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Community station celebrates 10 years

Bradford’s community radio station BCB 106.6fm has celebrated ten years of full-time broadcasting.

The station was one of 15 chosen by the Radio Authority in 2002 to be part of the “Access Radio” pilot project and retained its licence once the 12-month scheme ended.

More than 230 volunteers produce and present programmes for the station, which is also celebrating 20 years since its first broadcast as Bradford Festival Radio in 1992.

BCB 106.6fm’s Broadcast Manager Jonathan Pinfield told RadioToday.co.uk: “It’s a great achievement from all our volunteers over the years and many of them have been involved right from the start. We’re really proud to be a major part of Bradford peoples lives, broadcasting the widest range of programmes on the dial including live outside broadcasts, specialist music and sport.”

Over the last ten years, the station has won a number of awards, including The Radio Academy ‘Nations & Regions’ (Yorkshire & Humber region)Station of the Year – Gold Award in 2003, Special Commendation in 2004,Silver Award in 2009 and Silver Award in 2010.

The station is marking the anniversaries with a series of special outside broadcasts, including birthday celebrations from The Sparrow Bier Cafe, Bradford Bulls RL and Bradford Park Avenue FC home & away and the launch of the City Park in Bradford city centre.

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