|City of license||Stoke-on-Trent|
|Broadcast area||Staffordshire & Cheshire|
|Frequency||1170 kHz & DAB|
|First air date||14 September 1992|
|Audience share||5.9% (May 2014, )|
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.
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. 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.
The majority of Signal 2's programming is produced and presented from its Stoke-on-Trent studios. The nightly late show is simulcast with UTV's AM and FM stations while a syndicated show from Chris Country Radio airs on Sunday afternoons.
The station's main presenters include Johnny Owen (weekday breakfast), Paul Fairclough and Andy Jones.
News and Sport
Signal 2 broadcasts local news bulletins hourly from 6am to 6pm on weekdays and from 8am to 12pm on weekends. Headlines are broadcast on the half hour during weekday breakfast and drivetime shows, alongside thrice daily showbiz bulletins.
The station also simulcasts hourly Sky News Radio bulletins at all other times.
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