BBC Radio Northampton
|City of license||Northampton|
|Frequency||104.2 MHz, 103.6FM, DAB|
|First air date||16 June 1982|
|Format||Local news, talk and music|
|Audience share||11.5% (March 2011, )|
|Owner||BBC Local Radio,
|Website||BBC Radio Northampton|
BBC Radio Northampton is the BBC Local Radio service for the English county of Northamptonshire. It broadcasts from its studios in Broadcasting House, Abington Street, Northampton (a listed building) on 104.2 (Northampton) and 103.6 (Geddington, between Kettering and Corby) FM. The station also has studios in Daventry and Corby. It can be heard on the website .
The Managing Editor is Jess Rudkin, who moved from BBC Somerset in May 2012 to replace Laura Moss, who joined the station in 2003 and is now Managing Editor at BBC Three Counties Radio.
The station was launched at 6:45am on 16 June 1982 on 1107 AM and 96.6 FM, with Jon Beynon's programme Start the Day, the first piece of music being John Williams's Superman theme, followed by Work that Body by Diana Ross.
The station was renamed BBC Northampton in 1990, but then changed to BBC Radio Northampton on 3 April 2000.
The station has two FM transmitters, with 104.2 FM broadcast from the Boughton Green Road area of Northampton, and 103.6 FM broadcast from a mast near the village of Geddington. Listeners can tune into 104.2 in the south and west of the county (including Northampton and surrounding area), whereas 103.6 serves the north and east (including Kettering and Corby).
Along the M1, the station can be heard on 104.2 FM from Milton Keynes to Copt Oak (near Leicester). There is no longer a MW frequency, but the station went digital on DAB in March 2013. Radio Northampton was originally available on 1107 kHz MW across the County from a transmitter at Kings Heath; this was reallocated to Virgin Radio using 1233 kHz. For the north-east of the county near Oundle, the Peterborough transmitter has Radio Cambridgeshire on DAB from a NOW Digital multiplex. The Northampton transmitter also has the Global Radio-owned regional commercial station Heart FM on 96.6FM, and has national radio frequencies.
The transmitter at Daventry on Borough Hill has BBC National DAB, Digital One 11D and an MXR West Midlands 12A multiplex (since August 2001). This transmitter was the BBC's first Long wave transmitter, beginning 27 July 1925. It had not been previously used by the BBC since 1978.
On 11 October 2007, the DAB licence was awarded to NOW Digital. MuxCo had also bid for the licence. NOW Digital expected to start broadcasting from the three transmitters at Northampton, Geddington and Daventry in September 2008, however transmissions eventually began on 28 March 2013 on DAB channel 10C. The line-up is identical to that of the neighbouring Herts, Beds and Bucks multiplex, consisting of local Northamptonshire Stations (BBC Radio Northampton: countywide, Connect FM: Wellingborough, Kettering, Corby) and national stations (Capital, Gold and Heart: Northants, Bucks, MK, Beds and Herts regional service), along with stations aimed at the Herts, Beds and Bucks area (BBC Three Counties Radio and MKFM).
BBC Radio Northampton has extensive sports output edited by Graham McKechnie. Commentators include Tim Oglethorpe and Jon Wilkinson for Northampton Town, and Chris Barrett who covers Brackley, Chuck Middleton at Corby and James Knight for Northampton Saints. Notable past Sports Editors include Mike Sewell, who is now a sport reporter for BBC Radio Five Live. Northants Steelbacks cricket commentaries are slotted into the schedule in the summer with Chris Egerton following every match through the season. Friday Night Sport airs between 6.00-7.00 on Friday evening.
As of Monday 25 July 2011, BBC Radio Northampton now use the generic BBC Local Radio jingles by Mcasso Music Production. On 21 October 2013 these jingles were refreshed.
|0100 – 0400||BBC Radio 5 Live: Up All Night||Salford|
|0400 – 0600||Wally Webb||Norwich|
|0600 – 0900||Stuart Linnell at Breakfast||Northampton|
|0900 – 1200||Bernie Keith|
|1200 – 1400||Helen Blaby|
|1400 – 1600||John Griff|
|1600 – 1900||Rob Adcock at Drivetime|
|1900 – 2200||Mark Forrest England National Programme||Leeds|
|2200 – 0100||Nick Risby||Ipswich|
- Jim Hawkins - former presenter of the weekday Talk Show, now with BBC Radio Shropshire.
- Liz Kershaw - former breakfast show presenter; 2002: a presenter on BBC 6 Music; 2005-2010: BBC Coventry & Warwickshire.
- Anna Murby Former presenter who started out 'making the tea' and stayed for 15 years, finished a two year stint at 6-8am weekdays but left 29 August 2008 'after spending two years getting up at 4.15am' . Returns once a year for the Youth in Concert programme.
- Richard Oliff - former presenter of the daily lunch consumer show 2001-2005 now presents the Drive Show for *HFM - 1500 to 1900
- Dave Watkins former gardening presenter
- Bob Walmsley former consumer show presenter
- Steve Riches - former breakfast show presenter, also presented BBC Radio Cambridgeshire's breakfast programme
- Howard Stableford - went on to present the BBC television series Tomorrow's World
- Martin Stanford - as of 2006 presents Sky News's Sky News Today
- David Saint - former presenter of 'Saint on Sunday' and the weekday afternoon programme.
- John Beynon - the first voice heard on Radio Northampton.
- Mervyn Gamage - presented the lunchtime discussion programme now on Moorlands Radio.
- Steve Taschini - now Television Coaching and Development Editor at BBC College of Journalism
- Aled Jones - weekend presenter
- Peter Purves - weekend presenter
- Simeon Courtie - moved on to children's TV and British Forces Broadcasting Service
- Joe Pignatiello - took on training role within BBC
- "Northampton Chronicle & Echo, 2008-08-31: 'Breakfast show presenter reveals why she had to leave '". Archived from the original on 3 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-31.
- BBC Radio Northampton at BBC Online
- History of local radio in Northamptonshire
- Bernie Keith
- Stuart Linnell
- Richard Oliff
- David's Transmitter World
- MDS975's Transmitter Map
- Geddington transmitter
- Northampton transmitter