|Broadcast area||Lincolnshire & Newark|
|Slogan||The Difference Is The Music|
96.7 MHz (Grantham)
97.6 MHz (Scunthorpe)
102.2 MHz (Lincolnshire)
|First air date||1 March 1992|
|Format||Classic hits & Contemporary Hits|
|Audience share||17.1% (June 2013, RAJAR)|
|Owner||Lincs FM Group|
|Sister stations||Compass FM
Lincs FM is a UK Independent Local Radio radio station serving Lincolnshire and Newark, from the Humber to The Wash. It broadcasts on 96.7, 97.6 and 102.2FM, and online. The station plays a variety of classic hits from the 70s through to the 00s, including current Top 40 hits. The current station slogan is "The Difference Is... The Music" following a rebrand in early 2013.
The station has a 17.1% share of all radio listening within its TSA (RAJAR June 2013). Lincs FM broadcasts from studios at Witham Park in Lincoln, next to the River Witham at the far end of Waterside South.
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) between 2100-0600.
In 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2007, the station was nominated for a Sony Radio Award for Station of the Year in the 300,000 to 1 m listeners category. Jane Hill (now a novelist and stand-up comedian) was nominated for Station Programmer of the Year in 2004. David Lloyd, who helped launch the station was one of the judges.
The main transmitter 102.2 FM signal comes from the Belmont transmitting station. It also has lower-powered frequencies in Grantham, south of the town near the bypass, on 96.7 FM and Trent View Flats (near the John Leggott College) in Scunthorpe on 97.6 FM. Lincs FM can be clearly heard in northern Nottinghamshire and eastern South Yorkshire. The Belmont transmitter has the Digital One and MXR Yorkshire 12A multiplexes but does not transmit Lincs FM on DAB.
The Lincolnshire DAB licence was advertised on 24 October 2007, with a likely bidder in place by late 2008. The far south of the county (South Holland, Bourne & Stamford) will not be covered (as it is covered by the Peterborough multiplex), yet all of North and North East Lincolnshire will be. On 24 January 2008, Ofcom received one application for the Lincolnshire DAB licence - from MuxCo Lincolnshire, which is 51% owned by Lincs FM Group, and was awarded on 19 February 2008. It will also carry Compass FM and another new Lincs FM digital-only station called Lincs County, and use four transmitters at Belmont, High Hunsley (East Riding of Yorkshire), Grantham and Lincoln County Hospital. It should be available by 2011, being originally planned for July 2009.
The station have used the "Link-up" jingle package produced by S2blue. In 2010 they introduced a resing of the South London Radio 107.3 package, also from s2blue. In 2013, a package from Audio Sweets replaced all existing idents.
The strapline for the station is "the difference is...". This re-uses the slogan the group used back in the 90s.
- David Lloyd, the original programme controller and mid morning host, left in 1995. He joined the Radio Authority and went on to be PD of Galaxy in Leeds, LBC 97.3 and Virgin Radio.
- Jeremy Buxton - went to BBC Radio Humberside, then Radio York (left in 1995).
- Veronica Capaldi - left in April 2001 to become Sunday presenter for Radio Lincolnshire, can now be heard on Radio Plymouth.
- Nick Jackson was the first presenter and original breakfast show presenter who left to join Virgin Radio.
- Simon Grundy, the second voice heard on the station now works on Sun FM in Sunderland.
- Andy Marsh, now reading the news on stations within the group and after years of presenting the late show, returned to Lincs FM on Valentines night 2010 to present a special Love Zone. He now presents Classic Hits regularly in the week.
- Grimsby's Duncan Newmarch joined the station in 1994 and presented the drive and Saturday morning shows until 2002, after a stint on Invica FM in Kent and a year presenting the breakfast show on sister station Trax FM, he is now a network Continuity Announcer on BBC ONE, introducing everything from EastEnders, Doctor Who and Top Gear. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8430473.stm
- Maria Richmond presented the overnight programme for a number of years but can now be heard on BBC Radio Lincolnshire on Sundays and as a relief presenter and travel roundups.
- Matt Hutchinson, now presenter at sister station KCFM.
- Official website
- Lincs FM Group
- History of local radio stations in Lincolnshire
- OFCOM licence
- Review of the station at Ciao!
- Belmont transmitting station
- Grantham transmitting station
- Trent View Flats transmitting station
- Jingles package
- Recording the jingles for Lincs FM Group stations at S2 Blue in Leek
- There's more to Cleethorpes than meets the eye in 2003
- How not to record jingles
- 1992 jingles
- 1995 jingles
- 1999 jingles
- S2Blue 2006 package
- Lincs FM 102 YouTube channel
- Sally Elkington talks to Farmers Weekly in February 2011
- Former presenter Duncan Newmarch now as a BBC1 continuity announcer in December 2009