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BBC Radio Taunton in 1978

BBC Radio Taunton back in 1978

The history of BBC Somerset

During severe storms in 1978 an emergency broadcasting centre was set up at County Hall in Taunton.

BBC Somerset Sound's first logo

Listeners decided they wanted their own radio station for the Somerset area.

Eventually, 10 years later, BBC Somerset Sound was born.

The radio station hit the airwaves for the first time on 11 April 1988.

At that time, its main studios were based at Paul Street in Taunton with a smaller studio in Yeovil.

Steve Haigh at the launch of BBC Somerset Sound

Steve Haigh at the launch of BBC Somerset Sound

In August 2002, BBC Somerset Sound moved to state-of-the-art studios opposite County Hall in Taunton.

BBC Somerset Sound on Paul Street in Taunton

BBC Somerset Sound's first studios on Paul Street

In the same year, it also changed frequency from 1323AM to 1566AM to avoid interference from a Russian radio station.

In December 2007, it was launched on 95.5fm making it available to people all over the county and beyond.

BBC Somerset, as it is now known, is the only local speech-based radio station and covers the shire county.

The station provides all the latest news and information for the county, and the shows are a lively mix of guests, debate, competitions, music and features.

In February 2003, the BBC's Where I Live website for Somerset at was launched.

Clinton Rogers and Adam Thomas

BBC Somerset Sound's 10th birthday in 1998

It's based in Broadcasting House and plays host to the page you're reading.

From May 2007, the BBC Somerset Bus is on the road. Its role across the county is manifold, including:

  • To bring BBC Somerset out into local communities across the county
  • To help to improve what people in the county want from their local radio station, and from the BBC in general
  • To promote the major BBC campaigns, such as the Reading and Writing project (RaW) and Springwatch and Autumnwatch among many others
  • To feedback to the BBC any brickbats and bouquets - from listeners/viewers who might not usually have the chance to comment
  • To broadcast live shows around Somerset from a town or village near you

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