From its Stanley Road starting to the prime of the tower, Radio City is recognised with prestigious accolade at a glittering ceremony at Hilton Lodge.
Radio City was awarded the Freedom of the City on Thursday 15th November 2018 at Hilton Lodge Liverpool with employees and presenters, previous and new in attendance. The honour, the highest accolade bestowed by the native council for these liable for distinctive service to the metropolis, recognises Radio City’s 44 years as the soundtrack to life in Liverpool.
In October 1974 from its birthplace in Stanley Road, Radio City started broadcasting to Liverpool, Merseyside and past. Since that date, the station has stored its viewers entertained and knowledgeable, 24 hours a day.
Radio City has reported on the occasions and the people who have made this metropolis the place it’s. A trusted voice; a greatest pal, a shoulder to cry on. This can be a station that continues to cheer with the followers, champion the metropolis and stand proud with its individuals.
Many well-known faces we all know and love on native and nationwide television and radio, started their careers at ‘City’. The likes of comic John Bishop, LFC TV’s Peter McDowall, Richard Keyes, Pete Waterman and of course, for 13 years, our very personal Jay Hynd, he stated: “Being surrounded by all my former colleagues who at the moment are some of my closest pals, celebrating an unimaginable 44 years was actually coronary heart warming.
“Radio City will always be a massive part of my life the same as all those who’ve also grown up with the station as the soundtrack to their daily lives.”
Radio City Speak breakfast presenter Steve Hothersall delivered a shifting speech (scroll right down to learn it in full) to a packed out viewers which included The Proper Worshipful, Lord Mayor of Liverpool Christine Banks, The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, Councillor Wendy Simon, Radio City Founder Terry Corridor, LFC Legend Alan Kennedy, presenters Leanne Campbell, Pete Worth, Rick Houghton, Scott Hughes, Rossie, Claire Simmo and lots of extra.
Visitors have been handled to a visit down reminiscence lane as presenters and colleagues took to the stage to introduce the many years of Radio City previous. Soprano Danielle Thomas carried out stirring renditions of Adele’s ‘SkyFall’ and Coldplay monitor ‘Run’. Carol Clare from Radio City’s charity associate, Money for Youngsters spoke passionately about the relationship and its very important work in the group, earlier than Pete Worth hosted a silent public sale.
Radio City 2 and Information Liverpool’s Claire Simmo introduced the 90’s decade on the night time and mirrored on her time in the studio, she stated: “Radio City has been an enormous half of my life having grown up listening to it and all the time dreaming of being half of this station.
“To be part of the Radio City family for 20 years, working with some incredible people who are now lifelong friends. I cant imagine anyone or anything more worthy of this accolade.”
Radio City Information & Sport Editor, Steve Hothersall concluded his speech with: “We promise that we’ll proceed to wake the individuals of Liverpool from their beds, work beside them, drive them residence, get together with them and put them to mattress. We can be their firm in lonely occasions, a messenger, a comic, a campaigner, a instructor, a pal.
“And from high in the beacon, Radio City will continue to shine bright, shout loud and always be the soundtrack to Liverpool’s life.”
We’d like to supply our big congratulations to everybody at Radio City on their, a lot deserved Freedom of the City Award. Right here’s to many extra years at the prime of the tower.
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That is the full speech delivered by Radio City Speak’s Steve Hothersall….
We’d all agree that Liverpool is a spot like no different in the world. The truth is in 2008 as Capital of Tradition we declared ourselves “the centre of the universe”! That’s us scousers! By no means shy.
To be truthful although…Our metropolis is graced with graces, heavenly cathedrals, stretching shoreline and historic dockland, with a port that connects us to the world. And as a radio station Radio City has been privileged to be the voice and music of this metropolis for the final 44 years. I do know I converse for all my colleagues previous and current that delight doesn’t come near how we really feel to obtain this honour.
As I stated, Liverpool is a metropolis like no different. It’s a pool of life. Crammed with ardour and satisfaction, it’s a place that defies its exhausting occasions with humour and wit. It had seen tragedy and heartbreak however stays all the time dignified and united. It’s resilient and powerful, but humble and type. And our station is deeply rooted right here, proper at the centre of this place.
Our metropolis is who ‘we’ are. The station merely mirror the metropolis’s greatness. So it’s with because of our metropolis ‘our audience’, that Radio City is one of the UK’s most profitable and widespread radio stations. It really is a partnership. We recognise that Radio City is nothing with out the people who pay attention. But in addition that the station can be nothing with out ‘our’ individuals. Each member of our employees on-air and off, has spirit, expertise, creativity, character and coronary heart. We’re ‘teamcity’ and to be right here immediately is an honour that’s shared by each one of us.
Our journey has been unimaginable. In 44 years we’ve loved report listener figures! We’ve been at the forefront of business music, and we’ve collected each single award the radio business has to win. We’ve raised hundreds of thousands of kilos for our most weak youngsters. We’ve championed our communities. Revered and revered our journalists have damaged floor breaking tales and campaigned for justice.
Our presenters have been legendary and beloved by our audiences. We’ve held our plums with Billy and Wally, even seen the Butler dynasty flip home music scouse. Snelly, Seedy, Rossie, now ‘our’ Leanne & Dave. Nobody serves up breakfast like Radio City! Our presenter line up has all the time been the greatest, each present, daily! And we’ve by no means been afraid to talk our thoughts – have we Mr Worth!
Identical to our listeners we put on our coronary heart on our sleeve and converse with a ‘la’ in our lilt. Welcoming and heat, everybody who tunes in turns into an element of the Radio City household. It isn’t shocking then that Radio City is so profitable. We’re a music station in the metropolis the place music was born. It’s in our blood. And sport, I couldn’t not point out it might I! Pink or Blue, Radio City has made legendary sporting radio historical past too. Our sports activities broadcasting has been recognised worldwide.
So, 44 years of Radio City. That’s almost 4 hundred thousand hours of output alone. That makes it unattainable to recount each superb, inspiring, magical second we have now broadcast. A number of we’ll all keep in mind. Our work with the ‘Justice For The 96’ marketing campaign for Hillsborough. Psychological Well being Monday and the 24 hour Psychological Well being Marathon. Bobby Zones a marketing campaign to create slower velocity limits round faculties.
Maybe the second a winner cried reside on air and introduced the prize cash she’d simply gained would go to pay funeral payments for her husband who had simply handed away. And in that second Leanne and Dave have been merely Leanne and Dave and we have been all moved. The time the studio was left empty as Pete Worth sped from the tower to save lots of a listener threatening his personal life. There have been unimaginable moments.
And the enjoyable although. Oh there’s been a lot enjoyable!! Our well-known ‘Live In’s’. Mattress. Automotive. Tub! Our promote out ‘LIVE’ area gigs that deliver the largest artistes and the hottest music to Liverpool. Mission Christmas Toy Attraction. Match days and derbies, Champion’s League Istanbul! The Legends Present Stay. 24 hour Breakfast exhibits. The callers, the automotive stickers, the shout outs and wind ups. The Radio City Jingles…I gained’t sing!
On air we’ve had a ball, however it’s not simply music, information and sport that makes Radio City the unimaginable station that it’s. Radio City has performed its half in growing the prosperity of the area. In contact and influential in the financial system, we’re the main promoting medium. We all know companies younger and previous, giant and small, we’ve helped construct them, help them and develop them. In every little thing we do Radio City is artistic, creative and daring.
So from Terry Smith forging our beginnings in Stanley Road’s basement studios, at the moment our house is the Beacon. A tower that stands tall and fixed in an ever evolving metropolis. Like an enormous sundial the beacon casts its ever shifting shadow throughout our magical metropolis each hour of on a regular basis. Simply as we broadcast 24 hours. Over the years we’ve launched sister stations, and in the present day the Radio City model broadcasts the biggest hits on Radio City 2 and provides Liverpool rock, sport and speak with Radio City Speak.
We promise that we’ll proceed to wake the individuals of Liverpool from their beds, work beside them, drive them house, celebration with them and put them to mattress. We can be their firm in lonely occasions, a messenger, a comic, a campaigner, a instructor, a pal. We’ll snicker with them, cry with them and above all we’ll make their world a extra joyful place.
And from excessive in the beacon, Radio City will proceed to shine vibrant, shout loud and all the time be the soundtrack to Liverpool’s life. We thanks for this honour, it’s each humbling and galvanizing and we promise to proceed to serve our lovely metropolis and its superb individuals.