionate and innovative people.” states Deborah Clifford, Manager of Northumberland Campus of Fleming College and Chair of BIMAC, “Their presence in the business incubator will increase the level of energy and excitement that makes it a great place for entrepreneurs to gather.”
Port Hope resident Barry Walker is Director and Chair of SmallTown Radio’s Technical Committee, “The IDEAHUB is the ideal environment for SmallTown Radio and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to provide our community with a unique venue for news, sports, entertainment and commentary. The support available through the business incubator will enable us to establish a strong profile in our broadcast area of West Northumberland.”
Supporting emerging entrepreneurs in a full service business incubator, IDEAHUB was established in 2010 through Federal and Municipal funding. Leases are negotiated between the tenant and building owner and the Municipality does not subsidize the leases. Port Hope’s IDEAHUB is a completely unique approach of public/private partnership funding structure IDEAHUB is quickly becoming a highly sought-after model in Ontario.
For more information contact:
Director, Economic Development & Tourism
John Davidson, Treasurer
Small Town Radio