The Minister of State for Media and Data has visited Gateway 97.8, the Community Radio station for Basildon and East Thurrock to congratulate them on their successful “On the radio project”.

Director of Gateway 97.8 and Radio Hub Founder Danny Lawrence welcomed RT hon John Whttingdale to their studios within the Eastgate centre, to congratulation him and his team on distributing 15,000 radios across the UK through Community Radio stations.

During his visit Mr Whittingdale was taken on a tour of the station by some of our young Radio Club members, who told the minister what Gateway 97.8 means to them

The Minister said “I was delighted to hear about the success of your ‘On The Radio’ project – a fantastic initiative, which I’m sure will have brought a great deal of pleasure to many listeners across the UK during these difficult times. Keep up the good work!”

Martin Steers, manager of NLive in Northampton and one of the founders of the UK Community Radio Newtork was one of the station to take part in the project:

“Danny’s project has been an inspiration for many stations across the UK, and a discussion point at our regular manager meetings as to how to get funding, and who to work with to make sure these radios go to those who need them the most. For those who are lonely and isolated, especially over the past 12 months, it’s well known that radio is a great companion, and local radio helps people feel connected in their local area.”

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