Tulip Radio, Spalding’s community station, has announced today that it will close at noon tomorrow (Tuesday).
The closure is being blamed on lack of technical staff and presenters as well as financial pressures.
Tulip will continue to organise local events, however, and take its powerful PA system to them.
A statement released this morning read: “It is with great sadness we announce that Tulip Radio is closing at midday on Tuesday, December 13.
“For some time it has become increasingly difficult to find technical staff with musical knowledge to deal with all the issues that affect our radio station; additionally we are finding that the commitment to present regular daily shows during normal working hours has become an impossible task for many of our presenters.
“We have had huge support from local authorities and Armed Forces organisations with whom we have made a number of inspirational programmes.
“We are also indebted to many local councillors for their belief in us and have enjoyed helping them with local events; additionally we are very proud to have been involved with the Spalding in Bloom project.
“Our landlords in the Crescent have been ever helpful and fully understand the reasons for this sad decision and we thank them.
“We would like to especially thank Ian Canham from Broadgate Homes who are the only sponsor to have been with us all the way from day one. Ian’s support and advice has been invaluable and has been a huge comfort at times.
“We have organised many local events from the Flower Queen competitions, Christmas Light Switch-on, Veterans events, more recently the Pride of South Holland Awards and the School Choir Competition as well as appearing at many local events and Galas like Pinchbeck Carnival.
“This part of the operation will continue with Jan continuing this work. Indeed, next year’s Pinchbeck Carnival on June 10, together with our ubiquitous and powerful PA system, is already on the calendar and others are rapidly joining it.
“As a non profit making organisation with no shareholders, we are required to distribute any surplus funds to local good causes and this will be done in due course, once we have disposed of all the broadcast equipment. Look out for an announcement in the New Year.
“Tulip Radio wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year and would like to thank all our regular local listeners in shops, homes and factories. We want you to know how grateful we have been for your loyal support, we shall miss you.”
Business manager Jan Whitbourn said: “The decision to close the station was an extremely difficult one. Those who know me will be aware that I value greatly the community involvement and hugely enjoy the events we organise and attend.
“People have a massive misconception about Tulip Radio and assume that as it’s a community radio station it’s funded privately or by the council and thus we don’t have to charge for our services.
“The reality is that, whilst our presenters are all volunteers, like any other business we do have to pay all our bills and at times this has also been a real challenge.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed organising and creating events and become completely immersed in each one we are involved with; this I will continue to do under the Tulip Events Management banner. I would ask any organisations or businesses who are planning an event to get in touch to see whether we can help.”
Director Chris Carter added: “We first broadcast from the original Springfields site in 2001 and over the years we are indebted to all the local businesses that have supported us; additionally our wonderful volunteer presenters who have made the station what it is today.”
You can continue to contact the station on 01775.712400 or 07779 895388 or firstname.lastname@example.org until early spring 2017.