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Mansfield 103.2 Turns 18

31st January 2017
Mansfield, Ashfield, Bolsover, Ian Watkins

Mansfield 103.2 Turns 18

Has it really been 18 years since we started broadcasting to Mansfield, Ashfield and Bolsover? It doesn't seem that long ago since we errected a big marquee in the carpark and invited the great and good to come and join us for the launch party. 

That was on Feb 1st 1999 and since then, in an ever changing radio world, we've been a constant at the heart of the community and we couldn't have done it without you. 

Our Managing Director Tony Delahunty has been at the station since the beginning;

 'I didnt actually realise it was our 18th birhtday this week, so I guess we're coming of age. Having said that we came of age in the early days with a very large audience that continues to listen to us. We've had tremendous experiences and success over the years and that's down to the people who've worked tirelessly at the station from 1999 right through to today. Our staff has always been mainly comprised of people from the surrounding area, making it real local radio and I'm proud to be a part of it.' 

Here are a few Mansfield 103.2 facts; 

1. The first song we played when we officially launched was George Michael and Areatha Franklyn's I Knew You Were Waiting. The second song was Heatbeat by Steps. However when our transmitter was switched on on January 28th 1999 the first song played was Now Is The Time by Jimmy James and the Vagabonds

2. Our transmitter site is on Fishponds Hill in Ladybrook. 

3. Three people from the original launch team still work at the station, Tony Delahunty, Katie Trinder & Terry Hurst

4. Mansfield 103.2 broadcasts from the Brunts Business Centre off Woodhouse Road, which is the Old Brunts School Building.

5. There have been 12 people who've presented the Mansfield 103.2 breakfast show, the first presenter was John Rockley and the current Breakfast Show host is Mike Bargh (who incidently was one of the founding members of Millside Hospital Radio at Kings Mill.) 

6. The line up on launch day was, Breakfast - John Rockley, Mid Morning -  Andy Fenton, Drive - Paul Hogan and Evenings - Jo Greco.

Special thanks to the Nottingham Evening Post for allowing us to reproduce the images above and thank you to Terry Hurst for allowing us to use the launch footage which also includes film of Radio Mansfield the RSL station that turned into Mansfield 103.2. 

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