A NEW radio station is being launched in Hampshire – and it promises to be the first of its kind.
Fiesta FM is heading to the airwaves bringing a Latin-inspired party to listeners across the county.
The station is being launched by Felix Pastor off the back of his Latino Awaaz show on Awaaz Community Radio in Southampton.
The show has grown in popularity since the 45-year-old from Shirley started it three years ago and has inspired him to launch his own dedicated station.
Hundreds of listeners from across the globe tune in for best-loved music from countries including from Spain, Argentina and Brazil.
But now Felix, who grew up in Venezuela, hopes to reach even more people with the UK’s first FM radio station dedicated to Latin culture serving communities in Hampshire and beyond.
Shows featuring live music and interviews with a wide range of people from painters and writers to business owners will be broadcast on FM and online.
The plan is to broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week with programmes in both English and Spanish.
Felix, a musician who works at the Co-op in Harbour Parade, Southampton, said: “I love to work with music.
“If I work with music it’s not like working anymore.
“I want people to know more about our culture and that it’s not what it looks like in Hollywood.
“It’s about educational programmes about our heritage, not just the music.
“I was surprised that it wasn’t just people from South America and Spain listen to my shows. I received a good vibe from a lot of people.
“People from every community like it.”
Felix hopes to launch his new station in October.
To ensure the project gets off the ground by then he needs to recruit a team of presenters.
Felix says he needs to build a team of English or Spanish speaking presenters who will host a wide range of shows from the station.
Source : dailyecho.co.uk