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Radio Bristol's station history

Kate Adie being filmed by a cameraman
Kate Adie was one of Radio Bristol's early reporters
BBC Radio Bristol has been a hotbed of talent since it first went on air in September 1970.

The first broadcasters included reporting ace Kate Adie, BBC television news reader Michael Buerk, and the well-known Bristol actor Tony Robinson.

A new recruit was local newspaper reporter Roger Bennett, who was the country's longest-serving breakfast show presenter until December 2002 - starting work at 5am every morning for more than 25 years!

The station still has a formidable presentation line-up.

You can take your pick from Richard Wyatt's breakfast show, Graham Torrington's mid-morning programme or Steve Yabsley's comical take on lunchtimes.

Ben Prater's your man for drive-time news and entertainment, while Keith Warmington and Trevor Fry end each week day.

Unrivalled coverage

We provide the most extensive sports coverage in the West, directed by former Bristol Rovers captain Geoff Twentyman. Our sports reporters take you straight to the heart of the action, bringing you live commentary on local rugby and football matches, home and away.

BBC Radio Bristol reporters were at the scene when Concorde took off for the first time and made her final landing at Filton, and when the ss Great Britain returned to Bristol docks.

We were there at the demolition of Eastville Stadium and broadcast live with the people of St Pauls to celebrate the regeneration of their area.

We also gave unrivalled radio coverage of the voyage of the replica ship, The Matthew, to Newfoundland and its return to Bristol in 1998.

Unique service

In the station's silver jubilee year, listeners raised 33,000 for charity (Cancer and Leukaemia In Children), and more recently they helped raise more than a million pounds for the Babe Appeal in aid of a children's hospice for the South West.

The station has also helped raise awareness of the Wallace and Gromit appeal for a new children's hospital in Bristol.

More than 30 years on, we remain committed to bringing local news to local people.


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