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Mike Le-Surf with Yvonne


Mike Le-Surf is the Labour Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock. He is the Leader of the Labour group in Brentwood and visited Gateway 97.8 for a chat with me on Good Afternoon. He is an Essex man through and through. In the recorded interview he comes across as a disarmingly open and friendly man. But ... Read More »

‘Question Time’ special on Wednesday’s ‘Good Afternoon’

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Councillor Tony Ball, leader of the Borough’s tories, Cllr Geoff Williams the lib-dem leader and County Cllr Kerry Smith for UKIP came together in a sort of special radio ‘Question Time’ to mark Local Democracy Week. Court duty as a magistrate prevented Cllr Nigel Smith, the labour party leader from taking part.The programme, chaired by Yvonne Williams from Gateway 97.8, ... Read More »

Highlights of the last seven days on Gateway


On today’s Good Afternoon with Ros, you’ll hear all the latest news stories, sport, showbiz and money news. And you can also catch up on some of the highlights of the last seven days. If you missed Monday’s interview with Basildon Council Leader Tony Ball, there’ll be a second chance to hear him in conversation with our very own Yvonne ... Read More »

X Factor Luke Britnell sings his own song Think Positive

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Luke Britnell, 19, from Canvey Island, recently impressed The X Factor judges with his song Think Positive, before playing in front of thousands at Wembley Arena. He’s a former pupil of Cornelious Vermuyden School and Southend’s South Essex College, started playing guitar when he was 15, and began actual singing two and a half years ago. In 2011, Luke began ... Read More »

Basildon Blackout

Basildon Blackout

Hi! I just signed the petition “Essex County Council: Leave our lamppost on at night in Basildon.” on I feel that not enough has been done to find out whether we really want to lose our street lighting late at night; whether we will feel secure; whether the energy savings could have been better achieved by different, but sufficiently ... Read More »

Elkie Brooks with Danny Lawrence


This Thursday on Good Afternoon, Danny Lawrence is joined by singing legend Elkie Brooks. On the programme as we look back at her life in music after many years of hard work. The answer came in 1977 with a song that transcends genre’s and married all of Elkie’s vocal abilities and 17 years of hard work into the million selling Pearl’s ... Read More »

Coming Soon: Matt Monro


A rare treat to hear Danny Lawrence present a Matt Monro special this coming bank holiday weekend. As well as a look at the late great showman’s career a chance to hear the interview with Michele Monro, his daughter. Matt was described the UK version of Frank Sinatra and it was indeed when Sinatra left his record label that Matt was ... Read More »

High Sheriff visit

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Gateway 97.8 enjoyed the visit of the High Sheriff of Essex recently when she came to visit the station to find out more about training and the support we give people from all walks of life. she than spent an hour on air on the Good afternoon programme. Below are some details about the High Sheriff: The new High Sheriff ... Read More »

Good Afternoon with Steve G

How important is history? It is said that those who cannot learn the lessons of history are condemed to repeat the same mistakes. I will be focusing on a particular piece of WW1 history during the programme today. It may surprise you to learn that less than 10 miles from Basildon there is a unique site which has strong associations ... Read More »

Olympic Good afternoon and Drive time

The Olympic torch came to Basildon,  Our shows provided the latest when it happened. as well as a full reporting team out on the route, Did you spot  the Gateway “g”   Out on the route? Read More »