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Palm 105.5 is a Independent Local Radio station based in Torquay, in Devon.Palm Radio Limited was set up in 1998 and was the first to run a Restricted Service Licence in the area.In 1994, Jo Corben-Richards (aka CJ Munroe), former Senior Producer/Presenter for DevonAir Radio, applied for a Restricted Service Licence specifically for the Torbay area with the backing of local lawyer and property developer, Roger Richards and local businesswoman Julia Milton-Head. Whilst at DevonAir, CJ had tried to persuade them to maintain an opt-out radio servi... See more

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Palm 105.5Marble CourtLymington RoadTorquayTQ1 4FB
Update stationlast update [2023-09-12 04:58:07]
Palm 105.5 is a Independent Local Radio station based in Torquay, in Devon.Palm Radio Limited was set up in 1998 and was the first to run a Restricted Service Licence in the area.In 1994, Jo Corben-Richards (aka CJ Munroe), former Senior Producer/Presenter for DevonAir Radio, applied for a Restricted Service Licence specifically for the Torbay area with the backing of local lawyer and property developer, Roger Richards and local businesswoman Julia Milton-Head. Whilst at DevonAir, CJ had tried to persuade them to maintain an opt-out radio service for the Torbay area.Permission for an RSL was initially granted by the Radio Authority, but subsequently objected to by the owners of Exeter/Torbay licence, Gemini FM.In 1997, CJ and Roger gained further support from local businessmen and the like to proceed with the development of a local radio service for Torbay.Second RSLA second 28-day broadcast was made from August 1999 to coincide with the Eclipse; the station was even designated the "Official Eclipse Station" by Sir Patrick Moore, who involved himself with the Palm's output.Outside broadcasts during this period included a South West Musical Festival from the Quay West holiday Complex in Paignton.A new logo was designed by local students and a winner was picked by the listeners.The area's tourist industry was promoted by a locally written and Palm FM produced CD which was distributed by W.H. Smiths.Great Britain's largest recognised talent competition "Stairway to the Stars" was sponsored by Palm FM and featured CJ as Senior Judge.2000 onwardsStation Director, Brian Houghton died, his wife continued his support and investment in the company. Julia Milton-Head left the Company for health reasons, but also retained her investment. In 2002, Carlton Westcountry presenter Kate Reeves expressed her interest and later joined the Board.After the RSLs, Dr. Avtar Lit and Palm Radio Ltd agreed to apply for the Torbay Licence, Managing Director of London Media Company, Neil Romain joined the Board of the newly-formed Palm FM Limited with his colleague David Lowen, a media consultant and former head of news for ITV Westcountry. LMC now provide financial and administrative support while allowing the local Board to operate, broadcast and develop.In September 2005, and after ten years of campaigning, Palm was awarded the licence. A jubilant Jo Corben-Richards and Roger Richards, Chairman Palm FM, issued the following statement..."The Palm FM board and team are delighted to have been awarded the opportunity to serve the residents of our special area and it's many communities. We would like to thank everyone who listened to our three ?short-term? trial broadcasts over the past seven years and supported us through advertising and sponsorship. We thank those who contributed and supported the work of Palm FM, on-air, behind the scenes and in our application to the industry regulator Ofcom. The Palm FM board and team are proud to know that the legacy of our commitment, since the mid 1990s, has been recognised by today's Ofcom award of a twelve-year licence to provide the local radio station so eagerly awaited and richly deserved by our area."