A COMMUNITY radio station has moved into its new premises in the town centre after starting off in a home-based studio.

Darlo Radio, which serves Darlington, Durham and Newton Aycliffe moved to a studio in the Business Central complex in Union Square.

Founder and programme director Phil Osborne said: “The station has been growing at such a rate that we had to move into a professional set up and Business Central works perfectly for us.

“There’s a friendly atmosphere in the building and nothing is a problem for their staff, which is very important as I’ll be bringing notable guests into the building and I need them to feel at ease before going on air.”

Mr Osborne said Darlo Radio, which has been broadcasting online since 2017, could become ‘part of the area’s fabric’ as a result of its move.

He added: “We are the only station actually based in Darlington and we will be making sure the local community has a voice.”

The community station is run on a not-for-profit basis, meaning charities and community groups can advertise on the station for free.

Mr Osborne said he is now looking for volunteers to join the station.