the local station for the local populations of for Surrey and Sussex and we worked hard to make sure all were catered for. Our music policy was predominately classic hits with some new releases whilst our specialist programmes at the weekend were designed to please devotees of soul and disco, country, nostalgia, classical and comedy.
In 1991 we took over or rather merged our near neighbours in local radio -the Guildford based County Sound, which was re-branded to the Mercury name. We broadcast local programmes during the day from studios based in Guildford, Haslemere and Crawley. The evening and overnight programmes were centrally broadcast from Crawley head office - although local advertising, jingles and promotions were still broadcast to their respective transmitters by special software which was revolutionary in local radio at the time. It was also around this time that we split programming on the AM frequencies and a new service was born, mainly oldies and conversation, this for a short time retained the County Sound name. However, due to a certain copyright claims and to establish a better link and brand identity the AM service name was changed to Mercury Extra AM.