The National Traction Engine Trust

Following on from the Gt Dorset Steam Fair’s recently announced revised show dates in 2016 (now Thursday 25th August – Bank Holiday Monday 29th August inclusive), the show has confirmed that its own radio station, Steam Fair FM, will be back on air for the 14th consecutive year.

Once again, the National Traction Engine Trust has joined forces with the show and Event Radio Associates who provide the broadcast

In 2015, the radio station moved back onto the show site into purpose-built studios within the new Control & Operations Centre complex, thus enabling improved communication of show information, and an improved FM signal from a higher aerial mast. A record number of people also “tuned in” via the online stream, which can be heard all over the world via smartphones, tablets, computers, internet radios and in-home wireless music systems.

With this in mind, Steam Fair FM plans to increase its broadcasting hours in 2016. The station will commence with an online “preview” service over the weekend of 20th/21st August. The FM service, and full programming, will then commence on Monday 22nd, as the show gates open to admit exhibitors, traders and prepaid public campers. The station will broadcast 24 hours a day through to the last show day, and will continue until lunchtime on Tuesday 30thAugust to provide traffic and travel information for those leaving the site.

Commenting on the decision, Patrick Heeley of Event Radio Associates said “It’s great to know we’ll be on air for the 2016 show. The ongoing partnership with the show and NTET will ensure that we have access to the very best show and exhibit news, interviews, reviews and all the information about what’s happening. Up to the minute traffic news and weather reports will continue to be a priority, and we’ll be welcoming listener dedications, and playing the greatest Vintage Hits all day and night! The new show dates will give the show fresh impetus, and we know from listener comments last time that the decision to re-schedule will be really popular.”

GDSF Managing Director, Martin Oliver said “I am delighted that we have been able to once again come to an agreement with Patrick Heeley of Event Radio Associates and the National Traction Engine Trust to enable Steam Fair FM (SFFM) to broadcast at the 2016 GDSF. The partnership agreement between the three organisations worked very well in 2015 and I would like to thank Patrick and the NTET for their continued support into this year. After the uncertainty surrounding the future of SFFM at the beginning of last year, there is no doubt that keeping the radio station “on air” has been absolutely the right decision and I very much hope that exhibitors and visitors will be able to enjoy SFFM for many years to come.”


Matt Shipton of the NTET said “The National Traction Engine Trust is delighted once again to be able to support Steam Fair FM for the 2016 event. Our involvement in 2015 took a few people by surprise, but it proved an ideal opportunity for the National to get our various messages out to a wider audience. We are very much looking forward to building on what we achieved last year and engaging further with visitors, exhibitors and casual listeners alike. Plans are already well advanced for our Marquee presentation and with a number of other initiatives being talked over behind the scenes, 2016 will be an exciting one for the National Traction Engine Trust and Steam Fair FM, along with the Great Dorset Steam Fair, it is an ideal resource in our various communication channels.

20 Jan 2016