Fosseway Radio

Fosseway Radio started in an attic of a house in Hinckley

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Fosseway Radio set for its first airing - (left to right) Ian Smith, Paul Gardner, Andy Carter and Lee Carey.

Aston Flamville is a village in Leicestershire, England. It is situated near Hinckley, and has a population of 150 and consequently has a parish meeting rather than a parish council.

1981 Fosseway radio started in the attic of Paul Gardner's home.

After founding Castle Mead Hospital Radio in 1990, a group of presenters got together with the idea of creating Hinckley's first commercial radio station.

1996 Andy Carter, Lee Carey, John Maynard and Maria Bush created Fosseway Radio that would broadcast two restricted service broadcasts (105.8 FM) in March and September that year. The studio's of Castle Mead Radio being hired out for both events.

The name of the station referred to the nearby Fosse Way, which marks the frontier of Roman Britain. The Fosse Way runs between Lincoln and Leicester, then on to Bath and Exeter.

The response from local people was fantastic, no more hoping to hear a local news story from Leicester or Coventry. Fosseway Radio was a station that was geared towards south-west Leicestershire. All the presenters were local and their knowledge second to none for the area they were broadcasting to.

Kenny Hague was well known to local radio audiences and took care of the morning slot whilst Paul Gardner entertained in the afternoon with his very popular local quiz. Jon Maynard had a unique evening show with a big following whilst Andy Carter presented Fosseway Breakfast. The weekend broadcasters included Mark Rowley, Ian Smith and Maria Bush. Lee Carey was left in charge to produce Fosseway Sport on the Saturday afternoon.

June 1998 After the trails an official application to run a full time commercial radio station was submitted to the radio authority, this was granted. Fosseway Radio needed a substantial amount of backing with they found with Lincolnshire FM Group as the main shareholders.

July 1998 Fosseway Radio moved to Castle Street in Hinckley town centre. The transmitter was in the village of Barwell, but the station principally served Hinckley and south-west Leicestershire

1st November 1998 Fosseway Raido returned to the airways full time broadcasting to the local area once again.

1999 The success of the station meant the coverage area was extended to the town of Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

26th March 2008 The Lincolnshire FM Group made their first acquisition of Oak 107 FM, from the CN Group. However, it was decided that this new service should also replace Fosseway Radio in Hinckley and Nuneaton. Fosseway Radio came to an end and was renamed Oak FM.

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Fosseway Launch - (back row) Kenny Hague, Paul Gardner, bob lawrence, Tim Dickens, Dave Bedford, Alex Rowland, Penny Ballard. (Front Row) Sally Hurst, Sarah Washington, Kirsty Ward, Paul Robey, Keeley Short, Mark Rowley, Amy Williams, Fiona Kinghorn.

Fosseway Radio Tests c.1996
Fosseway Radio Launch c.1996

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