Manx Radio

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Manx Radio
(Radio Manx Ltd.)
Manx Radio logo.png
The Manx Radio logo since 2009.
City Douglas
Broadcast area Isle of Man
Slogan The Nation's Station
Frequency 1368 kHz AM, 89.0 MHz FM, 89.5 MHz FM, 97.2 MHz FM, 103.7 MHz FM
First air date since 29 June 1964
(54 years, 116 days)
Format General/Entertainment
Language(s) English/Manx
Owner Isle of Man Treasury (Main shareholder)
Sister stations Radio TT (Only on-air during
the Isle of Man TT races)

Manx Radio (legally Radio Manx Ltd.[1]) (Manx: Radio Vannin) is the national commercial radio station for the Isle of Man.

The station began broadcasting on 29 June 1964, almost ten years before commercial radio was licensed in the United Kingdom. The Isle of Man, having its own government and laws, was not subject to the rules prohibiting commercial broadcasting in the UK. However, the Manx Government still had to apply to the UK's General Post Office for a frequency and for permission to broadcast. First requested in 1960, a licence was eventually granted in May 1964.

The station was allocated an FM frequency of 89.0 MHz and a comparatively low power of 50 watts. In October 1964, an additional frequency of 1600 kHz AM was allocated to the station to provide greater coverage, although again at a limited power of 50 watts.

Manx Radio broadcasts mainly in English with a few hours a week devoted to broadcasting in Manx.

Current frequencies[edit]

Manx Radio now broadcasts on 1368 kHz AM to the whole island; 89.0 MHz (from Snaefell) for the north of the island; 97.2 MHz FM (from Douglas/Carnane) for the south of the island; and 103.7 MHz (from Jurby) for the island's hills. Additional low-power transmitters cover Ramsey and Peel on a frequency of 89.5 MHz.

Financial Dependency[edit]

As the first commercial radio station in the British Isles it's commercial revenues in 2018 account for over 60% of its revenues. To provide the public service element of its output it received a Government subvention of £875,000 as well as Government support for its transmission networks and its coverage of the TT.[2]


In recent years Manx Radio has consistently made a loss. In 2017, Manx Radio made a loss of £80,000 - after losing more than £48,000 the previous year. In 2018 Manx Radio made a further loss of £37,975 [4]

Company structure[edit]

Manx Radio is the island's public service broadcaster. It was originally run by the Isle of Man Broadcasting Commission, a state-owned body, under the name Isle of Man Broadcasting Company. In 1980 the company was moved to an arms-length operation using the name Radio Manx Limited (the on-air name did not change). Since 1994, the shares in Radio Manx Limited have been held by the Manx Radio Trust, further distancing the station from Tynwald. Nevertheless, the company remains responsible to Tynwald and its operations are reviewed annually.

Radio TT[edit]

During the Isle of Man TT races, the 1368 kHz frequency becomes Manx Radio TT, providing news and results on the races. The service is also available on 87.9 FM in Douglas and 100.6 FM in Sulby. Regulars Chris Williams, Chris Kinley and Tim Glover can all be heard each day, John Moss presents the Radio TT news bulletins.

In May 2012, Radio TT was re-branded as Manx Radio TT 365 to signify that the station was available to listen to throughout the year via the internet. The service incorporated archive commentary recordings with classic music tracks, as well as the TT fortnight broadcasts. However, after less than a year the service was subsequently closed.

Manx Radio TT recommenced its usual service in May 2013. In 2015 and 2016, the service was broadcast as Vauxhall Radio TT.

It is possible that TT coverage of Radio TT will be put out to commercial tender.


English language presenters[edit]

Manx language presenters[edit]

Manx Radio news[edit]

Manx Radio employs eight broadcast journalists, responsible for hourly news bulletins and the flagship thrice-daily programme Mandate, broadcast at breakfast (7:30-8:30am), lunchtime (1-1:15pm) and drivetime (5-5:30pm).

News staff[edit]

Transmitter reuse[edit]

A three-year deal between United Christian Broadcasters (UCB) and Manx Radio saw UCB broadcast via Manx Radio from 5 October 1987 for four hours nightly from 10pm when the regular programming was off air.[5][6]


  1. ^ Manx Radio. "How Manx Radio is run..." Retrieved 10 November 2011.
  2. ^ name="Annual Report">{{cite web|url=
  3. ^ "Manx Radio announces £82,000 loss".
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  5. ^ "UCB Cross Rhythms: A marriage made in heaven".
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 March 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2013.

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Coordinates: 54°08′55″N 4°28′27″W / 54.1485°N 4.4742°W / 54.1485; -4.4742