Radio stations and their first songs played

Here is a list of 40 radio stations and the first songs they played when they launched. Some have changed names, some swallowed up by other stations and some no longer exist. Most of them  had the freedom to play a decent variety of music unlike now where you’re almost guaranteed to hear the same 100 songs all day long in a different order.

Station Area Artist  Title
Radio 1 National The Move Flowers In The Rain
Radio 2 National Julie Andrews The Sound of Music
Radio X National Girls Aloud Love Machine
Beacon Radio Wolverhampton Eric Carmen Sunrise
Atlantic 252 National Tears For Fears Sowing the Seeds of Love
Radio Mercury Surrey/Sussex Charlie Dore Pilot Of The Airwaves
Capital Radio London Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water
Capital Gold London Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water
Radio City Liverpool Stevie Wonder You are the Sunshine of My Life
Radio Forth Edinburgh Pilot January
Mercia Sound Coventry Dan Hartman This Is It
Leicester Sound Leicester Tracey Ullman Sunglasses
Virgin National INXS Born To Be Wild
Piccadilly Radio Manchester Beach Boys Good Vibrations
Cool FM Belfast Starship We Built This City
Radio Hallam Sheffield Kiki Dee I’ve Got The Music In Me
Radio Trent Nottingham Billy Paul July, July, July, July
Radio 5 Live National F.A.B feat MC Parker Thunderbirds Are Go
BBC 6music National Ash Burn Baby Burn
KCFM Hull Beatles Twist & Shout
Radio Clyde Glasgow Song of the Clyde Kenneth McKellar
Essex FM Essex Cliff Richard Wired for Sound
BRMB Birmingham Simon & Garfunkel 59th Street Bridge Song
Radio Caroline National (pirate) Rolling Stones Not Fade Away
2CR Bournemouth Moody Blues Lovely To See You Again
Downtown Radio Northern Ireland Peter Hallett Peace
Hereward Radio Peterborough Bellamy Brothers Let Your Love Flow
Devon Air Devon The Beatles Here Comes The Sun
Radio Wyvern Worcester The Monkees Daydream Believer
Jack FM Oxford The Who Won’t Get Fooled Again
XFM Manchester MC5 Kick Out The Jams
Melody Radio London Tony Bennett Strike Up The Band
Radio 210 Berkshire Carpenters We’ve Only Just Begun
Swansea Sound Swansea MFSB Love Is The Message
Classic FM National Handel Zadok the Priest
Red Rose Radio Lancashire Barbra Streisand Evergreen – Love Theme A Star Is Born)
Chiltern Radio Bedfordshire Beach Boys I Can Hear Music
Signal Radio Staffordshire Neil Diamond Beautiful Noise
Ocean Sound Hampshire Stevie Wonder I Just Called To Say I Love You
SGR Colchester Jimmy Nail Ain’t No Doubt
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1 comment for “Radio stations and their first songs played

  1. Dave VanMusicMaster
    April 19, 2020 at 11:28 am

    Laser 101 FM – somewhere in Bedford – Electronic – Getting Away With It …. probably 😀

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