Three decades on......

This will be the 32nd continuous year of broadcasting at Cowes Week, the World's premier regatta. Cowes Radio has grown from it's beginnings in the '80s in a small caravan studio on the Parade at Cowes. Equippped with two record turnables and a microphone cable to the editor of Yachting World magazine at the time, Dick Johnson, on the waterfront watching the action. Broadcaster Steve Ancsell, from ILR Radio and then budding ITV sailing producer, spun the tunes and kept Dick company on the radio.

Many listened, especially the crowds watching the myriads of white and coloured sails; Dick & Steve brought meaning to the flotillas of big, small and all kinds of craft. The service grew each year to it's present form, with an award winning team of professional broadcasters with - some might say - too many years behind the microphone, Cowes Radio's broadcasts and technical achievements are the envy of many a permanent radio station.

Nowadays, over 80% audience reach is achieved in Cowes itself - that's more than 100,000 - with large numbers tuning in all around the shores of the Solent from Portsmouth to Lymington doubling that number. The 21st Century brought the Internet and online listening takes Cowes Radio all round the globe, with listeners from Khazakstan to Vanuatu, New Zealand to the USA and beyond. During the Week more than a million minutes of listening are downloaded!

Where the action is... at the heart of the regatta... Cowes Radio!

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