Star Radio North East
|Broadcast area||Tees Valley, County Durham, North Yorkshire|
102.3 MHz (Thirsk)
102.6 MHz (Richmond)
102.8 MHz (County Durham)
103.2 MHz (Darlington)
103.5 MHz (Northallerton)
106.8 MHz (Bishop Auckland)
|First air date||2009|
|Format||Adult contemporary music|
|Website||Star Radio North East|
Star Radio North East is an Independent Local Radio station serving Darlington, County Durham, Northallerton, Richmond, Thirsk and surrounding areas. It is owned and operated by UKRD Group and broadcasts from studios at Radio House in Darlington.
Following UKRD's take over of The Local Radio Company, Star Radio North East was launched on 2 November 2009 formed when the new owners merged Alpha 103.2, Minster Northallerton and Durham FM into one station. Originally, the Alpha name was to be used making the stations Alpha Northallerton and Alpha Durham.
All of Star Radio North East's programming is produced and broadcast from its Darlington studios. Presenter-led programming airs from 6am-2pm and 3-7pm on weekdays, 6am-2pm and 3-6pm on Saturdays and 9am-2pm and 3-7pm on Sunday. All other output is automated.
The station's presenters are Tim Lichfield (weekday breakfast), John Clayton, Craig Andrews (weekday drivetime), Wes Stakes, Paris Munro (Wind Down Zone) and award-winning radio and TV presenter and owner of 3 Point Media in Darlington, Michael Weadock (cover).
Star Radio North East broadcasts hourly local news bulletins from 6am-6pm on weekdays and 8am-12pm at weekends, with headlines on the half hour during weekday breakfast and drivetime shows. National bulletins from Sky News Radio are carried every hour at all other times.
The station's news team are editor Louise Fewster and journalist Ellie Kumar.
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