Hastings Rock Radio returned on Saturday 2nd May, for another 28 day broadcast. But this year’s broadcast is rather different to all that have gone before. 

Due to the current Coronavirus situation, Hastings Rock have had to adapt, just like everyone else, and will only be broadcasting online, not on FM as in previous years. Live programmes commenced with the Hastings Rock DJs broadcasting from their homes, instead of a central studio. Now listeners from across the world can tune in to the radio station via the Hastings Rock website, their Smart Speakers, on Internet radios and by using the Tune In app on mobile phones and Smart TV’s.

Hastings Rock chairman Andy Gunton said: “We are really pleased to be able to continue with our usual broadcast in May, albeit in a different form to normal. It has been a real team effort to get this internet broadcast up and running. This is something that we have never done before, so it has been quite a challenge. We wanted to get Hastings Rock on air to bring a bit of familiarity during the month of May to our loyal listeners, and hopefully provide a friendly voice and some great music to help people through these trying times.”

Hastings Rock will be on air and online 24 hours a day until midnight on Friday, 29th May, playing their usual and unique brand of classic and modern rock music, plus a sprinkling of local music too. Details and information about Hastings Rock 2020 can be found on their official website at: hastingsrock.co.uk or their Facebook page: Hastings Rock FM.

Hastings Rock is an RSL (Restricted Service Licence) radio station that first broadcast on FM radio in August 1993 to the Hastings area of East Sussex in the UK. Since then Hastings Rock has returned most years, usually during May. Each broadcast is restricted to 28 days due to Ofcom regulations. Hastings Rock is a voluntary organisation, and all DJs and Committee members are unpaid.

DJs are predominantly local, which helps to give the radio station its unique flavour.


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