Did you tune in to Radio Orwell or was Radio Suffolk more your thing?

Lionel Blair Radio Orwell March 1978

Lionel Blair Radio Orwell March 1978 - Credit: Archant

Today we look back at the history of some of the local radio stations in Suffolk as we reach R in our A to Z look back at Ipswich’s heritage.

Disco Marathon at Sloanes Inn April 1984

Disco Marathon at Sloanes Inn April 1984 - Credit: Archant

The 80s brought the explosion of disco. Here we can see a marathon disco set played at Sloanes Inn, 1984.

Patrick Eade Radio Orwell May 1979

Patrick Eade Radio Orwell May 1979 - Credit: Archant

Radio Orwell began transmissions in Ipswich on October 28, 1975. The first record that was played on the station was Gladys Kinght and the Pips’ The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me.

Radio Orwell Dr Hook 1982

Radio Orwell Dr Hook 1982 - Credit: Archant

Do you remember tuning in to Radio Orwell for the first time?

Radio Suffolk Goes On The Air 1990

Radio Suffolk Goes On The Air 1990 - Credit: Archant

Miss Anglia presenting on Ipswich Hospital Radio back in 1974

Miss Anglia presenting on Ipswich Hospital Radio back in 1974 - Credit: Archant

BBC Radio Suffolk began broadcasting on April 12, 1990, and 24 years later it won the accolade of Station of the Year in the Sony Radio Academy Awards.

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