Capital North East
|City of license||Newcastle upon Tyne|
Tyne and Wear
|Slogan||The North East's No.1 Hit Music Station|
105.3 MHz (Newcastle upon Tyne)
105.6 MHz (Fenham)
105.8 MHz (Hexham)
106.4 MHz (Teesside)
11C (Tyne and Wear)
|First air date||1 June 1999|
|Format||Contemporary hit radio, News, Entertainment, Speech, Showbiz|
|Audience share||7.2% (June 2013, RAJAR)|
|Sister stations||Capital Birmingham
Capital East Midlands
Capital South Coast
Capital South Wales
Tyne & Wear
The station is based in Wallsend, North Tyneside at the Silverlink Business Park, near the junction of the A1058 and the A19, 6 miles east of Newcastle City Centre. It broadcasts to North East England. It is owned by the Global Radio as part of the nine-station Capital network. The station launched in 1 June 1999 as Galaxy 105–106, renamed in 2006 as Galaxy North East and rebranded on 3 January 2011 as 105–106 Capital.
Galaxy North East
Originally called Galaxy 105–106, presenter Steve Furnell launched the station on Tuesday 1 June 1999, with "What You Need" by Powerhouse feating Duane Harden being the first record played.
The name was changed to Galaxy North East in 2006, in line with other Galaxy stations. This year also saw a change in demographic from 15–29 to 15–34 and a new strapline of "passion for music, passion for life". In 2008, their strapline was changed from "passion for music, passion for life" to "Love Music". In 2008, they also changed their output format to include a more mainstream playlist. It broadcasts on 105.3 at a power of 10KW from the Burnhope Transmitter, on 105.6 at a power of 0.5 kW from the Fenham Transmitter for West Newcastle, 105.8 at 0.1 kW from the Newton Transmitter for the Hexham area and on 106.4 at 8.9 kW from the Bilsdale Transmitter for Teesside although coverage unintentionally extends much further. During late 2010, the strapline changed to The North East's No.1 Hit Music Station.
Capital North East
The station was rebranded as 105–106 Capital on 3 January 2011 as part of a merger of Global Radio's Galaxy and Hit Music networks to form the nine-stations of Capital. Steve Furnell and Karen Wight remained on breakfast Roger 'Bodg' Howard on drive time.
Kim Miljus was appointed managing director of Capital North East, replacing Matt Bashford, she was the former station director of Metro Radio. Giles Eyre-Tanner became the station's programme controller on 5 October 2011, replacing Stuart Barrie.
Long-serving weekday breakfast presenters Steve Furnell and Karen Wight left Capital North East to join rival station Metro Radio. Weekday drivetime presenter Roger 'Bodg' Howard, producer Matt Bailey and Take Me Out contestant JoJo Hatfield took over from the duo on 3 January 2012. Lee Sevenoaks was brought in as Breakfast Producer for the show. 2010 Student Radio Awards winner Rob Howard joined the station and presents weekday drivetime.
Anna Harding is the dedicated senior broadcast journalist for Capital North East based in Wallsend. Local news bulletins are produced and broadcast every half-hour between 6am and 9am during Capital Breakfast, at 4pm, and each half-hour between 5pm and 6:30pm during weekday drivetime, with hourly bulletins from 10am to 3pm on weekdays and from 8am to 11am on weekend mornings from sister stations.
- Capital North East Media UK
- Global Radio takes Capital national, Brand Republic, 13 September 2010
- Bringing Capital to the North East Evening Chronicle, 4 January 2011
- New station MD for 105–106 Capital Radio Today, 17 February 2011
- Giles Eyre-Tanner is new PC at Capital North East Radio Today, 23 September 2011
- Capital FM’s new ad for 2012 Jonathan Jacob, Earshot Creative, 2 January 2012
- New breakfast show at Capital North East Radio Today, 3 January 2012
- New presenters relish a Capital opportunity Journal Live, 4 January 2012
- Best Male Presenter The Student Radio Awards
- Game is up as appeal raises £5k News Guardian, 23 February 2012
- Public File Capital North East