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1973 Day - 40 Years of BBC Radio Cumbria: The first voice on BBC Radio Carlisle, Chris Rogers, joins Mike on the breakfast Show.

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Fri 22 Nov 2013 06:30

BBC Radio Cumbria at 40

BBC Radio Cumbria at 40

This weekend we’re celebrating forty years as your local voice.


Starting out as BBC Radio Carlisle with second-hand equipment, we’re now one of the most listened to local radio stations on the network: still very much the local voice for more than a third of Cumbrians every week.


On Friday, 22 November presenters past return to work with our current crew.  On Sunday, 24 November our Punter Presenter finalists will be in the studios for their “big break”.


Join the celebration


All “1973 Day” and “Punter Presenter” programmes will be available here for the next seven days if you missed them.


Send us your 1973 pictures or any that show you at a Radio Carlisle/Radio Cumbria/Radio Furness event.  


There are galleries at Facebook or follow us on Twitter, with the hash-tag  #BBCRC40.  Or you can email us at


Mike Zeller will be launching the search for your memories on his breakfast show.


Follow Head of Programmes Ian Timms here as he blogs his way through the whole weekend extravaganza.

Listen to the birthday fun

Listen to the birthday fun

Friday 22 November … 1973 Day


Mike Zeller

Mike is joined by the first ever voice on BBC Radio Carlisle, Chris Rogers.  Chris went on to be the BBC’s Political Editor in the South West. Call in on 0845 305 11 22 with your memories.


Kevin Fernihough

Val Armstrong and Fern are back in tandem, recreating their double act from the 1990s.  Back by popular demand is your chance to become a “droopy groupie” once more.  Great music from 1973 and the threat of kipper ties. (that’s just Val …)


Caroline Robertson

Media guru John Myers started his radio career here.  He went on to run dozens of radio stations for the Guardian group.  Today he’s back with our youngest radio star, Caroline Robertson.  She claims to be "terrified" and he says she should be.


Gordon Swindlehurst

Caz Graham returns with Gordon to give the day a rural flavour.  Lakes and Fells, collies and herdwicks, all packed into the “Nenthead Lifeboat” for a lunchtime session on the only station to bring you “Lamb-bank”.   It’s Noah’s Ark with a half of shandy.


Paul Braithwaite

North and South reunited in a show broadcast from Carlisle and Barrow.  The only presenter still with us after 40 years is back together with Anne Hopper for a wallow in pure nostalgia.

Past and Present

Past and Present

Sunday 24 November 


Val Armstrong

Val is joined by Punter Presenter winner, Iain Taylor from Egremont.


Joe Costin

Joe is joined by Punter Presenter winner, Peter Chesher OBE from Haverigg.


Harry King

Harry is joined by Punter Presenter winner, Louise Lewis from Carlisle.


Ian Timms

Ian traces the station’s highs and lows through four decades. 


The Sound Of Cumbria

Listen to the first programme BBC Radio Carlisle ever broadcast.

World War One At Home

Progs Cumbria

Discover incredible stories about life in Cumbria during WW1