Touch FM (Stratford-upon-Avon)

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102 Touch FM
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City of license Stratford Upon Avon
Broadcast area Warwickshire, Worcestershire and The Cotswolds
Frequency 102.0 MHz
First air date 24 May 1996
Format Contemporary
Audience share 6.3% (March 2010, [1])
Transmitter coordinates 52°04′54″N 1°43′43″W / 52.0816°N 1.7286°W / 52.0816; -1.7286Coordinates: 52°04′54″N 1°43′43″W / 52.0816°N 1.7286°W / 52.0816; -1.7286
Owner Quidem Ltd
Website 102 Touch FM

102 Touch FM is an Independent Local Radio station broadcasting to the town of Stratford-upon-Avon and much of the counties of Warwickshire, Worcestershire, The Cotswolds and the surrounding area in the south of the English Midlands.

They play a mix of new music and classics.

The station, which launched in 1996 as FM102 The Bear and was later known as The Bear 102, was taken over by Cumbria-based CN Group in 2001 and relaunched, along with Kix 96 in Coventry, as Touch FM on 16 January 2006. The Midlands stations are now known as Touch FM.

Present Ownership[edit]

In June 2009, the Touch Radio Network of stations (together with Rugby FM) were purchased from CN Group by Quidem Midlands Limited. 102 Touch Radio was then re-branded to 102 Touch FM.

In March 2011, Touch FM and Quidem were nominated for two Sony Radio Academy Awards - "The First Break Show" in the Best Specialist Music programme category and the "Coventry Blitz Special" in the Best News Special category [2]. The station won the Radio Academy Nations & Regions Award for the Midlands Station of the Year in 2012-13 and 2013-14 and was nominated for the Sony Radio Academy Awards Station of the Year in 2013. Touch FM's Pride of Stratford Awards won the Arqiva Commercial Radio marketing award in 2012.

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