Wish FM

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Not to be confused with DWNU, a FM radio station broadcasting from Metro Manila, Philippines..
Wish FM
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City of license Wigan
Broadcast area Metropolitan Borough of Wigan & Metropolitan Borough of St Helens
Slogan No.1 for Wigan and St. Helens
Frequency 102.4 MHz
First air date 1 April 1997
Format Adult Contemporary
Audience share 5% (March 2010, [1])
Transmitter coordinates 53°30′33″N 2°43′11″W / 53.5092°N 2.7197°W / 53.5092; -2.7197Coordinates: 53°30′33″N 2°43′11″W / 53.5092°N 2.7197°W / 53.5092; -2.7197
Owner UTV Radio
Website Wish FM

Wish FM is a British Independent Local Radio that serves the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan in Greater Manchester and the Metropolitan Borough of St Helens, Merseyside. The station takes its name from the initials WIgan and St Helens.

The station broadcasts on 102.4 FM from a transmitter powered by a wind-up generator at Billinge Hill on the border of Wigan and St. Helens and has been on air since 1 April 1997. It was the first license applied for and won by Tony Dewhurst and Jeff Graham of the recently formed Independent Radio Group. The studios are in the Orrell district of Wigan, but in early 2007, the station's owners approached UK media regulator OFCOM to ask permission to move the station's base to Newton Le Willows, Merseyside, as part of a plan to share a single building with two other stations from the UTV Radio group: Tower FM and Wire FM. However, after selling-off Stockport-based Imagine FM, UTV Media decided to keep Wish FM in Orrell, and moved Wire FM and Tower FM into the Orrell base.

Wish FM covers sport heavily with Home & Away Commentaries on Wigan Athletic matches in the Sky Bet Championship [1] and also commentaries on both Wigan Warriors and St Helens RLFC Rugby League games in the Super League .[2]

Wish FM carries a network evening programme, called Total Access, from 7pm on weekday evenings.


  1. ^ "Latics & Wish FM Relaunch Broadcast Partnership". wiganlatics.co.uk (Wigan, UK: Wigan Athletic). 2010-08-12. Archived from the original on 2010-08-15. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Wish FM Brings SL Back To The Airwaves". wiganwarriors.com (Wigan, UK: Wigan Warriors). 2011-01-21. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 


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