Sunshine Radio (FM)

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Sunshine Radio
Broadcast area Herefordshire and Monmouthshire
Frequency 106.2 MHz (Hereford), 107.0 MHz (Monmouth), 107.8 MHz (Abergavenny) & Online
First air date 14 December 2007
Format Contemporary
Language(s) English
Owner Murfin Music International
Sister stations Sunshine Radio (Ludlow)

Sunshine Radio is a radio station which broadcasts to Herefordshire and Monmouthshire from its studios in Hereford, England. It is operated by Murfin Media Ltd, and previously by Laser Broadcasting.[1]

History[edit]

Prior to launching the station had a working name of Classic Hits, and the license application was in this name. Three months prior to the opening, the station rebranded to Sunshine Radio, the same name as the original Sunshine Radio in Ludlow.

The station launched on 14 December 2007. A five minute audio clock was used as a lead in to the opening jingle and welcoming monologue from Station Manager and presenter Mark Edwards at exactly 7am. The station's launch song was 'Start' by The Jam followed by an interview with the then Mayor of Hereford City. A simultaneous Breakfast Show was broadcast across Monmouthshire by Paul Roberts with an interview with the town's Mayor during the same time period.

Sunshine today[edit]

Sunshine Radio prides itself on being local to the area by providing local news and playing music spanning from the last four decades. Sunshine has become one of the most listened radio stations in the area and is only one of a handful of stations which are fully local with no networking with other stations.

Programming[edit]

According to the station's licence locally-made hours consist of at least 10 hours a day during daytime weekdays which must include breakfast and at least 4 hours daytime Saturdays and Sundays.

Local news bulletins are aired hourly at peaktime weekdays and weekends. Outside of this national and international news is provided by IRN.[2]

Presenters include Mark Baker, Jeff Collins, Ian Davies, Mark Edwards, Paul Ellery and Leon Oldman. Claire Harris is in charge of news.[3]

Technical[edit]

Sunshine Radio broadcasts to Herefordshire and Monmouthshire on 106.2 FM (Ridge Hill, between Ross On Wye and Ledbury near Much Marcle - for Herefordshire) 107.0 FM (Monmouth TV Relay- for Monmouth) and 107.8 FM (Abergavenny TV Relay- for Abergavenny). Although the station is for Herefordshire and Monmouthshire, the 106.2 frequency can be quite clearly heard in such places as Birmingham, Worcester, Gloucester and Bristol. The other 2 transmitters are quite low power and can just be heard outside their areas.

Sunshine broadcasts 1.6KW from Ridge Hill, 1KW from the Monmouth TV Relay and 250 watts from the Abergavenny TV Relay.

Another filler was planned for the Leominster area broadcasting on 107.8 FM but plans were scrapped.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Radio-now entry stating frequencies, town of origin etc". Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  2. ^ "OFCOM licence details". Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  3. ^ "Media UK entry listing presenters etc". Retrieved 2010-07-04. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°03′19″N 2°43′04″W / 52.0552°N 2.7178°W / 52.0552; -2.7178