Signal 107

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Signal 107
Signal 107 logo.png
City Wolverhampton
Broadcast area Wolverhampton, North and Central Shropshire, North Worcestershire
Slogan I love this station
Frequency FM: 106.5, 107.1, 107.2, 107.4, 107.7 MHz
First air date 26 March 2012
Format Adult Contemporary
Audience share 2.7% (September 2014, RAJAR)
Owner Wireless Group
Website www.signal107.co.uk

Signal 107 is an Independent Local Radio station serving Wolverhampton and surrounding areas, Telford and Wrekin, Shrewsbury, Oswestry in north and central Shropshire and Kidderminster, Stourport-on-Severn and Bewdley in north Worcestershire. The station, owned and operated by Wireless Group, launched on Monday 26 March 2012 as a result of the merger of three stations - The Wolf, The Severn (previously known in Telford as Telford FM) and The Wyre.

History[edit]

Signal 107 originally broadcast as four stations - The Wolf began broadcasting to Wolverhampton and the surrounding areas from its Mander House studios in the city on 7 October 1997 while Telford FM launched in the Telford and Wrekin area on 3 May 1999. The Wyre started broadcasts in Kidderminster, Bewdley, Stourport-on-Severn, Stourbridge and Bromsgrove on 12 September 2005, followed by The Severn in Shrewsbury and Oswestry on 18 September 2006, initially providing separate programming services for north and central Shropshire.

Telford FM, The Wyre and The Severn were owned and operated by the Midlands News Association. The three stations were co-located at Telford FM's studios in 2009 following permission from OFCOM. On 20 September 2010, the Telford station was rebranded as The Severn and allowed to share all programming with the Shrewsbury/Oswestry station. In November 2011, the station's owners announced that the stations would be closed unless a buyer could be found.[1]

On 3 February 2012, The Wyre and The Severn were both acquired by UTV Media, which had owned The Wolf since a buyout from The Wirless Group in mid-2005. Live programming ended on the same day on both former MNA stations.[2] All three stations merged and rebranded as Signal 107 at midday on Monday 26 March 2012.[3]

Programming[edit]

Local programming is produced and broadcast from Signal 107's Wolverhampton 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. The Vodafone Big Top 40 is produced by Global Radio at its Capital studios in London for broadcast on 145 commercial radio stations in the UK. Signal 107 does have the option to opt-out of networked programmes for local content if deemed appropriate.

The station's local presenters are Dicky Dodd (Weekday Breakfast and Saturday Afternoon), Tim Haycock (Weekday and Weekend Daytime), Steve Mason (The Home Run), Niel Jackson (Saturday Breakfast) and Jennifer Lee (Sunday Breakfast). [4]

Signal 107 opts in to networked programming from Signal Radio studios in Stoke-on-Trent - Total Access and Ditchy's Late Show (Sunday to Friday), Saeed Atcha's Saturday Night Playlist (Saturday) Emil Franchi's late show (Saturday)and Sunday afternoons.

News and sport[edit]

Signal 107 broadcasts local news bulletins hourly from 6am to 6am on weekdays, from 7am to 1pm on Saturdays and from 8am to 12pm on Sundays. Headlines are broadcast on the half-hour during weekday breakfast and drivetime shows.[5] The station also simulcasts hourly Sky News Radio bulletins at all other times.

As of the 2015-16 season, Signal 107 also broadcasts live football commentaries of Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. league and league cup matches[6] as part of a three-year commercial partnership deal. Match coverage airs on 107.7 and 107.4 FM in Wolverhampton and Telford only, with regular programming continuing on all other frequencies.

Outside Broadcasting and Events[edit]

Signal 107 regularly broadcasts live from various locations across the TSA. It has a purpose built roadshow/outside broadcast unit which has a self-contained stage and PA system on board.

Previous Presenters[edit]

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