Radio City 96.7

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Coordinates: 53°24′22″N 2°58′55″W / 53.4062°N 2.9819°W / 53.4062; -2.9819

Radio City 96.7
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City of license Liverpool
Broadcast area Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales
Slogan Your Music, Your Life
Frequency 96.7 MHz
DAB
First air date 21 October 1974
Format CHR/Pop
Audience share 9.30% (December 2012, [1])
Owner Bauer Radio
Sister stations Magic 1548
City Talk 105.9
Webcast Radio City Player
Website Radio City 96.7

Radio City 96.7 (previously known as 96.7 City FM and 194 Radio City) is a British Independent Local Radio station, based in Liverpool, that serves Merseyside, Cheshire and North Wales. The station is owned & operated by Bauer Radio and forms part of Bauer's Place Network of stations.

History[edit]

Radio City studios tower by night

After the introduction of the Sound Broadcasting Act in 1972 which allowed the legal operation of commercial radio in the UK, in 1974, Radio City (Sound of Merseyside) Ltd won the contract to broadcast the Independent Local Radio station for Liverpool and its surrounding areas, with studios originally based in Stanley Street in Liverpool City Centre.

194 Radio City began broadcasting at 5.58am on 21 October 1974, with an announcement by managing director Terry Smith (it's two minutes to six on Monday October 21st 1974. For the very first time, this is 194 Radio City broadcasting to Merseyside). [1] The first song to be played on the station was Stevie Wonder's "You Are the Sunshine of My Life". As reflected in the name, the station originally broadcast on 1548 kHz AM, then known as 194 metres medium wave, from a transmitter at Rainford. The station was also given an FM frequency of 96.7 MHz, but did not begin broadcasting on FM until a few months after launch, due to vandalisation of the transmitter. In the early days of Marcher Sound, the evening programmes of the station were simulcasted to the fledgling station, so for a period in the Eighties, Radio City had in theory, four frequencies (Marcher Sound occupied 95.4 MHz and 1260 kHz).

In 1989, the Conservative government enforced new regulation to enable better choice by ceasing the simulcasting of radio stations on both AM and FM. Radio City split its frequencies by continuing its top 40 format on FM under the recently introduced new name City FM.

On AM, a new talk station was launched called City Talk 1548 AM.[2] This was unusual as most stations launched 'golden oldie' stations on their former AM frequencies. The City Talk experiment proved short-lived and Radio City Gold launched in its place in 1991, later known as City Gold.

In 1998, the company was bought out by EMAP Radio (now Bauer Radio), who integrated City Gold into their Magic network of stations by renaming it Magic 1548, and renamed the main station back to a modern version of its original name, as Radio City 96.7, the name it still uses currently.

In 2000, Radio City moved atop St. John's Beacon, which in the past was a revolving restaurant and viewing platform.

The City Talk format was revived when, on 9 November 2006, it was announced by Ofcom that Radio City had beaten competition from rival broadcasters to win a new FM licence for a talk station for the Liverpool area. The new City Talk launched on 28 January 2008 and broadcasts on 105.9FM.[3] Due to poor listening figures, the station has since dropped most of its presenters and had a format change which means, outside of peak listening hours like breakfast and drivetime, the station now broadcasts a mix of classic hit music similar to the music played on sister station Magic 1548, although under the format change the station is not allowed to simulcast with Magic, only Radio City.[4]

Transmission[edit]

The 96.7 FM signal comes from the Allerton Park transmitter in south-east Liverpool, which also transmits Radio Merseyside on 95.8 FM. There is also a transmitter in the Mersey (Queensway) Tunnel. There are also DAB digital radio transmitters at St John's Beacon, Billinge Hill (in St Helens, which also carries Wish FM), and Hope Mountain (near Wrexham). The Billinge Hill site has the strongest digital signal. Magic 1548 still broadcasts on Radio City's original AM frequency from a transmitter at the former Bebington/Bromborough Power Station site.

Programming/presenters[edit]

In:Demand and overnights are networked programmes broadcast from Key 103 in Manchester. The Vodafone Big Top 40 is syndicated from Capital in Leicester Square, London. Terrace Talk, Radio City Sport and Late Night City are simulcast on City Talk 105.9. The station opts out of some networked output at weekends to carry specialist dance programming.

Past presenters[edit]

News team[edit]

Name Role
Steve Hothersall Head of News and Sport
Natalie Quirk Breakfast Journalist
Phil Cooper Breakfast Sports Journalist
Becky Davis Drivetime Journalist
Louise Martin Drivetime Journalist
Toby Gilles Drivetime Sports Journalist
Carl Woodward Sports Producer
Claire Simonsen Breakfast Travel Presenter
Claire Morrow Drivetime Travel Presenter

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