History of The Voice
In 2010, popular local radio station, Lantern FM, latterly Heart North Devon, closed its Barnstaple studios, leaving local people without a truly local radio service. In response, a social media campaign was started in June 2010 to get a local radio station back to North Devon and by November that year, enough studio equipment had been bought and the first 28 day Restricted Service Licence (RSL) broadcasts started.
The Voice had been born, its name derived from its heartfelt mission to give North Devon back its 'Voice'.
In April 2012, The Voice was launched as a Digital Radio station, broadcasting on DAB around Devon (except Plymouth). It was also granted a community radio licence to broadcast on FM covering the majority of North Devon, including Bideford, Barnstaple and Ilfracombe.
By January 2014, our new FM service was launched on 106.1 and 107.8fm and in 2017, we moved into our new state-of-the-art studios and media centre in Belle Meadow Court, Barnstaple.
Since then, we have added to our team of professional media experts, welcomed new presenters, grown our client base, launched our new website and social media feeds, whilst continuing to provide our North Devon community with a great broadcasting service.