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Bennett joined Radio Bristol in 1970
first broadcasters included reporting ace Kate Adie, BBC television
newsreader Michael Buerk, and the well-known Bristol actor
A new recruit was local newspaper reporter Roger Bennett,
who was country's longest-serving breakfast show presenter
until December 2002 - starting work at 5am every morning for
more than 25 years!
The station still has a formidable presentation line-up.
Lewis was first on Radio Bristol in the 1980s
can take your pick from John Turner's provocative
phone-ins, Richard Lewis's fun morning show, Alex Lewis's
entertaining afternoon programmeand Keith Warmington's authoritative
drive-time presentation. Steve Yabsley the Trevor Fry end
each week day.
Radio Bristol reporters were at the scene when Concorde took
off for the first time and made her final landing at Filton
and when the ss Great Britain returned to Bristol docks.
The station for sport
We provide the most extensive sports coverage in the West,
directed by former Bristol Rovers captain Geoff Twentyman.
Our sports reporters take you straight to the heart of the
action, bringing you live commentary on local rugby and football
matches, home and away.
We were there at the demolition of Eastville Stadium and broadcast
live with the people of St Pauls to celebrate the regeneration
of their area.
Great Britain returned to Bristol in 1970
also gave unrivalled radio coverage of the voyage of the replica
ship, The Matthew, to Newfoundland and its return to Bristol
In the station's silver jubilee year, listeners raised £33,000
for charity (Cancer and Leukaemia In Children).
More recently listeners helped raise more than a million pounds
for the Babe Appeal in aid of a children's hospice for the
Helping the West
The station has helped raise awareness of the Wallace and
Gromit appeal for a new children's hospital in Bristol.
More than 30 years on, we remain committed to bringing local
news to local people.
We have reporters based in Taunton, Bath, Bristol, Wells and
Weston-super-Mare, and broadcast to the West on four frequencies
for 16 hours a day.
quarter of a million people a week tune into the unique local
service we offer.
Come and join us, we're closer to you in the West.