Jack FM 2
|Slogan||Playing What You Want|
|Frequency||107.9 MHz, DAB and online |
|First air date||(original) 14 February 1997, (as Jack FM 2) 20 August 2013|
|Audience share||1.2% (October 2013, )|
|Owner||Passion Radio (Oxford) Ltd part of OXIS Media|
JACK 2 is an Independent Local Radio station broadcasting in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom on FM, the Oxfordshire DAB multiplex, in Surrey and Hampshire on DAB and online. It is a music-heavy station with only limited speech, instead allowing listeners to control the music and submit recordings of themselves to be played. The station is aimed at an adult-contemporary audience and plays seven hours per week of specialist music as required by Ofcom. JACK 2 competes with Heart Thames Valley, BBC Oxford and sister station Jack FM Oxfordshire, as well as some online Community Radio and DAB stations in Oxfordshire.
The station allows its listeners to pick all the songs that play in real time. Listeners are able to vote songs up and down the playlist via the website or the station's app. Whatever song is at the top of the list when the previous one finishes is next to play.
Previously known under a variety of names since its inception in 1997 (see history), most recently Glide FM, the station launched in its current incarnation on 20 August 2013.
The origins of the station lie in a student radio station, Oxygen 107.9 which was trialled in November 1995 and launched at 1.07pm on Valentine's Day 1997. It was acquired in late 2000 by Fusion Radio Holdings, which rebranded the station as Fusion 107.9. Fusion merged with the Milestone Group in 2003 and the station was relaunched again as Passion 107.9 (and is still legally known as Passion Radio), but was sold to ARI Consultancy (previously known as Absolute Radio International)  in 2006, leading to another rebrand as Oxford's FM 107.9 which lasted until August 2010. Following an attempt at a format change in 2010 (see below) and sinking ratings, the station relaunched as Glide FM on 18 August 2010.
The station has a wide playlist which can be influenced by visitors to the website who can request and vote for tracks to be played, then be e-mailed or messaged on Twitter when they are broadcast.
In September 2006, former Big Brother contestant Eugene Sully (who also worked for the unassociated Sussex-based station Passion Radio) 'took over' the station's output and played The Muppets' 'Mahna Mahna' non-stop for six hours until Passion FM managers came round to his way of thinking that better music should be played on the station, and to be hired as a chief engineer there. This was supposedly a stunt to highlight the relaunch of the station.
On 16 August 2010 the station became Glee FM, playing only music from the US TV series, Glee. The stunt attracted media attention from across the country and even in America, with stories appearing on Digital Spy, Sky News, The New York Post and even "celebrity blogger" Perez Hilton noting the station's launch. For "legal reasons" the station ceased broadcasting at 5pm on 18 August, relaunching as Glide FM shortly afterwards.
In February 2010, the station's owners lodged a request with Ofcom to change the station's format to one for over 45-year-olds. The station argued the "transient" nature of students makes it commercially difficult to market a radio station to an audience that leaves the city each year. Several fans of late night "specialist" shows responded to Ofcom's public consultation as well as local business owners. Ofcom considered this, but the Radio Licensing Committee has rejected this proposal. The station responded by saying that changes it had made meant the format change had become less necessary.
Won while under the branding of FM107.9.
- Finalist: Rising Star Award - 2009 Sony Awards
- Finalist: Best Newcomer - 2009 Arqiva Awards
- Finalist: Best Speech Programme - Girls Talk 2008 Sony Awards
Presenters and Shows
Like its sister station, JACK 2 has few on-air presenters, opting instead to play a high level of music. Almost all shows are music-lead with no presenter, with the exception of the Breakfast Show, as per Ofcom rules.
- Rich Smith (Presenter)
- Jo Summerbell (Senior Newsreader)
- Emma Kirwan (Newsreader)
- Ofcom Format
- Oxygen student radio comes alive `on air'
- Oxford gets Glee FM on 107.9
- Digital Spy
- Sky News
- Glee FM becomes Glide FM
- Digital Spy
- FM107.9 Format change declined - Radio Today