|Broadcast area||South Yorkshire|
|Slogan||The Biggest Hits|
97.4 MHz (Sheffield)
102.9 MHz (Barnsley and Rotherham)
103.4 MHz (Doncaster)
|First air date||1 October 1974|
|Format||Contemporary hit radio|
|Webcast||Hallam FM Radioplayer|
The station started broadcasting on 1548 kHz/194m AM, 95.2 and 95.9 MHz FM under the name of Radio Hallam from its studios at Hartshead in Sheffield City Centre on 1 October 1974. The first presenter heard on air was ex-BBC Radio 1 DJ Johnny Moran - the first record he played was I've Got the Music in Me by Kiki Dee, which stuck after a minute and a half.
On 1 October 1985, Radio Hallam's broadcast area increased significantly when it began to broadcast to all of South Yorkshire.
The frequencies were changed during the 1980s to 96.1 FM for Rotherham, 97.4 FM for Sheffield, 102.9 FM for Barnsley, and 103.4 for the rest of South Yorkshire. After a take-over of the parent company YRN by the Metro Radio Group, the AM frequency became Great Yorkshire Gold. The Rotherham transmitter was turned off in the 1990s as part of Hallam's licence agreement and is now used by Rother FM. Hallam also moved its studio facilities to 900 Herries Road, just minutes from Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough ground. The office space at Hartshead is now used by the Sheffield Star newspaper.
As the Metro Radio group was bought by EMAP, Hallam FM also became part of the Big City Network in Northern England. In 2011, Bauer Media's Big City Network was replaced by the Place Portfolio, containing the group's local radio stations.
The station broadcasts on analogue frequencies on 97.4 FM (Tapton Hill), 103.4 FM (Clifton, near the M18) and 102.9 FM (Ardsley) in Sheffield, Doncaster and Barnsley respectively. Almost the whole region is covered on 103.4 FM. The station also broadcasts via DAB on the Bauer Radio multiplex, and online.
Local programming is produced and broadcast from Hallam FM's Sheffield studios from 0600–1000 and 1600–1900 on weekdays; 1200–1600 on weekends.
All networked programming originates via the Hits Radio Network in Manchester.
Hallam FM broadcasts local news bulletins hourly from 6 am to 7 pm on weekdays, and from 7 am to 1 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Headlines are broadcast on the half hour during weekday breakfast and drivetime shows, alongside sport and traffic bulletins.
Notable past presenters
- Steve Banyard
- Tom Binns
- Beverley Chubb
- Simon Clark
- Jon Culshaw
- Daryl Denham
- Simon Hirst
- Lucy Horobin (now with Heart Solent)
- Martin Kelner
- Cindy Kent
- Dave Kilner
- Roger Kirk
- Stuart Linnell (now at BBC Radio Northampton & BBC Coventry & Warwickshire)
- Vicky Locklin
- Diana Luke
- Nick Margerrison (now at The Bay)
- Scottie McClue
- Jonathan Miles
- Roger Moffat
- Ed Nell
- Howard Pressman (now at BBC Radio Sheffield)
- Steve Priestley
- James H Reeve
- Chris Rodgers (now BBC newsreader and reporter)
- Mike Rouse
- Ian Rufus (original head of News), (first ever newsreader)
- Tim Shaw
- Keith Skues (former Programme & Station Director, 1974–1987)
- Ray Stuart
- Kelly Temple (1975 - 1980)
- Media UK - Hallam FM
- Hallam FM - Presenters
- JK and Lucy join Heart Solent Radio Today, 16 January 2012