|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, 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
Former leader of Brentwood Borough Council Brandon Lewis, now MP for Great Yarmouth
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.