Rathergood Radio

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Rathergood Radio
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CityDarlington, County Durham, North Yorkshire
Broadcast areaTees Valley, County Durham, North Yorkshire
FrequencyFM:
102.6 MHz (Richmond)
102.8 MHz (County Durham)
103.2 MHz (Darlington)
106.8 MHz (Bishop Auckland)
RDS:Rathergd
First air date2009
FormatAdult contemporary music
OwnerView TV Group
WebsiteRathergood Radio

Rathergood Radio, formerly known as Star Radio, is an independent local radio station serving Darlington, County Durham, North Yorkshire and surrounding areas. It was owned and operated by UKRD Group until 31 March 2017, when it was purchased and later rebranded by View TV Group.

History[edit]

Following UKRD's takeover of The Local Radio Company, Star Radio North East was launched on 2 November 2009 by merging Alpha 103.2, Minster Northallerton and Durham FM into one station.[1] Originally, the Alpha name was to be used making the stations Alpha Northallerton and Alpha Durham.[2]

On 29 March 2017 UKRD announced that it would hand back the Star Radio licences to the regulator Ofcom and cease broadcasting two days after that. It also asked Ofcom to transfer the Northallerton licence to sister station Minister FM .[3] Ofcom Confirmed the transfer of the Northallerton licence to Minster on 4 April 2017.[4]

On 31 March UKRD's chief executive officer William Rogers confirmed a deal had been reached with View TV to secure the future of the station effective immediately.[5] It rebranded on 1 August.

In March 2018, Rathergood Radio was found in breach of its licence by Ofcom for failing to broadcast from two of its FM transmitters between 7 December 2017 and 8 February 2018. Telecommunications company Arqiva, which provided transmission services to the station's licence holder Alpha Radio Ltd, said it had terminated the services due to "nonpayment of fees". [6]

In April 2019, it was announced that Helius Media Group had acquired the Durham FM & Alpha Radio names and would be launching two new local stations on 1 July 2019 using the Rathergood Radio frequencies. Durham Radio (as it will be known) will use the 102.8 & 106.8 frequencies and broadcast to Durham City and the surrounding areas and Alpha Radio will use the 102.6 & 103.2 frequencies and broadcast to Darlington and surrounding areas. No lineup or schedule has been announced for either station as of June 2019.

Rathergood Radio will continue broadcasting on DAB across London and South East England and online.

Programming[edit]

Presenter-led programming airs from 6am-10pm on weekdays, 6am-6pm on Saturdays and 6am-7pm on Sunday. All other output is automated.[7]

News[edit]

Rathergood Radio broadcasts hourly local news bulletins from 12pm-6pm on weekdays, with headlines on the half-hour during weekday breakfast and drivetime shows. National bulletins from Radio News Hub are carried every hour at all other times.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sweney, Mark (14 May 2009). "Merger/take over details". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Alpha name change details". Archived from the original on 1 September 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Star Radio North East Closure". Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Star Radio North East Separation". Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Star Radio North East Saved from Closure". Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Ofcom Broadcast and On-Demand Bulletin issue 359, March 19 2018". Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  7. ^ a b Rathergood Radio public file

External links[edit]

Rathergood Radio - Scott's Radio Site

Coordinates: 54°31′39″N 1°33′39″W / 54.5275°N 1.5608°W / 54.5275; -1.5608