Is there still a lot of variation regarding the inclusion of the word "Radio" in the official station names?
I'm sure that at least a few stations which didn't include the word previously have changed over in the last couple of years or so (e.g. BBC Radio London, BBC Three Counties Radio).
This seemed to possibly suggest some desire to gradually standardise with universal inclusion of the word Radio, but I suppose there'd simply
to be at least some exceptions in order to avoid ultra-long names (e.g. BBC Hereford & Worcester, BBC Coventry & Warwickshire). That, and the Beeb's general chronic inability to achieve 100% blanket implementation of anything ever...
There's definately been phases of naming styles that got introduced or tried but never got any further.
I think the word radio started to be omitted mainly when the plan was to make the stations tri-media in the 2000s. So it would have been 'BBC Bristol TV' rather than the odd 'BBC Radio Bristol TV'. However the local TV experiment never went any further and the stations online presence has been scaled back massively.
The 3 Counties/Southern Counties/Thames Valley names were all 90s renames, the latter to solve the problem of two new and underperforming stations. Possibly there could have been similar names if other mergers happened - BBC Bristol and Somerset for example. I think Radio Leeds toyed with a similar name
Thames Valley of course also went for the 90s fad of suffixing 'FM' as did Dorset FM. That didn't go any further.
When BBC London Live launched I'm sure there were rumblings that it's name was a reaction to the success of 5 Live. The vague plan that didn't go any further was that local radio would become essentially become local opt outs of 5 Live which would of course then get some exposure on FM. Never happened, although all local stations now take 5 Live overnight, which wasn't universally the case.
I've always disliked the name "BBC WM". Literally nothing but initials and no actual words, which feels "un-BBC" to me. Commercial stations with initials-only names, fine. If it were my decision to make, I would force them to stick the word Radio in the middle of that.
Personally I liked the initialed ones - GLR, GMR, WM, CWR, I think they are just more catchy, interesting and roll off the tongue. Though they don't work as well on the more rural stations. I don't think they ever officially used BBC SCR or 3CR on air
I always liked the name of the rival to WM in Wolverhampton: WABC which stood for Wolverhampton And Black Country. Very American sounding but very clever
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