Hallam FM

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Hallam FM
Hallam FM Logo 2013.png
City of license Sheffield
Broadcast area South Yorkshire
Slogan Your Music, Your Life
Frequency 97.4 MHz (Sheffield)
102.9 MHz (Barnsley and Rotherham)
103.4 MHz (Doncaster)
DAB, Online
RDS: HALLAM
First air date 1 October 1974
Format Contemporary Hit Radio
Audience share 13.1% (December 2012, [1])
Owner Bauer Radio
Sister stations Magic AM
Webcast Hallam FM Radioplayer
Website Hallam FM

Hallam FM is an independent local radio station serving South Yorkshire from studios in Sheffield. The station is owned and operated by Bauer Radio and forms part of Bauer's Place Network of stations.

History[edit]

The station started broadcasting on 1548 kHz/194m AM, 95.2 and 95.9 MHz FM under the name of Radio Hallam from its studios at Hartshead in Sheffield City Centre on 1 October 1974. The first presenter heard on air was ex-BBC Radio 1 DJ Johnny Moran - the first record he played was I've Got the Music in Me by Kiki Dee, which stuck after a minute and a half.

In 1987, Radio Hallam merged with neighbouring Yorkshire stations Pennine Radio in Bradford and Viking Radio in Hull to form the now-defunct Yorkshire Radio Network. Currently, Hallam FM shares some weekend programming and news material with Radio Aire in Leeds.

The frequencies were changed during the 1980s to 96.1 FM for Rotherham, 97.4 FM for Sheffield, 102.9 FM for Barnsley, and 103.4 for the rest of South Yorkshire. After a take-over of the parent company YRN by the Metro Radio Group, the AM frequency became Great Yorkshire Gold. The Rotherham transmitter was turned off in the 1990s as part of Hallam's licence agreement and is now used by Rother FM. Hallam also moved its studio facilities to 900 Herries Road, just minutes from Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough ground. The office space at Hartshead is now used by the Sheffield Star newspaper.[1]

As the Metro Radio group was bought by EMAP, Hallam FM also became part of the Big City Network in Northern England.

In 2011 Bauer Media's Big City Network was replaced by the Place Portfolio containing the group's radio stations which are focused on specific areas of the country.

Unification of Bauer Place stations[edit]

As of 17 February 2014 the following changes were made to Bauer Place stations in England and Scotland:

  • A single In:Demand syndicated programme with new presenter Stu Tolan.[2]
  • Neil Bentley's Old Skool & Anthems programme which was shared between Key 103 and 97.4 Rock FM was extended to 12 other Bauer Place stations.[3]
  • 16 Bauer Place stations now have a single audio identity and new strapline Your Life, Your Music.[4]

Broadcasting[edit]

Hallam FM's main competitors are BBC Radio 1, Capital Yorkshire & Heart Yorkshire. Other local competing stations include BBC Radio Sheffield, Peak FM, Rother FM, Dearne FM & Trax FM.

The station broadcasts on analogue frequencies on 97.4 FM (Tapton Hill), 103.4 FM (Clifton, near the M18) and 102.9 FM (Ardsley) in Sheffield, Doncaster and Barnsley respectively. Almost the whole region is covered on 103.4 FM. The station also broadcasts via DAB on the Bauer Radio multiplex, and online.

Programming/presenters[edit]

The majority of programming is presented and produced locally from Hallam FM's Sheffield studios although In:Demand, overnights and The Wrong Show are produced from Key 103 in Manchester and 96.3 Radio Aire in Leeds produces late nights. The Vodafone Big Top 40 is produced by Global Radio at its Capital studios in London for broadcast on over 140 commercial radio stations across the UK.

The current Station and Programme Director is Owen Ryan.

Past presenters[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Media UK - Hallam FM
  2. ^ In:Demand returns with new host Bauer Media, 17 January 2014
  3. ^ Daytime sharing arrives at Bauer stations Radio Today, 31 January 2014
  4. ^ Wise Buddah rebrands 16 Bauer stations Radio Today, 13 February 2014
  5. ^ JK and Lucy join Heart Solent Radio Today, 16 January 2012

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