Radio Hallam in 1979 

21 October 2017

Radio Hallam・1 October 1974

Radio Hallam Ltd, PO Box 194, Hartshead, SHEFFIELD S1 1GP
Tel: 0742 71188 (Sales: 0742 78771)

Directors Gerard Young, CBE, JP (Chairman); Bill MacDonald (Managing); Mrs D De Bartolome; John P Graham; John J Hewitt, JP, OBE; Michael J Mallett; Keith Skues (Programme Director); Thomas P Watson, JP; Herbert Whitham.

Executives Keith Skues (Programme Director); Bill MacDonald (Managing); Graham Blincow (Company Secretary); Derrick Connolly (Chief Engineer); Audrey Adams (Sales Manager); Ian Rufus (News Editor).

IBA Local Advisory Committee for Independent Local Radio in Sheffield and Rotherham Mrs P Spittlehouse (Chairman); Dr A K Admani, JP; Mrs P Allen; Mr P Bennett-Keenan; Mrs E Galbraith; A Hartley; Mrs L Hirst; N Hutton; Cllr G R Munn; Cllr A E Wood.

The Hallam newsmen and presenters get together for a group photograph on one of the hills overlooking the city of Sheffield.

A single day in the life of any radio station can be so varied. Programmes and news are matters of the moment – such is the flexibility of this medium. The chronicling of a year thus becomes an impossibility in the space here.

Radio Hallam is now in its fifth year of broadcasting, with the last year having seen a whole string of major changes and developments. There was the five-part series on alcoholism, Dying For A Drink, which was highly acclaimed by both the public and broadcasters alike. Such was the merit of this unique series, that many of the other ILR stations broadcast the programmes as well. Produced by Hallam newsman Ralph Bernard, the programmes looked in depth at all aspects of the disease that kills or seriously injures thousands of Britons every year. Questions were raised in the House of Commons as a result of the facts and figures unearthed in the series.

The last year has also seen Hallam become more involved with the community. A new staff member has been taken on to liaise with the listeners. His job takes him to places of work, leisure and into homes. Special staff recruitment features have been broadcast, and when a local engineering works was forced to close its doors, Hallam aided the Barnsley Job Centre in its task of finding jobs for the 300 redundant staff.

Since 1st October 1978, Hallam has been broadcasting a 24-hour-a-day service. The company felt this was an important step for the station, now being able to provide a comprehensive service of news, views and entertainment around the clock. With a large volume of shift workers on duty throughout the night, the need for a full broadcasting service was of the utmost importance.

The highly successful series of Fun Tour outside broadcasts emerged again last spring after a winter hibernation. Here again, an extra dimension has been added, with Keith Skues’ Lunch Show taking a regular look at places of local interest. Whether it be a factory, a museum or a stately home, Hallam is there to reflect the locality.

Music has continued to be an integral part of Hallam’s programming. The night hours now feature live music from local artistes. And it is not only the pop groups who get a look in, but ‘characters’ who play such varied instruments as the bones and the spoons!

Hallam has continued to be a leader. Audience research shows that the programmes are becoming increasingly popular. Hallam has always belonged to the people of South Yorkshire and the North Midlands and will continue to do so in the future.

For further details about Radio Hallam, a 44 page book, ‘Radio Hallam – Your Friendly Set’ is available from Radio Hallam price 40p.

IBA Transmitters
VHF Transmitters
(FM with stereo capability)
(i) Tapton Hill (NGR: SK 324 870)
95.2 MHz
Max erp 0.1 kW
Horizontal polarisation
Aerial ht. 950 ft aod
(ii) Rotherham
(NGR: SK 432 913)
95.9 MHz
Max erp 0.05 kW
Circular polarisation
Aerial ht. 486 ft aod

MF Transmitter
(medium wave, mono only)
Skew Hill (NGR: SK 327 933)
194 m (1548 kHz)
Transmitter power 0.3 kW

Air Date: 1.10.74

VHF COVERAGE. The map shows the area within which most listeners should obtain satisfactory mono reception on VHF and, with adequate aerials, good stereo reception. Medium wave coverage is designed as far as possible to match VHF.

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3 responses to this article

Simon Greenwood 12 November 2017 at 1:13 pm

It looks like the group photo was taken at the Cholera Monument, which overlooks the city. I think the flats in the background are the now demolished Norfolk Street flats.

David Blythen 6 June 2018 at 12:11 pm

Simon, the “flats” in the background are in fact the University buildings,inbetween Pond Street and Arundel Gate. There is another wider photo, in colour, which is shown on the front of the book ‘Radio Hallam -, Your friendly set’, which also shows Midland train station behind them in the valley below. There is something about the photo that appears odd. I am not 100% sure if the foreground image of the Radio Hallam team, has been superimposed over the background image.

David Robinson 9 August 2020 at 4:33 pm

Originally 1546kHZ (194m). Changed very slightly to 1548kHz on 23.11.1978 due to international reorganisation of AM radio frequencies.

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