Viking FM

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Viking FM logo 2015.png
Broadcast areaEast Riding of Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire
Slogan“The Biggest Hits, The Biggest Throwbacks”
FormatContemporary Hits
OwnerBauer Radio
Sister stationsGreatest Hits Radio
WebcastwhatsON
WebsiteViking FM

Viking FM is a British Independent Local Radio station which has broadcast music and local information to the East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire since 1984.[1] It is based in Kingston upon Hull. The station is owned & operated by Bauer Radio and forms part of the Hits Radio network.

Technical[edit]

Viking FM logo used from 2004 to 2015.

The station is transmitted from the High Hunsley transmitter on the Yorkshire Wolds, near North Cave, sharing the 200 ft tower with Capital Yorkshire and BBC Radio Humberside, as well as on the Bauer Humberside DAB multiplex from three transmitters, located at High Hunsley, Buckton Barn near Bridlington and Grimsby town centre.

It is also streamed over the Internet via Viking FM's website, making it accessible to listeners from all across the United Kingdom. Worldwide webcasting has recently been suspended for licensing reasons.

History[edit]

During the application process for the licence, the station's working title was Humber Bridge Radio; however on 17 April 1984, it was launched as Viking Radio and broadcast on 102.7 FM and 1161 kHz AM (258m Medium Wave). The first on-air presenter was David Fewster and the first song played was Celebration by Kool & the Gang. In Spring 1986, the frequency was changed to 96.9 FM, the then residence of arch-competitor Radio Humberside, (which moved to 95.9 FM). In the Summer of 1986, the station hit the showbiz big time by signing up the pop music connoisseur Paul Gambaccini.

Viking was the first commercial radio station in the UK to introduce split programming so that it could broadcast rugby league commentary on Sunday afternoons on its AM frequency, leaving FM to take The Network Chart Show. On 31 October 1988, Viking Radio split frequencies on a permanent basis and was transformed into Viking FM on 96.9 FM and Viking Gold on 1161 (said "Double-One Six-One") medium wave.[2] The AM station later became Classic Gold, Classic Gold Radio, Great Yorkshire Gold, Great Yorkshire Radio, Magic 1161 (pronounced "Eleven-Sixty-One") and from 2015, Viking 2.

In 1990, The Yorkshire Radio Network, who owned Viking as well as Radio Hallam, Pennine Radio (now known as Pulse 1) and Classic Gold, were bought by The Metro Radio group. In 1996, the station was bought by media empire, EMAP and as a result of a group takeover in 2008, Viking is now owned by Bauer Media Group, as part of the Hits Radio network of radio stations.

In August 2019, Bauer announced Viking FM would cease broadcasting from its Hull studios and co-locate with sister station Hallam FM from Wednesday 2 October 2019.[3] The station will retain local news, advertising and charity staff in the broadcast area.

Achievement[edit]

In 2005 the station won its first Gold Award at the Sony Radio Academy Awards for "Happy Hour"; a news investigation into binge drinking in the region. They won a Bronze award in 2006 for their series of programmes on subjects like ASBO's and street crime.[citation needed]

In 2005, Viking FM's Creative Team (who write and make the adverts) won a Vox Award for a Road Safety ad, in 2006 they won no less than 4 Vox Awards (Best Campaign, Best Use of Music, Best Media Production and Other) and the London International Awards for Sound Design. In 2007 they achieved a finalist place at the New York Awards and won a United Nations Award for Peace and Human Rights, one of only 4 given out worldwide.[citation needed]

Branding[edit]

The original logo depicted the station mascot "Eric the Viking", this was phased out in the late 1980s when the logo style was shared with its sister stations. This was later phased out and replaced by the Bauer City 'splash'; used by many stations on the network. In 2015, the logo was overhauled across the Bauer City network and Viking FM has now adopted the 'Your' logo, in line with branding changes to all Bauer City stations.[citation needed]

Viking original package was produced by CBC Creative, further idents were made by Jam Creative Productions, Alfasound and Reelworld. Viking went through a stage starting in the late 1990s of only using voice over sweeper production produced in-house, however, in 2006 a new sung package was commissioned. These new idents are from Wise Buddah in the U.K [1]

Programming[edit]

Local programming is currently produced and broadcast from Viking FM's Hull studios from 6-10 am and 4-7 pm on weekdays.

All networked output, including all weekend programming (apart from local news), originates via the Hits Radio Network, based in Manchester.[4] From September 2019, the station's Drivetime show will be replaced with a networked programme from Manchester, including opt-outs for local news and traffic.[5]

News[edit]

Viking FM broadcasts local news bulletins hourly from 6 am to 7 pm on weekdays, and from 7 am to 1 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Headlines are broadcast on the half hour during weekday breakfast and drivetime shows, alongside traffic bulletins.

National bulletins from Sky News Radio are carried overnight with bespoke networked bulletins on weekend afternoons, usually originating from Radio Aire's Leeds newsroom.

Notable past presenters[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "basic station details". Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  2. ^ www.aircheckdownloads.com Viking Gold station launch
  3. ^ Viking FM is moving out of Hull to join Hallam FM, Radio Today, 12 August 2019
  4. ^ Hits Radio Network stations drop local weekend programmes, Radio Today, 30 May 2019
  5. ^ Bauer to network drivetime across 11 licences in North and Midlands, Radio Today, 5 August 2019

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