BBC Radio Merseyside first hit the airwaves 50 years ago, on 22nd November 1967 and we’re so delighted the station has chosen to celebrate this landmark anniversary with us. Assistant Editor, Pauline McAdam tells us more:
This year BBC Radio Merseyside celebrates its 50th anniversary: five decades of informing, entertaining and educating with Scouse passion, edge and humour. We are proud of our heritage and our uniqueness as well as the trust our listeners have placed into our hands in telling their stories for half a century.
We quite literally speak their language of wit, warmth and personality.
And to top it all this year we are hugely honoured to receive the Freedom of the City of Liverpool, with presenters Roger Phillips, Linda McDermott and Billy Butler being made Citizens of Honour.
Sue Owen, Editor of Radio Merseyside, said:
We are delighted to receive the Freedom of the City from Liverpool City Council for our services to the local community. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate our 50th anniversary. But we couldn’t do what we do without the support of our amazing listeners who make it all worthwhile. We believe we’re at the very heart of the communities we serve and our presenters are rightly passionate about where they live. It’s such an honour to be acknowledged in this way and everyone who works at BBC Radio Merseyside, past and present, will feel very proud.
Of course in this area people aren’t backwards in coming forwards so perhaps our listeners say it best:
Thank you for telling our stories with so much respect. You’re still here, reporting and supporting.
50 years? Bloody hell – you’re definitely young at heart. I’ll have some of whatever you’re having!
Drop into the Museum of Liverpool on Wednesday 22nd November from 10am to watch Radio Merseyside presenters, Sean Styles and Billy Butler become interactive live exhibits for the day as they present their shows!
As part of the festivities a local choir will perform Radio Merseyside’s original 1967 jingles, which were composed by the legendary Gerry Marsden.
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