The program consisted of comedy, opera, and international music, and went from 5:30pm - 7pm on Sunday afternoons.
In September 1980, Brian Jacques won the National Local Radio Award for light entertainment.
Jakestown started each week with the song "My Liverpool"; the song was performed by the Liverpool Fishermen. The song is also the first work to appear in the book Jakestown: My Liverpool. The following verse could be heard in the intro:
- The drizzle on the cobbles in the early mornin', that's my Liverpool.
- With a half eaten butty an' yer lace undone, y'gonna be late for school.
- There's a ship with a cargo of containers coming in through the locks
- an' a bus with a cargo of hangovers headin' down to the docks.
- My Liverpool's a town of dogs an' kids all kickin' up in the street
- Won't you give that dog a bone, Ma. Give that kid a sweet.
- An' the people know how to treat a stranger See that open door
- If You've never had a plate of my Ma's scouse, then you've never lived before
- It's roarin' bustlin' open wide, the northwest gate to Merseyside.