Peak FM (North Derbyshire)

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Peak FM
Peak FM logo.png
CityChesterfield
Broadcast areaNorth Derbyshire
Slogan"The Best Music Mix"
FrequencyFM: 102.0, 107.4 MHz
First air date7 October 1998
FormatAdult Contemporary
OwnerBauer Radio
Websitewww.peakfm.co.uk

Coordinates: 53°16′03″N 1°26′24″W / 53.267446°N 1.439902°W / 53.267446; -1.439902

Peak FM is a British independent local radio station in north Derbyshire, owned and operated by Bauer Radio.

Coverage area[edit]

Towns[edit]

Based in Sheepbridge, Chesterfield, Peak FM's coverage area includes the towns of Alfreton, Bakewell, Bolsover, Clay Cross, Dronfield, Matlock, Pinxton, Ripley, Shirebrook, South Normanton and Staveley. Southern districts of the City of Sheffield are also included, though the topography of the area makes reception unreliable.

Frequencies[edit]

  • 107.4 FM covers Chesterfield, south Sheffield, north Alfreton, north-eastern Derbyshire, Mansfield and Worksop from the Chesterfield Transmitter at Unstone.
  • 102.0 FM covers Matlock, Bakewell, the Derbyshire Dales and central Alfreton from the Stanton Moor Transmitter.

Peak FM is now available as an audio stream on the Internet.

History[edit]

Peak FM began broadcasting to Chesterfield as 'Peak 107 FM' on 7 October 1998, at 8 am, with the Simple Minds song "Alive and Kicking". The Radio Authority had awarded Grand Central Broadcasting the licence earlier in the spring.

The station was launched by Dave Kilner, with the (then) Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield. Mark Burrows presented Breakfast after the launch, followed by Dave Kilner on mid-mornings, James Hilton on drive, Trev Parsons one hour of drive and the evening show and Richard Spinks on Late Night Love.

At the same time, the authority also awarded licences for two other small stations, in nearby Bassetlaw and Mansfield.

Forever Broadcasting[edit]

In 2001, Forever Broadcasting bought Grand Central Broadcasting and Peak 107 was rebranded as 'The 50/50 Music Mix of Yesterday And Today', with an accompanying change in music policy.

Forever sold three of its stations in 2003: with three remaining- Peak, Tower FM in Bolton and Wolverhampton's 107.7 The Wolf. In early 2004, Forever Broadcasting was itself bought by The Wireless Group, run by former newspaper editor Kelvin MacKenzie.

Wireless Group[edit]

Under the new regime, the station changed its name to the shorter 'Peak FM' from 'Peak 107' in summer 2004. This was due to the station broadcasting on two frequencies, 107.4FM and 102FM

Station output did not change dramatically after the takeover, but presenters were occasionally required to promote other stations and services offered by The Wireless Group, which was itself taken over by UTV Radio in June 2005.

On 8 February 2019, Peak FM was sold to Bauer Radio.

Programming[edit]

Local programming is produced and broadcast from Peak FM's Chesterfield studios from 6am-7pm on weekdays, 6am-6pm on Saturdays and 8am-12pm on Sundays. Networked programming originates from Wireless Group's Signal Radio studios in Stoke-on-Trent. Scheduling includes a breakfast show, a mid-morning show, and an evening drivetime show. Peak FM broadcasts local news bulletins hourly from 6.30 am to 6.30 pm on weekdays read by Joshua Marsh (AM) and from 8 am to 12 pm on weekends. Headlines are broadcast on the half-hour during weekday breakfast and drivetime shows.

Schedule[edit]

  • (N) - Networked
  • (L) - Local

Weekdays

  • 01:00 - 06:00 Max Mallen (N)
  • 06:00 - 10:00 Peak FM Breakfast with Ricky And Becky (L)
  • 10:00 - 14:00 Craig Bailey (L)
  • 14:00 - 19:00 The Home Run with Richie Pearson (L)
  • 19:00 - 22:00 Total Access with Olivia Jones (N)
  • 22:00 - 01:00 The Late Show with Spence Macdonald (N)

Saturdays

  • 01:00 - 06:00 Linden Wade (N)
  • 06:00 - 10:00 Elliott Holman (L)
  • 10:00 - 14:00 Richie Pearson (L)
  • 14:00 - 18:00 Gav P
  • 18:00 - 22:00 Mylo's Saturday Night House Party (N)
  • 22:00 - 01:00 The Late Show with Sam Harper (N)

Sundays

  • 01:00 - 05:00 Linden Wade (N)
  • 05:00 - 08:00 Sam Harper (N)
  • 08:00 - 12:00 Gav P (N)
  • 12:00 - 16:00 Spence Macdonald on Sunday (N)
  • 16:00 - 19:00 The Total Access Top 40 with Olivia Jones (N)
  • 19:00 - 22:00 Baz Todd's Old Skool Anthems (N)
  • 22:00 - 01:00 The Late Show with Sam Harper (N)


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