KCFM (FM)

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KCFM
KCFM logo.png
Broadcast area Kingston upon Hull & East Riding
Slogan "Hits & Memories"
Frequency FM: 99.8 MHz
First air date 1 August 2007
Format Contemporary
Owner Lincs FM Group
Sister stations Compass FM
Dearne FM
Lincs FM
Ridings FM
Rother FM
Rutland Radio
Trax FM
Website www.kcfm.co.uk

KCFM is an Independent Local Radio serving Kingston upon Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. This new licence was advertised by Ofcom in 2006. It is owned by the Lincs FM Group

Background[edit]

KCFM was run by a local consortium - under the name of Planet Broadcasting Limited. In June 2009 a share exchange was agreed with the Lincs FM Group.[1]

Tim Jibson who was a member of the team that acquired the original Ofcom licence, was the Launch Director and was also the Director of Programmes until May 2009, has now moved on to the role of Managing Director of Adventures in Radio Ltd. Tim had previously worked for 96.9 Viking FM, and Viking Gold - subsequently known as Classic Gold, Great Yorkshire Gold, Great Yorkshire Radio, Magic 1161 and currently Viking 2 - and BBC Radio Humberside.

KCFM provides full coverage of sport – including Hull City and the two Super League teams - Hull Kingston Rovers and Hull - along with rugby union, ice hockey, amateur rugby league, football, boxing and many other local sports.

Launch[edit]

The station carried out a full month of test transmissions before launching at 6:00 a.m. on 1 August 2007. The first voice heard on-air was that of Steve Jordan who then introduced the Director of Programmes Tim Jibson. Steve Jordan then played the first music track "Twist and Shout" by The Beatles. The Planet House studio building was then officially opened by the England Football Manager Steve McClaren.

Programming[edit]

KCFM plays a wide variety of music, ranging from the 1960s to current chart hits. Programme Manager is Sam Heywood, previously with 96.9 Viking FM. Sean Dunderdale is the Group Programming Director.

The current daytime line up is Matt Hutchinson (previously with sister stations Compass FM and Lincs FM), Darren Lethem (previously with Viking FM and Magic 1161) and Ross Carrick (also with sister station Compass FM).

News[edit]

The current news team are Gemma Barber, Dominic Ellis and Danny Longhorn.

Technical[edit]

Transmission[edit]

The station broadcasts on 99.8 MHz FM. Its transmission area covers the City of Kingston Upon Hull and the neighbouring towns of Beverley, Driffield and Goole in East Yorkshire and Barton-upon-Humber in North Lincolnshire - from a transmitter mast on top of the Humber Bridge's north pier. KCFM is also available via DAB, launching on that platform on Wednesday 19 October 2016.

Studios[edit]

A purpose built studio complex was constructed at "Planet House" on Hedon Road in Hull. Studio Design was carried out by Bob Corn of the Corn Tarrant Partnership[2] - Technical Installation by Radio Studio Services[3] - which is headed up by Richard Lawley. The station is now based at Parkgate House, Hesslewood Country Office Park, Hessle.

Branding[edit]

KCFM's first jingle package were re-sings of a KVIL package produced by radio ident company TM Studios in Dallas, Texas, USA.[4] A custom made news jingle was also commissioned.

In late 2010, KCFM aired new jingles made by the UK based jingle company S2Blue. The station's current jingle package is produced by Audio Sweets.

Presenters[edit]

Current[edit]

  • Matt Hutchinson (Breakfast Presenter)
  • Darren Lethem (Presenter)
  • Ross Carrick (Presenter)
  • Ian Laverick (Presenter)
  • George Smith (Presenter)
  • Amy from 'The Late Night Love Affair' (Presenter)
  • Stu Miller (Presenter)
  • James Clark (Presenter)
  • Liam Scott (Presenter)
  • Jay Bainbridge (Presenter)
  • Sean Dunderdale (Farming Programme Presenter)

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