|Broadcast area||Brentwood and Billericay|
|First air date||29 December 1996 (restricted licence), 23 March 2007 (fully licensed)|
|Owner||Phoenix FM Limited|
The station was formed in 1996 and has been broadcasting full-time on FM since 23 March 2007, having completed twelve 28-day restricted service licence broadcasts on FM between 1996 and 2006.
Having previously set up studios in Ongar Road, The Hermitage and Hutton Poplars Lodge, Phoenix FM moved its base of operations to the Baytree Centre in early 2007 and started broadcasting full-time on 98.0 FM at 7pm on Friday 23 March 2007. The station moved to its current base at the Brentwood Centre in February 2012.
The station's broadcasts have provided a valuable platform for local bands looking to gain airtime. Inme, who were then known under the name of Drowned, were one band whose first radio play and interviews were on the station.
The station's Creative Sessions have given studio recording time to unknown and young local bands as well as featuring established recording artists such as Republica, Imogen Heap, Turin Brakes, Salad, Midway Still, Chris T-T and MJ Hibbett.
Phoenix FM was also the first community radio station in the UK to provide a streaming internet service, in 2001.
Notable current and former presenters
- Snooker player Ronnie O'Sullivan, who has been presenting the Midweek Matchzone show with Chris Hood since May 2015.
- Snooker player Steve Davis, who has been presenting the Interesting Alternative show since 1996, and since 2011 jointly with Kavus Torabi 
- 'Allo 'Allo! actress Vicki Michelle
- Former Brentwood and Ongar MP Sir Eric Pickles 
- Former leader of Brentwood Borough Council The Right Honourable Brandon Lewis, now Chairman of the Conservative Party and MP for Great Yarmouth.
- Sonny Jay Muharrem from The Loveable Rogues who presented on Phoenix FM for two years before moving to Capital FM
- Carter USM guitarist/songwriter Les "Fruitbat" Carter
- Boxer Rebellion drummer Piers Hewitt
- My Life Story singer Jake Shillingford
- Singer/songwriter Chris T-T
- Kula Shaker drummer Paul Winter-Hart
- The Others singer Dominic Masters
- Music and football agent Eric Hall
- Former Essex cricketer Ian Pont
- The first X Factor winner Steve Brookstein
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- Harris, John (July 9, 2007). "It's a game of two halves as the frontbenchers go for the face-off". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-02-22.