Forth 1

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Forth 1
Forth 1 logo 2015.png
City of license Edinburgh
Broadcast area Lothian and Fife
Slogan Your Music, Your Life
Frequency FM:
97.3, 97.6 MHz (West Lothian)
102.2 MHz (Penicuik)
DAB: 12D
First air date 22 January 1975
Format Hot AC
Audience share 14.5% (June 2014, RAJAR)
Owner Bauer Radio
Sister stations Forth 2
Forth 3
Webcast Radioplayer
Website www.forth1.com

Forth 1 is a Scottish local radio station, broadcasting to Lothian and Fife, and based in Forth Street in Edinburgh's city centre. The station plays a variety of music, mainly Top 40, but older tunes are also inserted into the playlist. The station is owned & operated by Bauer Radio and forms part of Bauer's City 1 network of stations.

History[edit]

Forth House, Edinburgh.
Forth 1 logo used from 2013 to 2015.

Radio Forth was launched on 22 January 1975 by current chairman Richard Findlay. His opening speech included "This, for the very first time is Radio Forth". Steve Hamilton was the first on-air presenter, hosting the breakfast show.[1]

In 1990, Forth was forced to create a new station on its AM frequency. Before this, Radio Forth was broadcast as a single station on both FM and AM frequencies. The FM station was renamed Radio Forth RFM (later simplified to Forth FM) with Donny Hughes broadcasting the first Breakfast Show from the newly revamped Studio F in Forth House. The new AM station became "Max AM" which was later renamed Forth AM to match its sister station.

In 2000, both stations were relaunched as 97.3 Forth One and 1548 Forth 2. Forth 2 was redesigned as an adult contemporary music station while Forth One continued to play Top 40 songs for the 35s and under.

Radio Forth was owned by Scottish Radio Holdings until 3 June 2005 when British media group EMAP took over. In January 2008, EMAP Radio was sold to Bauer and the radio division was renamed Bauer Radio. Ownership changes have led to more networked programming on the station.

Programming[edit]

Alongside local output from its Edinburgh studios, Forth 1 also airs networked programming from Forth 1 in Edinburgh, Key 103 in Manchester and Metro Radio in Newcastle. The station also produces a networked Saturday morning show. The Vodafone Big Top 40 is produced by Global Radio at its Capital studios in London for broadcast on 145 commercial radio stations in the UK.

The station's local presenters include Andrew Bouglas, Arlene Stuart, Grant Stott, Mark Martin (Home Run) and Mark McKenzie (Superscoreboard).[2]

News and Sport[edit]

Forth 1 broadcasts local news bulletins hourly from 6am to 7pm on weekdays (except 2pm), from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays and from 9am to 12pm on Sundays. Headlines are broadcast on the half hour during weekday breakfast and drivetime shows, alongside sport and traffic bulletins.

National bulletins from Sky News Radio are carried overnight with bespoke networked Scottish bulletins at weekends, produced from Radio Clyde's newsroom in Clydebank.

Extended sports coverage airs under the Superscoreboard banner on Saturday afternoons.[3]

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Coordinates: 55°57′28″N 3°11′12″W / 55.95778°N 3.18667°W / 55.95778; -3.18667