22 Jun Colne Radio is trying to raise £3,000 to allow it to broadcast on the airwaves.
Colne Radio, based in Wivenhoe, was last year awarded an FM licence by regulator Ofcom.
Now it needs to raise the cash to fund new equipment, which will allow it to reach a wider area – as far as Great Bentley and across eastern Colchester – areas it has traditionally covered during its five years of online service.
Yesterday it launched a crowdfunding campaign, asking for supporters and local businesses to help it reach its target.
If the station succeeds it will be able to go onto the radio airwaves in early 2017 subject to planning permission.
In return for pledges donors will be offered a number of benefits, from an on-air dedication through to the chance to host their own radio show.
Dave Purdey, chairman of Colne Radio, said: “We need to install new equipment, both on the transmitter site and in the studio.
“This will only happen if we can raise around £3,000 – and the more we raise, the stronger we will be and the better our broadcast service to the local communities.
“The crowdfunder can only be successful with the help of others in our community.”
The station has also revamped its web site, to make it easier for people to find out more and get involved.