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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Some memorable times through Ron’s Lens
All the above images from Ron Hill with thanks.
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
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
Images Ron Hill
Images Mike Skinner
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