Sir George launches Andover Sound
16 May 2008
Ian Axton (foreground), the Mayor and Mayoress of Test Valley with Sir George
Ian Axton (foreground), the Mayor and Mayoress of Test Valley with Sir George
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Ian Meadows, The Mayoress, Ian Axton, Beryl & Ian Carr, GY & The Mayor
Ian Meadows, The Mayoress, Ian Axton, Beryl & Ian Carr, GY & The Mayor
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The first live interview on Andover Sound went out at 10am on May 16th, when Ian Axton asked Sir George what he thought of Andover having its own radio station.

"I pretuned my car radio to 106.4, and when I pushed the knob "Andover" appeared on the screen. I felt "wow", we've arrived."
"I remember doing a test broadcast in 2001, when the licence for Andover was first applied for. It is amazing it has taken so long for this to happen, but many congratulations to Ian, who came on the scene in January and has got the show on the road in four months."

Sir George said that, at a time when there was a gulf between Parliament and the people, a local radio station could help bridge the gap. "I see this as a valuable means of communication with the local MP - with folk telling me what their concerns are, and me telling them what I am doing about them."
"It will also help raise the profile of the town, and, in conjunction with the local paper, help people be proud of the community they live in."

Sir George said that his impressions of the station were, first, that of professionalism. "Ian has brought with him his experience of running Spire, in Salisbury, and has built up a quality team here in Andover."
His second one was of enthusiasm from the local community. "There is a real appetite for thisn station from local councillors, from the business community, from the voluntary sector - and from the punters on the street."

Invited to chose a record, Sir George chose a Buddy Holly. "I grew up listening to Buddy Holly; he was one of the early pioneers of rock-n-roll, influencing the Beetles amongst others. He wrote some great songs before being tragically killed at the age of 22"

Also at the launch were the Mayor and Mayoress of Test Valley, Brian and Dorothy Page; the Leader of the Council, Ian Carr with his wife Beryl and Ian Meadows, the breakfast presenter and programme controller.
 
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