The history of BBC Radio Leicester|
Leicester was Britain's first mainland local radio station. We launched on 8 November
1967 on 95.05VHF and on cable in certain city areas.
can also check out some pictures of historical Leicester.
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below for BBC Radio Leicester's history tour. |
Our brand-new state-of-the art broadcasting centre is at St Nicholas Place
in the heart of Leicester, You can hear us on our countywide transmitter on 104.9FM
and on DAB, and of course, streamed on line. We like to think that BBC Radio Leicester
is still your number one choice for news, traffic, sport and information.
The station was launched with the first local radio jingle, which was a version
of the Posthorn Gallop. It was followed by a speech by the Postmaster General,
the Right Hon. Edward Short.
guests, including the Lord Mayor of Leicester and senior BBC staff from London,
were greeted by a protest from members of the Free Radio Association, bemoaning
the loss of the pirate stations. Radio Leicester's first-ever news bulletin was
broadcast next, compiled without any journalists as it was provided by a local
Mark Henig (the Lord Mayor of Leicester) and Maurice Ennals (BBC Radio Leicester's
first Station Manager). |
The growth of pirate radio in the 1960s prompted the BBC
to draw up a new plan. This included the creation of Radio 1 and Local Radio.
Eight experimental stations opened in cities where local authorities were willing
to fund part of the cost. BBC
Radio Sheffield, BBC
Radio Merseyside and BBC
Radio Nottingham all followed Leicester onto the airwaves within a few
first, Radio Leicester made less than four hours of local programmes each day.
Leicester City and Leicester Tigers featured on the station, but the first major
challenge were the floods of 1968. Despite limited resources, the station managed
live reports from rowing boats floating down suburban streets.
Nish played for Leicester City in the 70s|
later, the local radio experiment was declared a success and BBC Radio Leicester
expanded, created its own newsroom and began producing its own news.
BBC Radio Leicester launched a weekly programme for Asian listeners in 1974. In
the same year, it began broadcasting on the medium wave from Freeman's Common
in Leicester on 837AM, later to become the frequency for the BBC’s
Asian Network. In 1996 the BBC Asian Network was launched, a lively fully-fledged
24 hour radio service for the Asian community.
BBC Radio Leicester stands true to its original aims of serving the communities
of Leicester, Rutland and Leicestershire, listening to local people and reflecting
local issues and concerns. We talk to nearly a quarter of a million listeners
every week. Have YOU joined us yet?
Open Centre facilities at St Nicholas Place.|
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Radio Leicester's history tour.