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The Bridge (BRFM)

With Island & Radio History

Issue : 3 Dated : 26th March 2009

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Westely sea view

Westerly view of Collier entering the Medway sailing to Kingsnorth Power Station with Sheerness & Grain on the other side of the river estuary

Entrance to BRFM site

Entrance gates to BRFM

Antenna from gates Gates & Antenna

BRFM 95.6 use the former Laser Antenna

In October 2004 BRFM won a Community licence so the old Laser antenna sections were brought into service on top of the Minster Cliffs

BRFM Site at Minster

BRFM site Minster

The site has an interesting history, the current owner acquired the land in 1980, with its unimpeded views across the Thames Estuary: West up the Thames, North to Essex & the East Anglia coastline, & East towards Margate

The left wing of East End House was originally a farm dwelling that the MoD took over in 1939. They added the central round constucted of 12" thick reinforced concrete, with access by wooden ladder type steps to the flat roof. The bow window at the top was an open observation post housing then state of the art calibrated position prediction equipment. Inside the ceiling above the bay is very but the views from the now self contained flat stunning

The right hand wing is a post war construction

The single story buildings by the antenna & opposite were the men's barracks

For more pictures of Oak Lane, Minster& Sheppey take a look at Trevor Edwards fine collection ofm Old Postcards of Minster & the Isle-of-Sheppey

Crane Lorry

The 'Crane Lorry' used fully extended for the early antenna

Antenna from base

BRFM 95.6 Antenna from its base

Roadshow caravan

BRFM Roadshow, caravans feature heavily around the Kent holiday makers Island


Audio Break

BR 'idge' FM jingles still in use at time of article - November 2008

Dry idents were produced in 2004 using a male American voice they also acquired some old ILR jingles & together with the USA voice have been used ever since

Presenters caravan

Presenters Office, with kitchenette, toilet & shower

It's actually one of the caravan lowered into the hold of the 'Yeoman Rose' & used for Radio London 1997

BRFM ISO Unit

BRFM 95.6 ISO Unit

Karen Murray-Day

Sales Manager Karen Murray-Day

Neil Walker

For Breakfast Neil Walker

Entrance to ISO Unit

BRFM Notice board, Studio Servers & Web Streaming

Markie B'

I.T technician & weekend jock the late Markie B'

Studio configuration

BRFM Studio

A simple Soundcraft desk, two port PC playout & in the Pod a pair of CD players, Mini-Disc, Amplifier & single Telco unit

BRFM transmitter chain

BRFM Transmission chain

Sony ST-333L Tuner, Ultra-Dyne & Autocom Processors, BW blank plate, SBS PA250 & FML PA, Dynamagic Processor/Limiter

John Sissons

John Sissons

Dan Bransby

Drivetime with the lateDan Bransby pictured in December 2007

Neil Walker & Derek Wyatt

Neil Walker with Swale MP Derek Wyatt on his weekly surgery

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