Guildford College is delighted to announce that local media company Eagle Radio has relocated its company’s HQ and staff of 40 to the Guildford College site on Stoke Road.
Eagle Radio has been broadcasting for more than 20 years and is the area’s most listened to commercial radio station and as part of the UKRD Group have an excellent reputation, having won ‘The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies (Mid-Size) to Work For’ four years in succession: 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
The announcement of the station’s new location has been planned to coincide with Local Radio Day (27 May), which celebrates the partnership that exists between radio stations and their listeners and sets out to demonstrate the difference that local really makes. As part of the celebrations, a group of lucky listeners have been invited to a behind-the-scenes tour of the new studios.
Guildford College Group Principal and CEO, Dr Mike Potter CBE said “This is an incredible opportunity for the College to create an even closer working relationship with an excellent community based organisation. It will provide exciting work experience opportunities for our students and the possibility of collaborating on new programmes and pathways in Media. The move will also create additional guaranteed income for the College, at a time when our funding is being reduced.”
Managing Director Paul Marcus explained how the move reflects the need for modern thinking amongst the local business community: “It’s a big change for us but a positive and smart move. It allows us to continue our expansion plans and work closely with a trusted partner in creating a hub for the community, students and local businesses. Like so many industries, the education and media business models are changing rapidly and it will be those that innovate and collaborate that will prosper in a digital future.”
The multi-platform broadcaster plans to develop vocational work-experience for students at the College through Eagle Radio’s community radio output. Its latest radio offering eagle3, which showcases local and un-signed music talent, will provide further opportunities.
Eagle Radio’s Breakfast Show Presenter and Programming Director Peter Gordon, is excited that the company will remain at the heart of Guildford`s community: “It seems fitting that Eagle’s using its 20th birthday to celebrate such a clever move within Guildford. As a born and bred Guildfordian, I was particularly pleased we secured the plan with the College. It’s a great way to look forward to broadcasting true local radio for Surrey and Hampshire for many years to come.”