Monday, 2 June 2014


So you've enjoyed the sights and sounds of Metro Radio 261MW 97VHF in the seventies and eighties, the Independent Local Radio (ILR) service for the Tyne/Wear area, thanks to the North East Sound Tribute website.

But Metro Radio was just one of the original tranche of nineteen ILR stations originally licenced by the Independent Broadcasting Authority. What about the rest of the network? Are there any similar 'independent' tribute websites for those other stations providing multimedia, artwork, jingles and programme downloads just like the Metro Radio 261MW 97VHF Tribute website.

Well, the good news is "yes". That means we can take a virtual tour of UK radio-land in the seventies and see what's available on the internet, starting in Northern Ireland. You may even be able to compare and contrast the output of these original stations with that of Metro Radio.

Simply click the ILR station logo to visit its tribute website, or, if an alternative site exists, click the ILR station name below. Enjoy!


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  1. Andy, thanks for all the links back to the blog. You have a great site here.

  2. The pleasure is all mine Andy.

    Your Random Radio Jottings blog and website ( ) site deserves no less. The quality of your website has set a very high standard and is something for which I have striven to aim here. Your site is a fantastic resource that (in my humble opinion!) would stand up well as a PhD thesis on broadcasting.

    To me, the 'Down Your Local' posts have been truly inspirational and are publicising the history and profile of a broadcasting platform that was, and still is, enjoyed by millions of people.

    You will also notice that I've switched platforms after 11 years from websites to blog format like yourself. It just seems more personal, interactive and instantaneous, and ties in with radio being a personal medium.

    There will be many more exciting programmes and jingle montages from Metro Radio in the seventies and eighties that will be published in the run up to the radio station's fortieth birthday. As always, I have to say a big "thank you" to my friend Neil Siddaway across the River Tees in Middlesbrough for the superb recordings he has supplied, and continues to supply. Also a big thanks to Len Groat, Giles Squire, Brian Lister and many others for audio and multimedia. Without them, the site wouldn't have been possible Andy. Speak soon.