A RADIO station run by teenagers is set to go on air in Pocklington.

Pock FM will be available on 107.3 FM for listeners within an eight-mile radius of the town from Saturday, until April 18.

This is the second time the radio station has hit the airwaves. Its first 28-day broadcast took place in January 2002.

Now the budding radio stars, mainly aged between 13 and 23, hope to repeat their former success.

Youth worker Gemma Bromley, who helps manage the station, which is based at the Pocklington Youth Centre in New Street, said that the team of about 30 young people had been training hard in preparation for Saturday. She said that the teenagers had been taught interviewing techniques, audio editing and how to use the radio equipment. They have raised the money needed to run the station themselves by getting sponsorship from local businesses and holding fundraising events. She said: "When we went on air in January 2002, we got a brilliant response from the local community. It was great to get positive feedback about young people in Pocklington instead of just hearing about problems like drinking and vandalism. This project has really boosted the young people's confidence levels and they have developed their communication skills." Shows will be on air from 7am to 10pm, on weekdays, and 8am to 10pm, on weekends, with non-stop music playing throughout the night. Adults will host the programmes during the day and the young people will take over from 4pm. Presenters include the 13-year-old sports reporter Paul Smith, film buffs Matthew Hutchinson and Tom Turton, who review movies on air, and funnymen Joe Forth and Joe Teale.

Updated: 10:13 Thursday, March 20, 2003