Do you remember the launch of BBC Radio Suffolk in 1990?

Chris Opperman conducted a lot of his first broadcast dressed in a spaceman suit

Chris Opperman conducted a lot of his first broadcast dressed in a spaceman suit - Credit: Archant

It is hard to imagine a time when BBC Radio Suffolk didn’t broadcast on our airwaves. Yet the station is only 27 years old, and celebrated its anniversary last week.

Chris Opperman conducted a lot of his first broadcast dressed in a spaceman suit

Chris Opperman conducted a lot of his first broadcast dressed in a spaceman suit - Credit: Archant

BBC Radio Suffolk launched on April 12, 1990, at Broadcasting House on St Matthews Street, Ipswich, where it is still based today.

Chris Opperman conducted a lot of his first broadcast dressed in a spaceman suit

Chris Opperman conducted a lot of his first broadcast dressed in a spaceman suit - Credit: Archant

Ivan Howlett was managing editor, and presenter Chris Opperman was the first to broadcast on the airwaves. He spent much of his first programme dressed in a comical spacesuit.

Chris Opperman conducted a lot of his first broadcast dressed in a spaceman suit

Chris Opperman conducted a lot of his first broadcast dressed in a spaceman suit - Credit: Archant

The station has gone on to have much success, including in 2004 when it was named Station of the Year in the Sony Radio Academy Awards.

Chris Opperman conducted a lot of his first broadcast dressed in a spaceman suit

Chris Opperman conducted a lot of his first broadcast dressed in a spaceman suit - Credit: Archant

It also brought with it an increased popularity for BBC Radio 1’s Roadshow, which has visited Ipswich a number of times since 1990.

Chris Opperman conducted a lot of his first broadcast dressed in a spaceman suit

Chris Opperman conducted a lot of his first broadcast dressed in a spaceman suit - Credit: Archant

Click here to read more about when the Roadshow visited Christchurch Park in 1996.

Chris Opperman conducted a lot of his first broadcast dressed in a spaceman suit

Chris Opperman conducted a lot of his first broadcast dressed in a spaceman suit - Credit: Archant


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The Ipswich Star, and our sister paper the East Anglian Daily Times, has enjoyed working alongside BBC Radio Suffolk on a number of projects - and we look forward to many more years ahead!

The newsroom at BBC Radio Suffolk in 1990 with journalists Kevin Burch (left foreground) and John Cr

The newsroom at BBC Radio Suffolk in 1990 with journalists Kevin Burch (left foreground) and John Cranston (right) - Credit: Archant

Do you remember the launch of BBC Radio Suffolk? Email us to share your memories.

The managing editor at BBC Radio Suffolk when they came on the air in 1990 was Ivan Howlett. This pi

The managing editor at BBC Radio Suffolk when they came on the air in 1990 was Ivan Howlett. This picture was taken outside the BBC studios in St Matthews Street, Ipswich. - Credit: Archant

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