Eagle Radio

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Eagle Radio
964 The Eagle logo.png
Broadcast area Surrey and North-East Hampshire
Frequency 96.4 MHz and DAB Digital Radio
First air date 4 January 1996
Format Hot AC
Transmitter coordinates 51°13′42″N 0°36′19″W / 51.2284°N 0.6054°W / 51.2284; -0.6054Coordinates: 51°13′42″N 0°36′19″W / 51.2284°N 0.6054°W / 51.2284; -0.6054
Owner UKRD Group
Sister stations eagle3
Eagle Extra
Website www.964eagle.co.uk

Eagle Radio (formerly 96.4 The Eagle) is a local radio station in the Surrey and North East Hampshire area of England. The station describes itself as the station that loves Surrey and Hampshire and is the highest listened to commercial radio station in the area. Eagle Radio is part of the UKRD Group,[1] for which it has been described as a "flagship" station.[2]

Launch[edit]

Peter Gordon launched 96.4 The Eagle at 7:45am on 4 January 1996, with the words "Hey, I've landed". The first song played was "Uptown Girl" by Billy Joel.[3]

History[edit]

The station changed its name from 96.4 The Eagle to 96.4 Eagle Radio in February 2007 and has more recently been changed to solely Eagle Radio. It launched on DAB Digital Radio on 12 December 2013.[4]

Notable Presenters[edit]

Peter Gordon[edit]

Peter Gordon, known on air as PG, is programme controller and presenter of the breakfast show on Eagle Radio, a local radio station for Surrey and Hampshire.

Gordon was born at Mount Alvernia Hospital in Guildford[5] and educated at Cranleigh School.[6] He went on to study at University of York, where he began his career as a presenter on the student radio station. He joined the BBC as a presenter before returning to Surrey to work as a news, sport and music presenter for County Sound, Radio Mercury and 106.6 Star FM. He has appeared on television in ITV's The Village and British National Ice Hockey League.[7]

Gordon has appeared in panto at Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre for ten consecutive years, playing roles in Snow White, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk,[8] and did not miss a year even when he was suffering from ill health.[9] His most recent pantomime appearances have included Cinderella[10] from December 2013 to January 2014, Snow White from December 2014 to January 2015,[11] and Jack and the Beanstalk between December 2015 and January 2016.[12]

In April 2016 he chaired an open forum attended by local politicians and hundreds of members of the public about the future of Guildford.[13]

He has used his local celebrity status to support local charities such as Children with Special Needs Foundation and CHASE. He has also supported other local initiatives such as Surrey Police's "Watch your drinks" campaign in 2003. In 2012 he participated in the unveiling of a The Space Between, a sculpture commemorating The Jam in their home town of Woking.[14]

Gordon worked with the writer Albert Jack on the 2010 book What Caesar did for my Salad.

Past Presenters[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UKRD Group Ltd - Portfolio". UKRD Group Ltd. Retrieved 2016-01-20. 
  2. ^ "Radio group to boost share of listener market", Precision Marketing, September 20, 2002.
  3. ^ FAQ’s, 96.4 The Eagle.
  4. ^ "Eagle Radio - The Station that Loves Surrey and Hampshire". Eagle Radio. Retrieved 2016-01-20. 
  5. ^ "Radio Days" (PDF). Cranleigh Contact. 
  6. ^ "Cranleigh School ~ from culture to strength". Surrey Life. 
  7. ^ "Melanie & Peter Gordon". Children with Special Needs Foundation. 
  8. ^ "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs @ the Yvonne Arnaud". This Is Our Town Guildford. 
  9. ^ "No Guildford panto without Peter Gordon". getSURREY. 
  10. ^ Roz Carter (14 December 2013). "Cinderella (Guildford)". WhatsOnStage.com. 
  11. ^ "Why I always play the panto Baddie. Muh ha ha". The Daily Telegraph. 
  12. ^ "Jack and the Beanstalk". 
  13. ^ "It Was Good To Talk About The Future Of Guildford". The Guildford Dragon News. 
  14. ^ "Fans turn out in force to see unveiling of sculpture tribute to The Jam". Working News and Mail. 

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