|Broadcast area||Macclesfield and East Cheshire|
|First air date||May 26, 1998|
|Format||Variety Hit Radio|
|Audience share||1.8% (December 2009, )|
Silk 106.9 is an Independent Local Radio station broadcasting to the town of Macclesfield as well as parts of Cheshire East. It is an FM station broadcasting at 106.9 FM. Towns in the Silk region includes Congleton, Knutsford, Sandbach and Wilmslow. It was part of The Local Radio Company, before being sold to Dee 106.3 in 2009, who renamed the station from its original "106.9 Silk FM".
The station's first broadcast was on 26 May 1998 with guest Sammy McIlroy, then manager of the Macclesfield Town football club. It broadcasts a mix of current and classic hits and local news and sport.
Past presenters have included Nick Wright, Jeff Cooper, Guy Morris, Paul Allen and Trevor Thomas.
The station is now run completely locally 24 hours a day from its studios based on Moss Lane in the town, having dropped the Big Top 40 show in July 2010 - one of the final 'networked' shows on the station.
In November 2012 the station was granted a significant transmitter power increase, partly to combat co-channel interference from a Welsh Real Radio transmitter. The transmitter site at Sutton Common offers a line of site across the Cheshire plain, meaning the signal can be heard into Lancashire, Shropshire and Merseyside.
The station awards the title School of the Week to schools within its broadcast area. Perhaps the most important awards it gives are the "Local Hero awards" which have been awarded since the stations inception.
Current Presenter Line Up
Breakfast - Ditchy (David Ditchfield)
Mid Mornings - Dave Miller
Drivetime - Andy Clewes
Evenings - JC
Sunday Evenings - Silk Sessions with Music Vibe.
Silk Sport - Saturday Afternoons - Mark Blackman
Weekends - Nathan Lawson, Heidi Booth, Sam Walton, Dane Swindells
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- ""Radio Today" article: Silk FM sold to Dee 106.3". Radio Today. 2009-06-11. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
- "Pupils raise voices – and cash". Crewe Chronicle. 10 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
- "Public File". Silk FM. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
- "Fruitful night for North West stations at Sony’s". how-do.co.uk. 14 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
- "Silk FM gets another award". how-do.co.uk. 26 November 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
- "Nations & Regions Awards 2007". The Radio Academy. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
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