BBC Radio Shropshire

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Coordinates: 52°43′47″N 2°44′36″W / 52.729758°N 2.743418°W / 52.729758; -2.743418

BBC Radio Shropshire
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CityShrewsbury
Broadcast areaShropshire
FrequencyRDS: BBC Shrp, 96 MHz, 90 MHz, 95 MHz, 104.1 MHz, DAB
First air date23 April 1985
FormatLocal news, talk and music
Language(s)English
OwnerBBC Local Radio,
BBC Midlands
WebsiteBBC Radio Shropshire

BBC Radio Shropshire is the BBC Local Radio service for the English county of Shropshire. Launched on 23 April 1985, it was the 30th BBC local station.[1] It originally broadcast on both FM and AM (on 756 & 1584 kHz), but changed to FM only in 1991. The 756 kHz AM frequency was later allocated to Radio Maldwyn, based in Newtown, Powys, ready for their launch of 'The Magic 756' in 1993.

The station now broadcasts from its studios in Shrewsbury on 96 (for central and north Shropshire), 90 (Church Stretton), 95 (in Ludlow), 104.1 (in Clun) FM and DAB (digital radio).

Transmitters[edit]

The 96FM signal from The Wrekin is the strongest, and can be heard from outside the county, especially along the M5 and M6 near Birmingham, as well as into western Staffordshire, southern Cheshire and Wrexham.

The other transmitters (on Black Hill near Clun, on Hazler Hill near Church Stretton, and in Mortimer Forest near Ludlow) have a much weaker signal only heard up to about 6 miles (9.7 km) away at most.[citation needed] These three transmitters are for broadcasting to the south of the county, which has a hilly terrain that reduces the effectiveness of FM transmissions.

The Wrekin transmitter also broadcasts the commercial station Free Radio on 103.1FM, Digital One, the MXR West Midlands 12A multiplex and BBC National DAB. The transmitters also have television, and Ludlow has national radio frequencies. DAB signals started on 31 January 2001 from the NOW Digital Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury and Telford 11B[permanent dead link] multiplex. This also has BBC WM and comes from the Wrekin and Turners Hill (near Rowley Regis).

Programming[edit]

The majority of the station's programming is produced and broadcast from Shrewsbury. During off-peak hours, BBC Radio Shropshire also produces some regional programming for the Midlands and simulcasts other output from BBC WM. During the station's downtime, BBC Radio Shropshire simulcasts BBC Radio 5 Live overnight.

The station's local presenters include Jim Hawkins.

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