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Radio Essex

Landbased Address

33 Avenue Road, Southend on Sea, Essex

Broadcasting Hours

Initially 7.00am to 9.00pm

Radio Essex later became Britain's first 24 hours a day radio station.

(The 24 hours schedule continued six days a week with a six hour closedown early on Monday mornings to enable transmitter maintenance work to be carried out)


Roy Bates

Roy Bates

Opening Date

27th October 1965 (tests)

7th November 1965 (Regular programmes)

Closing Date

6th October 1966 (became BBMS)

Knock John Fort

Knock John Fort


Middle of the road music during the day and Top 40 at night



222m (1351kHz)

 (later moving to 1353kHz, but still being announced on air as 222m)

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