Haverhill teenagers’ station Ignite Radio sees listenership double

Dan Bell and Callum Sutton
Dan Bell and Callum Sutton

An online radio station run by a pair of Haverhill teenagers has seen its listenership more than double and is now holding a Disney tunes week to get even more people involved.

Ignite Radio station manager and programme leader Dan Bell and station manager and controller Callum Sutton have seen the station’s figure explode from an average of 700 monthly UK listeners to 1,650.

Next Monday (February 17) to Saturday (February 23) the innovative duo, who set a world record for longest radio broadcast to raise money for Help For Heroes, will turn Ignite into a magical fantasy by playing the most requested Disney soundtracks from their poll, which closes tomorrow.

Each day will have a soundtrack with the lyrics published on www.igniteradio.co.uk, and if successful may be repeated in future half term weeks.

“This is a big feature event that we feel hasn’t really been done before,” said Dan.

“This is England and we very rarely get nice days, so why not have a week full of magical entertainment that all the family can enjoy.”

The former Linton Village College students set up Ignite to help get other young people involved in media.

They attribute the rise of 950 listeners to increased exposure through the projects they are working on, such as doing voice overs and jingles for production company Adect Imaging.

“The world record we recently achieved means our current listeners are all over the UK.

“Hopefully they’ll stick as they and of anything go higher with more and more listeners.

“We’re trying to promote Ignite even more and even going to the point where our station is playing in local big shops in Cambridge as their in shop radio station.”

Dan, who aspires to becoming a BBC Radio One DJ, is currently working for STAR Radio Cambridge and Ely, and has been offered work with Aled Haydn Jones on Radio One.

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