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|City of license||Grimsby|
|Broadcast area||North East Lincolnshire|
|Slogan||The Difference is...|
|Frequency||FM: 96.4 MHz|
|First air date||3 June 2001|
|Owner||Lincs FM Group|
|Sister stations||Dearne FM
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).
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 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.
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. It also broadcasts on the MuxCo Lincolnshire DAB multiplex when this started in early 2009 across the whole of Lincolnshire.
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.
- Official website
- Compass FM on Twitter
- Media UK
- Reception map
- History of local radio in Lincolnshire
- Award of Grimsby FM licence in November 2000 to Compass FM