About Sonnet Radio – Historical
Sonnet Radio was originally born in October 1999 on 106.2 FM. It was a radio station serving South Cheshire. It broadcasted on a Restricted Service Licence (RSL) using a 25 watt transmitter, and was on the airwaves for….wait for it….16 whole days! That was the length of the licence allowed by OFCOM!
Back in those days, the internet wasn’t anything like it is today. If it was it could have carried on online. Bear in mind in 1999 Amazon was 5 years old, Google about 1, Facebook was 5 years off & you’d have to wait for another 7 years to send a Tweet! To access the internet in those days (unless you were quite rich), you were stuck with a dial up connection and a whole 56 kbps of bandwidth! Oh, and if you wanted to use the phone, you had to disconnect your computer from the modem!
So it was with sadness that the original Sonnet FM closed it’s doors in November 1999. Gone, but certainly not forgotten!
The 21st Anniversary of the Sonnet name.
2020 arrived. The year Sonnet would have been 21. Now, using the powers of modern technology, the all new Sonnet Radio have dragged its spirit, and name, kicking and screaming into the 21st century!
Still based in South Cheshire, and with a new team of local presenters – the brand new Sonnet Radio is here! Now we can broadcast far and wide! The station is now on air 24/7 with regular live shows. Our new auto DJ ( affectionately known as ‘Sonny’) works tirelessly to bring you the music you love, when our Presenters are asleep.
Why was ‘Sonnet Radio’ Chosen as the stations name?
Although we now think of a sonnet as being a 14 line poem. Sonnets were written & used famously by William Shakespeare. The word ‘sonnet’ is derived from the Italian word, ‘sonnetto’. ‘Sonnetto’ originally meant ‘little song’ or ‘little sound’. When the letters ‘FM’ were added to Sonnet (to become ‘SONNETFM’), it transmitted & showed perfectly on RDS radio systems. At the time, RDS (Radio Data System) display’s were fairly new and could display a maximum of 8 characters. RDS was available on only a few newer car and home radios in 1999!
So sit back & relax. Listen to your good time station. Sonnet radio is the radio station that thinks you are number 1!
Sonnet Radio is based in South Cheshire. Although our service is available across the UK and in other countries specified under our PPL webcasters licence, our focus is to provide a radio service throughout Cheshire and the wider North West of England.
So if you live in one of Cheshire beautiful and varied towns and villages such as Alderley Edge, Altrincham, Chester, Congleton, Crewe, Ellesmere Port, Frodsham, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Middlewich, Nantwich, Northwich, Runcorn, Sandbach, St Helens, Warrington, Wilmslow, Winsford or anywhere in-between. Sonnet Radio is here for you.