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|City of license||Edinburgh|
|Broadcast area||Lothian and Fife|
|Slogan||Your Music, Your Life|
97.3, 97.6 MHz (West Lothian)
102.2 MHz (Penicuik)
|First air date||22 January 1975|
|Audience share||14.5% (June 2014, RAJAR)|
|Sister stations||Forth 2
Forth 1 is a Scottish local radio station, broadcasting to Lothian and Fife, and based in Forth Street in Edinburgh’s city centre. The station plays a variety of music, mainly Top 40, but older tunes are also inserted into the playlist. The station is owned & operated by Bauer Radio and forms part of Bauer's City 1 network of stations.
Alongside local output originates from its Edinburgh studios, Forth 1 also airs networked programming from sister stations Clyde 1 in Glasgow and Key 103 in Manchester. The station also produces networked output on Saturdays.
Radio Forth was launched on 22 January 1975 by current chairman Richard Findlay. His opening speech included "This, for the very first time is Radio Forth". Steve Hamilton was the first on-air presenter, hosting the breakfast show.
In 1990, Forth was forced to create a new station on its AM frequency. Before this, Radio Forth was broadcast as a single station on both FM and AM frequencies. The FM station was renamed Radio Forth RFM (later simplified to Forth FM) with Donny Hughes broadcasting the first Breakfast Show from the newly revamped Studio F in Forth House. The new AM station became "Max AM" which was later renamed Forth AM to match its sister station.
In 2000, both stations were relaunched as 97.3 Forth One and 1548 Forth 2. Forth 2 was redesigned as an adult contemporary music station while Forth One continued to play Top 40 songs for the 35s and under.
Radio Forth was owned by Scottish Radio Holdings until 3 June 2005 when British media group EMAP took over. In January 2008, EMAP Radio was sold to Bauer and the radio division was renamed Bauer Radio. Ownership changes have led to more networked programming on the station.
News, sport and travel
Forth News broadcasts news and sports bulletins regularly throughout the day, simulcast on both Forth 1 and Forth 2. Travel news bulletins are broadcast during Breakfast and Drivetime shows. The station also co-produces news bulletins for Radio Borders.
Head of News and Sport