|Broadcast area||Tyne and Wear|
|Slogan||All The Biggest Hits|
102.6 MHz (Alnwick)
103.0 MHz (Fenham)
103.2 MHz (Hexham)
97.1 MHz (Tyne Tunnel Relay)
97.1 MHz (Newcastle upon Tyne)
|First air date||15 July 1974|
|Sister stations||Greatest Hits Radio North East|
Metro Radio is a local radio station owned and operated by Bauer Radio as part of the City 1 network. It broadcasts to Tyne and Wear and Northumberland from studios in Newcastle. The station's output is shared with sister North East station TFM and forms part of the Hits Radio Network.
The Newcastle-based station, broadcasting to North East England, launched on 15 July 1974. The first Breakfast Show was presented by Don Dwyer, an Australian radio presenter formerly at ABC and the United Biscuits Network. The first show included messages of congratulations from Kenny Everett at the equivalent local commercial station in London, Capital Radio.
The station transmitted from a studio in Swalwell, Gateshead, which, in later years, would be adjacent to the MetroCentre and is now Metropolitan House - a Business Centre providing serviced office accommodation. In 2005 Metro, and sister station Magic 1152 moved to the former BT building, previously known as Swan House, now known as 55° North, next to the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Until 2005 the station broadcast live football commentary for the region's two biggest clubs — Newcastle United and Sunderland. In an attempt to boost ratings, the football commentary was stopped. However, a negative response from football fans prompted the owners to cover all Newcastle and Sunderland games on sister station Magic 1152.
As of Monday 8 April 2013, all Metro's programming is shared with TFM. However, the Metro branding was retained along with separate advertising and local news bulletins. The two stations were able to co-locate without consultation as the Metro Radio licence area is located in one approved broadcast area (North East England).
Local programming is produced and broadcast from Metro Radio's Newcastle studios, this is syndicated with TFM.
All networked programming originates via the Hits Radio Network in Manchester.
The station's North East presenters are Steve Furnell and Karen Wight (Steve & Karen's Breakfast Show), Dan Moylan (Home Run), Alan Robson (Night Owls), Chris Felton (Saturday afternoons) and Jonny Chambers (Sunday afternoons).
Metro Radio broadcasts local news bulletins hourly from 6am to 7pm on weekdays, from 7am to 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Headlines are broadcast on the half hour during weekday breakfast and drivetime shows, alongside sport and traffic bulletins.
Notable former presenters
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The DJ and TV presenter James Whale launched his radio career on Metro, presenting the Nightowls show between 1974 and 1980. Other notable former presenters include:
Awards and nominations
|2007||Best live event coverage||Alan Shearer Testimonial Coverage||Gold|
|2011||Best breaking news coverage||Manhunt - The Raoul Moat Story - Metro Radio News||Nominated|
|2011||Best live event coverage||Great North Run Coverage||Silver|
|2012||Speech Radio Personality of the Year||Alan Robson||Nominated|
|2012||News Journalist of the Year||Metro Radio News Team||Silver|
|2013||Best Speech Programme||Alan Robson's Nightowls||Bronze|
|2013||Breakfast Show of the Year (under 10 million)||Steve and Karen's Breakfast Show||Silver|
|2013||Station of the Year (1 Million plus)||Metro Radio||Gold|
|2014||Speech Radio Personality of the Year||Alan Robson||Silver|
|2014||Best Coverage of a Live Event||Great North Run 2013||Silver|
|2014||Station of the Year (1 Million plus)||Metro Radio||Nominated|
Metro Radio Arena
- Metro Radio Media UK
- TFM leaves Teesside to share with Metro, RadioToday, 5 April 2013
- Leading MEP to demand action from Ofcom over TFM/Metro merger The Northern Echo, 7 April 2013
- Metro Radio - Presenters