BBC Radio Merseyside
|Broadcast area||Merseyside and north western Cheshire|
|Frequency||95.8 MHz, 1485 kHz, DAB|
|First air date||22 November 1967|
|Format||Local news, sport, talk and music|
|Audience share||20% (July 2014, )|
|Owner||BBC Local Radio,
BBC North West
|Website||BBC Radio Merseyside|
BBC Radio Merseyside is the BBC Local Radio service for Merseyside, England. It was the third BBC local radio station, launching on 22 November 1967, initially serving south west Lancashire. According to RAJAR the station has a listenership figure of 339,000 which represents a reach audience of 20%.
The Allerton Park transmitter also transmits Radio City on 96.7 MHz. Both have the same coverage. DAB signals come from the EMAP Digital EMAP Liverpool 11B multiplex] from Billinge Hill (between St Helens and Wigan), Hope Mountain (between Buckley and Wrexham) and Radio City Tower (on top of Radio City's studios).
On 15 July 2006, BBC Radio Merseyside moved from its former home in Paradise Street, Liverpool, to a new purpose-built studio building on the corner of Hanover Street and College Lane in Liverpool. This building has three ground-floor studios next to a public performance space. An open learning centre is on the first floor and the main office is on the second floor. It's the third building Radio Merseyside has occupied since it was launched in 1967 from studios on the sixth floor of a council-owned building, Commerce House, in Sir Thomas Street. The station moved to Paradise Street in 1981.
The majority of the station's programming is produced and broadcast from Liverpool. As with all BBC Local Radio stations, it also airs the networked weekday evening shows, originating from BBC Radio Leeds and produced independently by Wire Free Productions. During the station's downtime, BBC Radio Merseyside simulcasts BBC Radio 5 Live overnight.
Notable former presenters
- Norman Thomas (deceased)
- Simon O'Brien
- Shelagh Fogarty (Now at LBC)
- Rob McCaffrey
- Ray Stubbs (Now with BT Sport)
- Eddie Hemmings
- Wayne Clarke
- Janice Long (Now with BBC Radio 2)
- Graham Beecroft (Now with Talksport)
- Alan Parry (Now with Sky Sports football commentator)
- Rob Palmer
- Gerry Harrison
- Stephen Parry
During a breakfast show on 25 June 2007, presenter Simon O'Brien accidentally broadcast an unedited interview in which he said, "fuck the government, fuck the planners". O'Brien resigned from the station later in the day. He later went on to present a short-lived Saturday breakfast show on talk radio station City Talk 105.9 in Liverpool. City Talk later used the now infamous phrase that led to his resignation as part of their launch marketing for the station.
- bdonline.co.uk. "Bottom of the barrel - Carbuncles 2006". Retrieved 2014-09-11.
- BBC Radio Merseyside
- North West Radio
- History of local radio in Merseyside
- MDS975's Transmitter map.
- Allerton transmitter 95.8 MHz
- Hope Mountain (Digital)
- Wallasey transmitter 1485 KHz Mediumwave