Local Radio Day - How Radio Makes A Difference

We're joining in with the celebrations on Local Radio Day on Friday 27th May, and we'll be highlighting how local radio can make a difference in the lives of the people it serves.

Wessex FM provides local news every day on air and online, we can alert drivers to travel news as it happens (with thanks to the many listeners who call our Jamline), and we support local business, charity, and community groups.

In times of emergency, such as snow, local radio remains the first choice for sharing key information on road and school closures.

And we like to think it's also fun and entertaining to listen to!


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Secretary of State for Culture, Media, and Sport is John Whittingdale.

He shares his thoughts on the importance of local radio.


Matt Smith is Fundraising Manager at Weldmar Hospice.

Wessex FM has supported and attended fundraisers including Midnight Walk, Colour Run, Summer Fayre, with presenters even taking part in events such as Strictly Ballroom!



Richard Drax is MP for South Dorset.

He called us to tell us why he thinks local radio is important.


Local Hero Awards

Every year, we celebrate the unsung success of local people with our Local Hero Awards.

Here are some photos from last year's event:


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Making People Smile!

Little things can make a difference.  We always get asked about our famous Bun Run!  We deliver cakes every weekday from the Dorset Cake Company to listeners at work.

Birthdays, first days, last days, anniversaries, a new qualification ... or perhaps just because you want cake.


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Keep listening to Wessex FM on Local Radio Day, Friday 27th May, to discover more about how local radio makes a difference in Dorset.