• The unofficial Independent Local Radio Nostalgia site

17/01/17 Some Swansea Sound bits have been added to the audio page.

26/12/16 Added a studio picture from 1983 for Southern Sound and some of the additional jingles from around the launch date including a few of the original presenter IDs. Please email if you can supply us with the complete set! Thanks.

22/05/16 Added the original Invicta Sound logo and advertising rate card from 1984.

08/01/15 A new year and a new look for This is ILR. Still tweaking some bits but all the links should work. If not then please email me (email address is shown at the bottom of the page)!

15/07/10 This is ILR is back! As all of the ILR stations in my local area are now Heart, it's time to resurrect this site so you can hear what Independent Local Radio should be. There isn't time to do many updates these days but to kick us off, high quality audio of Mercury's Heart of the South jingles have been added. Enjoy.

21/07/07 Added 1978 & 1980 programme guides for Radio Victory

11/07/07 High quality copy of the Radio 210 Closer to you package by Alfasound added.

01/01/07 Added the Christmas Carousel record to the Essex Radio audio page. Also added a magazine from 1985 for Radio 210.

29/09/06 Audio of the pre-launch flexidisc and also various scanned images have been added for Radio Broadland.

13/09/06 Radio Broadland 1980's jingles added (see the audio index page).

01/09/06 Added jingles for Radio Orwell, Saxon Radio and South Coast Radio to the audio index page.

06/05/06 A much better quality recording of the 1981 Essex Radio theme has been added.

02/04/06 Added 210 article from 1977 (contains some early presenter photos).

18/03/06 LBC 1984 jingles added. Also added one of the David Matier commercials to the County Sound audio page.

31/01/06 Added info sheet and programme guide from 1977 for Radio Victory.

31/12/05 More LBC and Capital air checks from the 1970's added including commercials, news jingles, Peter Young, Michael Aspel & Kenny Everett.


02/11/05 Added a few bits of audio for Isle of Wight Radio (see audio index on the main page for this).

19/07/05 Added Power FM jingles (AJ, Century21, Jam) to the Ocean Sound audio page.

05/06/05 Mercury Extra and Fame 1521 jingles added to the Mercury audio page.

01/06/05 Added The County Sound newspaper from 1986 to the County Sound page.

09/05/05 Improvements made to the sound quality of some of the first Mercury acapella jingles. Also added CD quality versions of some of the first Invicta Sound instrumental jingles.

30/04/05 Mercury FM 1995 jingles by Alfasound added.

29/04/05 Added more old presenter photos for Capital Radio.

28/03/05 1992 Classic Hits Ocean FM package by Jam added.

20/03/05 1992 Classic Hits Southern FM package by Jam added.

03/03/05 Complete, high quality versions of the Southern Sound and Ocean Sound classic Hits news jingles have been added (David Arnold).


13/01/05 Added Invicta Super Gold jingles and a few "best music" air checks to the middle of the Invicta air checks file.

19/11/04 210 FM jingles from 1992 now added and also Classic Gold Radio jingles also on the 210 audio page.

17/10/04 210 FM Hits and Memories jingles by Century 21 added.

18/09/04 Added some of the Essex Radio jingles by AirForce and an aircheck of "Auntie Damien" Prescott on the Mercury page.

06/09/04 Invicta FM jingles by Century 21 added.

18/07/04 Now added Capital jingles from the 1990's.

11/07/04 Added the rest of the 1980's jingles for Capital FM and Capital Gold.

02/07/04 Test transmissions and air checks for Ocean Sound, Light FM, Gold AM and Power FM added to the Ocean Sound audio page.

30/06/04 A few early Southern Sound airchecks have been added: Steve Power shutting the station down for the night and the overnight off air announcement featuring Bob James.

06/05/04 Added Invicta's "The Best Music" jingles by David Arnold.

25/03/04 Southern Sound Classic Hits jingles added (we only have the UK sung versions at the moment).

26/02/04 Ocean Sound Classic Hits demo and the opening of Power FM added to the Ocean Sound audio page.

05/02/04 Added the second jingle package for Ocean Sound.

03/02/04 Air Checks of the 3rd Southern Sound 3 jingle package added.

26/01/04 Added the next jingles for Southern Sound (sax news bed package). More audio to follow over the next few months.

08/01/04 Updated the info and links for each station and have also added a few new links to the links page.

02/01/04 Added Stereo MP3 versions of all audio files for all stations. Also changed site to a new layout with frames.

24/12/03 Added Delta Radio jingles to the County Sound audio page.

24/07/03 Next County Sound jingles (with First Gold and Premier) added. Also added the voice overs that go with the previous package.

12/03/03 Added Capital Radio news out jingle next to the news in one. Also added a few extra jingles for the first Jeff Wayne LBC package.

26/02/03 Hot Rocking/Music power jingle package added for Capital Radio. www.thisisilr.co.uk domain name now changed to www.thisisilr.org.uk (www.thisisilr.co.uk now works again as of Jan 2004).

21/01/03 Extra cuts and resings added for the County Sound Alfa jingle package. Next County Sound package (with US vocals) also added plus the Premier FM service jingles.

12/01/03 Extra logos for Capital, Mercury and 210 added. A-Z of Capital leaflet and 1980's program info added. Also clearer logo and presenter photo for Invicta added.

30/11/02 Added audio highlights and photos of Mercury FM's 18th birthday party.

23/09/02 Uploaded more 1980's commercials for Southern Sound and a few for Radio Mercury.

08/08/02 Added airchecks of Sean Bolger's last show on Southern Sound (plus picture) and the next set of Capital Radio jingles.

07/07/02 More early airchecks for Radio Mercury added including the RPO concert at the Fairfield Halls, Andrew Marshall Meets the Stars and an April Fool for the Independence of Mickleham!

09/06/02 Added jingles and air-checks of the Timbo show (Radio Mercury/Southern Sound).

16/05/02 Added air-checks and presenter photos for Capital Radio including loads of Kenny Everett recordings.

14/05/02 Added early logo, air-checks and presenter photos for Radio Victory. Added LBC theme for package 5.

28/02/02 Re-added missing sound files and split them into smaller chunks than before. Added extra versions of the theme for LBC's second package.

21/02/02 Added Timbo poster for Mercury and Southern Sound. Corrected Radio Victory information as they were not on cable and normal FM at the same time.

06/01/02 Added original programe line up and a bit more info for Invicta Sound.

05/11/01 Added high quality stereo sound files for LBC and Capital Radio.

16/10/01 Added second jingle package for Invicta Radio and extra commercials for Capital Radio 1970's.

26/09/01 Added airchecks for Essex Radio (loads of them), Invicta Sound and Radio Mercury. Also added a few additional airchecks to the original files for County Sound, Southern Sound and Ocean Sound.

05/09/01 Added airchecks of various eras for Radio Victory and Radio 210.

23/08/01 More airchecks and Kenny Everett bits added for Capital Radio. Plus, the sound files for the first jingles now have some extra cuts and most cuts are better quality recordings than before.

14/08/01 Added quite a few airchecks & jingles for LBC including the first ever news bulletin.

08/08/01 Have added a much better quality version of the original Capital Radio news jingle to the beginning of the long jingles/news audio file. Also changed the setup of the whole site so that sound files can once again be easily saved to your own PC by right mouse clicking.

30/06/01 Added 'The Sounds of Your Life' jingles for Radio 210. Added an extra logo for LBC and two for Capital Radio.

27/05/01 Added more logos & information/programme sheets for Essex Radio, County Sound & Radio Mercury. Added more logos for Southern Sound.

21/05/01 Added more logos for LBC, Capital & Radio 210 plus more presenter photos for Capital & Victory. Also, programme guides for Victory & Radio 210.

20/04/01 Added better quality logos for Capital Radio, Radio Victory, Radio 210, Essex Radio, County Sound, Invicta Sound and Ocean Sound. Also moved all html to new web host virgin.net.

14/04/01 Added the launch newspaper and the next set of jingles for Southern Sound.

03/04/01 Added the next set of jingles for Capital Radio, a recording of the opening and more info about the first jingles.

29/03/01 Corrected various information for Radio 210.

23/03/01 Updated information for first LBC, Capital Radio and County Sound jingles. Also added early air-checks for Radio 210.

11/03/01 Set domain name to point to new host (virgin.net).

07/03/01 Corrected LBC information as the LBC name was not dropped by Crown Communications.

05/03/01 Added more info for Airport Information Radio's Heathrow service (Radio Mercury).

21/02/01 Added MP3 versions of Southern Sound theme and weatherbed.
14/02/01 Added logo and pictures for Airport Information Radio (Radio Mercury).

11/02/01 Added more details for Airport Information Radio (Radio Mercury). Corrected information for name change from Invicta Radio to Invicta FM. This happend before the Capital takeover, not after.

08/02/01 Added photo and info for the Tommy Boyd Sunday show (Southern Sound).

03/02/01 Added link to Capital 604 (South Africa) from Capital Radio page. Also link to the history section on the Capital Radio Group website.

28/01/01 Added mid 70's trailers and first Jeff Wayne jingles for LBC.

23/01/01 Slightly changed layout of all pages so that they display better in browser.

21/01/01 Created the recent updates page which you are reading now. Changed font colours for presenter photo pages (Capital & Southern Sound). Changed email link to go straight to thisisilr mail account (only recently setup) rather than to personal account via re-director.

20/01/01 Enabled map on main page to link into the info pages for the stations shown. Added funky background to links page.

17/01/01 Added Test transmissions and the opening of Southern Sound.

16/01/01 Added dates for the opening of Ocean Sound's Power FM & Gold AM. Placed new domain name (www.thisisilr.co.uk) at top of main page.

14/01/01 Added logo for Ocean Sound and added original programe guide for The Light FM.

12/01/01 Corrected info for Ocean Sound. The Light FM started at a later date than the East and West services, not on the same date.

10/01/01 Changed font colour to a lighter blue for main text. Corrected info for Invicta Sound. It only lasted for 6 months (not 2 years) before a name change to Invicta Radio. Also LBC was listed as changing ownership in 1994 but it actually lost it's licence.

08/01/01 Added Johnny Muckslow's name as the presenter of Southern Sound's Razmajazz.

07/01/01 Corrected Southern Sound original frequency to 1332 not 1323KHz. Corrected Radio Victory info as it closed due to loosing the franchise, not neccessarily financial reasons.

07/12/00 Second upload of site. Moved to Fortunecity due to the disk space required. Now contains full packages for early jingles. Site begining to be listed on a few search engines.

27/08/00 First upload of site. Hosted with Freeserve. Contains just the main themes for each station.