The 50th Anniversary of BBC Radio Leicester is on 8th November 2017.

This unofficial blog aims to tell the story of Britain's first UK mainland local radio station, and to celebrate its achievements with the help of former staff, their families and our listeners.

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50th Birthday Good News

NewsPosted by Stephen Butt Sun, July 02, 2017 11:46:15
I am pleased to hear and pass on the good news that BBC Radio Leicester will be celebrating its 50th annversary in grand style with a special Varierty Concert at Leicester's De Montfort Hall. Tickets are now on sale.

The date is the actual birthday - Wednesday 8th November - at 7.30pm. Its the perfect venue. It was a full house for the station's 10th anniversary back in 1977!

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The Book

NewsPosted by Stephen Butt Mon, March 20, 2017 17:03:25
A group of former BBC Radio Leicester staff is helping me to write a book to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the station and of BBC Local Radio.

The main chapter headings will be:

Preparation (before Day One)

For the People chapter, we're looking for short memories, comments and anecdotes from listeners, former staff and present staff. This will be a major aspect of the book and will bring a really human element to the publication.

We would value your contributions. Please post them here on this blog, or email to contact@stephen

Very many thanks.

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Truly Great Local Radio

NewsPosted by Stephen Butt Fri, March 10, 2017 08:16:46
BBC Radio Leicester has covered many sporting events and achievements over the past fifty years, arguably none more exciting than Leicester City's amazing success last season, and none more surprising than the sacking of Claudio Ranieri less than a year afterwards.

As part of the comprehensive coverage of the events following the announcement, Radio Leicester's sports reporters Ian Stringer and Jason Bourne visited Ranieri at his home to present him with an open letter on behalf of fans and listeners.

A really imaginative way to present the story making full use of online and social media. Find out more by visiting the BBC Radio Leicester Sport Facebook Page HERE and the BBC Sport website HERE

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Congratulations on New Year Honour

NewsPosted by Stephen Butt Sat, December 31, 2016 06:50:56
Many congratulations to Jonathan Agnew, formerly of BBC Radio Leicester, on being appointed MBE in the 2017 New Year Honours for his services to broadcasting.

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