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Harbourside Radio, Warrenpoint’s community radio station is hoping to raise money by hosting a 24hr Radiothon. Presenter Mark Hughes will take to the airwaves for an entire day on the 20th of February, encouraging people in the area to donate much needed funds.  

Hughes has been a budding radio presenter since he was knee high. He’s the producer and presenter of the successful YouTube Quiz channel ‘Big Nerd Pub Quiz’. He has made appearances on TV quiz shows such as ‘King of the Nerds’ (Sky One), ‘Fifteen to One’ (Channel 4) and ‘Lightening’ (BBC2) and has been a guest on BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Scotland and RTE Radio 2FM. Mark hosts and produces ‘Point Matters’, ‘Sports Point’, ‘Friday Drive Time’ and ‘Sampled’ on Harbourside Radio.

Mark Hughes

Mark won’t be taking on this mammoth task alone. The station’s whole squad of presenters will be joining him throughout the day bringing their unique styles of music and banter from rock to country, blues to funk, indie to electro and much more. 

Speaking of the marathon broadcast Mark said “Harbourside Radio means so much to the people who are running it and to the wider community of devoted listeners. We started in the middle of the pandemic back in July 2020 with a mission to bring in local talent and keep people entertained during these difficult times. Now that further lockdown restrictions have been imposed and it’s put a strain on our station, we’re looking for alternative ways to fund ourselves. That’s when we came up with the idea of hosting this marathon event!

"We’re hoping to get local businesses on board to sponsor each hour of the event and even get local restaurants and cafés to feed me during the day! We’re going to involve all of our presenters by getting them to come in and co-host at various points. We’ll also bring in local talent to perform from our studios; all in a socially distanced and safe manner of course. We’ll live stream all the fun on our Facebook page so people can see how I’m holding up during the day."

Mark is really looking forward to the challenge adding "I’ve never done anything like this before and I’m keen to see how I get on trying to stay awake into the wee hours of the morning!”

Harbourside Radio has set up a GoFundMe https://www.gofundme.com/f/keep-harbourside-radio-on-the-air  page so people can donate directly to the cause. The Radiothon will start at 7am on Saturday the 20th of February and run until 7am the following day. The event can be viewed via livestream on Facebook.com/HarboursideRadio or you can listen in via www.HarboursideRadio.com. 

Any businesses who would like to get involved or would like further information can email info@harboursideradio.com or call 07789852774.

About Harbourside

Harbourside Radio was established in July 2020 to harness and promote the talent of the local area of Warrenpoint as well as provide a shared community space at its studio location in the town. It has been broadcasting continuously online since its launch. The station has something for everyone with its diverse programming.

Listeners can tune in to shows ranging from The Breakfast Show with veteran comedy star Big O to ’Blues on the Bay, hosted by Ian Sands to ‘The Rock Show’ and ‘Erase/Rewind’; ‘Hot Country Saturday Nights’; ‘Outcast Culture’; ‘The Lighthouse Christian and Gospel Show’, ‘The Afternoon Irish Traditional Session’ and ‘The Big Nerd Pub Quiz’ presented by Mark himself!

The full list of shows is available to view online.

Harbourside Studios host ‘The Live Sessions’ from their fully equipped studio space. The studios aim to become a leading centre for arts and entertainment in the South Down area, offering a host of community events, cultural nights and workshops and providing young people with industry training and opportunities to get involved in music and production. All this can only be achieved with the help of the local community so donate whatever you can to keep Harbourside running. You’ll get a shout out as a thank you and there’s even some cool merchandise up for grabs! 

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