Local Radio Day is on Friday 26th May and The Bay is proud to be part of it for 2017!
We believe local radio is more important than many radio companies do. We believe when it is done properly, with the right funding, the right people and the right motives it can help change the lives of listeners and make a real and lasting impact to the area that it serves.
It can help local businesses prosper and thrive, making a real impact on the economy of the areas where it still exists and it can provide skills and training to local people.
We want to make the case for local radio because we feel it can, sometimes, be taken for granted.
Local Radio Day celebrates the partnership that exists between radio stations and their listeners and sets out to demonstrate the difference that local really makes.
In March 2018, The Bay will celebrate 25 years broadcasting across North Lancashire, South Lakeland and the Furness Peninsula.
Here are 25 facts about The Bay Radio
1) The Bay launched on air on 1st March 1993, by Captain of the Royal Navy Submarine HMS Vanguard at Barrow, Commander Jim Boyd.
2) The Bay has given away more than £40,000 in community grants to charities and not for profit organisations as part of the 'Summer Of Difference' campaign.
4) The Phantom Of The Bay has been caught so many times over the years that The Bay's given away over £30,000 in prize money.
7) The Bay shares it's birthday with Justin Bieber, Ron Howard, Roger Daltrey and Nick Kershaw.
9) In 2014, The Bay helped bring back the Morecambe Carnival after 27 years absence.
11) Earlier this year The Bay was ranked 2nd in England and has also held the number 1 position.
15) To celebrate the 21st birthday, The Bay launched the successful 'Live Local, Think Local, Shop Local' campaign across North Lancashire and South Cumbria.
18) Helps hundreds of local charities every year to raise funds, create awareness and support.
20) The Bay has won 3 Arqiva commercial radio awards for Sales Team Of The Year in 2005, 2010 and 2016.
New Road both ways (Ford bridge) closed due to emergency repairs at Bridge Street.