Steam Fair FM was co-founded by Chris Evans and Patrick Heeley in 2003. Both shared a lifelong interest in radio broadcasting, and saw the potential for large shows such as the Great Dorset Steam Fair to have their "own" radio station, uniquely serving the event with show news and information, interviews, traffic, weather, and a full 24 hour entertainment service.
Now in its 16th year of broadcasting, the station is independently owned and operated by Event Radio Associates, headed by co-founder Patrick Heeley. It is financially supported by a special partnership with the show and the National Traction Engine Trust, and through advertising and sponsorship.
Steam Fair FM broadcasts in the FM waveband on 87.9mhz from purpose built studios at the top of the showfield. The station operates under a "Restricted Service Licence" (RSL) issued by Ofcom – the government appointed body which oversees all broadcasting and communications in the UK. The antenna is on high ground, ensuring powerful coverage of the show area, and a consistent signal for those travelling in and out by car.
Steam Fair FM’s broadcast is also available worldwide via the internet , enabling visitors to "tune in" before or after their show visit….or indeed, if you are unable to get to the show physically. The stream is available through all major players, and can also be connected through smartphones, and other portable media using the "Tune In" App. Details are posted on the Homepage of this website before the show.
The station goes live on 87.9FM and Online at midnight on Saturday August 18th, and continues 24 hours a day until 1pm on Tuesday 28th August. That’s 10 days of broadcasting!
Once again, we’ll aim to provide the "soundtrack" to this year’s Great Dorset, and to keep listeners both at the show, and listening at home, fully updated on happenings and events.
Capturing the nature of the Great Dorset Steam Fair as Britain’s "National Heritage Show", Steam Fair FM is the "Home Of The Vintage Hits" – a unique FM oldies-based music policy focussed on the period 1955-1993. Vintage Hits are defined as songs which are at least 25 years old (the same definition as for a Vintage tractor!) We "add" an extra year with each broadcast (this year 1993!)
We also recognise the tremendous popularity of the bands who regularly perform at the Steam Fair, including The Wurzels, and Dr. Busker, who is often heard playing live in the Steam Fair FM studio!
With music as its bedrock, Steam Fair FM's format combines great oldies with news about the show, interviews with exhibitors on the showground, "Vox Pops" with visitors and exhibitors, regular traffic reports, weather updates, and specialist reports from experts.
There are regular competitions on show days, with great prizes to be won, and listen out for our regular review hour with Martin Oliver, the show’s managing director, discussing the event, and taking listeners’ comments.
The format is sustained day and night, 24/7, without variation – so whenever you decide to tune in, you’ll get all the information you need, as well as hearing all the best from our musical heritage!