Metro Radio

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Metro Radio
Metro Radio logo 2015.png
CityNewcastle
Broadcast areaTyne and Wear
County Durham
Northumberland
SloganThe Biggest Hits
FrequencyFM:
102.6 MHz (Alnwick)
103.0 MHz (Fenham)
103.2 MHz (Hexham)
97.1 MHz (Tyne Tunnel Relay)
97.1 MHz (Newcastle upon Tyne)
RDS: METRO
DAB: 11C[1]
First air date15 July 1974
FormatCHR, news and talk
OwnerBauer Radio
Sister stationsMetro 2 Radio
WebcastRadioplayer
Websiteplanetradio.co.uk/metro/
Metro Radio is located in Tyne and Wear
Metro Radio
Location within Tyne and Wear

Metro Radio is a local radio station owned and operated by Bauer Radio as part of the City 1 network. It broadcasts to County Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear from studios in Newcastle. The station's output is shared with sister North East station TFM and forms part of the Hits Radio Network.

History[edit]

Metro Radio logo used from 2004 to 2015.

Launch[edit]

The Newcastle-based station, broadcasting to North East England, launched on 15 July 1974.[1] 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.

Studios[edit]

Metro Radio on the Swan House roundabout in Newcastle upon Tyne

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.

Football commentary[edit]

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.

TFM co-location[edit]

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.[2] 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).[3]

Programming[edit]

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 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 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).[4]

News[edit]

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.

National bulletins from Sky News Radio are carried overnight with bespoke networked bulletins on weekend afternoons, usually originating from Radio Aire's Leeds newsroom.

Notable former presenters[edit]

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[edit]

Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards[edit]

Year Award Entry Result
2011 RCS Programmer Of The Year Chris Pegg (Programme Director) Nominated
2011 Skillset Newcomer(s) Of The Year Simon Conway (Journalist) Nominated
2011 Newsteam Of The Year Newsteam Nominated
2012 Feature(s) of the Year Raoul Moat: One Year On Nominated
2012 RCS Programmer Of The Year Chris Pegg (Programme Director) Nominated
2013 Breakfast Show of the Year (under 2 Million TSA) Steve & Karen's Breakfast Show Gold
2013 Presenter of the Year (under 2 Million TSA) Steve Furnell & Karen Wight Gold
2013 RCS Programmer Of The Year Chris Pegg (Programme Director) Nominated
2013 Journalist of the Year (Ali Booker Memorial Award) Rebecca Dixon Nominated
2013 Station of the Year (500,000 to 2M TSA) Metro Radio Gold
2014 Presenter of the Year (under 2 Million TSA) Steve Furnell & Karen Wight Nominated
2014 Presenter of the Year (under 2 Million TSA) Stuart Elmore & Kelly Hinch Nominated
2014 RCS Programmer Of The Year Chris Pegg (Programme Director) Nominated
2014 Unsung Hero of the Year Dan Black Nominated
2014 Local Sales Team of The Year Metro Radio & Magic 1152 Nominated
2015 Presenter of the Year (under 2 Million TSA) Steve and Karen Bronze
2015 Journalist of the Year Micky Welch Silver
2015 Station of the Year (under 2 Million TSA) Metro Radio Gold
2015 Marketing Award Punching Above Weight Promo Silver
2016 Journalist of the Year Micky Welch Nominated

Sony Radio Academy Awards[edit]

Year Award Entry Result
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[edit]

References[edit]

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