20th July 2017

Apple FM News

Competition- Win Tickets For Supreme Queen At The Brewhouse - Here is your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Supreme Queen at The Brewhouse Theatre THIS Friday.  Supreme Queen have been paying homage to the world’s most theatrical and dramatic Rock band, [...]
Somerfest 2017 - It was an honour for Apple FM to be asked to host a performance arena at Somerfest again this year. The annual performance and arts festival, which is held at many locations across the town centre, [...]
Soap Box Derby 2017 - Apple FM once again supported the Stoke St Mary Soap Box Derby for a second year, providing the entertainment and music from our mobile studio.  It was another successful event with over twenty entrants and [...]
Vintage Bus Day 2017 - Apple FM attended the very successful Vintage Bus Day at Castle Green on 14th May 2017. It was a very busy day where hundreds of people attended in the sunshine to bag a free ride [...]
Soroptimists Swimathon Money Awarded To Good Causes - The Soroptimists Swimathon presentation took place on Friday evening (28 April) where, Taunton MP, Rebecca Pow presented the cheques to this years recipients. The money was raised via a sponsored Swimathon which took place at Taunton School [...]
Taunton Marathon 2017 - Apple FM were pleased to attend the Taunton Marathon and Half Marathon again this year on 2nd April. More than one and a half thousand entrants took to the streets of Taunton for this year’s [...]
Apple FM in the Taunton Soroptimists Swimathon 2017! - Apple FM was very proud to not only be taking part in the 29th Taunton Soroptimists Swimathon, but to also be one of the four recipients of the money raised from this years Swimathon.  Apple [...]
SheppyFest Announce This Years Headline Act - Taunton music festival SheppyFest have announced the headline act for this years event. The event, held at Sheppy’s Cider Farm in Taunton, will be back in September and will once again be proudly hosted by Apple [...]
Join The Apple FM Swimming Team For Taunton’s Swimathon - Apple FM are looking to put some Swimming Teams together to enter a Swimathon in February which will raise money for Taunton Charities including Apple FM itself!  We are looking to build a team, or [...]
New Year Draw Winners 2017 - Did you purchase one of our New Year Draw Tickets from one of our door-to-door Ticket sellers since July 1st? If you did then you may be one of our lucky winners! Check the winning ticket [...]
Competition- Around The World In 80 Days Tickets - ————————————————————————————————- This competition is now closed and was won by Sharon Cannell and Jo Miller. ————————————————————————————————- Here is your chance to win a family ticket to see the fantastic Around The World In 80 Days show, [...]
Competition- Win A Ride On The Santa Express - ————————————————————————————- This competition is now closed and was won by Kathy Honybun ————————————————————————————- Here is your chance to win a family experience on the Santa Express on the West Somerset Railway on Saturday 17th December. The train will [...]
Christmas Fest Live 2016 - On Thursday 1st December Taunton’s two Community Radio stations, Apple FM and Tone FM, teamed up to bring the county town Christmas Fest Live.  It was a big outdoor music gig with a host of [...]
Competition: Jack And The Beanstalk Panto Tickets - —————————————————————————— This competition is now closed and was won by Louise Smith —————————————————————————— Here is your chance to win a family ticket to see the Jack And The Beanstalk panto at Bridgwater’s McMillan Theatre on Thursday 15th [...]
Bridgwater Carnival 2016 - Once again Apple FM joined forces with The Buses Of Somerset and were in the Bridgwater Carnival procession on an open-top bus. A massive thank you again to the huge crowds that lined the streets [...]
Taunton Carnival 2016 - We were delighted to join the carnival procession of the county town again this year. This year was the 51st annual carnival in Taunton and we joined forces with The Buses Of Somerset aboard their [...]
SheppyFest 2016 - Apple FM were proud to support the very first SheppyFest, held at the world famous Sheppy’s Cider Farm. A great local event with various stalls and entertainment with a number of great acts taking to [...]
SheppyFest Competition Winners - SheppyFest is a music and cider festival taking place at Sheppy’s Cider farm, on 3rd September, to celebrate 200 years of cider making at Sheppy’s. Apple FM had five pairs of tickets to give away and have been [...]
Taunton Flower Show 2016 - The ‘Chelsea Of The West’ The Taunton Flower Show took place in Vivary Park on 5th and 6th August. Once again Apple FM were there and broadcasted live from the site for 16 hours over [...]
Apple FM with Gardeners Question Time at the Taunton Flower Show 2016 - Apple FM is very proud to be broadcasting the Gardener’s Question Time feature at this years Taunton Flower Show in the Demonstration Marquee on Friday 5th & Saturday 6th August 2016. Hosted and Chaired by [...]
Apple FM Mid Summer Draw 2016 - Did you purchase one of our Mid Summer Draw Tickets from one of our door-to-door Ticket sellers since January 1st? If you did then you may be one of our lucky winners! Check the winning [...]
Somerfest 2016 - Somerfest is Taunton’s leading festival of performing arts, theatre, sports, circus, music and participatory arts. This year it took place across the county town on Saturday 18th June. This year Apple FM were based in [...]
Soap Box Derby - Apple FM were very pleased to attend the first Soap Box Derby at the beautiful village of Stoke St Mary on 5th June 2016. It was a very successful day with added warm sunshine and [...]
Apple FM Talk To Will Young - Apple FM’s Luke Knight recently caught up with Will Young for an interview. Will is one of the three headliners to perform at Somerset Rocks in Vivary Park in August. He will take to the [...]
Free Film Friday Has Arrived - Think you know your films? Well, every Friday we give you the opportunity to win yourself a free cinema ticket on our Free Film Friday. Courtesy of our friends at the Odeon Cinema in Taunton. All you [...]
Taunton Deane Citizenship Awards 2016 – Apple FM Commended - A record number of nominations were received for this year’s Citizenship Awards, Hosted by the Council in conjunction with local Rotary Clubs to recognise the unsung heroes of Taunton Deane. There were 19 entries in [...]
Schedule Changes - For week commencing 11th April we have a few on-air schedule changes to inform you of. On Mondays at 11am you can catch Travel-Bites. David Gordon visits national and international tourist destinations each week. Ideal [...]
Taunton Marathon 2016 - On 3rd April, Apple FM were once again down at Somerset College to cover the 33rd Taunton Half and Full Marathons. We spoke to the runners, spectators and organisers of this great community event. Click [...]
Apple FM’s Managing Director, Philip Knighton – Obituary - Philip Knighton has been Apple FM’s Managing Director since August 2014. Born in Taunton on the 28th January 1948, Philip’s toddler years saw him growing up in Priorswood before the family eventually moved to Roman [...]
Introducing Our New Sunday Schedule - From this Sunday, 21st February, we are tweaking our Sunday Schedule. You can still catch The Sunday Spin from 10am and Nothing But The Nineties at midday. Mellow Moments moves to the earlier time of [...]
The Love Zone Is Here - To celebrate Valentine’s Day, on 14th February, we got loved up at Apple and launched a new nightly show called The Love Zone. The show can be heard each evening between 10pm and Midnight from Sunday to [...]
Blooming marvellous! Apple FM shortlisted for national award - Apple FM are amongst the shortlisted nominations at this year’s HBA Awards. Recognised under the Special Event category, Apple FM’s live broadcast at last year’s Taunton Flower Show has been shortlisted for the award at the annual awards [...]
Apple FM New Year Draw 2016 - Did you purchase one of our New Year Draw Tickets from one of our door-to-door Ticket sellers or even from Craftasmic in the High Street since July 1st? If you did then you may be one of [...]
Waitrose Hamper Winner Collects Prize - Shortly after 6pm on Friday evening (11th Dec) we announced the winner of our Christmas Hamper competition, courtesy of Wellington Waitrose. The winner was Emma-Jane Gibson from Wellington. She was presented with the prize by [...]
November 2015 – Request Chart - Every Month our music librarian, Paul James, counts up the requests that were collected from the patients on the wards of Musgrove Park Hospital and requests from listeners in the community to compile the artist [...]
Taunton’s Rock on the Green raises £3000 for local causes and charities - Taunton’s very own rock festival, Rock on the Green has this year raised £3000 for local organisations. At a presentation held at St Andrew’s Green on Monday evening, 7 local organisations were presented with cheques [...]
It’s Back ! The Top 5 @ 5 - It’s back, after a years rest, popular competition The Top 5 At 5 has returned to our Drive-Time show. Taking over from Lets Get Lyrical, which is now taking a rest, you can catch The [...]
West Buckland Village Fayre 2015 West Buckland Village Fayre 2015 - Today saw the 2015 West Buckland Village Fayre take place behind the Village Hall. The sunshine was out in force providing a beautiful day for this fantastic event that Apple FM has been proud to [...]
Apple FM Mid Summer Draw 2015 - Did you purchase one of our MidSummer Draw Tickets from one of our Ticket sellers or even from Craftasmic in the High Street since January 1st? If you did then you may be one of [...]
The Apple FM iPhone & iPad App is now here!! - We are VERY proud to announce our very own App for the Apple iPhone & iPad has finally been released! With Live Streaming, Request Forwarding and Competition Entry all included, you are sure not to miss [...]
Apple FM recognised with Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2015 - Apple FM is now your favourite award winning Station – It’s official! We are delighted to report that we are the recipients of a Queens Award for Voluntary Service in this years awards. It is the [...]
The Apple FM App Has Arrived - It’s finally here! To mark the Second anniversary of Apple FM’s launch we are very hAPPy to launch our first App. With Live Streaming, Request Forwarding and Competition Entry all included, you are sure not to [...]
Apple FM Is Officially Two Years Old - We are now officially two years old as Apple FM launched at 10am on 11th May 2013! The radio station itself is actually 44 years old – we were formally known as T.H.R and Apple AM [...]
LAST CHANCE! Win A Dinner For 2 In Our FREE Anniversary Draw! - On Monday 11th May (Tomorrow) Apple FM celebrates its 2 year Anniversary! To help us celebrate, our fantastic friends at The Corner House Hotel in Taunton have allowed us to offer Dinner for 2* (to the [...]
Apple FM 2nd Anniversary approaches – Be a winner in our Prize Draw! - On Monday 11th May (this Monday coming!) Apple FM celebrates its 2 year Anniversary! To help us celebrate, our fantastic friends at The Corner House Hotel in Taunton have allowed us to offer Dinner for [...]
The Apple FM App Is Coming ! - We are extremely excited to announce that the Apple FM App is coming soon. It will launch in May to mark our second anniversary of broadcasting as Apple FM. On the APP you will be able [...]
New Years Cash Draw 2015 - Apple FM held it’s New years Draw live on air at 3.30pm on Thursday 1st January 2015. Over 6900 tickets had been sold in the last 6 months and Apple FM’s Philip Knighton, along with [...]
Community Matters Returns - Our truly local community show Community Matters returns on Tuesday 7th October at 10am and every Tuesday thereafter. This is YOUR community radio show. The show will focus on local people and local topics. If [...]
Let’s get lyrical! - Let’s get lyrical is a brand new feature on our Drive Time show here at Apple FM. Let’s get lyrical kick starts 5pm every weekday. For your chance to win a fantastic Apple FM car [...]
Care Free Cake Winner for July – Barbara Buck from Cheddon Road - Sharon Kinloch nominated Barbara Buck of Cheddon Road, TAUNTON for Care Free Cakes.  Here’s why she won for July. Barb is my mum. On the 20th June my sister lost her battle with Cancer in Sussex. [...]
Apple FM’s 2014 Mid Summer Draw £250 - This years First prize winner was lucky Mrs D Tomalin from Taunton who is seen in the photo receiving her cheque from Phil Hodgson and James Hembrow, the owner of Craftasmic where her lucky Winning [...]
Waitrose Community Matter Projects - During the month of April, Waitrose in Wellington had Apple FM as one of it’s Community Matters projects. At the end of your shop in branch, you receive a token to place in a box [...]
Care Free Cake Winner for June – Debbie from Alby’s Childcare Pre-school - Ellen Chilcott nominated Debbie from Alby’s Childcare Pre-school for Care Free Cakes.  Here’s why she won this month. “I would like to say thank Debbie for supporting me when I was at Alby’s Childcare on [...]
Care Free Cake Winner for May – Sarah Bell from Foundation House - Steve Philips nominated Sarah Bell from Foundation House for Care Free Cakes.  Here’s why she won this month. I wish to nominate Sarah Bell for her leadership and support in a difficult job. To find [...]
Hollyoaks v North West Legends Football match - Our volunteer Ellen Chilcott went along to find out more, below is her report: When I heard about this great event by a friend, I wanted to help and was pleased to hear they were [...]
Local primary school visit radio station - Wednesday 7th May St John’s Church of England VA Primary School in Wellington went along to the Apple FM studios in the Duchess building at Musgrove Park Hospital. Their visit enabled the primary school children [...]
Listen Again Service - Today we have launched our Listen Again Service.  If you miss your favourite show, you can listen to it again on-line, check it our on our web site.
Happy 1st Birthday Apple FM! - Yes, Apple FM is 1 today!  We’ve had a great year and we have been so lucky to of had the year we’ve had!  We want to thank every single person that has helped Apple [...]
Philip Knighton being presented with his Good Citizenship certificate by Taunton Mayor Libby Lisgo Philip Knighton receives good citizenship award - Our very own Philip Knighton received recognition for his services to Community Radio in Taunton Deane at the Good Citizenship Awards ceremony on Wednesday 23rd April 2014 at Deane House when he was presented with [...]
Care Free Cake Winner – April – Mr Rob Date from Body Fix - Rob Date from Body Fix has won our care free cake nomination for April, he was nominated by Frank Biederman – here’s Frank’s story and why we thought Frank was April’s worthy winner; “Rob really is [...]
Apple FM appear in Waitrose’s charity token scheme - Shoppers at Waitrose in Wellington know after every shop, they are given little green tokens at the checkout, shoppers can then place these tokens into a box, representing one of three great chosen causes they [...]
Care Free Cake Winner – March – Sonja Osboen from Tiny Feet Pre-school - Sonja Osboen has won our care free cake nomination for March, she was nominated by Rachel Hines – here’s her story and why we thought she was a worthy winner; “Sonja is the best friend I [...]
Care Free Cake Winner – February – Mrs Hapher from Priorswood Primary School - Mrs Hapher has won our care free cake nomination for February, she was nominated by Kelly Batstone – here’s her story and why we thought she was a worthy winner; We (Kelly) moved into the [...]
Apple FM’s Craig went sky bound over the Levels - Our very own Apple FM’s Craig Stone, took to the air to check out the latest view of the flooding over the Somerset Levels.  Flying over the levels Craig said “You have to stop and [...]
Charity Blues Track for Flood Appeal - A group of local musicians (collectively calling themselves The Dredgers, including Apple FM’s very own Ian Uren) have got together and recorded a blues track ‘Floodplain Blues’. All proceeds are being donated to the Somerset [...]
Day’s left to nominate Musgrove’s staff for a MAFTA - Members of the public have just one week left to nominate Musgrove staff in the Patients’ Choice category of the 2014 Musgrove Awards for Tremendous Achievement (MAFTAs). Entries for the awards, which recognise clinical achievements, [...]
Wellington Library ready for self-service makeover - Wellington Library is set to become the latest Somerset library to move to self-service following its successful introduction in other libraries across the County. The library, run by Somerset County Council, will be temporarily closed [...]
Have your say on proposed school term & holiday dates - Have your say on proposed school term and holiday dates for the academic year starting September 2015. Every year Somerset County Council consults with schools, staff, governors, parents and carers and members of the public [...]
Apple FM Support Somerset Flood Victims - We at 97.3 Apple FM upon hearing the appeal for help from FLAG (Flooding on Levels Action Group) jumped into action to help with their request for sand to fill sandbags. During yesterday evening (Friday [...]
Apple FM’s Mid Summer 2014 Draw Tickets on Sale - Fancy winning yourself a nice little packet and help Apple FM at the same time? The Mid Summer 2014 Draw Tickets are on Sale NOW.  You could WIN you either £250, £125, £75 or £25 [...]
Apple FM’s 2014 New Year Draw £250 - Mr Moore of Cotford St. Luke pictured with Phil Hodgson from Apple FM receiving their 1st  Place Prize of £250.
Apple FM’s 2014 New Year Draw £125 - Mr Brewer of Wellington pictured with Phil Hodgson from Apple FM receiving his 2nd  Place Prize of £125.
Apple FM’s 2014 New Year Draw £75 - Mrs Saunders of Uffculme pictured with Phil Hodgson from Apple FM receiving her 3rd  Place Prize of £75.
Apple FM says Goodbye and Good Luck to Tony Smedley - Apple FM bids a fond farewell to Tony Smedley, Tony is leaving the station and hanging up his headphones to spend more time with his family.  We are sad and sorry to see Tony leave [...]
Apple FM Draw Christmas Winners - The Draw took place at 16:50 on the 1st January 2014. 1st Prize was awarded to Mr Moore in Cotford St Luke (£250) 2nd Prize was awarded to Mr Brewer in Wellington (£125) 3rd Prize [...]
Care Free Cake Winner – December – Staff at Woodlands Preschool in Ruishton - Natalie Pike wanted to nominate the staff at Woodlands Preschool in Ruishton.  Here you can read her nomination: I would like to nominate the staff at Woodlands Preschool because they provide wonderful service from a [...]
Rhydian Interview with our very own Philip Knighton - Tune in to Golden Delicious today (19th December) from 2 til 4pm and you can hear Philip Knighton’s exclusive interview with the X Factor star Rhydian, a classically trained singer who is equally at home [...]
Care Free Cake Winner – November – Link Centre Halcon Estate - Jayden from the Link Centre nominated Denise read her nomination Denise is manager of the Link Centre on Halcon Estate, she works very hard at what she does and helps the community a lot. She [...]
Care Free Cake Winner for September – Blackbrook Surgery - Gale Berryman nominated the staff at Blackbrook Surgery for Care Free Cakes.  Here’s why they won this month. We have recently had a new clinical system installed and I would like to thank the team [...]
Care Free Cake Winner for August – Gotton Manor Care Home - Elaine Channon nominated Gotton Manor Care Home for Care Free Cake! Here’s why they won this month: They are a great team who really care about all their residents. My 97 year old grandfather, Arthur, [...]
Jay Jay’s Fire Walking - I am doing a FireWalk at Compass Disability Services, Taunton on Saturday 27th July 2013. No tricks will be involved; Just me and the hot coals! I am raising money for two worthy local Charities. [...]
Volunteer Drive Time Presenter(s) Required - Volunteer Drive Time Presenter(s) Required. Have you got a flare for Radio Broadcasting? Do you posess the drive and ambition to make compelling programming? Are you passionate about the Taunton Area? Are you studying Media [...]
Find Us On TuneIn - It’s time to re-tune!  TuneIn have renamed us to Apple FM, which means you may have to look for us again if you had stored us in your smart phone.  The best way to find us [...]
Watch The Apple FM Launch - Watch and Listen again to the moment that Apple FM launched as our special guest Deb Criddle MBE pressed the GO button for the first play of the Apple FM jingle. Also hear our launch [...]
Launch Press Release - APPLE FM PRESS RELEASE 11/5/2013 10:30am Apple FM – Taunton’s newest community radio station, broadcasting on 97.3FM for the caring community of Taunton, truly had a winning launch today. The station which, broadcasts from Musgrove [...]
Somer Valley FM Walk - We were delighted to welcome Somer Valley FM from Midsomer Norton to Apple on their 80km (49 mile) walk visiting Glastonbury FM, Access FM (Bridgwater), Tone FM and Apple raising money for their Community Radio Station. We [...]
Apple FM Launch Confirmed - For over 40 years, Apple AM – Taunton hospital Radio has brought entertainment to the patients and staff of Musgrove Park Hospital. Once broadcasting from the back of an old ambulance, the station has come [...]
We Have Three Nominations For The HBA Awards - We are delighted to announce that we have three nominations in this year’s Hospital Broadcasting Association Awards. Darren Wood has been nominated for the Best Newcomer Award. Our Golden Delicious show has been nominated for [...]
Carnival Presentation - Apple FM were very pleased to be named as one of the three beneficiaries of the money raised by the Taunton Carnival 2012. Not only did we take pride of place in the procession itself, [...]
Would You Like to Volunteer With Apple? - If yes, we would be absolutely delighted to hear from you! There are many different roles you could assist us with at Apple, doing everything from collecting patient requests from around the wards, to shaking [...]
Hospital Broadcasting Association Awards Entered - The National Hospital Radio Awards is an annual celebration of the excellent standards found in hospital radio stations across the country. The awards are open to any HBA member station and are divided into different [...]
Apple FM Announcement - Relive the moment when Jay Jay from Breakfast and Simon West Chairman of Apple AM announced our successful bid to to Offcom to become an FM Station. Click on the play button below to hear [...]