Ray Crowther’s Blog

Easter eggs from Newport Rd to Weston Rd……

We were out and about this morning delivering Easter eggs to the Children in the Children’s Emergency Centre at Stafford County Hospital, special thanks to Stoneacre Peugeot for their support, and thanks to the staff and children for making our visit so rewarding.


Thanks Stoneacre Peugeot , Newport Rd Stafford who called us out of the blue to say they have been out and bought 50 Easter eggs for the Children’s Emergency Centre at Stafford County Hospital as a result of hearing the mentions on air earlier this week.

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‘Big E’ outside The County Hospital about to unload the Easter eggs.

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Smiles all round. Happy Easter!

Our new van! – Thank you Afford!



Stafford FM are appreciative to Afford Rent-A-Car,  St. Albans Rd,  Stafford for their support and providing the station with a new Nissan NV 200 white diesel van which will be used as our Outside Broadcast Unit. You will have noticed their distinctive radio commercials which can be heard on 107.3 Stafford FM, with some special Christmas infomercials coming soon. The guys at Afford are tuned into Stafford FM at their St. Alban’s Road depot and appreciate the service Stafford FM provide to help promote and reflect the interests of the local community.

Stafford FM’s Station Manager Ray Crowther said, “The new vehicle will really help us moving forward, getting us out and about more and closer to the community we serve. The van will help provide a high visibility presence around Stafford and at our events”.

Ray Crowther is seen with Stu Haycock receiving the keys to the new van earlier this week from the team at Afford Rent-A-Car.

Look out for the 107.3 Stafford FM Afford Rent-A-Car Outside Broadcast Unit around town and give us a wave!!


Please feel free to visit the team on St. Albans Road, or phone them on Stafford 255233 to get a quote or see how they can help meet your car or van hire requirements. www.affordrentacar.co.uk



Please support Darren Westwood raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.



‘Brave the Shave!’ Darren Westwood has had long hair for the past 15 years! He’s been considering whipping it all off for a while now. Darren is pretty self conscious about is hair and is rarely seen without a hat! This has given him the incentive to do something for a great cause and for himself! Darren chatted to me about why he is having it all off! Please support him raising money for this very worthy cause – Macmillan Cancer Support. ……  Macmillian  work tirelessly to make sure every single person who needs it gets support from their nurses and therapists.  Support him, more info and please donate here, https://bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/darren-westwood/

Listen to Darren’s interview again here,

Darren Westwood talks to Ray Crowther

‘Stafford Remembered’ with Paul Wells, and Malc Asling (ex UK Subs). A chance to listen again…

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‘Stafford Remembered’ with Paul Wells, and Malc Asling (ex UK Subs). Paul and Malc grew up together in Stafford, but there careers went in opposite directions. Paul, a talent guitarist, played with many local bands while perusing a career at BT. Malc, an amazing drummer, left Stafford and moved to London where he joined punk band Chelsea and later the UK Subs. They look back at their musical careers, share some fond memories of the Stafford live music scene and reminisce sharing some great stories! First broadcast on 107.3 Stafford FM on 16 Aug 2015. www.staffordfm.co.uk

'Stafford Remembered' with Ray Crowther and guests Malc Asling (ex UK Subs) and Paul Wells by Ray Crowther on Mixcloud

Paul Reynolds and ‘Dib’ remember the glory days of The Reynolds Bar

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Last Sunday on the ‘Stafford Remembered’ Show,  Paul Reynolds and Sharo Dibba (Dib), called into see us at Stafford FM. Paul Reynolds was the owner of Stafford’s most popular nightclub during the 1980’s and 1990’s – The Reynolds Bar on Foregate Street.

Paul took us back to the heydays of The Cellar Bar, The Attic Bar and The Reynolds Bar, sharing some fond memories and also looked back at some of the great bands that played there and also the charity events. Dib was General Manger of the club and also looked back and reminisced how he first met Paul while working at Annabel’s Nightclub and how he began working for him. Sadly the club closed it’s doors finally in December 2002, but the happy memories of the good times and the great entertainment of ‘The Reynolds’ will live on forever. Especially for everyone who worked there and went there for a night out.

If you missed the interview, there’s a chance to listen again by clicking the link below.

Paul and Dib

Don’t forget to join me every Sunday from 4pm on 107.3 Stafford FM, for 2 hours of Stafford nostalgia!