Spirit FM (UK radio station)
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|Broadcast area||West Sussex|
FM: 96.6 (Goodwood)
102.3 (Littlehampton)106.6 MHz (Midhurst)
|First air date||21 April 1996|
|Audience share||7.0% (December 2015, RAJAR)|
Spirit FM broadcasts to West Sussex from studios in Dukes Court, Chichester - the place it has been since its launch over 20 years ago. It was previously only available in the south west of the county but gained complete coverage through a transmitter near Midhurst.
Spirit FM began broadcasting in April 1996 as an independent radio station. Its original chairman was David Palmer. The founding MD was Steve Oates.
Spirit FM was awarded the licence to broadcast to West Sussex by the former Radio Authority, now Ofcom, in 1995.
The station is now the most listened to commercial radio station across West Sussex with local news and programming broadcast from its studios in Chichester. The station doesn't use any network programming, apart from the national Big Top 40 on Sunday afternoon.
Spirit FM is wholly owned by UKRD Group.