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40 years of BBC Nottingham

BBC Radio Nottingham is getting ready to celebrate 40 years of broadcasting with a range of special programmes on January 31st.

The station will also scour its archives to remind listeners of the good, the bad and the downright difficult stories it has reported since it first hit the airwaves in 1968.

A reminiscing Andy Whittaker reminds his listeners of the major stories from the past four decades. The breakfast show host recalls the feel good factor of the Seventies, when Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest swept all before them, picking up the European Cup in two consecutive years.

Old favourites, including Graham Percy and Phil Bayles, the former sports journalist, can be heard reminiscing about their time at the station. Three original station assistants, Kit Ford, Gina Madgett and Dephine North also take part in the regular "loose ladies" feature on Friday 1 February.

"There's a lot going on during the week of our birthday," says Radio Nottingham's Managing Editor, Sophie Stewart.

"As well as a welcome to return to some of the former presenters and other people who used to work at the station, we're also featuring past celebrity interviews with people like Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno.

Radio Nottingham was among the original eight regional stations set up by the BBC. The others are in Leicester, Sheffield, Merseyside, Stoke, Brighton (now Southern Counties Radio) and Durham (now Cumbria) and Leeds.

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