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Things you may not know about us!
The station we now know as BBC Sussex continues to entertain and inform

It started as BBC Radio Brighton in 1968 when a certain Des Lynam, of Match of the Day fame, was one of the presenters.

The 1974 Eurovision Song contest, held at the Brighton Dome, was one of many highlights for the young station.

The BBC at the time, banned the winning entry, Waterloo by Abba, because it was deemed too raucous for broadcast!

BBC TV's Jeremy Paxman, Kate Adie and Jane Hill are others who have spent time at what is now BBC Sussex.

The station is still based at Queens Road in Brighton, where it went to air all those years ago.

In fact, the building itself was being constructed when blizzards hit Brighton and threatened to bring the town to a standstill.

The then manager, Bob Gunnell, opened the station ahead of schedule in a small room at the Brighton Dome. He is rumoured to have "borrowed" a transmitter from one of the BBC networks.

In 2005, the Top Gear team visited the studios in Brighton and provided a slightly different version of the Drivetime show .

31 years after its slightly premature birth, the station we now know as BBC Sussex continues to entertain and inform listeners across the County.

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