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Radio Bristol - station history
Michael Buerk, Kate Adie and Tony Robinson
Household names previously heard on Radio Bristol include Kate Adie, Michael Buerk and Tony Robinson

BBC Radio Bristol has been a hotbed of talent since it first went on air in September 1970.
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When did BBC Radio Bristol go on-air, who are the longest-serving presenters, and which famous newsreaders used to work here?

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Roger Bennett

Roger Bennett joined Radio Bristol in 1970

The first broadcasters included reporting ace Kate Adie, BBC television newsreader Michael Buerk, and the well-known Bristol actor Tony Robinson.

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.

Richard Lewis
Richard Lewis was first on Radio Bristol in the 1980s

You 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.

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.

BBC 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.

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.

SS Great Britain being towed up the River Avon in 1970
ss Great Britain returned to Bristol in 1970

We also gave unrivalled radio coverage of the voyage of the replica ship, The Matthew, to Newfoundland and its return to Bristol in 1998.

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 South West.

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.

A 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.

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BBC Radio Bristol
PO Box 194
BS99 7QT

Telephone: 0117 974 1111
Fax: 0117 923 8323
Phone-in: 0845 900 5 955
Travel line: 0845 900 6 955 Actionline: 0845 900 7 955

E-mail: Radio Bristol

Editor: Jenny Lacey

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