BBC Radio Nottingham

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BBC Radio Nottingham
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City of license Nottingham
Broadcast area Nottinghamshire
Slogan A Passion for Nottinghamshire Life
Frequency RDS: BBCNottm, 95.1 MHz, 95.5 MHz, 103.8 MHz, 1584 kHz, DAB (NOW Nottingham) Freeview channel 720
First air date 31 January 1968
Format Local news, talk and music
Language(s) English
Audience share 9.6% (March 2015, Listening Figures - Quarterly Listening)
Owner BBC Local Radio,
BBC East Midlands
Website BBC Radio Nottingham

BBC Radio Nottingham is a BBC Local Radio station serving the English county of Nottinghamshire. It broadcasts on FM, AM, and digital DAB radio from studios located on London Road in Nottingham city centre.

Transmission frequences[edit]

Radio Nottingham is broadcast on three FM frequencies:

  • 103.8 to Nottingham and south Nottinghamshire, from Mapperley Ridge in north Nottingham
  • 95.5 to Mansfield from Fishponds Hill
  • 95.1 to Newark from Beacon Hill (since January 2004)

The Mansfield signal is strong enough to be heard as far north as Scunthorpe, far outside Nottinghamshire. The Nottingham signal may be heard as far south as Leicester.

The station broadcasts AM signals on 1584 kHz Medium Wave, from Clipstone, near Mansfield. From 17 August to 24 September 2012 BBC Radio Nottingham stopped broadcasting its normal programmes on medium wave, instead directing listeners to FM or DAB. This was part of a five-week trial to determine if listeners would miss or complain about the loss of services on medium wave.

Since 30 April 2004, the station has been available on DAB from the NDEM (NOW Digital East Midlands) Nottingham 12C multiplex from Waltham (main signal and in Leicestershire), Mapperley Ridge and Fishponds Hill (since July 2006).

It is also available through television (from the Waltham transmitter) on Freeview Channel 720. In addition, the station is transmitted via its website, using RealPlayer.

Programming[edit]

The majority of the station's programming is produced and broadcast from Nottingham. During off-peak hours, BBC Radio Nottingham also carries regional programming for the Midlands and East Midlands regions, including its own specialist music programming at weekends and the Midlands' late show from BBC WM. 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 Nottingham simulcasts BBC Radio 5 Live overnight.

Former presenters[edit]

  • Perhaps the station's most famous presenter is broadcasting legend Dennis McCarthy MBE, who continued broadcasting on the station — despite falling ill — right up until the afternoon he died.
  • Simon Mayo began his radio career here where he worked for four years in the 1980s, moving to Radio 1 in March 1986
  • Matthew Bannister, former late night host on Radio 5 Live, worked as a reporter in 1978
  • Mansfield's Richard Bacon had his first taste of broadcasting on The Beat
  • Comedian Boothby Graffoe had a weekly show in the late 1980s for a short time, before it was taken off because of its graphic and saucy humour
  • John Simons worked on the station in the late 1980s. He is now the award-winning Group Programme Director for GMG Radio

Surrounding areas[edit]

The nearest BBC TV news is East Midlands Today, who share the studios on London Road (A60) in Nottingham with the BBC Radio Nottingham team. The studio used to be in a building (York House) near the Victoria Centre on Mansfield Road before 1998. That building was then used by Nottingham Trent University as the Centre for Broadcast Journalism as the base for the Nottingham Trent International College. York House was demolished in May 2015 to make way for proposed future extensions to the Victoria (shopping) Centre.

BBC Radio Nottingham faces local competition from the regional commercial stations Gem 106 and 106.6 Smooth Radio, which are broadcast from Nottingham based studios to the wider East Midlands. Trent FM, Nottingham's heritage commercial radio station, was merged with Leicester Sound and Ram FM in January 2011 to form a regional station Capital FM East Midlands, which carries a mix of local and networked output.

Listeners in Nottinghamshire north of Worksop, are catered for by Radio Sheffield broadcasting on 104.1FM from the Holme Moss transmitter and in the Mansfield area commercial station Mansfield 103.2 exists, also transmitted from Fishponds Hill.

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Coordinates: 52°56′59″N 1°08′23″W / 52.94974°N 1.13985°W / 52.94974; -1.13985