About Steam Fair FM


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 20th year of broadcasting, the station is independently owned and operated by Event Radio Associates, headed by co-founder Patrick Heeley in partnership with Jonathan Robson. It is financially supported by a special partnership with the show and through advertising and sponsorship.

Broadcast Period 2022

Steam Fair FM will commence with an Online preview service on Saturday 20th August, with full programming commencing from Tuesday 23nd August, both online and from our transmitter at the show on 87.9 FM. Programming will be 24 hours a day over 10 days, until midnight on Bank Holiday Monday, August 29th.

Music Policy

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 20th century music policy focussed on the period 1955-1997. 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 1997!)

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!

Station Format

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! Don’t miss our fabulous competitions during the five show days, with great prizes to be won!