► Beacon Radio launch 

12 April 2017 tbs.pm/12054

Beacon Radio 303 in Wolverhampton launches at 6am on 12 April 1976 with Mike Baker at the controls. This is the first half-hour on air, although we’ve edited the music out.

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steve brown 12 April 2017 at 1:51 pm

41 years on,and it’s a shame that the Beacon name had to go in 2012,as a new name of Free Radio

Maark 26 April 2017 at 11:10 am

This remains the slickest and coolest launch of any radio station ever.

If only Beacon had been given a much larger area and population to broadcast to been subject to fewer IBA restrictions, it would’ve caused a revolution in UK radio.

It was practically a pirate station for the first three years !

Mr. P. Howard. 5 May 2017 at 2:34 pm

thanks to Beacon Radio I heard a singer called Melissa Manchester for the first time. I went out and bought the single and caught up with some of her other work. This to me is what radio station s should be doing instead of merely playing oldie after oldie. I get fed up of hearing the same old artists day in day out that I barely listen to the radio these days, Independent or BBC. Beacon Radio showed a new, refreshing approach and I for one, miss it.

Jim Johnson 6 May 2017 at 5:44 pm

I remember listening to a classical music programme on Beacon on Sunday evenings in the late 70’s (yes, classical music on local commercial radio in those days).
During the programme they usually had a competition relating to similar music. After one of the programmes I sent in a postcard giving the correct answer (needless to say I can’t remember what the question was!). The following week I discovered that I had won an LP record of pianist Arthur Rubinstein.
The station staff commented that they were surprised that they had a listener so far away! I was listening on a portable FM radio (no indoor aerial) 7 miles north of Nottingham.

Jim Johnson 6 May 2017 at 5:58 pm

Sorry about my last sentence, my radio only had a built-in aerial. I should have said no ‘outdoor’ aerial!

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