Compass FM

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This article is about the radio station in the UK. For the Compass FM in New Zealand, see Compass FM 104.9.
Compass FM
Compass FM logo.png
City of license Grimsby
Broadcast area North East Lincolnshire
Slogan The Difference is...
Frequency FM: 96.4 MHz
First air date 3 June 2001
Format Adult Contemporary
Owner Lincs FM Group
Sister stations Dearne FM
Lincs FM
Ridings FM
Rother FM
Rutland Radio
Trax FM
Webcast 64 kbit/s

Compass FM is an Independent Local Radio station serving Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Immingham and is part of the Lincs FM Group. It's strap line is 'The Difference Is The Music'.


Compass FM sits within its sister station's (Lincs FM) TSA (Total Service Area) and the stations format reflects that. Compass FM plays only the best, most memorable songs alongside some great songs from today. In addition there are regular competitions and interviews covering local news and events.


Richard Lyon who has been with the station since day one hosts the breakfast show, alongside long serving presenters Andy Marsh who presents the afternoon show and Matt Hutchinson who hosts Sunday mornings. Dan Judson presents the daytime show and Rob Wagstaff in the evening. It was the NTL Commercial Radio Station of the Year in 2003 (under 300,000 TSA).[1]

Budget cuts within the Lincs FM Group mean that Lincs FM, amongst others within the group, have restricted live programming. The station used to provide live radio 24/7, but now use automation (where the presenter's links between the records are all pre-recorded but made to sound live). Live programming[2] is part-used on the breakfast show in the week (0600-0900, the last hour automated), Saturdays 0800-1200, 1400-1800 and Sundays 0800-1200.

Transmitter information[edit]

East Marsh flats transmitter

The 96.4 FM signal comes from a low-powered transmitter at Bevan Flats in East Marsh in north Grimsby near the A180. This transmitter also has Bauer Humberside.

Licence application[edit]

Three applications were received by the Radio Authority by 5 September 2000, which also included the proposed Haven FM and Southbank FM, having been first advertised in May 2000. The licence for the station was awarded on 24 November 2000.


  1. ^ Welsh, James (2003-06-27). "ntl Commercial Radio Awards roundup". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  2. ^ "Public File". Compass FM. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 

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