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|Broadcast area||Derry, Northern Ireland|
|Frequency||102.9 FM, DAB (Digital Radio) in Northern Ireland and online www.q102.fm|
|Owner||Q Network Radio|
|Sister stations||Q97.2, Q101.2, Five FM, Six FM, Seven FM|
Q102.9 "Northwest's Best Music" is a radio station based in Derry, County Londonderry. It broadcasts on FM 102.9 to the north west of Northern Ireland, Q102 also broadcasts via DAB (Digital Radio) throughout Northern Ireland via the Score NI multiplex. It is part of the Q Radio Network, which also owns a number of other stations in Northern Ireland. The station also broadcasts to parts of County Donegal, chiefly Inishowen and East Donegal.
The station is one of the sponsors of local football team, Derry City F.C., for their 2007 season.
Q102.9fm was formerly known (prior to license) as 'Riverside 101fm', which was an independent commercial station, owned by Frankie Mc Laughlin and modelled on Chris Cary's Radio Nova Dublin.
The Programme Director was Steve Marshall, who took the station from small numbers to 60 percent of the total listenership in the North West of Ireland Steve was called by the CEO of Riverside 101, Frank Mc Laughlin, to turn the station round from a loss leader to a successful profit making enterprise. Steve devised the Riverside 101 format, which was AC/CHR along with music rotations and slogans, including dreaming up the now famous "Northwest's Best Music" slogan(c)Steve Marshall 1989-2020.
Riverside 101 was also the first commercial station in the area, which was listened to by all parts of the community. A point enforced by the station rule that a dj could not mention Derry or Londonderry but should only refer to the city as 'the maiden city' or 'the capitol of the north-west'. (this is partly incorrect -> see Discussion section for this Article)
The station also gave away quite a lot of money on air, including the £500 Summer Splashout, in which Steve Marshall as Drivetime Host gave away the cash live on air one Friday afternoon!
Some of the original broadcasters on Riverside 101 included Steve Marshall, Vince Martin, Frankie's brother Pascal, Mike Henry, John Young (Mc Laughlin), Paul Mc Cafferty, Delbert Jackson, Nikki Walker/Joanne Savage, Peter Wright, Neal McClelland & Joe Ferguson, who went on to find success in both N.Ireland and Liverpool amongst other places as a broadcaster and a whole host of others.