Independent radio

ILR 1979

How Independent Local Radio looked and sounded in 1979

Technology at Mercia

23 May 2024

Behind the desks at the new Mercia Sound

Out of Coventry

23 May 2024

Mercia Sound is on the air!

Plymouth Sound: radio on camera

19 May 2024

A selection of behind-the-scenes photographs of the Plymouth ILR station

A small amount of sharing goes a long way

16 May 2024

Programme sharing across ILR

‘We’re good and getting better’

9 May 2024

As ILR turns 10 years old, its father gives his views on his baby

How to come up with the ideal jingle package

18 April 2024

The thoughts and plans behind perfect station branding

Byddai Reith yn falch o rhain

11 April 2024

The franchise-winning application CBC made to the IBA for the Cardiff ILR contract

A friendly voice after midnight

4 April 2024

Meet the voice who keeps London company overnight

How not to win an ILR franchise…

14 March 2024

Charles Wintour is baffled why he failed to beat LBC for the London news contract

All through the night

13 February 2023

24-hour radio of all types from ten ILR stations

Extension of Independent Local Radio

23 January 2023

The next round of ILR stations has been approved

ILR Meeting the Challenge

19 October 2022

Innovation comes from local radio – and vice versa

All up to the advertisers

29 August 2022

The government has announced it plans to start commercial radio in the UK

The Programmes, the people and the machines

10 August 2022

A day with Peterborough’s Hereward Radio

Sharing the Best

23 May 2022

A system of networking on early 1980s ILR

Selection of ILR areas and companies

25 April 2022

A second tranche of Independent Local Radio stations could soon be approved by the government. How will they be chosen?

Doing the splits

20 December 2021

A new idea in Independent Local Radio – broadcasting different things on AM to what’s on FM

Focus on Cardiff

6 December 2021

The second phase of ILR begins as CBC comes on air in Cardiff

Here is the News from IRN

30 August 2021

How networked radio news was made

Moving on Air

26 July 2021

With their old studios about to be abolished, Hereward Radio get ready to move to a new facility

Tune-in battle on the radio

4 November 2020

Independent local radio is on its way, says ATV’s Norman Collins… in 1959

Commercial radio on way – 60 stations to be opened

28 September 2020

The government gives the go-ahead for Independent Local Radio in 1971

Hitting the peak

17 August 2020

Inside the sound of High Peak Radio

Scandal FM

18 February 2019

Ofcom plans to further deregulate Independent Local Radio. But are things already too lax? Come hear the tale of political corruption at an ILR station in 1994

The Sound of ILR

1 October 2018

Some technical details of how Independent Local Radio sounds so different in 1977

Heartbreak on the line

30 January 2017

Radio Guide in May 1976 takes a look at late night ILR phone-ins

Beacon car crash

17 August 2015

When a phone-in programme goes disastrously wrong

194 Radio City – new for ’82!

1 December 2014

Liverpool’s Radio City celebrates being #1 in 1982

ILR in 1977

24 November 2014

A look back at the first wave of ILR stations and where they are now

From a distance

30 November 2012

Nigel Stapley twirls the FM dial in the days when that meant silence or hiss

Former home of the Shock Jocks

27 November 2008

A past more interesting than the present

Tested to Destruction

22 June 2008

Survey slaves are killing radio’s originality

City Talk

9 April 2007

James Barrington remembers Liverpool’s Radio City

Launch Dates: Independent Local Radio

19 December 2006

The original contractors in the real ILR system

X marks the spot

1 January 2004

Darryl Chamberlain on an attempt to revolutionise radio

Off Centre

15 August 2001

A sudden end to an ILR story


15 August 2001

The slow birth of a radio behemoth

Radio in Cornwall

15 August 2001

The slow arrival of radio in the south west

Golden Oldies

15 August 2001

The spread of a radio phenomena

From Downtown to out of town

15 August 2001

ILR hits northern Ireland.

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Liverpool, Thursday 23 May 2024