The day DJ Liz did the biz, and ended with a chuckle: 107.5 Switch Radio recalls the occasion Her Majesty broadcast on Castle Vale’s radio station


Her Majesty The Queen, recording her message to Castle Vale, in 1998

Fourteen years ago Her Majesty the Queen broadcast a message for Castle Vale on Vale FM, based in Topcliffe House.
The Queen was visiting Birmingham in 1998, and paid a visit to Castle Vale where she recorded a message, in the old library in Turnhouse Road, for local broadcast on Vale FM. The Prince’s Trust had donated £12,000 towards the setting up of the radio station.
The pictures of the day made the national newspapers, television and radio.
Station Manager Neil Hollins supervised the recording on a pair of microphones in the old library building.
That old library has since been replaced by Spitfire House; Vale FM has been replaced by 107.5 Switch Radio, which is playing the recording of the Queen’s message as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
At the end of the message, Neil Hollins can be heard to say: “Thank you very much… that’s a take…” following which Her Majesty gave the briefest of royal chuckles.
Click here to hear the Queen’s broadcast (from Headline Media archives)Queen message 1998

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6 responses to “The day DJ Liz did the biz, and ended with a chuckle: 107.5 Switch Radio recalls the occasion Her Majesty broadcast on Castle Vale’s radio station

  1. john sharpe

    would be fantastic to see her back at switch radio now to hear her broadcast or the prince of wales to show what is money has done keep on trucking folks job well done

  2. Wouldn’t it just John!!

    BBC Midlands are coming to Switch in a couple of weeks to do some filming and interview me about it as part of a 30 minute TV documentary they are making about the Queen’s various visits to the West Mids during her reign.

  3. Don’t forget opening the swimming baths!!

  4. Pity she couldn’t come back to see what a load of lies was told and thats switch radio has nothing to do with the residents at all! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  5. I might even visit on the day the bbc interview and take them to show them the youths that hang around with nothing to do because selfish people like you don’t involve them. Stop trying to paint a pretty picture over reality to suit your own ego and agenda

  6. i remember when she visited when the vale was under refurbishment and there was new rules and anti social residents was to be evicted from the estate the place started to look like somewhere you would want to live so many promises and look where we are now i think we are on the verge of the bad days minus the high rise flats the management of this estate have failed miserably