Triple celebrations at Uckfield FM in today!


Today, Wednesday 1 July, the community radio station is celebrating its 10th birthday as a full time 24 hours a day broadcaster.

At the same time Ofcom have confirmed that the licence to broadcast has been extended to 2025.

To welcome the landmarks in the station’s history, one of its founder members and former chairman Mike Skinner will present a special programme on the 1st July.

Mike said, “The 1st July will be a very proud day for me, its 18 years now since the comment was made, ‘what this town needs is a radio station’.  I would never have guessed that after all this time and following 10 years of full-time radio I would be in the studio presenting breakfast.  I would like to thank all the people who have made what Uckfield FM is today and a special mention to the town businesses who have made it possible with support”

The station first broadcast on a 4-week restricted licence was in July 2003.

Original Founders, Mike Skinner and Gary King and other founding members including Phil Moon, Neil Walker, Martyn Grenfell and Tony Williams are still involved and present programmes on the station.

The station has grown in strength since those early days, building a reputation for providing publicity for local voluntary organisations, for providing instant information on local news, and for providing businesses with an advertising outlet at affordable prices.

In March (a week before lockdown), the radio station had a new transmitter installed at their studios at Bird in Eye Farm following OFCOM’s decision to grant a power increase. This means that the signal on 105FM is now reaching out further into the community across Wealden.

Current chairman Ian Smith said “Our station has a fantastic following because of the high quality and variety of our programmes.  Our commitment to our listeners and the stations future is realised by the recent increase in the strength of our signal and we have plans to take the station to another level”

The station is asking listeners for their memories relating to the station and asked to email news@uckfieldfm.co.uk

Some memorable times through Ron’s Lens

The station was opened on the 1st July by the then Mayor of Uckfield John Carvey

Mike Skinner interviewing John Carvey

The opening celebration at the Bird In Eye Studios

Mike Skinner, Gary King, Mike Ziolek and Phil Moon on launch day 1st July 2010

The champagne flowed but not in the studio and who is that man photo bombing

 

Supporting Children in Need, Presenters Del Page, Mike Skinner, Uckfield FM photographer Ron Hill on the right and listener Mel Sanders on the left

A visitor to the studio was Kerry Katona followed by the paparazzi hidden in a car on the farm. The next day a picture appeared in a tabloid with Kerry and Mike!!

Mike with the lovely Miss Brighton Annabel Bolton in 2010

Gary and Mike were the guests of Alison Ferns of the BBC when they came to Uckfield

The Rt Rev Richard Jackson, Bishop of Lewes is pictured in the new memorial garden at Holy Cross. Uckfield FM were there!

It must be time for Uckfield Carnival – members looking forward to the procession

Uckfield presenter Christine Skinner was honoured to have secured a interview with Sir David Attenborough when he opened the wind turbine at Glyndebourne

Uckfield FM has always supported the Uckfield Business Awards with Gary King on the organising committee and comparing the event

WE scrub up well !! Just about – Jerry Miller, Mike Skinner and Gary King at the Business Awards

Uckfield FM have always been supporters of the Sussex Horse Rescue which sadly closed last year. Founder Pauline Grant, Christine Skinner and actress Rula Lenska

Sports Presenter David Eggleston

The station has supported events by the fire station in Uckfield every year.

Michelle with the biggest bunny in the world

The circus were in town!

The wonderful singer and superstar Frank Ifield has visited Uckfield FM several times with presenter Paul Hazell

Frank Ifield has a soft spot for one of our presenters!

Uckfield FM has had a wonderful relationship with Susan King of the Sussex Express and was a regular contributor to the station

Uckfield FM is a massive supporter of AFC Uckfield Town and we cover every match with some amazing images and coverage from our reporter Will Hugall. Picture – Tom Parker, Uckfield Mayor Spike Mayhew, Mike Skinner and Gary King. We are looking forward to continuing the relationship when the season starts again.

Every year the Uckfield FM Christmas Tree has pride of place in Holy Cross Church – Barry Horsman

This was a big blow up banner at the Uckfield Festival – During the afternoon, there was a massive downpower which required the power to be turned off. It was very muddy before we managed to get the air out. (l to R) Philip Garland. Mike Ziolek, Steve Crow, Del Page, Neil Wipperman, Gary King, Christine Skinner, Sue Garland and Mike Skinner

Uckfield is Open – August 2016  (Uckfield FM has supported this event and Classic Cars every year since the roadworks)

Gary and the Losers – Little Horsted Fun Run

Late Night Shopping in Uckfield

The very famous Uckfield FM Children’s Stage at Late Night Shopping. Over the years hundreds of children have appeared on it.

Gary King and Christine Skinner at one of the Uckfield FM Expo Events

Ron Hill – without this wonderful man we would not have any of these historical and memorable images

Jerry Miller, Peter Suter, Sue Garland, Philip Garland and Jacqui Rushton – The Late Night Shopping team

Duncan Bennett assisting at one of the many classic car events Uckfield FM has covered in the past years

Honorary member of the station former Mayor of Uckfield Louise Eastwood. Louise the chair for many years of the Listeners Panel

Dawson Hart Solicitors have been sponsors of the station since 2003 and to thank them every year we support the Easter Bunny Hunt in aid of local charities

The Good Friday parade in Uckfield has been covered by the station again for many years.

The Uckfield FM Expo is held annually (sadly not this year) and raises funds for the station.

All the above images from Ron Hill with thanks.

Bird in Eye Studio in the snow.

Every year Davina McCall heads up a charity bike race at the East Sussex National and every year we have been there to support and report back to the station

The radio car

A big day, the day Basil Brush visited the station and met his old co-star from the old days Doug Ridley RIP

Images above Mike Skinner

The opening programme at 1:05pm on July 1st 2010 presented by Gary King and Mike Skinner

The Christmas Panto 2012

The Panto team!

Mike Skinner interviewed on BBC Radio Sussex by Kathy Caton – 25th June

The original jingles many of us remembered and loved:

A more comprehensive history can be viewed here; Click here

Memories from our listeners:

Richard and Madeleine Judge

  • Happy 10th Anniversary.
  • Here’s some of our memories of Uckfield FM.
  • You being based at the cinema.
  • You being in the window of Carvills, must have been festival time.
  • Cheese or Chocolates competition by Corbin’s.
  • Meeting Basil Brush.
  • Winning the guitar and having Jimmy Osmond wish me Happy Birthday on air ❤❤
  • Richard playing Sax on the Uckfield FM float and on the stage at the festival with the Luv Nuggets.
  • Being interviewed about the Toby Walker gig for Cancer Research.
  • Lying in a hospital bed after breast cancer surgery and entering a contest to win a photo session. I was lucky enough to win and had the most amazing day with photos I can cherish and remember cancer hasn’t and won’t beat me.
  • Uckfield FM events at the East Sussex National. Business and Community Awards.
  • Thank you for a great 10 years and here’s to many more 

Looking forward to adding more!!!

Uckfield FM being interviewed by the Bald Explorer at the Weald on the Field in August 2018- click here

Uckfield FM 10th Birthday Party since it was founded in 2003 – Presented by Mike Ziolek – click here

Uckfield FM Community Awards – 2017 – Click here

Uckfield FM Promo by Gary King – click here

The famous Uckfield FM Duck live on air with Martyn Grenfell – click here

There are many more to enjoy on You Tune – Uckfield FM

 

Uckfield FM have always been very active in supporting local sport with the kind help of Ron Hill

Cricket

Rugby

Images Ron Hill

Football

Images Mike Skinner

Bowls

Images Ron Hill

Tennis

Show Jumping