The Eye (radio station)

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103 The Eye
Broadcast area Melton Mowbray &
The Vale of Belvoir
Slogan It's All About You
Frequency 103.0 MHz
First air date 1 November 2005
Format Adult Contemporary / Classic Hits / Local & National News / Talk
Owner The Eye FM Ltd

103 The Eye is a community radio station in Great Britain. The station broadcasts on 103.0 FM in Melton Mowbray and across the Vale of Belvoir and via the internet. It takes its name from the River Eye which flows through Melton.


"103 The Eye" was the first community radio station in the United Kingdom to begin broadcasting on a full five-year licence granted by OfCom. Fifteen other stations had previously held short-term licences under the pilot scheme (originally titled "Access Radio"), but The Eye was the first station to go on air after the format was opened to general applications.

Before 2004 the station had been known as "TWC", and had held a number of 28-day Restricted Service Licence broadcasts with the aim of persuading the Radio Authority (now OFCOM) to licence a new local commercial radio station to serve Melton Mowbray, Cotgrave, Bingham and the surrounding areas of south east Nottinghamshire and north Leicestershire.

"103 The Eye" broadcasts a variety of popular music from the 1950s to the present day, plus specialist discussion and music shows.[citation needed] The first song broadcast after the official launch at 07:00 on November 1, 2005 was Eye of the Tiger by the American classic rock group, Survivor. The first presenters' voices heard were those of Cliff King and Dave Baron. Then Breakfast presenter Steve Goode took charge of the first show 7am - 9:30 and went on to host the breakfast show finishing on his 100th show the following March[citation needed]

During the day and evening the station broadcasts SKY news bulletins every hour. There are also local news features and local events diary broadcasts during the day.

In 2006, the station moved from its original studios at Hickling Pastures to Melton Mowbray. It has since established additional studios in the school, and is one of the most prolific community radio stations providing more than 100 hours of live programming every week.

Fantastic Facts & The Cult of Positivity[edit]

Presented by Bombardier Billy Wells this unusual mixture of punk rock, rock-n-roll and Fantastic Facts makes the Bombardier Billy Wells Show (Mondays 10-midday) stand out on 103 The Eye. All facts on the show are verified by a Professor from Minsk University and the show is sponsored by local firms Macafferty’s Lard and Norman’s No Dry Paint. Alonzo Magoodledoodle is the Bombardier's 'eye in the sky'.


Drivetime on Mondays and Tuesdays is normally presented by freelance presenter Jonny Mac. Jonny's journalism skills bring you the latest breaking news both local and national and also updates on the traffic and travel for Melton & The Vale of Belvoir. Jonny also brings you the best mix of music for your drive home. Follow him on Twitter @jonathanmcgrady.

The Drivetime show on Wednesday is presented by Eye regular Alan Matsell. Popular features include the Traffic and Travel bulletins, the Holes in the Road roadworks reports, plus the Schoolspot, local news and Local Events Diary features. Alan also reviews the headlines from two local evening newspapers, and presents Marketwatch, Drivetime's daily look at the key world Stock Exchange indices, currency exchange rates and commodity prices.


Rock The Vale (2006)[edit]

Rock The Vale was a concert organised in association with the station over the May day bank holiday weekend. It was headlined by Showaddywaddy and featured a number of tribute acts, and the final of the stations Rock Idol. Proceeds from the event went to fund the station and Cancer Research UK.[citation needed]


In April 2009, 103 The Eye received the Mayor of Melton's Award of Merit for its volunteering and community work. The station's broadcasting licence was extended by OFCOM in April 2010 making 103 The Eye the first in the UK to be granted a second term of community radio.

In July 2010, the station won the Contribution To The Community Award from the Federation of Small Businesses in the first awards competition run by the FSB Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland. The Eye's Ben Atkinson won Young Achiever in the Melton Times Community Awards in October 2010 when the station was also Highly Commended. In Cotgrave, Jack Hogan and Jordan Clark - who present CROC FM on 103 The Eye at lunchtime on Sundays - won the Every Child Matters awards.

During 2011 and 2012 the station gained three additional Highly Commended awards from the Melton Times, and in March 2013 it was named Winner of the People Development section of the Melton Times Business Awards. 103 The Eye presenter Eric Tindall won the Mayor of Melton's Award Of Merit in April 2013 for his work in developing Neighbourhood Watch in the town.

Media Destinations[edit]

One of the station's aims is to give aspiring broadcasters an opportunity to develop their talents so they can make a career in the media industry. Several presenters from 103 The Eye have gone on to work for the BBC or commercial radio. They have included Blue Melia (BBC Sport), Andy 'James' Brown (Hereward Radio), James Hall (Capital FM / Free Radio), Claire Harris (BBC Radio 4 and Panorama) and Jerry Lefever (Power FM in Lanzarote).

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