The Media Archive for Central England is the public screen archive for the East and West Midlands. An independent charity and company based at the University of Lincoln, MACE acquires, catalogues, preserves and makes widely available moving image materials that inform our understanding of the diverse cultures and histories of communities between the Lincolnshire coast and the Welsh border.
This film is part of Free
Rugby Radio Station
With a stream of telex and time signals Rugby keeps Britain connected during the analogue era.
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Rugby was not a conventional radio station but a communications hub transmitting radio telephony, including the now obsolete telex service that later gave way to fax. The 800 ft high masts had been a landmark since the 1920s and, as reporter David Rees finds out, maintaining them is tough, particulalry during the coldest winter of the twentieth century. As one rigger says, "The wind doesn't have time to go round you, it goes straight through you."
Eighty years of broadcasting history came to an end when Rugby Radio Station was closed in 2007.