Capital East Midlands
|City of license||Nottingham|
|Broadcast area||East Midlands|
|Slogan||East Midlands' No.1 Hit Music Station|
96.2 MHz (Nottingham)
96.5 MHz (Mansfield)
102.8 MHz (Derby)
105.4 MHz (Leicester)
|First air date||3 January 2011|
|Format||Contemporary hit radio, News, Entertainment, Speech, Showbiz|
|Audience share||9.1% (June 2013, RAJAR)|
|Sister stations||Capital Birmingham
Capital North East
Capital South Coast
Capital South Wales
Capital East Midlands is an Independent Local Radio station broadcasting to the East Midlands. The station, owned and operated by Global Radio, forms part of the nine-station Capital radio network. It began broadcasting on 3 January 2011 following the merger of Trent FM, Leicester Sound and Ram FM.
The regional station originally broadcast as three stations – Radio Trent began broadcasting to Nottinghamshire in July 1975, later expanding its coverage area to central and southern Derbyshire in March 1987 with split local programming introduced for the area. The Derbyshire station was relaunched in 1994 as Ram FM. Leicester Sound was launched in Leicestershire in September 1984, just over 11 months after the county's first ILR station, Centre Radio, went into receivership.
Both Trent FM and Leicester Sound were owned by Midlands Radio until a takeover by Capital Radio plc led to the stations being sold off to the GWR Group in 1993. In 2005, the owners merged with Capital to form GCap Media, which was later taken over by Global Radio. In June 2008, Global launched The Hit Music Network on Trent, Leicester Sound and Ram FM alongside Ten 17 in Essex, Hertfordshire's Mercury 96.6 and Mercury FM in Sussex and Surrey (also Mercia FM and Beacon Black Country until their sale to Orion Media). Local programming was restricted to daily breakfast and weekday afternoon & drive time slots with networked output originating from Nottingham. Two other Hit Music stations – London's 95.8 Capital FM and Red Dragon FM in south east Wales retained local output.
On 13 September 2010, Global Radio announced it would merge Trent FM, Leicester Sound and Ram FM to form a sole regional station as part of a merger between its Hit Music and Galaxy network stations to form the nine-station Capital radio network. The merger led to the closure of studios in Leicester and advertising offices in Derby.
Capital East Midlands is broadcast from Maid Marian Way, Nottingham. Local programming airs at breakfast and drivetime on weekdays and on weekend mornings. The majority of networked output is broadcast from the Capital London studios with specialist programming airing at weekends from Glasgow and Birmingham.
Former Trent FM breakfast presenters Emma Caldwell and Andy Twigge were retained to present Capital Breakfast with former Ram FM presenters Peter Allen and Dean Weatherbed on weekday drivetime, and Steffan LaTouche presenting weekend mornings. The two presenting duos on weekdays would switch timeslots from 10 April 2012.
Andy Twigge left Capital on 14 July 2013, followed on 25 October 2013 by Emma Caldwell who had been presenting weekday drivetime solo. Former weekend morning presenters Tom Watts and Claire Chambers began presenting Drivetime on Monday 28 October 2013.
- Capital East Midlands Media UK
- Capital radio broadcasts first East Midlands shows as it replaces Trent FM Nottingham Post, 4 January 2011
- Global Radio takes Capital national, Brand Republic, 13 September 2010
- Capital to replace Galaxy, RadioToday, 13 September 2010
- Local Capital line-ups revealed, RadioToday, 16 November 2010
- Presenters announced for new regional radio station, Nottingham Post, 18 November 2010
- 96–106 Capital jock in tandem skydive Radio Today, 15 September 2011
- Show swap at Capital FM East Midlands, RadioToday, 16 March 2012