The Cat 107.9 FM stays on the airwaves

South Cheshire community radio station The Cat faced going off air because of Covid-19 until emergency funding allowed it to stay on the airwaves.

The Cat is run by an army of 40 volunteers and has a potential audience of 140,000 people across Crewe, Nantwich and the surrounding rural villages.

The station has proved essential local listening especially with its half-hourly Covid-19 updates along with local news bulletins and interviews with the Crewe and Nantwich mayors and Cheshire East leaders amongst other to keep the community updated with the latest local information.

However, the not-for-profit-making radio station faced a cash crisis of its own when the advertising, sponsorship and events it relied on dried up because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Managing director Chris Cadman said: “We still have our bills to pay so we applied to the Steve Morgan Foundation for help and they awarded us £2,500. There’s absolutely no doubt that it is helping keep us on air through these challenging times.

“Nobody has experienced anything like Covid-19 before, we’ve had things like major floods but nothing like this. We’re very much a community station in the heart of the community we serve and we’re very grateful to the Steve Morgan Foundation.”

Cat 107.9 FM has vowed to continue broadcasting despite the pandemic.

While some of its presenters are broadcasting programmes from home the station is also still broadcasting live from The Cat’s studios at Cheshire College – South & West.

Steve Morgan, founder of the Steve Morgan Foundation, said The Cat 107.9 FM was different to most of the award recipients from the Covid-19 Emergency Fund but reflected the important work they were doing.

The Steve Morgan Foundation has made 184 awards across Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales, totalling more than £2m and directly helping 753,000 people.

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