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Do you remember the launch of BBC Radio Suffolk in 1990?

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 April 2017 | UPDATED: 08:17 19 April 2017

Chris Opperman conducted a lot of his first broadcast dressed in a spaceman suit

Chris Opperman conducted a lot of his first broadcast dressed in a spaceman suit

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It is hard to imagine a time when BBC Radio Suffolk didn’t broadcast on our airwaves. Yet the station is only 27 years old, and celebrated its anniversary last week.

Cameras captured the first day on the airwaves at BBC Radio Suffolk Cameras captured the first day on the airwaves at BBC Radio Suffolk

BBC Radio Suffolk launched on April 12, 1990, at Broadcasting House on St Matthews Street, Ipswich, where it is still based today.

Chris Opperman playing a prank during the launch of BBC Radio Suffolk Chris Opperman playing a prank during the launch of BBC Radio Suffolk

Ivan Howlett was managing editor, and presenter Chris Opperman was the first to broadcast on the airwaves. He spent much of his first programme dressed in a comical spacesuit.

BBC Radio Suffolk goes live, April 12, 1990 BBC Radio Suffolk goes live, April 12, 1990

The station has gone on to have much success, including in 2004 when it was named Station of the Year in the Sony Radio Academy Awards.

Chris Opperman - out of his spacesuit - on the air Chris Opperman - out of his spacesuit - on the air

It also brought with it an increased popularity for BBC Radio 1’s Roadshow, which has visited Ipswich a number of times since 1990.

Ivan Howlett, who was BBC Radio Suffolk's managing editor, was the first man to be interviewed live on the airwaves Ivan Howlett, who was BBC Radio Suffolk's managing editor, was the first man to be interviewed live on the airwaves

Click here to read more about when the Roadshow visited Christchurch Park in 1996.

Chris Opperman during the launch of BBC Radio Suffolk Chris Opperman during the launch of BBC Radio Suffolk

The Ipswich Star, and our sister paper the East Anglian Daily Times, has enjoyed working alongside BBC Radio Suffolk on a number of projects - and we look forward to many more years ahead!

The newsroom at BBC Radio Suffolk in 1990 with journalists Kevin Burch (left foreground) and John Cranston (right) The newsroom at BBC Radio Suffolk in 1990 with journalists Kevin Burch (left foreground) and John Cranston (right)

Do you remember the launch of BBC Radio Suffolk? Email us to share your memories.

The managing editor at BBC Radio Suffolk when they came on the air in 1990 was Ivan Howlett. This picture was taken outside the BBC studios in St Matthews Street, Ipswich. The managing editor at BBC Radio Suffolk when they came on the air in 1990 was Ivan Howlett. This picture was taken outside the BBC studios in St Matthews Street, Ipswich.

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