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Tarka Radio is 40

40th Anniversary


Tarka Radio was founded 40 years ago in January 1981 by a group of volunteers.

Their objective was to provide a personalised radio service for the patients of the North Devon District Hospital.

Tarka Radio’s first studio was officially opened by the Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall, John Alderson.

The basic original studio was a rather compact arrangement on level 1 of the main hospital. Over the years the equipment was slowly upgraded with various pieces of often second-hand kit and redundant equipment from professional radio stations who were updating their studios with the new shiny kit!

From these small meagre beginnings, the Tarka Radio team of volunteers have given their all over the years to help us to evolve into the organisation that we are today with newly refurbished spacious studios and a much-admired Outside Events Unit.

A huge thank you to volunteers past and present and to the people of North Devon who continue to support Tarka Radio and enable us to maintain our service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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During these difficult times, we do not have access to our studios as they are based in the hospital, however, many of our programmes are now being produced in our presenters home studios. We would like to thank the wonderful doctors, nurses carers and all other NHS key workers for all their hard work and support.

Also a huge thank you to the local businesses and organisations for their support in helping to keep Tarka Radio on air during these challenging times