Ofcom has unveiled how cheap, new technology can be used to help spark the creation of dozens of new small digital radio stations. The announcement builds on the work of ‘bloke in shed’, in fact Ofcom broadcast specialist Rashid Mustapha, whose three month trial paved the way for this exciting development. The register reported that, ‘Ofcom reckons this will take community radio stations digital. Many areas have successful community stations operating on FM, but most of those are run on borrowed hardware which won’t stretch to space on a commercial DAB multiplex’.
It will be exciting to see how this technology kickstarts a new era of local radio and reporting with Rasperry Pi namechecked as a means to power the stations.