Dearne FM

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Dearne FM
Dearne logo.png
Broadcast area Barnsley
Frequency FM: 97.1, 102.0 MHz
First air date 5 October 2003
Format Contemporary
Audience share 8.1% (June 2013, RAJAR)
Owner Lincs FM Group
Sister stations Compass FM
Lincs FM
Ridings FM
Rother FM
Rutland Radio
Trax FM

Dearne FM is an Independent Local Radio station which broadcasts to the Barnsley area. The station is owned and operated by the Lincs FM Group (based in Lincoln).


The station was based at Zenith Park on Whaley Road, Barugh Green, in the north-west of Barnsley. As a result of cost cutting, Dearne FM recently co-located with sister stations Trax FM, Rother FM and Ridings FM at studios on White Rose Way in Doncaster. Five other companies competed for Barnsley's FM radio licence.


The station can be heard on 102 FM (near Ardsley) in Barnsley and the Dearne Valley, and on 97.1 FM (near Hoylandswaine close to the A628 and A629 roundabout) for Penistone on Hunger Hill. The Ardsley transmitter also broadcasts Hallam FM on 102.9 FM, with whom Dearne FM mainly competes. The 102 FM signal is more powerful than 97.1 FM, which is an off-air relay of 102 FM.


Dearne FM appeals to a family audience playing a mix of current chart hits and the best songs from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s combined with local news, information and competitions.

The Breakfast Show is presented by Joe Sentance, The Daytime show by Matt Foister and the Afternoon Show by Gareth Webb. All shows 6am to 6pm are broadcast live.

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Coordinates: 53°33′03″N 1°24′46″W / 53.55072°N 1.41275°W / 53.55072; -1.41275