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Until the 1970s, the British airwaves belonged almost exclusively to the BBC. However, the British government eventually decided to open the country’s radio environment to commercial stations in 1972, and new stations emerged as a result. one of those new stations was Capital Radio. Capital’s first few years were rough because advertisers were slow to jump on commercial radio, and audiences were reluctant to tune into more “low-brow” broadcasting. After a decade on the air, 1548 Capital Radio finally started to make an impact on London. Once Capital obtained an FM signal, the station really took off. Eventually 95.8 Capital FM beat BBC Radio 1 & Radio 2, to be come the most listened to station in London.

This aircheck features one of Capital FM’s most popular air personalities, Chris Tarrant. After spending over a decade as a TV host, he joined Capital Radio in 1984. He then spent the next 20 years hosting Capital Breakfast, every weekday morning at 6am. For many years, Capital Breakfast was the most listened to morning show in London. In 1998, while he was hosting mornings at Capital FM, he helped create, and hosted the TV show, “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” which became a huge hit in the UK, and went on the air in over 120 countries around the world. -Ellis

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  And, an added bonus… Chris Tarrant in a Capital FM TV ad from 1996. I think it’s a Fimhouse ad. If I’m wrong, let me know!

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        From the Ellis B Feaster You Tube Radio Aircheck & Classic TV Channel.          




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