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Waking up Essex weekday mornings it's Pete Chapman at Breakfast and Simon Lewis has The Big Drive Home 4pm-7pm Monday to Friday. Phil Terry has 3 hours of 80's music on Sunday mornings with 80's Sunday and Lawrence Ladbrook plays the biggest soul classics Saturday & Sunday evenings from 7pm.


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Blog Updates

Colchester Car Parking

Great value parking for summer in Colchester

By Actual Radio | 14th August 2017

Choose Colchester this summer, with great value parking in Colchester Borough Council’s car parks to help everyone enjoy the holidays.   There’s so much on offer in Colchester to keep families from across the Borough and…

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Actual Radio Local Radio for Essex Nick Moon

Nick’s Party Poppers Playlist 11th August 2017

By Actual Radio | 12th August 2017

Nick’s Party Poppers Playlist 11th August 2017 – Covered by Pete Chapman   Europe – The Final Countdown Steps – Thank Abba For The Music Nick Moon In The Mix – Kim Wilde, Whitney, Rick Astley…

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Colchester Pride 2017

Simon Baldock talks to Tess, orgainser of Colchester Pride 2017

By Actual Radio | 9th August 2017

Preparations are well underway for Colchester Pride 2017 the first event of its kind in Colchester which is taking place at Firstsite on the 19th August 2017 and Actual Radio will be there.   As well…

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V Festival Stage

V Festival “Have fun in a safe environment” say Essex Police

By Actual Radio | 8th August 2017

“Have fun in a safe environment” is Essex Police’s message to festival-goers this year as Chelmsford gears up for the V Festival. With up to 60,000 people anticipated to attend the two-day festival, the force has…

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Phil Terry on Actual Radio Essex

80’s Sunday Playlist 6th August 2017

By Actual Radio | 6th August 2017

80’s Sunday with Phil Terry Playlist 6th August 2017 10am-1pm   Opus – Live Is Life Pet Shop Boys – Opportunities Danny Wilson – Mary’s Prayer Madness – Embarrassment Black Box – Ride On Time Big…

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Essex County Councillor Dave Blackwell is Dave the Gardener on Actual Radio Essex

Dave the Gardener August 2017

By Actual Radio | 4th August 2017

Dave Blackwell is Dave the Gardener on Actual Radio. Dave is with us Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at 10:30am with your gardening hints and tips.   In the August edition Dave talks about how before…

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Grays and Thurrock Model Boat Club

Simon Baldock Talks to the Grays and Thurrock Model Boat Club

By Actual Radio | 1st August 2017

The Grays and Thurrock Model Boat Club has been in existence since 1906 and is considered one of the oldest in the country. Actual Radio’s Simon Baldock has been down to their home at Belhus Country…

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Big Community Switch

Reduce your energy bills with the Big Community Switch

By Actual Radio | 31st July 2017

On the 1 August Colchester Borough Council will be launching the 13th round of the Big Community Switch, the opportunity to reduce your energy bills.   The scheme has been set up for residents so that…

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5 tips from Essex Police to deter burglars this summer.

By Actual Radio | 30th July 2017

When going away on holiday Essex Police have 5 tips to deter burglars and keep your home safe this summer.     Homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be…

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