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Rocket FM, the Lewes community radio station, is to return to the airwaves for its 16th annual broadcast in the run up to the Lewes Bonfire celebrations.

Beginning online on Monday, the station will then broadcast locally on 87.8FM from Friday 21st October. It will feature local musicians, presenters and guests, playing the music they are passionate about, as well as broadcasting all the essential Bonfire and community information.

Rocket FM chairman Roger Stamp said: “Rocket is back with a bang this year. We’ll be airing more community views and news and playing more diverse music than ever before. There will be interviews and ideas from Lewes characters, groups, organisations and societies as well as lots of live music.”

“Last year we broadcast over 300 hours of live programming from 50 presenters and interviewed 200 guests, a record number of participants. We’ve had amazing support to get back on air again this year – so many businesses and organisations have helped.”

On the Fifth, Rocket FM broadcasts a live commentary of the Lewes bonfire celebrations from a pop-up studio overlooking the War Memorial, with volunteers reporting live from the societies’ fire sites. The coverage enables ex-pat Lewesians, and those in Lewes with mobility issues, to feel part of the event, last year reaching around 1,000 online listeners at any given time, in 43 different countries.

The station will broadcast live from Lewes, from 7am until 11pm each day. A leaflet with full programme listings is being distributed to all homes in the town. It is also available from Lewes Tourist Information Centre and some shops.

Rocket FM can be heard live online from Monday 17th October via www.rocketfm.org.uk, locally on 87.8FM from Friday and it will continue until late on 6th November. To make a request or to take part in a programme, email onair@rocketfm.org.uk or call 01273 474769.

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