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Broadcasting across Essex on DAB digital radio, Actual Radio is the Local Radio station for Colchester & North East Essex. As well as the best music we have the latest news, sport and weather updates, plus local information and events, if its going on in Colchester we're talking about it.


Waking up Colchester weekday mornings it's Pete Chapman at Breakfast. Greg Potter has your workday soundtrack weekdays from 10am and from 1pm Martin Roscoe takes you into the afternoon. Dave Gowland has the Big Drive Home weekdays from 4pm.


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Fang-tastic Halloween Trails at High Woods Country Park

By Actual Radio | 21st October 2020

Gather your little monsters for a ghoulishly good time at High Woods Country Park this October half term.   The whole family can enjoy four frighteningly good Halloween themed walking trails, suitable for ages 4-8 and…

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Colchester Scoops National Award for Parks and Green Spaces

By Actual Radio | 14th October 2020

The Green Flag Awards, which shine a light on the UK’s very best parks and green spaces, have been announced this week with Colchester Borough Council once again scooping the national award for Castle Park, High…

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Prolific Shoplifter Banned from Co-Ops in Colchester

By Actual Radio | 14th October 2020

A prolific shoplifter has been banned for going into Co-Ops in Colchester after admitting to more than a dozen theft charges.   Scott Lamond stole from Co-Op shops on 14 occasions between 6 September and 20…

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Essex Leaders and MPs request move to ‘High level’ Covid restrictions

By Actual Radio | 13th October 2020

It has been announced this morning that Essex County Council is to apply to the Secretary of State for Health for Essex to be placed into the new ‘High level’ banding of Covid-19 restrictions.   Essex…

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Colchester Arts Venues Receive Over £300k from Recovery Fund

By Actual Radio | 12th October 2020

It has been announced this morning that the Mercury Theatre and the Colchester Arts Centre have both received a welcome cash boost from the governments Culture Recovery Fund.   The Mercury Theatre is in receipt of…

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Essex Wedding Organiser to receive £10,000 COVID fine

By Actual Radio | 12th October 2020

THE organiser of a wedding party in Margaretting has become the first person in Essex to be fined £10,000 for organising a large gathering.   Police began receiving reports from the public at around 4.15pm on…

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Strictly Stars Are Coming To Colchester

By Actual Radio | 6th October 2020

Strictly Champion siblings, Kevin and Joanne Clifton, will be fox-trotting their way to Charter Hall in Colchester, on 13 November, with an intimate show produced for a socially distanced audience: An Evening with Kevin And Joanne…

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Colchester “Take Care of Your Air” Campaign Launches

By Actual Radio | 6th October 2020

A new Colchester-wide campaign has launched today, National Clean Air Day, to encourage drivers to switch off their car engines while they wait at traffic lights, level crossings or outside schools, to improve their own health…

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What Could Your Organisation Do with the Space?

By Actual Radio | 5th October 2020

Colchester Borough Council would like to hear from community-based organisations, businesses or groups from across the borough and beyond, who are interested in taking over management of the Abbey Field Centre and breathe new life into the landmark community building.   The spacious and well-connected property, formally the Garrison Gym,…

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Actual Radio Shows

Martin Roscoe Talks to Local Author Mandy Morrissey

By Actual Radio | 4th February 2020

On the 3rd February Martin Roscoe spoke to local author Mandy Morrissey about her new book Broken Wings: Love, Lies and Fairy Tales   You can listen again to the interview here at 0:39:25  

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Andre Kimche Talks to Colchester Councillor Martin Goss

By Actual Radio | 3rd February 2020

On the 2nd February Andre Kimche spoke to Councillor Martin Goss. Martin is the portfolio holder for Waste, Environment and Transportation on Colchester Borough Council.   You can listen again to the interview here at 2:08:50…

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Loxley with The Round Window 28th January 2020

By Actual Radio | 29th January 2020

Loxley on Actual Radio with The Round Window 28th January 2020 Three hours of radio dedicated to local artists, songwriters and producers.   To send your music to Loxley CLICK HERE  

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