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 19th 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 through advertising and sponsorship.
The Show has regrettably been cancelled again due to the uncertainties of the Coronavirus situation. But Steam Fair FM will be providing a special online only service over the dates when the show would have been held – Thursday 26 th - Monday 30th August, including the Bank Holiday Weekend. We’ll be on air (online) 24 hours a day, bringing you the best of the Great Dorset, with archive material spanning the past few years.
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 1955-1996. 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 1996!)
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, and much more!