SO5670 : Villa Farm - Sunshine Radio

taken 13 years ago, near to Greete, Shropshire, Great Britain

Villa Farm - Sunshine Radio
Villa Farm - Sunshine Radio
Presume the mast broadcasts Sunshine Radio, Ludlow, Leominster and Tenbury's local radio station. Started out in the late 1970s as a pirate station in protest at the lack of local radio for anywhere in the border country. The "local" stations then were all West Midland based and totally irrelevant - about as "local" as London. Years of campaigning, up against the usual rubbish that the area was too small to warrant a radio station, eventually led to a successful application for a licence. Been back as a legitimate local station for many years now.

Transmitters and broadcasting facilities moved around over the years, playing hide and seek with the authorities due to constant complaints from Midland stations, but eventually Sunshine returned to Villa Farm. One tactic was to situate the transmitter in the middle of a pond.

Quite fun finding out about the station, I was tuning a new radio when I heard a drinking companion's voice - he was slagging off Big Country's Steeltown album. I quite like it.
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Saturday, 1 April, 2006   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 5 April, 2006
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 569 709 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:20.0689N 2:38.0370W
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