Youthcomm relaunches as Radio Wyvern

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A WORCESTER radio station has been relaunched with an old name but new faces as the original broadcasters pass on the torch.

Radio Wyvern returned to the air after being closed in 2012 and transformed into Free Radio which was run from Manchester.

Youthcomm Radio was rebranded as Radio Wyvern – on the 40th anniversary of the station’s original launch.

Paul Ellery said three years of planning led to when he officially changed his name.

Mr Ellery said: “The name Wyvern is iconic as it was one of the first local radio stations to go on the air.

“When the name disappeared from Worcester and in so many cities and towns across the country, local radio disappeared and was replaced by what they call quasi-national stations.

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“We brought back the Wyvern brand because one of our shareholders at Youthcom, now Wyvern, was an original member of the team that created Wyvern.

“We have the original launch team here today.

“I used to go to Bishop Perowne School and my school was opposite Wyvern.

“My dream has always been to work at Wyvern and I spent seven years at Wyvern from 2004 to 2011 and loved my time there.

“For me, bringing back my childhood dream is a huge accomplishment.”

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For one day only, original Radio Wyvern broadcasters Sammy Southall, 67, Mike George, 77, and Rob Yarnold, 81, returned to the studio to welcome the station’s return and pass the torch to Owen Lowe, 21 years old.

The original trio of broadcasters recalled the nervousness they felt on their first day at Radio Wyvern.

Mr Southall said: “We came back today to give the station a boost into the twenties.

“I just think it’s amazing that the station has come back and it’s a unique moment in our history.

“40 years to the day, the minute the same person opened the same radio station.

“I give them a bit of my voice to wish them to leave just for today.”

Worcester Mayor Adrian Gregson came out to support the event.

He said: “It’s an exciting place here at Wyvern.

“It’s fun and the enthusiasm has been rekindled.”

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