Sunshine Radio is forced off air

Worcester News: SAD DAY: Ginny Murfin. SAD DAY: Ginny Murfin.

A WORCESTERSHIRE radio station has been forced to shut down due to legal issues surrounding its licence.

Sunshine Radio’s 1530AM station has disappeared from the airwaves, leaving Worcestershire with just one commercial radio station, Wyvern FM.

Listeners were stunned when the station went off air yesterday afternoon.

Managing director Ginny Murfin said she was informed on Thursday by the broadcasting watchdog Ofcom that the licence for 1530AM still belonged to Classic Hits Radio Ltd – a company which was dissolved yesterday.

Mrs Murfin said that due to the company going out of business and legal issues surrounding another frequency on the licence it was not possible to sort the problem out or change the name on the licence agreement.

Mrs Murfin said how Ofcom are trying to phase out AM frequencies and were no longer making 1530 available for broadcasting.

She said: “It is a very sad day because there has been a radio station operating on that frequency for 20 years.

“But I understand the legal reasons behind it all. It was a problem we inherited from the previous owners and there wasn’t anything we could do about it.

“I haven’t had much time to sit down with everybody and sort things out but I am hoping to disperse the staff and presenters from the Worcestershire station to the other Sunshine stations.

“Unfortunately, listeners will no longer be able to get Sunshine Radio on 1530am; it won’t be coming back on air. All our other stations will remain exactly the same.

“Listeners in Worcester-shire will be able to pick up the Herefordshire and Monmouthshire station at 106.2FM.”

Sunshine Radio also has a station covering the Shropshire area on 855AM.

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8:21pm Wed 7 Apr 10

diddy wiggy says...

Well I Have To Say This About
Sunshine Radio 1530 Am Worcestershire I Am Sad It Has Gone But I Do Blame Muff As Well For Not Bring In It Back On I Think Muff Murfin Has Let Listeners Down So Bad Now But If You Look Down In Bath They Lost Their Station 107 Point 9 Bath Fm And So Did Swindon Lost Their Station 107 Point 7 Brunel Radio And Wiltshire Lost Their Station 107 Point Five 3TRFM And So Did Somerset Lost Their Station Quaywest Fm Just Last Week It Is True So Sunshine Radio 1530 Am Worcestershire Is Not Coming Back I Just Hope We Do Not Want Gold In Worcestershire And Tell The MPS When They Come Knocking On Your Door For A Vote Let Them Know This Then They Might Do Some Thing To Get A New Commercial Station On Am Here In Worcestershire What We Can Listen Too But I Do Say To Mr And Mrs Murfin Goodbuy To You You Have Let Us Down Now Here In Worcestershire Mr And Mrs Murfin And That Is True You Can Say All You Want But You Have Let Us Down Now Mr And Mrs Murfin And That Is Very Bad Now
Well I Have To Say This About Sunshine Radio 1530 Am Worcestershire I Am Sad It Has Gone But I Do Blame Muff As Well For Not Bring In It Back On I Think Muff Murfin Has Let Listeners Down So Bad Now But If You Look Down In Bath They Lost Their Station 107 Point 9 Bath Fm And So Did Swindon Lost Their Station 107 Point 7 Brunel Radio And Wiltshire Lost Their Station 107 Point Five 3TRFM And So Did Somerset Lost Their Station Quaywest Fm Just Last Week It Is True So Sunshine Radio 1530 Am Worcestershire Is Not Coming Back I Just Hope We Do Not Want Gold In Worcestershire And Tell The MPS When They Come Knocking On Your Door For A Vote Let Them Know This Then They Might Do Some Thing To Get A New Commercial Station On Am Here In Worcestershire What We Can Listen Too But I Do Say To Mr And Mrs Murfin Goodbuy To You You Have Let Us Down Now Here In Worcestershire Mr And Mrs Murfin And That Is True You Can Say All You Want But You Have Let Us Down Now Mr And Mrs Murfin And That Is Very Bad Now diddy wiggy

8:26pm Wed 7 Apr 10

Maggie Would says...

Is it me or is that last comment rendered illegible by the first letter of every word being capitalised?
What a bizarre and time-consuming way of writing.
Is it me or is that last comment rendered illegible by the first letter of every word being capitalised? What a bizarre and time-consuming way of writing. Maggie Would

8:59pm Wed 7 Apr 10

FlashDaddy says...

I mourn the sad demise of more local choice. Apart from the local BBC station, this leaves one local independent station that is a faceless clone repeated up and down the country, with the same old cr*p every day. What a shameful state our local radio has become. I wish local radio bosses would take a few lessons in individuality from Touch Radio or similar stations that vary their playlists and content beyond the same twenty or so songs each day. It's a shame that the station with a virtual monopoly of airspace over Herefordshire and Worcs has to broadcast such rubbish... Please someone give us more choice!!
I mourn the sad demise of more local choice. Apart from the local BBC station, this leaves one local independent station that is a faceless clone repeated up and down the country, with the same old cr*p every day. What a shameful state our local radio has become. I wish local radio bosses would take a few lessons in individuality from Touch Radio or similar stations that vary their playlists and content beyond the same twenty or so songs each day. It's a shame that the station with a virtual monopoly of airspace over Herefordshire and Worcs has to broadcast such rubbish... Please someone give us more choice!! FlashDaddy

9:05am Thu 8 Apr 10

rgdudley says...

There's The Wyre 107.2FM that covers north Worcestershire. You can get that in Worcester, not sure how far south it goes.
There's The Wyre 107.2FM that covers north Worcestershire. You can get that in Worcester, not sure how far south it goes. rgdudley

10:52am Thu 8 Apr 10

The truth will out says...

If we do get a new Commercial station in Worcester lets hope the DJ's and Newsreaders are all local and can pronounce the local areas and streets correctly which is something that Sunshine seemed to have problems with......
If we do get a new Commercial station in Worcester lets hope the DJ's and Newsreaders are all local and can pronounce the local areas and streets correctly which is something that Sunshine seemed to have problems with...... The truth will out

3:41pm Thu 8 Apr 10

clubber2000 says...

People listened to this station???
People listened to this station??? clubber2000

7:08pm Thu 8 Apr 10

PAT TINTON says...

It was a good radio station to work to. A good blend of oldies and new stuff. Wyvern seems to play the same records at the same time every day, you can slmost set your watch.
It was a good radio station to work to. A good blend of oldies and new stuff. Wyvern seems to play the same records at the same time every day, you can slmost set your watch. PAT TINTON

8:54pm Thu 8 Apr 10

diddy wiggy says...

Don't For Get Wright Now
You Can Hear And Listen To These Stations Smooth Radio 105 Point 7 Fm If You Liked Classic Hits And You Can Listen To This Station Total Star 107 Point Five On Fm And You Can Listen To This Station Touch Radio 102 Fm Wright Now Here In Worcestershire Make The Switch NowIt Is Up To You
Don't For Get Wright Now You Can Hear And Listen To These Stations Smooth Radio 105 Point 7 Fm If You Liked Classic Hits And You Can Listen To This Station Total Star 107 Point Five On Fm And You Can Listen To This Station Touch Radio 102 Fm Wright Now Here In Worcestershire Make The Switch NowIt Is Up To You diddy wiggy

12:43pm Sat 10 Apr 10

diddy wiggy says...

I Do Feel So Sorry And So Sad For Miss Ginny Murfin And As Ginny Murfin Do Say It Is A Sad Day And If I Was Ginny Murfin Now I Would Not Give Up I Would Fight It And Get Sunshine Radio Worcestershire Back On Where It Be Long And If Ofcom Want To Close Down A Radio Station Then Close Down Wyvern Fm Do Not Pick On Us Only And All The Sunshine Radio Worcestershire Listeners Should Start Now And Help
Ginny Murfin Wright Now To Get This
Radio Station Sunshine Radio Worcestershire Back On The AirWaves Where It Do Be Long Now And I Do Hope This Do Make Miss Ginny Murfin So Happy Wright Now Ofcom Have Pick On The Wrong Station Wright Now Worcestershire People Want This Radio Station
Sunshine Radio Back On The Air Waves Now Here In Worcestershire Broadcasting Wright Now Wright Miss Ginny Murfin
I Do Feel So Sorry And So Sad For Miss Ginny Murfin And As Ginny Murfin Do Say It Is A Sad Day And If I Was Ginny Murfin Now I Would Not Give Up I Would Fight It And Get Sunshine Radio Worcestershire Back On Where It Be Long And If Ofcom Want To Close Down A Radio Station Then Close Down Wyvern Fm Do Not Pick On Us Only And All The Sunshine Radio Worcestershire Listeners Should Start Now And Help Ginny Murfin Wright Now To Get This Radio Station Sunshine Radio Worcestershire Back On The AirWaves Where It Do Be Long Now And I Do Hope This Do Make Miss Ginny Murfin So Happy Wright Now Ofcom Have Pick On The Wrong Station Wright Now Worcestershire People Want This Radio Station Sunshine Radio Back On The Air Waves Now Here In Worcestershire Broadcasting Wright Now Wright Miss Ginny Murfin diddy wiggy

3:25pm Sun 2 May 10

Bolly558 says...

Still havent got over Sunshine 1530 closing down. Surely the Murfins with their business knowledge could have done something about the situation long beforehand. Unless they werent bothered of course. They must have known all about the licence ownership. After the mess that the Laser organisation made and left. After all this wasnt the only station that they own. Others being in the West Midlands and Mid Wales areas. Its the Great presenters and listeners i feel sorry for. Mind you its all in the future masterplan of doing away with all the AM stations once and for all. Once again its the loss of another good little station, after the sad demise of Classic Hits on the same frequencies previously. RIP Great oldies radio and good presenters. We wont hear your like again....
Still havent got over Sunshine 1530 closing down. Surely the Murfins with their business knowledge could have done something about the situation long beforehand. Unless they werent bothered of course. They must have known all about the licence ownership. After the mess that the Laser organisation made and left. After all this wasnt the only station that they own. Others being in the West Midlands and Mid Wales areas. Its the Great presenters and listeners i feel sorry for. Mind you its all in the future masterplan of doing away with all the AM stations once and for all. Once again its the loss of another good little station, after the sad demise of Classic Hits on the same frequencies previously. RIP Great oldies radio and good presenters. We wont hear your like again.... Bolly558
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