Real Radio XS

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Real Radio XS
Real Radio XS logo.png
Broadcast area Yorkshire, North West England
Frequency FM, DAB
First air date 5 September 2011
Format Classic Rock
Owner Communicorp

Real Radio XS is a radio station based in Salford, Manchester, broadcasting a variety of peak-time news, rock music and talk output. It broadcasts to North West England on FM & DAB and Yorkshire on DAB.


The station obtained a license under the name Rock Talk despite competition from other existing stations in other categories.[1][2] The station began test transmissions as 106.1 FM Rock Radio on 10 April 2008 from the top of the City Tower (the former Sunley Building) in Piccadilly in Manchester. The station promoted its launch with a free, one-day festival at Cathedral Gardens featuring the bands Bad Company, Gun, Salford Jets, Letz Zep and Mercury.[citation needed]

Real Radio XS's sister station, 96.3 Rock Radio based in Baillieston, Glasgow, was also named Real Radio XS by parent company Guardian Media Group in 2011.[3][4] The station's parent company, Guardian Media Group, was bought by Global Radio in June 2012.[5][6][1] On 6 February 2014, Global Radio reached an agreement to sell the station and seven others to Communicorp following recommendations from the Competition Commission.[7]


BAND Frequency AREA Platform NOTES
FM 106.1 Manchester FM Known as 106.1 Real Radio XS
DAB 12A Yorkshire & Humberside MXR Yorkshire Originally replaced Rock Radio but no longer carried on DAB as from mid 2014



Time Programme Presenter(s)
0100 - 0600 Non Stop Rock! Non Stop Music
0600 - 1000 Breakfast Steve Berry
1000 - 1400 Daytime Ricky Kirby
1400 – 1500 My XS Matt White
1600 - 1900 Drivetime Paul Carlin


Time Programme Presenter(s)
1900 - 2300 Evenings Sophie Yates
2300 - 0000 Non Stop Rock (Mon-Thurs) Francis Rossi (Fri)


Time Programme Presenter(s)
0100 - 0800 Non Stop Rock! Non Stop Music
0800 - 1100 Best Of Berry Matt White
1100 - 1400
Mark Matthews - XS Poll (Saturdays) Ricky Kirby - Two's Up (Sundays)
1400 - 1800 Paul Carlin (Saturdays) Kay Whyld (Sundays)
1800-1900 My XS Matt White
1900 - 2000 Francis Rossi (Saturday) Chains (Sunday)
0100 - 0800 Non Stop Rock!

Themed weekends are often featured on the station and clips are voiced by presenters which include information about the featured artist.


  1. ^ a b Rock Talk
  2. ^ Plunkett, John (8 February 2007). "Rock Talk wins Manchester bid". MediaGuardian (London: Guardian News and Media). 
  3. ^ RADIO TODAY - GMG drop Rock Radio for Real Radio XS
  4. ^ RADIO TODAY - Jazz FM leaves regional DAB platforms
  5. ^ GMG Radio sold to Global for £50m Mark Sweeney, The Guardian, 25 June 2012
  6. ^ Global Radio seals £50m purchase of GMG Radio Maisie McCabe, Media Week, 25 June 2012
  7. ^ Sandle, Paul (6 February 2014). "Denis O'Brien buys eight UK radio stations from Global Radio". Reuters. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 

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Coordinates: 53°28′12″N 2°17′16″W / 53.4701°N 2.2877°W / 53.4701; -2.2877