KeeP 106 is the broadcasting name of the new community radio station for Dorchester and the surrounding area being set up by Ridgeway Community Radio, a community interest company (CIC), on a not-for-profit basis by a group of enthusiastic volunteers all of whom have experience in broadcasting.
The name is derived from the fact that the station is based in The Little Keep located at the end of Barrack Road which runs from Bridport Road between The Keep Military Museum and Vespasian House and past the Royal Mail main delivery office. Also housed in the same building is The Arts Development Company – their website has some interesting information about the building’s history – and Artsreach. The 106 part of the name reminds the listener where to be able to find the station on a radio since the frequency is 106.3 Mhz FM.
This community radio project has been inspired by the former hospital radio station at Dorset County Hospital which had been broadcasting to patients for 20 years as Ridgeway Radio and before that as West Dorset Hospital Radio when the first phase of the hospital was built. But in fact hospital radio in Dorchester began well over 50 years ago with the formation of the Dorchester Hospital Broadcasting Service at the original Dorchester Hospital which was located in Princes Street.