It's goodbye radio station: hello hot food takeaway
A town centre building which sent music and news bulletins over the airwaves across West Norfolk and Fenland for around 30 years is being lined up for a new role.
The offices and studios at 18 Blackfriars Street, Lynn, were the home of the popular radio station KL:FM from the early 1990s until last year.
That was when industry giant Bauer Media took over several local independent radio stations in the eastern counties including KL:FM.
The new owners’ intention was to create the UK’s largest commercial radio network, featuring a host of big-name presenters.
KL:FM was relaunched under the banner of Greatest Hits Radio West Norfolk last summer.
And the property in Blackfriars Street, which was previously a small bank, was offered for let with the estate agents next door.
In the latest move, a planning application has been submitted to West Norfolk Council by the radio station owners asking for permission for it to be converted for residential use and for a hot food takeway.
The takeaway would occupy the ground floor and there would be a change of use to residential for the first floor of the building.
At present there is a shop/reception area, various offices and studios and parking spaces at the back of the building.
When KL:FM, which had been recognised in the prestigious Sony Awards. was told it was being re-branded there was an angry reaction from staff, some of whom faced losing their jobs, and from loyal listeners alike.
It was described as a disgrace that the area should lose a station that had been integral to the community for so many years.
One of the popular DJs and presenters, Simon Rowe, who was made redundant after 23 years working with KL:FM, went on to set up a new digital station, Radio West Norfolk, with support from fellow presenters.