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Rigoletto comes to the Towngate —

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Rigoletto is perhaps the first really great opera from Verdi. It is certainly an audience favourite worldwide. It’s coming to the Towngate, sung in Italian, but with English surtitles which must be one of the best ways to enjoy it, for Italian lends itself so beautifully to musical phrasing. Incidentally, it’s said that Rigoletto was the favourite Verdi opera of ... Read More »


Gateway Open Day

GET INVOLVED Please note that for the past 4 years Gateway 97.8 holds regular training sessions and Listener and Advisory meetings from the world of business, we meet every Tuesday evening from 6pm till 930pm at our Gateway 97.8 studios where the above is incorporated into our sessions to involve listeners involvement, local business and new volunteers who want to ... Read More »

True Blue John Baron Goes Pink

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John Baron, the Tory MP for Basildon and Billericay, goes pink for breast cancer awareness and stresses the importance of earlier diagnosis  John Baron MP is supporting Breast Cancer Campaign’s flagship fundraiser, ‘Wear it Pink’ day. This year’s theme is ‘look good, do good’ in support of breast cancer research. On Friday 24th October, people all across the country will ... Read More »

Paul Bliss: Star Fleet Memories


Ros Connors presents a profile of songwriter and musician Paul Bliss, who created the Bliss Band and was keyboard player with The Hollies and the Moody Blues.  In 1982 Paul wrote and composed all of the music for a childrens’ puppet sci-fi series called Star Fleet, shown on ITV.  Following a visit to Basildon’s Honywood Studios and Music Rooms, Paul ... Read More »

Primary Schools Safety Ads


About a week ago, the Arthur Bugler School and Pitsea Junior School both came into us at Gateway 97.8 to take part in a workshop all about personal safety – namely, road and fire safety. The workshop was in our eyes a great success, with representatives from Essex Police and the Essex County Fire & Rescue services attending to give ... Read More »

Gateway roadshow to appear


Gateway will be appearing at lots of events throughout the summer. as our Road show season Kicks in please support the first one JOHN BARONS MP FUN WALK The charity event, which will be held at Barleylands Farm, will feature a one-mile route and a three-mile route. Both will start at 1pm on Sunday, May 19. The day will also ... Read More »

Essex Folk

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This month we celebrate Basildon music history with a special segment on electronic music; Jo even plays a hoover!  Also, Word Up, Dodgy Vinyl, Gig Guide and great music. Read More »

Gateway Top 40 Countdown 5pm Good Friday


Welcome to a new program called “Gateway  Top 40 Countdown” where I will be attempting  to play you all the top 40 songs from the UK official charts  from any week spanning from 1960 to 2012….. That’s 52 years of great music.   I will be also talking about Top 40 facts, the technology and current affairs when the songs were ... Read More »

Gateway exclusive


Our older generation will remember that Matt Monro was the country’s top singer, who sold over 25 million records, and even Frank Sinatra rated him as one of the best! In a Gateway 97.8 exclusive over Easter, Danny Lawrence not only plays some of his hits but is joined by the late singers daughter, Michele Monro. More details to come ... Read More »

The Basildon Bond Show with ShellyD


So, it’s finally here. Skyfall is upon us and it has been an amazing 50 years of James Bond Films too… My celebratory two hour James Bond special crammed in as many of the best Bond themes as I could plus featured interviews with Dan Jolin – The Features Editor of Empire Magazine and also Phil from Empire Cinema. The ... Read More »