First Black British Radio Station, Choice FM,has been awarded a Blue Plaque in honour of its contribution to British history

Black History

We are pleased to announce the unveiling of a Blue Heritage Plaque in honour of Choice FM, the first and only Black Radio Station with a London wide commercial licence.  On March 31st 1990, a group of pioneering entrepreneurs and DJs delivered the first historic broadcast on the famous 96.9FM frequency.  This year marks the 30th year anniversary and to commemorate its history a blue plaque unveiling organised by the Nubian Jak Community Trust.

During its 23 year tenure, the station helped to champion black music of all genres and break acts from around the world. The station also covered stimulating debates on current affairs issues that were not covered by other mainstream stations. Choice FM was awarded a number of accolades including MOBO and Sony Radio Academy Awards.

In 2004, the station was bought by the Capital Radio broadcasting group (Global) and on the 7th October 2013 it was rebranded as Capital Xtra. So to celebrate the rich history of the station, the unveiling ceremony will take place. We are delighted that members of the Choice FM family, including many of the DJ’s will be joining us for the celebrations.

The London Blue Plaque scheme aims to link present day buildings with historic people and events of the past. The scheme is the oldest of its kind in the world, launching in 1866 and is run by English Heritage. There are 900 blue plaques in London and 25 in Lambeth, celebrating the lives of notable men and women who had a connection with a building in the area. Some of those names include the artists Vincent Van Gough and Charlie Chaplin. The Choice FM plaque will be one of the few BAME plaques in Lambeth, giving the station a permanent place in British history.

When: Wednesday 7th October 2020
Where: 16-18 Trinity Gardens, Brixton.  South London, SW9 8DP.  
It was at this address that the station launched and went on to be one of the most successful black media companies in the UK.
Time: 14:00-15:00

Nubian Jak Community Trust is a registered charity (No:1169656), governed, administered and managed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.
Our mailing address is:
Nubian Jak Community Trust
St Matthews Church, Brixton Hill.  London SW2 1JF


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