Magic Radio

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Magic logo 2014.png
Slogan More music - less talk
First air date July 1990
Format Hot Adult Contemporary
Audience share 2.40% (whole of UK) (December 2012, [1])
Owner Bauer Radio

Magic is a music radio and (later) a TV brand in the United Kingdom, run by the German publishing company Bauer.

Magic Radio in United Kingdom[edit]

Magic logo used until 2014. This logo is still in use for some Magic stations.

The Magic brand in UK radio originated with Magic 828, the sister station of Radio Aire in Leeds which was launched in July 1990, although no other stations were branded Magic until the Emap group purchased the Metro Radio group in 1995. It can be regarded as the successor to Great North Radio which was a small network in the North East consisted of the now Magic 1170 and Magic 1152. Preston's Red Rose Gold was the last to be converted to the Magic brand, in 2000, two or so years since the conversion of the majority of the stations. In London, Melody FM was rebranded Magic 105.4 in 1998.

The regional AM stations play Hot Adult Contemporary music. The playlists of these Magic stations predominantly consist of hits from the 1960s and 1970s, although music from other decades is included in the mix.

The London station is more laid-back and its playlist more contemporary, playing soft adult contemporary hits from the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. The London station is branded with the tagline, "More music, less talk".


Neil Fox Weekday Breakfast
Gary Vincent Weekday Midmornings
Angie Greaves Drivetime
Martin Collins Weekday Afternoons
Justin Wilkes Weekend Breakfast
Danny Pietroni Weekday Nights / Sunday Afternoons
Kim Wilde Sunday Secret Songs
Denise van OutenSunday Afternoons
Hannah Cox Weekend Evenings
Rick Astley Sunday Request Show

Directory of stations[edit]

City of license Station Region
London Magic 105.4 London
Newcastle Magic 1152 North East
Stockton-on-Tees Magic 1170
Liverpool Magic 1548 North West
Greater Manchester Piccadilly Magic 1152
Preston Magic 999
Hull Magic 1161 Yorkshire
Leeds Magic 828
Sheffield Magic AM

Television channel[edit]

Main article: Magic (TV channel)

Following the success of the radio stations, Emap set up a corresponding Magic TV channel which is available through satellite and cable television systems and plays non-stop videos of songs established as typical of the Magic brand.

Magic albums[edit]

The Magic network have released several albums since the formation of the network in the late 1990s. The albums predominantly feature music on the Magic 105.4 play list, but are also promoted on the Northern England station too.

Title Release
The Sound of Magic 31/05/1999
The Sound of Magic Love 01/10/1999
The Sound of Magic Vol. 2 15/05/2000
Magic 12/03/2001
Magic Summer Feeling 13/06/2003
Magic the Album 2005 28/11/2005
Magic Summer 15/05/2006
Mellow Magic 26/02/2007
Magic the Album 2007 20/08/2007
Magic Decades 80s 90s 00s 19/11/2007


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