Radio station Planet Rock has been saved from closure - with the help of Brummie rock legend Tony Iommi.
The Black Sabbath guitarist along with Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson, Marillion star Fish, and guitarist Gary Moore have supported the purchase of the station by rock fan Malcolm Bluemel from previous owners GCap.
Fish, real name Derek William Dick, said: “I am sure that the station will go from strength to strength.”
Anderson said: “Onwards and upwards - from the threat of extinction to a fantastic future, with a little help from its friends.
“I am personally delighted that the show goes on, as it must, since our heritage of great British rock music is too important to see slip away from national radio.”
The channel, which was voted Sony Digital Station of the year at this year’s Sony Awards, had been due to close if a new buyer could not be found.
But the GCap Media station has now been snapped up by businessman Mr Bluemel.
GCap media announced the sale or closure of its national digital radio stations in February with Planet Rock due to close down this month if Mr Bleumel hadn’t stepped in.
The 55-year-old businessman said: “The people at Planet Rock and their listeners are passionate about their music and their station, which is why I wanted to step in and help make it happen.
“Rock fans have been traditionally very poorly served in this country and Planet Rock is the place for them to feed their fanaticism. I share the station’s passion for rock and radio, I marched in the 60’s when Harold Wilson announced that he was shutting down the pirates.
“It (Planet Rock) has authenticity and integrity booming out of it.
“Now we aim to take it to the next level, preserve all that’s great about the output and utilise other platforms to serve an even bigger audience in a wider variety of ways.”
The station’s listening figures reached just under 600,000 listeners per week for the first quarter of 2008.