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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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The Gramophone Library

GalleryPosted by Stephen Butt Sun, November 13, 2016 07:18:19
Even in the 1960s, the word 'Gramophone' was out-of-date and rarely used outside the BBC. Ordinary folk had 'record players'; but the BBC still had Gramophone Libraries.


This is a photograph of the original Gramophone Library at Epic House in August 1971 (according to the BBC Calendar pinned on the shelving). The Library was on the Charles Street side of Floor 8, and doubled as the Station Assistants' Office. When the station was upgraded to Mark III, this became Studio 2, and the Library was moved to the Lee Circle side of Floor 9.

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Posted by David Wilde OP Thu, February 23, 2017 23:04:17

I still have the BBC Radio Leicester Big Band Album we made in the 1970s. The album now resides in the Fine Arts Library in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA (87196)! You could probably check it out? dw

Posted by Adrian Juste Tue, November 15, 2016 17:15:08

I got to know its London counterpart very well in the '80s - living as I did 'above the shop' at Egton House ! It retained its 'Gram' tag because 'Record' Library was often mistaken for recordings - it wasn't a verb, always a noun ! But with 'Gram' there was no confusion !