Magic 1170

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Magic 1170
Magic 1170 Logo 2013.png
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
Format Oldies
Audience share 5.2% (December 2012, [1])
Owner Bauer Radio

Magic 1170 is an Independent Local Radio station which broadcasts to Teesside, County Durham and North Yorkshire from its studios in Newcastle. It is the AM sister station of TFM Radio.


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,[citation needed] 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.[1] On 5 April 2013, the studios in Thornaby ceased broadcasting local programming on sister station TFM.[2]

The majority of programming is networked from Newcastle however some is also produced in Manchester and now London.

Networked presenters


The station presently uses very few sung Jingles, mostly they can be heard after the news each hour, these are produced by Steve England. The rest of the time idents are in the form of Voice-overs


  1. ^ Magic AM starts networking at breakfast Radio Today, 15 February 2013
  2. ^ TFM leaves Teesside to share with Metro Radio Today, 5 April 2013

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