|City of license||Newcastle|
|Broadcast area||Tees Valley|
|Slogan||"The Best of the 60s, 70s & more"|
|Frequency||1170 kHz, DAB Digital Radio|
|First air date||24 June 1975|
|Audience share||5.2% (December 2012, )|
Originally launched as Great North Radio by Metropolitan Broadcasting or The Metro Radio group as it was known in March, 1989. The station broadcasts on the old Radio Tees AM frequency of 1170 kHz Medium Wave.
Tom Davies was the first ever voice heard on the re-launched magic 1170 and successfully hosted the breakfast show on the station for a number of years.
In December 2001, EMAP decided that it was more economical for the Magic network to share off-peak programmes and in line with the other Magic AM stations began networking between 10am-2pm, and 7pm-6am. During these hours it was simply known as Magic, although there were local commercial breaks, and local news on the hour.
In January 2003 after a decline in listening, the station ceased networking with the London station, Magic 105.4, and a regional network was created with Magic 1152 in Manchester at the hub at the weekend and the Newcastle station of the same name during the week. During networked hours, local adverts are aired, as well as a local news summary on the hour together with local traffic and travel in the afternoon.
From July 2006, more networking was introduced across the Northern Magic AM network with only the weekday breakfast (with a running length of four hours) presented from local studios. The station regularly achieves among the best audience figures of all the Magic AM stations. It currently boasts an audience share in its Survey area of 8.3% - rivalling and beating some FM stations.
As of 4 March 2013, weekday breakfast is a syndicated regional programme from Magic 1152 in Newcastle presented by Anna Foster. On 5 April 2013, the studios in Thornaby ceased broadcasting local programming on sister station TFM.
- Networked presenters