A HUGE thank you to Gordon Sparks for wading through endless microfiche records to find some golden moments from Plymouth Sound Radio’s past, as they were captured by the local newspapers.
I wasn’t sure where to begin, so I’m taking a leaf out of Julie Andrews’ book and starting at the very beginning…actually not just the beginning but BEFORE Plymouth Sound Radio was even born.
That means going back to 1972/1973 when the decision was made to grant a licence for Plymouth and invite interested parties to apply.
It’s interesting to see just how serious a process this was and how awareness and a commitment to social responsibility were important aspects in choosing the successful applicant. Not that it stopped being a serious process after the 70s, but it felt like the emphasis on criteria for applicants changed. I suppose you wouldn’t expect any less for one of the earliest commercial local radio stations.
Some of the copies of the newspaper clippings are a little fuzzy but you should still be able to make out what was written. There’s some delightfully higgledy-piggledy typesetting in the Plymouth Times article.
(just click on the link below to see all the stories and scroll through – you can also download them for a closer look)