New management duo take over at Grantham radio station Gravity FM

Phil Johnson
Phil Johnson

A new management team has taken over the reins at Grantham’s community radio station.

After almost collapsing five years ago, Gravity FM has overcome a number of challenges and hopes are high that the station will “move from strength to strength” now that Phil Johnson and Willie Mac are at the helm.

Willie Mac

Willie Mac

Phil has many years’ experience in the radio industry, most recently at Radio Newark, and has taken over the role of managing director.

He said: “Gravity FM is a great brand with a wonderful history. Over the last few years there have been many successes that Gravity FM and its volunteers should be rightly proud of. It is for these reasons, coupled with the passion that Gravity’s volunteers have for the radio station, that I am thrilled to have joined the board.

“Grantham quite rightly deserves a high quality, local and relevant radio station. With my team here at Gravity FM, we are looking forward to taking the station forward, forging greater links with the Grantham community.”

Outgoing MD Doug Hough added: “Phil is a radio person through and through.

“Gravity FM is on the brink of something special, being half-way through its second five-year licence and already planning to secure its third term. The news that Phil has agreed to take an active role in leading the station over the next few years is wonderful.

“Not only does he bring to the station his years of experience working in both the commercial and community radio industry, but also brings a great insight in the way in which the radio industry is moving, enabling Gravity FM to place itself at the leading edge of those developments.”

Popular Gravity FM presenter Willie Mac has joined the board as chairman.

Mr Hough said: “Willie is not only a great friend and long time supporter of Gravity FM but is a very talented and well respected broadcaster. His knowledge and experience in broadcasting to the Grantham community will be invaluable to the many new and exciting broadcasters that have joined Gravity FM in the last 12 months.”

Graivty presenter Councillor Ian Selby added: “Gravity FM now has a golden opportunity to fulfil its potential and now is the time for the whole community to get behind this valuable asset for our town and to support the new management team as Gravity FM positively moves forward to a new era.”