|First air date||18 March 1990|
|Audience share||1.6% (March 2009, )|
|Owner||Sunrise Radio Group|
106.8 Time FM was a local commercial radio station located in the south-east London and north-west Kent area of England, which broadcast to Greenwich and Bexleyheath in London and Dartford and Gravesend in Kent on 106.8 FM, and ceased transmission in April 2009.
The station started broadcasting from studios on Tavy Bridge, Thamesmead,as RTM Radio transmitting on 103.8 F.M. where they stayed until moving to the Thamesmead Town offices in Harrow Manor Way during April 1994. The new studios and production facilities were designed and built in house by Frank de Pellette and Jon lucas. The station then moved to Basildon Road on the outskirts of Plumstead, sharing its premises with sister station South London Radio 107.3.
Time 106.8 was, in the final five years of its life, owned by the Sunrise Radio Group.
The station launched on the FM radio band as RTM Radio on 18 March 1990, having previously exclusively broadcast on the area's local cable television service as Radio Thamesmead, and intended to fulfil a community-style remit, with any profits generated being invested in local regeneration projects. RTM changed its name to Millennium 106.8 in 2000, having successfully amended its minority-orientated programming obligations with the Radio Authority. The station was put up for sale in June 1999, and was purchased by the Milestone Group in 2000. Fusion Radio Holdings later took reins of the station.
Millennium was rebranded as Time 106.8 at the beginning of 2003, in a move to associate the station with local town Greenwich's connection with the Greenwich Meridian. Avtar Lit's Sunrise Radio Group purchased the station in March 2004. A later decision was taken to rebrand other stations in the group under the same banner - two of which (Time 106.6 in Slough and Time 107.5 in Romford) continue to use the moniker.
Performance and subsequent closure
The station consistently struggled to perform in a ferociously competitive London market in terms of audience figures, with its market share steadily declining in RAJAR performance since the middle of 2005. In its final survey at the end of 2008, Time recorded an audience of 13,000 listeners, representing a market share of 1%.
At its peak it achieved a market share of 8% of the available audience - this was during the tenure of Rodney Collins as Managing Director.
In an unusual move, the Sunrise Radio Group put the station up for sale via a message on its website in mid-October 2008, and following disputed claims a buyer had been found, Time 106.8 ceased broadcasting at midnight on Saturday 4 April 2009.This was down to the poor running of the station by London Media Company and is still a Radio station that is missed in the area.
Original RTM / Millennium presenters include:
- Craig Hannington (now at Generation Radio/Miskin Radio)
- Jon Lucas
- Frank de Pellette (Presenter / Station Engineer)
- Clive Richardson (now at Solar Radio)
- Rodney Collins (managing director of RTM-Millennium from 1991–1999. Presenter/producer at offshoremusicradio.com
- Steve George
- Tony Shearman
- Sam Tate (Sam Cook)
- Colin Martin
- Mark Mansfield (specifically Charlton Live and Charlton Match Commentaries)
- Dave (Dickie) Davis (Sport)
- Greg Whelan (Sport)
- Ken Murray (station co-ordinator/presenter)
- Rob Hooker (now Head of compliance Channel 4 /Box Television)
- Ben Hartley (now with BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey)
- Simon Beale (now with Heart London)
- Julie Goodwin
- Nigel Goodge - News
- Sue Mansfield (News - now at BBC Radio Kent)
- Mark Fox (Known as Mark Anthony when at Invicta FM)
- Barry Shaw
- Chris Pearson now BFBS
- Richard Cray
- Jamie Wisdom
- Clive Brady (went to various FM commercial stations)
- Jenny Costello (briefly moved to BBC Radio 1)
- Peter Haynes (now Miskin Radio)
- Andy Fields (went to Jazz fm )
- Dave Moses - Saturday Afternoons (Now Imaging Producer at Capital (radio network))
- Delroy Haynes (Now BBC TV con announcer)
- Gary Mulligan (now programme controller at Dream 100 FM)
- Paul Stutch (died December 2008)
- Dave Lockwood ( Matchday announcer at Charlton, presenter of Charlton Live Internet radio show)
- Sammy Bell
- Pete Flynn (now with SFM Radio, Sittingbourne)
- Caesar The Geezer / The Boogieman
- Richard Wright
- Jonathan Miles (now with BBC Radio Newcastle)
- Roger Day ( now on BBC Radio Kent)
- Bob Lawrence ( ex Mercia, BRMB now Radio Caroline)
- Darren Wingham
At the Time 106.8 relaunch in March 2003, the presenter line-up was as follows:
- Mike Russell - BreakfastTIME (now with Music Radio Creative)
- Sam Gudger - DayTIME
- Richard Price - DriveTIME
- Martyn Jordan - The TIME Machine
- Sarah Kerr - DriveTIME (now with NME Radio)
The presenter line-up prior to the station's closure:
- Tara Jay - Interim Breakfast Presenter
- Martin Gray - Daytime and Evenings
- Trevor Smith - Drivetime
- Eddie Matthews - Weekend Mid-Mornings
- Alex Stevanovic - Saturday Afternoons
- Nathan Cooper - Weekend Evenings
- John Varnham - Sunday mid-mornings
- Richard Linton - Sunday Afternoons
- Pete Flynn - Swing Presenter
- Dan Davis - Charlton Chat (a weekly football phone-in for supporters of Charlton Athletic F.C.) also with Dave Lockwood & John Lucas (from the original RTM/Millennium team).