Signal 2

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Signal 2
City of license Stoke-on-Trent
Broadcast area Staffordshire & Cheshire
Frequency 1170 kHz & DAB
First air date 14 September 1992
Format Adult Contemporary
Audience share 5.9% (May 2014, [1])
Owner UTV Radio

Signal 2 is a British Independent Local Radio station broadcasting from studios in Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent to Staffordshire and Cheshire. The station is owned by UTV Radio and runs a "gold format" playlist. It is the sister station of Signal 1.

It is based in the same studios as its sister station Signal 1 on FM. Three hours per weekday are networked with the rest of the UTV Radio Network.


The station began as Signal Radio which first broadcast at 6am, 5 September 1983, with DJ John Evington selecting Neil Diamond's "Beautiful Noise" as its first track.[1] The station initially broadcast on 104.3 MHz and 1170 kHz (a wavelength of 257 metres, with the phrase "2 5 7" becoming a distinctive leitmotif), changing to 102.6 MHz soon after. The station's name is derived from "Signal" the name of the newspaper in Arnold Bennett's local novels.

In the late 1980s broadcast regulators the IBA ordered stations to provide different services on their FM and AM outputs. Due to this, in 1992 a "Golden Breakfast Show" started on the 1170 AM frequency while for the rest of the day it would take the main Signal Radio service. Over time this has evolved, and today Signal 2 is a station in its own right.


Signal 2's 1170 AM transmitter is at Sideway, near to the A500 D Road, just south of the A50 junction. It transmits 0.2 KW of power and can be heard throughout most of Staffordshire and Cheshire.

Signal 2 also broadcasts on the local Stoke and Stafford DAB multiplex 12D, from transmitters at Alsagers Bank, Pye Green BT tower, Sutton Common BT tower and Tick Hill.


Presenter Johnny Owen has released two singles, one to coincide with the World Cup (reaching number 64 in the national charts) and one at Christmas 2006 called "Father Christmas Stole My Girl" to raise money for "Help a Signal Child".


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