The launch took place at the Assembly Rooms in front of an invited audience of 150 and was broadcast LIVE on FM radio and also world wide on the internet.
The countdown show was hosted by FromeFM station manager Phil Moakes. It included clips from historic broadcasts and trailers for future FromeFM programmes.
House band The Bad Detectives played us into the LIVE chat show.
Host Sam Phripp began by chatting with musician Luke Leighfield. Luke created the familiar ‘FromeFM’ jingle 5 years ago, which he has now refreshed it for the FM launch. He is currently promoting his latest album New Season.
Next, Sam chatted with actor Mark McGann and his wife Caroline who told stories from stage and screen including fascinating tales from the early days of music video, when Caroline worked with The Who and the Sex Pistols.
Folk singer Cara Dillon and her husband Sam Lakeman completed the line up. They are working on a new album and have recently recorded a track that is being used at the 20th anniversary of Disneyland Paris. They will be performing at the Village Pump Festival at the White Horse Country Park, Westbury on 20th-22nd July. Sam is also producing an album for folk duo Winter Mountain.
FromeTV filmed the whole event so look out for their footage coming soon on www.frome.tv or search frome.tv on Facebook for some brilliant stills of the event.
The photo of Phil Moakes above was taken by our very own Sara Coffield… search her page on Facebook for more great photos.
Station Manager Phil Moakes said “It was a great night. Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen, and in particular to the Memorial Theatre who moved heaven and earth to make our launch a success”
After the chat show we switched over to the studio for a special edition of “Sport Pie” with a whole host of local sporting stars, followed by ‘Nocturnal Transmissions’ and ‘Come on Lets Rock’.
Tune in to 96.6 for a fantastic listen.