BBC Radio Shropshire
|Frequency||RDS: BBC Shrp, 96 MHz, 90 MHz, 95 MHz, 104.1 MHz, DAB|
|First air date||23 April 1985|
|Format||Local news, talk and music|
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|Website||BBC 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. 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 on 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). The radio service also had secondary broadcast premises in Telford.
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. 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 multiplex. This also has BBC WM and comes from the Wrekin and Turners Hill (near Rowley Regis).
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. 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 Shropshire simulcasts BBC Radio 5 Live overnight.
The station's local presenters include Eric Smith and Clare Ashford (weekday breakfast), Jim Hawkins (weekday mornings), Colin Young (weekday lunchtime) and Adam Green and Vicki Archer (weekday drivetime).
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- Media UK - BBC Radio Shropshire
- History of local radio in Shropshire
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- Clun transmitter
- Hazler Hill transmitter
- Ludlow transmitter
- Turners Hill (Digital)
- Wrekin transmitter