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RADIO 6; That's how many listeners the world's smallest station has on a quiet day in Scillies.

Byline: GEOFF LAKEMAN

THE world's smallest radio station is broadcasting to the world from a wooden shack on an island beach.

Keri Jones runs Radio Scilly in a boat shed, surrounded by lobster pots, rusting anchors and fishing buoys.

He churns out programmes to the islands 25 miles off Land's End, which have a maximum audience of 2,000 - or half a dozen on a quiet day. But he is also heard all over the world on the internet on www.radioscilly.co.uk.

"I've never had so much fun in 17 years in the business," said freelance broadcaster Keri, 32. He is running the station on St Mary's for a month on a short-term licence from the Radio Authority.

Keri takes calls from listeners, plays jingles, gives weather reports and greets holidaymakers who wander into the shack.

For traffic reports, he says: "We tell people about boat movements between the islands because that is how everyone gets around."

His mixing desk sits on an old freezer and he has to shout as the islands' helicopter link flies over.

Perfumery owner Tony Hobson is his roving reporter, touring the islands with a mini-recorder.

Other islanders present rock music, 80s music and jazz shows, while assistant harbourmaster Steve Thomson is the weatherman.

Keri is hoping for EU money or private funding so he can broadcast up to six months a year.

But he most wants a big news exclusive - an interview with the Scilly Isles' landlord Prince Charles.

RADIO SCILLY'S PLAYLIST

Scilly Love Songs............Wings Seal With A Kiss..Brian Hyland My Gull..................Temptations Rock Lobster............The B52s Tresco Inferno............Trammps White Wedding..........Scilly Idol I'll Be Missing You....Puffin Daddy My Heart Sings..........Paul Anchor Buoys Of Summer....Don Henley Anything by Scilla Black...

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STUDIO: Keri Jones outside his radio shack Picture: GEORGE PHILLIPS
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