Ninesprings News - 2017

All the latest news about what's happening at your local
 radio station, where we've been and what we looked like
while we were there!


September 2017
Our Station Manager, Steve Haigh, met his broadcasting hero Tony Blackburn
 at 'Drive to Digital' in London on 27th September.
The pair last met fifty years ago on the set of Top of the Pops
when Tony Blackburn was hosting the show.
Steve had gone to TOTP for Radio Leeds and when TB spotted him in the
audience wearing a Radio Leeds t-shirt, he invited Steve onto
the stage to close the show.
Taking the microphone from the hand of Tony Blackburn, Steve announced to a
grateful nation that Top of the Pops had ended for another week.
 Even though 21 million people had watched the show that night, Steve said
he hadn't felt nervous as the moment passed so quickly:
"It was my 15 seconds of real fame and I dined out on it for many months afterwards"
Apart from reminisces about TOTP, Steve was able to tell Tony Blackburn
all about Radio Ninesprings in Yeovil and extended an invitation to him
   to open the station when it launches next year.



 July 2017
Our Westland ONE film - the story of the World Helicopter
Speed Record set by Westland with G-LYNX thirty years
ago - has won a prestigious top award from the
West of England Aerospace Forum.
Congratulations to Will, Luke, Ben and Kerry from Yeovil
College who made the film and to Ray from Grace
Productions who directed it.
Thank you to Paddy Ashdown who narrated the film
and of course to the Heritage Lottery Fund for
financing the production.



 14th - 16th July 2017
The fastest growing family show in the South West is to
have its very own live radio station, presented by
top local DJ, Steve Carpenter.
"Yeovil Show Radio" will be heard on 87.7MHz FM over a
5-mile radius, from 8am on Friday 14th July
until midnight on Sunday 16th July.
Tune in to us to get the latest traffic reports, weather and
the full low down on everything happening over the show
weekend so you won't miss out on a thing.
Radio Ninesprings will be broadcasting Yeovil Show Radio
direct from the Showground using our mobile studio.
We're located right next to the live Introducing Music Stage
where we will also be recording and providing the pa system
for fourteen different local choirs, bands and solo artists
who will be performing throughout the weekend.
Please drop-by to say hello and if you have something exciting
to tell us, we'll look forward to chatting with you live on-air!
With so much going on at this year's Show, there'll be no
shortage of things to talk about!
Be part of it!  Tune to 87.7MHz FM, from 8am on Friday 14th July.
"Radio Ninesprings - it doesn't get more local"
Yeovil Show Radio is sponsored by:


Yeovil Election Result

 9th June 2017
Our intrepid reporter, Steve Haigh, attended the count and recorded the
announcement of the results in the early hours of Friday morning.

This is how the Yeovil result was declared by Acting Returning Officer, Ian Clark:

Marcus Fysh, Conservative 32,369
Jo Roundell-Greene, Lib Dem 17,646
Ian Martin, Labour 7,418 
Robert Wood, Greens 1,052 
Katy Pritchard, Independent 919
Total votes cast: 59,498
Turn out: 71.76%
Marcus Fysh, Conservatives, retains the seat with an increased majority.
Marcus Fysh MP makes his victory speech
Counting the 59,498 votes


The Mayor of Yeovil's Civic Service

 4th June 2017
We were honoured that the Mayor of Yeovil, Darren Shutler, asked us to attend
and record his annual Civic Service, held at St. John's church.
Reverend James Dudley-Smith and the Mayor's Chaplain, Reverend Jim Pearce
 conducted the service with an Offertory for the Mayor's chosen
 charities - St. Margaret's Hospice and School in a Bag.
Musical interludes were provided by the ever-professional Phoenix Voices and
Salvation Army Band, together with some beautiful saxophone playing by
Hannah Woolmington and the mesmerising vocals of Cllr Sarah Lowery.
The Service also afforded us the opportunity to try out a new
mixer - much less equipment and controlled by software.


Radio Ninesprings to be awarded AM licence

 22nd May 2017
We are one of five applicants to be awarded a community radio AM
radio broadcasting licence by Ofcom.
One of the other successful applicants was none other than the famous
Radio Caroline, so we are in good company!
Further details regarding this milestone will follow, but in the meantime,
this is what Ofcom said about our application:


First Visitor to the New Studio

 21st April 2017
We were delighted to welcome the Mayor of Yeovil, Darren Shutler
on a visit to the new studio last Friday.
He kindly agreed to give an interview to our media students who were
with us on work experience from Yeovil College.


Building the Vicarage Walk Studio

 April 2017
Wiring and configuring our new studio has been on-going throughout
the month, keeping our Technical Director very busy.
Literally hundreds of cables and connectors to deal with, coaxing
equipment back to life after a couple of years in storage and
generally working out how it all goes together!


Move to The Quedam Shopping Centre

 April 2017
We have moved into temporary premises at 32 Vicarage Walk in The Quedam.
We're there for the next couple of months to promote our Oral History
project and celebrate 100 years of Westland.
A full studio has been constructed and is being used to provide media training
for students from Yeovil College.


Police & Crime Commissioner's Public Forum

 2nd February 2017
We attended the forum, held at the council offices.
The Police & Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens, together with
Chief Constable Andy Marsh and Chief Inspector Mark Edgington
updated a packed audience on the Police & Crime Plan before
answering questions from the public on a whole range of
topics as diverse as livestock theft, hate crime and the
closure of the Horsey Lane police station.

Photos copyright: Adrian Dening


Braeside FM

 21st - 22nd January 2017
Our Technical Director, Adrian Dening, spent the weekend teaching an
enthusiastic group of youngsters how to become radio pirates at
Braeside Education and Conference Centre in Devizes.
After learning all about how a radio station works and trying their hand
at interviewing, they went on to produce and deliver a whole programme
as "Braeside FM" with their parents as the audience.
Although the course was advertised as "Pirate Radio", our transmitter
ran into a dummy aerial that did not actually radiate anything
out over the Ether - made it seem very realistic though! 
Click on the thumbnail images below to see the photos full size and
visit our Latest Programmes 2017 page to hear how well this
amazing group of 9 and 10 year olds did!

Adrian also talked about the history of Radio Ninesprings and the

pupils were fascinated to watch our Westland ONE DVD.


Photos copyright: Adrian Dening


Eric "Winkle" Brown

 20th January 2017
The medals and flying logs of Capt. Eric "Winkle" Brown, the most decorated
pilot in the history of the Royal Navy, have been gifted to the
Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton for permanent display.
‘Winkle’ Brown, who began his Navy at RNAS Yeovilton in 1940, held the world
record for the most aircraft carrier deck take-offs and landings and flew
487 different types of aircraft – more than anyone else in history!
The exhibition called ‘A life lived at full throttle’ tells the story of this
extraordinary and brave man who died in February 2016 aged 96.
Aircraft Curator at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Dave Morris, worked with

‘Winkle’ Brown for more than 20-years and knew him well.



Leonardo - Wildcat Contract Announcement

 9th January 2017
We attended the announcement that Leonardo has been awarded
a £271 million contract to support the Lynx Wildcat.
Harriett Baldwin MP, Minister for Defence Procurement spoke
of the company's unique capabilities to a packed audience in
one of the helicopter assembly buildings this morning.
This is truly great news for the area!
Photo courtesy Ministry of Defence Imagery


Area South Committee Meeting
4th January 2017
Our first assignment of the New Year has been to bring you coverage of the
 Area South Committee meeting where the controversial improvements to
Lyde Road / Sherborne Road were being discussed with Alyn Jones
and Phil Lowndes from Somerset Highways.


Unless otherwise stated, all photos copyright: Steve Haigh