LATEST NEWS

Latest GKA News

Information on current news about the station

Staff News

News on ex-staff

Forthcoming Events

GKA-related events

Roll of Honour

List of staff members

Historical Articles

Press cuttings and articles about GKA

Stories of GKA

Some legendary stories about working at GKA

About Us

ABOUT THE SITE

This site was created to celebrate the life and history of Portishead Radio. You will find many photographs and stories about the station; what it was like to work there; and many recollections about the station from those who worked there and also those who used the services.


The history pages are extracted from a book about the history of Portishead Radio which is still being researched.

WHY PORTISHEAD?

One of the most common questions we are asked is why is the station called Portishead when it is operated from Highbridge?


Easy - it is traditional for maritime radio stations to be called by the name of the transmitting aerials and not the control centre or receiving site. The Post Office transmitters were located at Portishead - hence the name. And even when the Portishead aerials were taken down in 1979, the name remained.



THE LEGACY

Sadly there is nothing left of the Highbridge receiving site. A housing estate was built following demolition, called Mulholland Park (after the name of a former station manager and his father who worked there). Street names include the unimaginative "Marconi Drive" and "Maritime Walk". 


The local council have been asked on numerous occasions to commemorate the station, but sadly our appeals have so far been unsuccessful.


A sad and disgraceful way for such an important establishment to end its days.