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The BBC Radio Oxford 40 year timeline
The BBC Radio car broadcasts from the Radcliffe Camera in the 1980s
The BBC Radio car broadcasts from the Radcliffe Camera in the 1980s

BBC Radio Oxford started transmitting on October 29, 1970.

The first voice listeners heard was that of Station Manager Donald Norbrook, then a welcome message from the Lord Mayor of Oxford.

This was followed by Keith Salmon presenting the first edition of 'Oxford Circus' with Bill Rennells reading the news.

The station has since made its mark and featured household names such as Timmy Mallet, Libby Purves, Bob Harris, Sybil Ruscoe and Anne Diamond.

Take a trip down memory lane with us as we look back on an eventful four decades in our timeline...

August 1967 Pirate radio banned by the government

Sept 1967 BBC reorganised its stations into Radio 1,2, 3 and 4

Nov 1967 BBC launched nine experimental local radio stations

July 1969 BBC's local radio experiment was deemed a success and another 30 stations were proposed for the 1970s

Early 1970 Oxford was chosen as a location for local radio and premises in Summertown found at 242-254 Banbury Road

Mid 1970 Staff were recruited, a small number with BBC experience but mostly local people, and the studios built

Sept 1970 On air staff trained at The Langham Hotel in London

Early Oct 1970 Three weeks of test transmissions begin

Mike Dickin, Mike Hollinsworth and Andy Wright in the studio
Thomas Prag, Mike Dickin, Mike Hollinsworth and Andy Wright

29 Oct 1970 5pm BBC Radio Oxford officially launched on 95.0mhz VHF

31 Dec 1970 Radio Times first listing BBC Radio Oxford programmes

5 Oct 1972 Due to popular demand by local people who didn't have VHF/FM on their radios, BBC Radio Oxford started transmitting on 202 metres medium wave (1484khz)

26 June 1973 BBC Radio Oxford moved to 95.2mhz VHF/FM to avoid interference with another station

22 May 1976 BBC Radio Oxford has an open weekend with tours around the building and a demonstration of the BBC's new Ceefax TV Text Service

Oct 1980 BBC Radio Oxford celebrates 10 years on air by producing a magazine

April/May 1989 BBC Radio Oxford moves to purpose built studios at 269 Banbury Road, Summertown

9 April 1996 BBC merge Oxford and Berkshire to become BBC Thames Valley FM

14th Feb 2000 By popular demand from the listeners, BBC Radio Oxford returns

Nov 2004 Programme line up changed including Anne Diamond at Breakfast

October 2010 BBC Radio Oxford celebrates 40 years with former presenters and staff returning to the station for interviews, archive recordings, a display of Radio Oxford memorabilia in the Westgate Library and The Big Birthday Bash in aid of Children in Need

In pictures: Presenters 1970-2010
12 Oct 10 |  TV & Radio
Children in Need appeal for 2010
14 Oct 09 |  TV & Radio


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