London Radio Stations - Why?!

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People sometimes ask me why I started London Radio Stations, so, here goes...

I visited Boston, USA in 1989. Whilst there I spent some time tuning along the FM dial on an analogue radio. I was amazed at how many stations there were - there didn't seem to be any free space at all. I spent some time listening to each station but I was frustrated that the only way I could identify them was by listening for a while until they played an identity jingle. Even when I heard the name I still knew very little about the station. It would have been great to have a resource showing the station names, frequencies and some basic information about the station. And having that information in frequency order would have made it very easy to identify stations, even on an analogue radio.

I started writing basic web pages towards the end of 1996. I wanted to write about something that might be useful to other people. I remembered my visit to Boston and London Radio Stations was born. It was first uploaded in January 1997.

London Radio Stations grew from a visitor's guide into a full information source for London stations, including address and telephone information for FM and AM stations. This was mainly due to requests from visitors. The page is, however, true to its roots and is still essentially a frequency-order list of stations receivable in the capital. The page appears to be quite popular. I am delighted to see some other cities are getting their own radio stations pages, inspired by London Radio Stations (see links).

Oh yeah...and if ever I get back to Boston, I will be able to check out the radio there at the excellent Boston Radio Archives - thanks to Garrett Wollman and Scott Fybush. Their detailed site even includes photos of some of the transmitter sites.

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London Radio Stations - Why?!

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Originally created on 19 January 1997
 (Copyright) Paul Baker, Maidenhead England, 1998-2006
Last updated 16 October 2006