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1994

Deva Radio - Broadcasting from the zoo

By Chris Stevens

In 1994, along with a group of fellow 6th Form friends, we ran a three-week radio station from three caravans and portacabins next to the zoo lecture theatre.

Chris Vane (Marketing Manager at the Zoo) very kindly came to our rescue when we didn't have a location that we could be based at, and he also came on the station a few times to give virtual tours of the zoo!

We were all 16 or 17 years old, and looking back now, so much could have gone wrong! But we actually broadcast - legally - on 1602AM for a month from the zoo to Chester and beyond, and a number of us including myself now work in broadcasting full-time. It might not have happened without the zoo's help!

I have more photos and audio if you'd like them :)

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