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2 Aug 2003

20 Jan 2003

YDR fm is looking forward to the Spring announcement of the New Local Licence for Yeovil by the Radio Authority. It is now also able to name its high profile investors and directors, who will ensure the highest quality radio station for South Somerset and West Dorset.

YDR fm, a group formed five years ago to campaign to bring truly local radio to Yeovil, promises a compelling service of locally-focused news, information and features together with a rich and varied mix of mainly Adult Contemporary music. A committed focus on the Yeovil district will distinguish YDR fm from stations such as Orchard FM and Galaxy 101, and make the new station the first choice for listeners in the area.

YDR Managing Director, Tony Temple, said:

"We have done extensive research to find out what listeners in and around Yeovil want to hear on their local radio station. We have shown our commitment to providing the very best local radio to the area through our four trial broadcasts. Localness will be the key to our success - if Yeovil's local radio station doesn't concentrate on this area, it will have failed."

Tony Burton, Station Manager added:

"We believe we have the team to give Yeovil, South Somerset and West Dorset the station it needs and so richly deserves."

YDR has also announced the people who will bring to the station the professional media expertise and the contact with the local community that are so important for local radio.

Peter Bolton has been appointed as chairman of YDR fm. Formerly Founder chairman of Dorset's Wessex FM, and a founder director of both Spirit FM in Chichester and Victory FM, Portsmouth. Peter knows Yeovil well having worked with local businesses and suppliers whilst farming the Whitcombe Estate near Dorchester.

Commenting on his appointment, Peter Bolton said:

"I am delighted to be joining YDR fm as chairman. The people in this company have impressed me enormously through their extraordinary hard work and professionalism in campaigning for high quality local radio for the Yeovil district. Their genuine commitment to providing the best service, not just for listeners but also for local businesses looking for a cost-effective way of advertising to the local area, is second to none."

Also appointed to the YDR fm board is:

o David Cox - former Managing Director of Screwfix Direct and a director of Yeovil Town Football Club
o David Lucas - a radio executive with over 30 years experience at the highest levels of radio management including production of the Michael Aspel Show on Capital Radio and being a Director in the early days of Orchard FM
o Chris Lowe - owner of Yeovil's Acorn Music, one of the UK's leading independent music retailers
o Ray Tostevin - a senior member of HTV West's award-winning current affairs team.

Chris Lowe added:

"I am very pleased to have been invited to join the board of YDR fm, as I have worked with them since the beginning on a number of promotions. I have been very impressed by the determination and professionalism of those involved and feel confident that YDR fm will be able to offer the people of South Somerset and West Dorset not only the kind of local radio station it has long needed but also provide an excellent advertising medium for local businesses like my own."

YDR fm other investors include Jon Goddard-Watts, the original founder of Screwfix Direct, and majority shareholder of Yeovil Town FC.

Further media expertise comes from Chrysalis Radio, one of the UK's 'Big Four' commercial radio companies and part of the Chrysalis Group - a 'FTSE 250' listed company with interests in music, TV production and book publishing.

YDR fm are happy that they have the team to provide the area with a Radio Station to be proud of. Tony Burton added "We have personally chosen our fellow board members believing this team will help deliver the very best in local radio that the listening public has long awaited".

But it is not only the support from their prestigious board that excites the team at YDR fm, since their launch they have been overwhelmed by the support from the general public, local businesses and organisations.

Gary Johnson Manager of Yeovil Town FC supports YDRfm in its bid for the local licence. He says:

"YDRfm can, should and will run a professional and entertaining radio station that the area desperately needs and deserves."

YDR fm's trial broadcasts were impressive too. Comparing its levels of listening with those of the only other applicant to have conducted RSL broadcasts YDR fm's achievements were more than double that of its only rival. This demonstrates YDR fm's unrivalled profile in the area and helps to underpin the confidence within the station that it can be successfully launched to a wider full time market of local listeners.

YDR fm would like to ask people to support them in their campaign by writing letters of support to: David Vick, Director of Development, Radio Authority, Holbrook House, 14 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5DG



1. The Radio Authority has received four applications for the new local radio licence for Yeovil and the surrounding area. The public can view the applications in the reference section of Yeovil Library, or at the Radio Authority's offices in London. The Radio Authority welcomes views from local people on the type of radio programmes they wish to hear. Applications are judged by the Authority against a set of criteria laid down by law. The Authority expects to award the licence in March or April 2003.

2. YDR fm proposes to cover a population of 105,000 adults (15+) in Yeovil, Sherborne, Chard, Crewkerne and the surrounding area. If awarded the licence, YDR expects to launch the new radio station in late 2003.


Tony Burton: 01935 413936 or 07885 716275

18 Sep 2002
YDR fm announces top team as application for local licence is submitted

Local radio station YDR fm (Yeovil District Radio), has today revealed its top team as it has submitted its application to the Radio Authority that it hopes will secure the bid for the right to broadcast full time in and around the Yeovil area.

YDR fm's impressive board of directors includes former Chairman of Wessex Fm and Spirit Fm Peter Bolton. Former Managing Director of Screw Fix Direct and current Director of Yeovil Town Football Club, David Cox. An original founder of Orchard Fm with over 30 years high profile radio experience at every level, David Lucas. Former Yeovil correspondent for HTV and TSW, TV producer/presenter Ray Tostevin and the owner of Acorn Music, Chris Lowe. YDR fm also boasts local investment from the board and local executives such as former Screw Fix Direct owner Jon Goddard-Watts.

Peter Bolton - Chairman of YDR fm says "With my executive radio experience I have watched YDR fm with great interest since they first launched back in 1998. They are a professional team of truly committed local people, with a long history of proven heritage, which has evolved from a grass root level in the community. I am very proud to chair YDR fm, we have an exciting plan for the future of local radio in South Somerset and West Dorset and I very much look forward to leading the group to further future successes".

Tony Temple - Managing Director and founder member of YDR fm says "This is the moment we here at YDR fm have been waiting for and what all our hard work has been leading up for the past five years. We feel extremely confident that with the highly professional backing from the Chrysalis group and with our very impressive list of board members the Radio Authority will consider our application in a most favourable light. Not only do we have the proven history of having been on air under our belt, but there's our impressive heritage of genuinely working with the community for five years".

YDR fm has raised money for local charities, provided over two hundred free road shows for local charities and organisations across South Somerset and West Dorset. They have also encouraged local talent from promoting local bands on air to giving local budding DJs and presenters a much-envied opportunity to experience first hand how a radio station works.

The radio authority will consider YDR fm's application along with the other three bids submitted from Ivel fm, Mirage fm and Merlin fm and is expected to announce its decision around March 2003. The long awaited decision will put an end to the speculation of who will become Yeovil's very first full time radio station.

31 May 2002
Radio Authority advertises new local licence for Yeovil

27 Mar 2002

YDR fm, has official launched a new Yeovil based charity called Light Up the Darkness. It is a locally based team of people whose sole aim is to raise funds to support charities working in the fields of abuse.

Its launch on Saturday in the Bandstand in Middle Street, Yeovil, was a great success, with local celebrity Trevor Peacock dropping in and live entertainment from event organiser Amanda Woollett and Gordon Hawthorn-Thwate, as well as the YDR fm roadshow.

The charity will be holding a ball at the Westland's sports and social complex on the 25th of April. This will be a gala evening of live entertainment hosted by YDR fm. Louise English, the star of Me and My Girl from the west end will be there along with internationally renowned speaker Ray Wyre. Live music will be provided from new local talent ranging from the ages of four to fifty plus.

For more information visit their website

1 Dec 2001
YDR fm & Chicago Rock Cafe Yeovil in World Record Attempt

As residents of Somerset woke up this Monday morning to a new dawn, as one of YDR fm's radio presenters woke up with the realisation that he has set not just one, but two, world records.
Dee Jay John Fisher (42), known professionally as " Danny D. " to his local radio listeners on YDR fm and, occasionally, Quay West Radio, sat at the DJ console of Yeovil's Chicago Rock Cafe for a staggering 60 hours commencing 10am Friday morning and finishing at 10pm Sunday night.
Not only did he perform to the audiences in the American-themed venue but the show was broadcast live on the Internet across the globe through Chicago Rock's special website at www. attracting, at its peak, 189 listeners both locally and further afield. As John Hicks from Chicago Rock Cafe explained: "Danny invited listeners on the net to e-mail our website with messages or requests and we received many good wishes from all parts of the globe. We had over 1,300 separate listeners during the event of which 68% were from America, 21% and 1% each from Canada and Australia."
"But above all, our customers also had a fantastic weekend's entertainment. Danny was supported by our resident DJ's, his DJ friends and YDR fm radio station colleagues. On the Saturday night Danny performed in front of a packed house which he said perked him up immensely. Under the rules there always had to be an audience, day and night 24 hours a day, even if that was just one person, but we had no shortage of volunteers. On Sunday evening the party atmosphere was electric and our customers were in full partying mode!" John added.
One of the features of the weekend was the YDR fm sound stage with a special relay of the performance live into the town centre on the Saturday. Using a microwave link from the venue's DJ booth into a Roadshow in the bandstand where shoppers could hear how Danny was getting on.
YDR fm and Chicago Rock Cafe have been working with the Yeovil Traders' Charity Grasstrack Event, Scottish Power and Robin James Salons to raise money to refurbish and equip the Rainbow Room for terminally-ill children and those recovering from chemotherapy treatment in Yeovil District Hospital's Childrens' Ward. This record attempt was aimed at raising the profile of this fundraising campaign.
The challenges for Danny in staying awake and dynamic for 60 hours were complicated by the Guinness World Records requirement that he only use vinyl not CD's. Danny said: "Most of my fellow DJ's and I were all digging out our record collections from lofts and garages but some are devotees of these plastic circles with grooves and were delighted to have them used in action."
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who helped me achieve this unique goal of two world records. Tony Temple, Managing Director of YDR fm who helped throughout the weekend and assisted with planning the event was a tremendous asset and helped me get through the pain barrier in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday. My fellow YDR fm presenters Pete Lambden, John Clothier, Matt Criveli and the irrepressible Bob McConnell were invaluable. The resident DJ's at Chicago Rock Cafe gave me every encouragement and assistance and I am indebted to them for 'lending' me their audience. Neil Hillard from Regional Webs put together a terrific web site and gave vital technical assistance whilst Yeovil College student Alex Hicks not only organised the internet broadcast but stayed by his PC for the whole 60 hours to ensure that everything went well on the web. Tony Temple and I are particularly grateful to Chris Marais, Researcher with the Guinness World Records whose guidance was particularly important to ensure that we complied with the myriad of rules involved in setting a new world record."
Tony Temple and John Hicks were with me throughout the weekend and, I should add that, John's colleagues Abbie Bassir, Lynn Bowler and the staff of Chicago Rock in Yeovil not only facilitated the event but put a great deal of effort into making us so welcome despite the interruptions to their normal operations. The customers were fantastic and really joined in with the spirit of the weekend."
"This was a team effort and I could not have been done it without all the support so willingly given. Last, but not least, I would like to thank my wife Christine for supporting me and not complaining about me being missing for the weekend; but then, whenever she wanted to hear me she just turned on the Internet!" Danny added.
While Danny catches up on some well-earned sleep, Chicago Rock Cafe are putting together the wealth of paperwork and evidence required in order to achieve a listing and formal acknowledgement of his successes by the prestigious Guinness World Records organisation.

8 Nov 2001
Rainbow Room Project Launches with Style

10 Sep 2001
Local radio station announces business partnership with top radio group

Local radio station YDR fm has today announced that it has gained the backing of top radio group Chrysalis to help secure the bid for the full time licence for Yeovil. This business partnership will allow YDR fm to draw on the wealth of knowledge that Chrysalis can provide on all matters regarding licence application to assist with its local bid.

Although Chrysalis, who own the Galaxy and Heart networks, will advise on many aspects of applying for the licence YDR fm feels it important to point out that its main board will still consist of local people and that it has local investors in place.

Tony Temple Managing Director of YDR fm says, "In our on going aim to provide the Yeovil area with the best radio found on the dial we recognise the need to consult with a highly professional and experienced organisation such as Chrysalis, who can round off our bid with their expertise in the field of winning local licences. YDR fm is and will always remain a local station, our involvement with Chrysalis will not change this, it will only add to our professionalism and determination to submit a bid to the Radio Authority that Yeovil can be proud of ".

He adds, "We have taken our time in choosing our radio backing. We have learnt how important it is to make the right decision for the future, so that we may continue to provide genuine independent local radio for the area. One of the main reasons for choosing Chrysalis was the understanding of local radio by Daniel Owen, the Strategy and Development Director who was once him self involved in the process of awarding local licences by the Radio Authority."

Daniel Owen of Chrysalis says, " We pride ourselves on only working with the best radio groups, YDR fm has a professional team of truly committed local people, with a long history of proven heritage, which has evolved from a grass root level in the community. We are very proud to work with YDR fm, we believe without question they are the choice for the future of local radio in Yeovil."

Chrysalis has proved its commitment to local radio by already winning local licences, most recently with its involvement in the successful application for the Bridgwater licence, won by the local contender Bridgwater Community Radio (BCR FM).

Tony Temple says, "Chrysalis has a fantastic track record in providing winning support for local stations. They are an outstanding key addition to the continued success of YDR fm, your local choice."

There will also be further announcements very soon from YDR fm concerning big additions to its board and management team. YDR fm is proud to have been the last temporary radio station to be heard on local airwaves before the announcement of the Yeovil licence, and was the first to cover the local elections and the appointment of Gary Johnson as Yeovil Town Football Club's new manager.

15 Aug 2001

8 Aug 2001
Yeovil set to have its own local radio station in 2002

Yeovil District Radio (YDR fm), one of the main contenders in the bid for the full time licence in the Yeovil area, has today welcomed the latest announcement from the Radio Authority that will determine when the town gets its very own full time radio station.

The latest news from the Radio Authority concerning their plans to advertise new local licences throughout the country is that Yeovil's licence is expected to be advertised early next year.

YDR fm's Managing Director Tony Temple has welcomed this latest news which will finally give YDR fm the chance to show the Radio Authority why it considers itself to be the leading contender in the bid for the right to broadcast full time in Yeovil.

He says "This is the news we have been waiting for since we came off air the the end of June. YDR fm had the privilege of being the last station permitted to broadcast in Yeovil before this announcement from the Radio Authority. We are confident that we can win the licence due to the outstanding success we have had during our trial broadcasts, the overwhelming response from the public and the fantastic support from local business. It is our strong belief that YDR fm can offer the people in and around the Yeovil area the very best in the way of local radio."

He adds "YDR fm welcomes the news that the Yeovil licence is to be advertised early next year and that Yeovil will soon have its very own full time radio station. We are confident that we stand an excellent chance of securing the licence, a just reward for all our effort and hard work over the last couple of years."

YDR fm intends to remain in the public eye right up to the outcome of the licence bid thanks to the popularity of its successful roadshows, and can be seen at the Festival of Transport this coming weekend.

5 Jul 2001

Year eight pupils at Preston School have been venturing into the business world by setting up their own companies to sell a product or a service.

To gain insight and a few tips about the business world Tony Temple of YDR fm visited the school to talk about the complexities of setting up a radio station.

Mr Temple talked about the importance of research, planning and finance when going into a business venture and hopes the people of Yeovil will support their local radio station.

He also invited students to the radio station for a guided tour of the studios and offices to see a business at work.

20 Jun 2001

Yeovil College student Kerry Atkinson has been given her own radio show during the latest trial broadcast of YDR fm from 9pm - 12am Saturdays.

Kerry, aged 17, a GNVQ advanced student from Yeovil said:"This is an exiting opportunity for me to get real work experience of working in live radio. "Its fun, even though its been quite nerve racking, but thats what its all about."

YDR fm Managing Director said: "The students based at the college have a fantastic opportunity to experience the real working environment of radio station. This broadcast has been a great success and working with schools and college is what YDR fm is about. We are a real community radio station."

10 May 2001

YDR fm announced it is to broadcast another trial slot on local airwaves. The station will be on-air from Saturday 3-30 June on 106.5.

Managing Director Tony Temple said: This will be the last opportunity that anyone bidding for the full-time licence will have to broadcast in the area before the Radio Authority decides when Yeovil and district will have its own radio station.
"YDR fm is a local organization staffed by dedicated professional volunteers who have many years of broadcasting behind them.
"This is a great chance for the people of Yeovil and district to have their own permanent radio station with presenters who know the area and the people.
"Going on-air in June will prove beneficial to the locality in many ways, none more so than providing coverage of the local elections set to take place during the month.
"This means that news concerning the elections will be brought to the people of Yeovil and surrounding areas as it happens.

4 May 2001

3 Dec 2000

Last Thursday night, YDR fm organized Shadowmania concert at last hit Yeovil.

A near capacity Westlands Sports and Social club played witness to local up and coming Mike Carter, band The Five Furious Fish and of course Bruce Welch and his Moonlight Shadows.

The gig was all about raising awareness of the planned St Margaret's Hospice in Yeovil.

Former Miss World, Lesley Langley, was also on hand to draw the winning ticket in the raffle for the top prize of an Aixam motor car.

The audience were captivated by the main act who performed non-stop Shadows classics and early Cliff Richard material for an hour and three quarters.

The line up featured Yeovil's very own Phil Kelly on lead guitar, who did amazingly well filling in the parts made famous by Hank Marvin.

Playing aside him were Bob Watkins on drums, Cliff Hall on keyboards, Alan Jones on bass and the man himself, Bruce Welch on rhythm guitar.

It was the first time any Shadows line up had ever played in Yeovil. The audiences reaction at the end of the evening would suggest that everyones hopes it isn't the last!

The evenings entertainment at Westlands Sports and Social was followed by a cocktail reception at The Manor Hotel, where the band mixed with guests and fans alike.

YDR fm Managing Director Tony Temple said: "The event was a very large project for YDR fm. All the team at the station are so proud to have been part of such a fantastic event raising the profile of the St Margaret's Hospice for Yeovil appeal, we would like to thank everyone involved for what was one of Yeovil's finest hours.".

25 Oct 2000

25 Aug 2000

Yeovil's YDR fm brought their roadshow stage to the Yeovil Festival of Transport last weekend.
As usual there were a whole host of games and giveaways, alongside some performances from local bands from across the region. Acts of the bill included The Ovation Brothers, Auther Shaw, High Impact, Collette and Acoustica to name but a few.

Presenters Danny D and Andy Foden kept the crowds involved, which come the Saturday night were around eight hundred people. The festivals organizers were pleased with YDR fm's contribution to the event. From the committee of the festival Gorden Thumper said: YDR fm is a genuine priceless part of the area, we look forward to them winning the licence so they may broadcast Yeovil's biggest event live.

Look out for YDR fm next time their out and about, for the latest events news visit their web site at

18 Apr 2000

Violet Fowlers 102nd birthday bash at Sunningdale Lodge had to be interrupted by YDR fm and police. Not because of rowdy guests, but because Violet had let slip that she liked policemen and firemen.

YDR fm arranged for a local fireman to surprise her, however due to a last minute call out Avon and Somerset PC Dave Hassel was called in at short notice as an added gift, and emerged from around the corner with YDR fm's midmorning presenter Danny D with a bouquet of flowers.

PC Hassel found himself in a somewhat unfamiliar role by being the prime target of Violets stern interrogation programme. "Are you married?" was the question. "Not now," the PC jokingly replied as he tried to get his ring off in front of laughing visitors.

Violet was born on April 12 1898 at Dover Castle. Her Dad was with the Royal Engineers and helped install electrical wiring in Dover.

The family moved on to live in various parts of the country and resided, for example, in Yorkshire and the Midlands before settling in poplar, East London. Here she got her first job, as a bus conductor, at the age of 16.

Violet moved to Yeovil about three years ago when her grandson Rodger, an ex-Royal Marine now working in a security business, found her a place at Sunningdale Lodge.

Violet thanked all the team from YDR fm, and the police for such a wonderful surprise and said "I very much look forward to see what you do for me next year."

17 Apr 2000
106.4 YDR fm ON AIR NOW!

YDR fm is back on air until April 16th and can be found on your dial on 106.5fm.
As we mentioned last week this is the stations second time on air and on Monday morning Yeovil's MP Paddy Ashdwon cut the ribbon on the Studios launch.
Their was an opening party with Yeovil's Mayor John Crudas in attendance along with many other leading members of the community.

Managing Director Tony Temple said: We are proud to be on the airwaves once again proving that our area needs and is crying out for its very own radio station. We started as we mean to go on with the official opening and on-air interview from MP Paddy Ashdown who himself backs fully the idea for a full time radio station serving South Somerset and West Dorset.

The station has local news on the hour, traffic and travel updates and live on-air interviews every afternoon, along with some great local presenters and some fantastic classic hit music with a great mix of todays chart.

The station hopes to bid for the new Yeovil licence later this year.

For complete listings of thier programmes visit their interactive website at

9 Jan 2000

9 Jan 2000

YDR fm will be back on the air on 106.4 as a trial broadcast for the proposed radio license from March 20 to April 16.

This is the stations second broadcast after their successful broadcast in October of last year.

They are broadcasting from their all new studios based at Yeovil College, inside an 18th century chapel, which has all the characteristics, of 'The Cavern club', where the Beatles used to play many years ago.

Managing director Tony Temple said: "We are very pleased with the response from people after our first broadcast, and now with the new studios and more local community input, we have fine tuned our programming even further."

There will be many new voices over the next broadcast, including presenters Lindy Phillips, Julie Gibson, Richard Bessell, Robert Deverton, Laura Denslow to name but a few, There will also be a few more surprise appearances in the weeks scheduling. Familiar voices from the original broadcast will also be heard, which include Nick James, Dave Johnson, Danny D and Don Davis.
From the first day YDR fm starts off as it means to continue with an opening launch and interview with Yeovil's MP Paddy Ashdown.

All the best original YDR fm features, local news, information, the 'Thought of the day', the Yeovil & District 'Whats on guide'and local bands are back due to popular demand. There will also be many more local informative interviews each day, covering important local issues and topics from members of the community.

For the complete listing of all the daytime programs, and evening specialist shows, you can visit the YDR fm interactive web page at

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