Around June 1975 there was a massive split within Radio Kaleidoscope. The station's engineers left, and as a result the Big K failed to brodacast for several weeks. On June 15th, with Kaleidoscope off the air, their former engineers joined forces with several others and made a short broadcast under the name Kaleidoscope '75 on 266m with around 75w. This broadcast consisted of the radio news section of the weekly Music Week programme. Various other announcements were made, some of which were recorded on-site in Dave Peters' car using the Philips 3302 which was used for the transmission. This broadcast came from the much used Beddington Sewage Works.
Follwing this brief test, the team decided to commence regular broadcasts. It was previously stated that the name North Surrey Radio was used. It appears that this was incorrect, and the station was actually City Sounds.
The first transmission under this name was made on June 22nd on 240m/1259kHz,
with the programmes recorded the previous day at Radio Invicta's studio in
Mitcham. At 1445 a large Post Office and police raid took place and all the equipment was lost.
Most of the site crew were caught, taken to Beddington police station and questioned. During the raid the 1259 Xtal was hidden in undergrowth
by Tony Collis and recovered the following day.
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