Rock FM

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Rock FM
Rock FM logo 2015.png
City of license Preston
Broadcast area Lancashire
Frequency FM: 97.4 MHz
DAB: 12A
First air date 5 October 1982
Format Contemporary hits
Audience share 9.4% (June 2014, RAJAR)
Power 1.4 kW
Owner Bauer Radio
Sister stations Rock FM 2
Webcast Radio Player

Rock FM is an Independent Local Radio station broadcasting to Lancashire, North West England and some parts of North Wales. Its output is mainly contemporary pop and current chart hits. The station is owned & operated by Bauer Radio and forms part of Bauer's City 1 network of stations. The total survey area of the station for RAJAR is broadly defined as western, southern and central Lancashire including parts of Greater Manchester and Merseyside. But the station is audible on FM from Cumbria down into Wales and towards The West Midlands.

Rock FM and its sister AM station Rock FM 2 broadcast from studios based at a converted church (St. Paul's) in Preston. The station can be received across most of north west England and North Wales. Rock FM consistently rates as the number one commercial radio station in its target service area by reach, share and hours. Over a quarter of all adults in its market listen every week.


Rock FM logo used from 2004 to 2015.

In 1990, Red Rose Radio, which was transmitted on 97.4 MHz and 999 kHz, was split into two stations - Red Rose Rock FM using the FM frequency and Red Rose Gold on the medium wave frequency. The managing director was Dave Lincoln, with Mark Matthews as programme director, and at that time the station was owned by the Miss World Group, later known as TransWorld Communications (owned by Owen Oyston) and which subsequently became part of Bauer Radio (previously EMAP Radio).


Alongside local output from its Preston studios, Rock FM also airs networked programming from sister stations Key 103 in Manchester, Metro Radio in Newcastle and Forth 1 in Edinburgh. The Vodafone Big Top 40 is syndicated from Global Radio at its Capital studios in London for broadcast on over 130 commercial radio stations across the UK.

Notable presenters[edit]

Networked presenters include James Barr, Dave Kelly, Kate Lawler and Paddy McGuinness, and syndicated, Marvin Humes and Kat Shoob.[citation needed]

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Coordinates: 53°48′N 2°36′W / 53.8°N 2.6°W / 53.8; -2.6