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Locally great, globally useless

Published 27 February 2019

A decision has been made that makes Independent Local Radio less independent, less local and less good radio, says David Heathcote

Scandal FM

Published 18 February 2019

Ofcom plans to further deregulate Independent Local Radio. But are things already too lax? Come hear the tale of political corruption at an ILR station in 1994

The Sound of ILR

Published 1 October 2018

Some technical details of how Independent Local Radio sounds so different in 1977

Radio Victory in 1979

Published 30 December 2017

Take a look at Radio Victory in Portsmouth

Radio Trent in 1979

Published 23 December 2017

Take a look at Radio Trent in Nottingham

Radio Tees in 1979

Published 16 December 2017

Take a look at Radio Tees in Teesside

Swansea Sound in 1979

Published 9 December 2017

Take a look at Swansea Sound in Swansea

Plymouth Sound in 1979

Published 2 December 2017

Take a look at Plymouth Sound in Plymouth

Piccadilly Radio in 1979

Published 25 November 2017

Take a look at Piccadilly Radio in Manchester

Pennine Radio in 1979

Published 18 November 2017

Take a look at Pennine Radio in Bradford

Radio Orwell in 1979

Published 11 November 2017

Take a look at Radio Orwell in Ipswich

Metro Radio in 1979

Published 4 November 2017

Take a look at Metro Radio in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

LBC in 1979

Published 28 October 2017

Take a look at LBC in London

Radio Hallam in 1979

Published 21 October 2017

Take a look at Radio Hallam in Sheffield

Radio Forth in 1979

Published 14 October 2017

Take a look at Radio Forth in Edinburgh

Downtown Radio in 1979

Published 7 October 2017

Take a look at Downtown Radio in Belfast

Radio Clyde in 1979

Published 23 September 2017

Take a look at Radio Clyde in Glasgow

Radio City in 1979

Published 16 September 2017

Take a look at Radio City in Liverpool

Capital Radio in 1979

Published 9 September 2017

Take a look at Capital in London

BRMB in 1979

Published 2 September 2017

Take a look at BRMB in Birmingham

Kenny at Capital

Published 28 August 2017

⧉ Hello darlings! Over on our subsite dedicated to all things Kenny Everett you’ll find a lovely 10-minute compilation of Kenny at Capital Radio…

Beacon Radio in 1979

Published 26 August 2017

Take a look at Beacon Radio in Wolverhampton

Radio 210 in 1979

Published 26 August 2017

Take a look at Radio 210 in Reading

► Beacon Radio launch

Published 12 April 2017

41 years ago, Beacon Radio 303 comes on air for the first time

► Ocean Sound This Year

Published 7 April 2017

Ocean Sound looks back on the news from 1986

Heartbreak on the line

Published 30 January 2017

Radio Guide in May 1976 takes a look at late night ILR phone-ins

► The shape of radio

Published 15 August 2016

In 1971, the government prepares to announce commercial radio. BBC-1’s ’24 Hours’ programme examines what system they might choose in this audio recording

Beacon car crash

Published 17 August 2015

When a phone-in programme goes disastrously wrong

ILR in 1977

Published 24 November 2014

A look back at the first wave of ILR stations and where they are now

From a distance

Published 30 November 2012

Nigel Stapley twirls the FM dial in the days when that meant silence or hiss