|City of license||Sheffield|
|Broadcast area||South Yorkshire|
|Slogan||Your Music, Your Life|
97.4 MHz (Sheffield)
102.9 MHz (Barnsley and Rotherham)
103.4 MHz (Doncaster)
|First air date||1 October 1974|
|Format||Contemporary hit radio|
|Audience share||10.7% (June 2014, RAJAR)|
|Sister stations||Hallam 2
|Webcast||Hallam FM Radioplayer|
Hallam FM is an independent local radio station serving South Yorkshire from studios in Sheffield. The station is owned and operated by Bauer Radio and forms part of Bauer's City 1 network of stations.
The station started broadcasting on 1548 kHz/194m AM, 95.2 and 95.9 MHz FM under the name of Radio Hallam from its studios at Hartshead in Sheffield City Centre on 1 October 1974. The first presenter heard on air was ex-BBC Radio 1 DJ Johnny Moran - the first record he played was I've Got the Music in Me by Kiki Dee, which stuck after a minute and a half.
In 1987, Radio Hallam merged with neighbouring Yorkshire stations Pennine Radio in Bradford and Viking Radio in Hull to form the now-defunct Yorkshire Radio Network. Currently, Hallam FM shares some weekend programming and news material with Radio Aire in Leeds.
The frequencies were changed during the 1980s to 96.1 FM for Rotherham, 97.4 FM for Sheffield, 102.9 FM for Barnsley, and 103.4 for the rest of South Yorkshire. After a take-over of the parent company YRN by the Metro Radio Group, the AM frequency became Great Yorkshire Gold. The Rotherham transmitter was turned off in the 1990s as part of Hallam's licence agreement and is now used by Rother FM. Hallam also moved its studio facilities to 900 Herries Road, just minutes from Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough ground. The office space at Hartshead is now used by the Sheffield Star newspaper.
In 2011 Bauer Media's Big City Network was replaced by the Place Portfolio containing the group's radio stations which are focused on specific areas of the country.
Unification of Bauer Place stations
As of 17 February 2014 the following changes were made to Bauer Place stations in England and Scotland:
- A single In:Demand syndicated programme with new presenter Stu Tolan.
- Neil Bentley's Old Skool & Anthems programme which was shared between Key 103 and 97.4 Rock FM was extended to 12 other Bauer Place stations.
- 16 Bauer Place stations now have a single audio identity and new strapline Your Life, Your Music.
The station broadcasts on analogue frequencies on 97.4 FM (Tapton Hill), 103.4 FM (Clifton, near the M18) and 102.9 FM (Ardsley) in Sheffield, Doncaster and Barnsley respectively. Almost the whole region is covered on 103.4 FM. The station also broadcasts via DAB on the Bauer Radio multiplex, and online.
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Alongside local output from its Sheffield studios, Hallam FM also airs networked programming from sister stations Key 103 in Manchester, Metro Radio in Newcastle and Forth 1 in Edinburgh. The Vodafone Big Top 40 is syndicated from Global Radio at its Capital studios in London for broadcast on over 130 commercial radio stations across the UK.
- Jon Culshaw
- Daryl Denham
- Nick Margerrison (now at LBC 97.3)
- Tom Binns
- Simon Hirst
- Ricki Lee (Now co-owner of G Media)
- Tim Shaw
- Martin Kelner
- Keith Skues (also former Programme & Station Director, 1974 -1987)
- Simon Clark
- Steve Banyard
- Diana Luke
- Chris Rodgers (now ITN News Reporter)
- Scottie McClue
- Vicky Locklin
- James H Reeve
- Howard Pressman (now at BBC Radio Sheffield)
- Jonathan Miles
- Roger Kirk
- Stuart Linnell (now at BBC Radio Northampton & BBC Coventry & Warwickshire)
- Lucy Horobin (now with Heart Solent)
- Ed Nell
- Steve Priestley
- Official website
- History of local radio in Yorkshire
- Clifton transmitter
- Tapton Hill/Crosspool transmitter