BBC Radio LincolnshireEdit

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94.9 MHz (Belmont), 104.7 MHz (Grantham), 1368 kHz (Swanpool)

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BBC Radio Lincolnshire is the BBC Local Radio service for the major part of the English county of Lincolnshire (northern parts of the county are served by BBC Radio Humberside). It broadcasts from studios near Newport Arch in Lincoln on 94.9 (whole of the county) and 104.7 (GranthamFM, 1368 (Swanpool, west Lincoln) AM and online.


  [hide*1 History


[2]BBC Radio Lincolnshire radio car from the 1980s, preserved at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life in Lincoln.

Launched on 11 November 1980 at 07:00 with a commissioned peal of bells from Lincoln Cathedral. The first words spoken on BBC Radio Lincolnshire came from Nick Brunger: "And it's a warm welcome for the first time to the programmes of BBC Radio Lincolnshire."

Manx Radio was concerned by the choice of medium wave frequencies given to the station.

In 1988 the station commissioned UK jingle producer Alfasound to compose a jingle package based on the traditional English folk song The Lincolnshire Poacher, continuing on this theme until 2006.

In 2006 it conducted a six-month trial of XDA pocket-PCs for the BBC, using Technica Del Arte's Luci mobile (on the hoof) interviewing application.[1] It used to have a BBC Bus,[2][3] until licence fee cutbacks in early 2008 forced budget priorities to be streamlined.


The station is located next to Jacksons dry cleaners and the Mirror Image hair salon on Newport.[4]


Under its first manager, Roy Corlett, the station achieved record audience figures as its programming of news, music and chat became very popular. Corlett left to found BBC Radio Devon and was replaced briefly by Laurie Bloomfield, who also left to launch a new BBC local station, BBC Radio Shropshire.

After Bloomfield's brief stay, the station was managed for 14 years by David Wilkinson, one of the founding team, and a local radio pioneer from his days at BBC Radio Nottingham in 1968. Upon Wilkinson's retirement in 1999, the station was taken over by BBC Radio Leicester managing editor, Charlie Partridge. In 2004, the station recorded record audience figures – according to RAJAR, listeners were tuned into BBC Radio Lincolnshire for longer ("hours") than any other radio station in the country.

[3]The Lincolnshire flag was chosen by listeners in 2005===Lincolnshire Flag[edit]===

In October 2005, it presided over the creation of a new flag for Lincolnshire.

Name change[edit]Edit

To reflect the many forms of media the station now produces, not just audio, the station changed its name from BBC Radio Lincolnshire to BBC Lincolnshire on 30 November 2009. The jingles changed accordingly, and the station now uses the generic BBC Local Radio jingle package produced byMcasso Music ProductionRadio Gloucestershire retained the former suite of jingles until July 2011, produced by Maximum Production of Shepton Mallet, which they had used since 2005. The station's name reverted to BBC Radio Lincolnshire in May 2012.[5]

Transmitters and coverage[edit]Edit

The main signal on 94.9FM comes from the Belmont transmitting station near Donington on Bain in the north of the county, which, until the height reduction carried out in September/October 2009, was the tallest mast in Europe, although the MW signal comes from Lincoln. The FM signal is patchy along the southern edge of the county e.g. inStamfordMarket Deeping and Spalding, and MW is also weak in the south of the county. South Lincolnshire listeners will often find stronger reception of Peterborough local stations. North of Lincoln the FM frequency is clear. The Grantham signal, from just south of the town, is a filler transmitter with low power. Radio Lincolnshire was the only local radio station in Lincolnshire until 1992, when Lincs FM began, also broadcast from Belmont.

With the station's transmitter being one of the highest in Europe, coverage spans nearby counties as well, and the station can be heard on the M1 from Trowell (Nottingham) up toBarnsley, where it interferes with BBC Tees, formerly Radio Cleveland.

Monks' Dyke Technology College in Louth is used for the East Lindsey reports. District outposts are important due to the time taken on Lincolnshire's ill-equipped roads.


The Belmont transmitter broadcasts BBC National DABDigital One and MXR Yorkshire. For Lincolnshire, a DAB multiplex could have only been realistically established by financial investment from the Lincs FM Group, and other transmitter positions could theoretically be used. The DAB licence, was advertised in October 2007, which will not cover Stamfordor South Holland, but will cover North Lincolnshire (Scunthorpe) and North East Lincolnshire (Grimsby). On 24 January 2008, the company MuxCo Lincolnshire was the only company to bid for the Lincolnshire DAB licence. It is 51% owned by the Lincs FM Group, and will have transmitters at Belmont, High Hunsley (in East Yorkshire), Grantham andLincoln County Hospital. They were awarded the DAB licence on 19 February 2008. Transmissions were expected to begin by July 2009, but funding for the project has delayed the roll-out to at least late-2010.


BBC Radio Lincolnshire broadcasts each weekday from 6am until midnight, Saturdays between 6am and midnight and Sundays between 6am and 1am.

Radio Lincolnshire broadcasts full commentary on all Lincoln City with additional commentary of Boston United and Gainsborough Trinity matches online.

A weekly news bulletin in Portuguese was broadcast for migrant workers until July 2008. It was read by Rui Silva, who worked for Boston Borough Council. The station also simulcasts some programming with counterpart BBC Local Radio stations.

[4]It is the only BBC local station to have a dedicated farming programme

During downtime, Radio Lincolnshire simulcasts BBC Radio 5 Live output including the nightly overnight show Up All Night, the early morning news programme Morning Reports at weekends and the third hour of the late show with Tony Livesey (Monday – Thursday nights) or Stephen Nolan (Friday – Sunday nights).

The station is one of few to have a dedicated farming programme on Sundays at 7am, which it has had since the station began. Radio 4's Farming Today is the only national BBC Radio programme to routinely feature stories from the county.


Since the early 1980s, a race had been held at the Market Rasen Racecourse, the BBC Radio Lincolnshire Novice's Hurdle. In recent years, this has become the Mike Molloy Memorial Handicap Chase, named after a former sports presenter who died of Myeloma.

In 1983 it formed a charity trust, thought to be the first in the UK for a radio station. This became known as Going for Gold. Originally GOLD stood for Give Our Lincolnshire Defibrillators. Since then, money has been raised for a number of other local causes.

It holds an annual folk song competition.



  • Scott Dalton (Weekday breakfast)[6]
  • Melvyn Prior (Weekday mornings/Saturday lunchtime)
  • Peter Levy (lunchtimes from Radio Humberside)
  • Nicola Gilroy (Weekday afternoon)
  • William Wright (Weekday drivetime)
  • Mark Forrest (Weekday Evenings)
  • Dean Jackson (The Beat)[7]
  • Howard Leader (Sunday afternoons)[8]
  • Rob Makepeace (Friday Football)
  • Judy Theobald (Sunday afternoons)
  • Alan Stennett (Sunday farming news)[9]
  • Rosie Duffield (Weekend mornings)[10]
  • Rob Underwood (Pirate Gold)[11]
  • Michael Hortin (Sport)
  • Jonathan Parker (Westenders)
  • Chloe Davies (Westenders)
  • Paul Robey (Saturday morning)
  • James Lobley (Saturday Sport)

News staff[edit]Edit

  • Su Whitaker
  • Suzy Lawson
  • James Lobley
  • Leigh Milner
  • Helen Gardner
  • Martin Slack
  • Sharon Edwards
  • Maria Richmond
  • Paul Russell
  • Carla George
  • Barbara Stimpson
  • Calum Mckenzie
  • Gill Sennett
  • Laura Jones
  • Rob Makepeace (Sport)
  • Rod Whiting
  • Jono Brine
  • Natasha Turney

Weather staff[edit]Edit

  • Paul Hudson
  • Keeley Donovan
  • Kay Crewdson
  • Jen Bartram


  • Boothby Graffoe, comedian who presented a two-hour programme on Friday evenings on the station, and briefly on Radio Nottingham, in the late 1980s.
  • John Inverdale, presenter of national sports programmes on BBC Television and BBC Radio Five Live, started his radio career as a morning presenter from 1982–85, having worked for two years at the Lincolnshire Echo. He has claimed it is the most enjoyable job he has ever had, despite the early mornings. He was replaced by Dave Bussey.
  • Sky News weather forecaster Jo Wheeler worked for a number of years as a Saturday afternoon programme presenter at BBC Radio Lincolnshire.
  • BBC Director of Sport, Roger Mosey, began his career at the station.
  • Zara Healy, a former newsreader who now works as a radio lecturer at the University of Lincoln
  • Mike Curtis, now Network Manager, BBC Asian Network, was news editor and deputy manager for several years up to 1998.
  • Sky News's Washington correspondent Emma Hurd, who also presented on East Midlands Today.
  • Alan Coote, former presenter now owns and runs The Bay 102.8
  • BBC News Washington correspondent, and former Newsround presenter, Matthew Price, was a reporter with BBC Radio Lincolnshire in the mid-1990s.[12]
  • BBC Radio News correspondent Jane Peel had her first radio job at Radio Lincolnshire, being recruited from Lincolnshire Echo.
  • Penny Bustin, who read the first news bulletin on Radio Lincolnshire, went on to be a reporter for BBC Breakfast Time when it launched in 1983, and later for Yorkshire TV, London Plus, BBC Look East and BBC Look North. She presented Look East for 8 years and retired from Look North as their Health Correspondent. She opened a B&B in Devon in 2012.
  • Former news editor John Lilley retired from the BBC as Head of the BBC's South West region based in Plymouth.[13]
  • Deborah Wilson, one of the founding members of the team, left in 1982 to work elsewhere in the BBC but has since returned to Lincolnshire to teach broadcast journalism at theUniversity of Lincoln
  • Neil McCafferty, a former journalist, is now a broadcasting consultant with the BBC World Service Trust and has set up radio and TV stations in Kosovo, Iraq and Sierra Leone
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