Bridgwater's 107.4 BCR FM - History


During the late 1990s, many trial stations took place in Bridgwater and Sedgemoor. The first Restricted Service Licence station went on air in April 1996 on 105.4, under the direction of Keri Jones who had successfully launched Quay West Radio in West Somerset. Between 1996 and 1999, other 4-week trials were operated by companies called Riverside 105, BCR FM, and Sedgemoor Coast FM.

In 1999 the Radio Authority confirmed that Bridgwater would get its own full time radio service. Four groups entered applications: Bridge FM, BCR FM, Sedgemoor Coast FM and Riverside 105. BCR FM won the licence in May 2000 and went on air on 4 July 2001.

BCRfm was subsequently purchased by Choice Media, and was sold in July 2006 to Laser Broadcasting. The station has always remained a local service for the area, under the direction of Dave Englefield - one of the station's co-founders, with Mark Painter and Nick Rickards.

The station relaunched at 10pm on 28 February 2007 as Quay West 107.4 to bring it in line with a station of the same name in the Minehead area of West Somerset.

At around 5pm on 24 March 2010 administrators Kirk Hills pulled the plug on the station after parent company Your Media Communications failed to secure investment and the broadcast licenses from Ofcom. Quay West 107.4 ceased transmission along with its sister station Quay West 102.4 / 100.8.

Quaywest plus its 4 sister stations Brunel FM, 3TR FM, Bath FM and Quaywest 102.4 were eventually bought by who run TotalStar 107.5 in Gloucestershire and all stations were rebranded as TotalStar.

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