Rolling Stone comes to community station’s rescue

By | Published on Monday 5 September 2011

Keith Richards

A community radio station on the Isle Of Wight will be able to replace damaged transmission equipment after a donation from Rolling Stone Keith Richards.

Angel Radio’s kit was damaged when it was struck by lightning earlier this summer. The community station began fund-raising to replace the equipment in July, and listeners contributed £1300. But then the cheque from Keith arrived.

It’s not clear how Richards heard about the damaged kit, though Angel Radio operate another community station in West Sussex where the guitarist lives, so it’s possible he heard about the fundraising efforts on there.

Angel Radio’s Bev Webster told reporters: “We couldn’t believe it when we received his cheque in the post. We thought it was a joke at first, it was so generous and unexpected. I have written a letter of thanks and asking how he heard about us; and he is more than welcome to come and visit us in the studio”.