StampNews.com got to know that Isle of Man Post is to issue a new series of stamps to mark the golden jubilee of the oldest independent local radio station in the British Isles. This series consists of eight stamps that reflect some of the key programmes and services the station broadcasts throughout the year. The issue will be released on the 1st of October.
From the humble beginnings of a caravan in Onchan, Manx Radio came onto the airwaves in the summer of 1964 and became the first commercial radio station licensed in Britain created to inform, entertain and educate the whole of the Island.
The set of eight stamps have been specially designed and pictorially reflect some of the key programmes and services that the station broadcasts throughout their 50 year history.
There is Mannin Line with the programme's host David Callister in the studio, Countryside with presenter John Kennaugh, Jazz Hour featuring a piano playing Jim Caine and Jackson's Jollybody's, with Alan Jackson shown presenting his popular morning show with a group of children. Radio TT is depicted by Peter Kneale commentating from the Grandstand studio.
An image by Simon Park reflects the daily weather reports, while one of the House of Keys by Andy Stephenson highlights current affairs programme Mandate. Outside broadcast coverage shows the visit by the Queen in 1979. The image is by Bill Peters, courtesy of Manx National Heritage.
Now based at Broadcasting House on Douglas Head, things have changed a lot since those first days in the caravan. Manx Radio stands proud as 'The Nation's Station' and has become a friend to generations of Manx people of all ages.
Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to wish Manx Radio a happy 50th birthday and share their celebrations of the history, talents, news and events the station has seen since 1964 with a special presentation pack, along with first day cover and mint and cancelled to order (CTO) sets of stamps.