Trax FM

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Trax FM
Trax FM logo.png
Broadcast areaDoncaster & Bassetlaw (FM)
South Yorkshire (DAB)
Worldwide (Internet)
FrequencyFM:
107.1 MHz (Doncaster)
107.9 MHz (Bassetlaw)
DAB: 11C
First air date22 November 1998
FormatContemporary
OwnerBauer Radio
Sister stationsCompass FM
Dearne FM
Lincs FM
Ridings FM
Rother FM
Rutland Radio
Webcast64 kbit/s stereo
Websitewww.traxfm.co.uk

Trax FM is an Independent Local Radio station that broadcasts to Doncaster and Bassetlaw.

History[edit]

The station is owned by Bauer Radio. The station started as two separate licences one for Doncaster and one for Bassetlaw. In its bid to win the licence two "RSL's" were aired, the first from above a well known bakery on Frenchgate, and the second from a former private residence further from the town centre. A number of well-known and established presenters were used for the RSL's, first heard was Duncan Newmarch (Lincs FM, Invicta FM), Richard Lyon (Compass FM), John Marshall (Lincs FM), Craig Strong (Trent, Lincs, Century, Gem), Kenny Hague, (Trent, Leicester Sound, Fosseway), and Mike Barge (Bargey). The bid was obviously successful.

Transmitters[edit]

The service for Doncaster broadcasts on 107.1FM[1] from the studios on the White Rose Way in Doncaster. The signal was broadcast from the Clifton transmitter, near Conisbrough, South Yorkshire. That signal was five times more powerful than the former Worksop transmitter. In 2015, transmissions moved to an antenna on Silverwood House in the centre of Doncaster.[2]

The service for Bassetlaw is on 107.9FM[3] used to come from the studios on Bridge Street in Worksop. The signal was transmitted from the Worksop transmitter, north of Worksop in Bassetlaw next to the B6045 towards Blyth, north Nottinghamshire. In 2016, transmissions moved to a transmitter at Worksop Golf Course to the south of the town.[4] The transmitter provides coverage to Worksop town and rural areas to the west of Retford.

Trax FM is also broadcast across South Yorkshire and the North Midlands on DAB Digital Radio on the Bauer South Yorkshire (former EMAP South Yorkshire) multiplex[5] and on the Internet. Trax FM on DAB and the Internet carries the Doncaster variation of the station.

Background[edit]

Trax FM co-located the Bassetlaw service to Doncaster in 2007,[6] despite the original 107.9 station ownership being crucial in getting the more lucrative Doncaster licence. The format change includes a reduction in the hours of local broadcasting from seven hours to four hours.[7]

The station is based on the A6182 in the south of Doncaster, appropriately enough near the East Coast Main Line on Sidings Court, west of the Lakeside Village shops. It is accessed via junction 3 of the M18, and is near the Doncaster International Railport.

Branding[edit]

In line with the rest of the group the station's slogan is "Hits and Memories" and all jingles are produced by Audiosweets.

Clifton transmitter on Beacon Hill, north of the M18, former transmitter of Trax FM on FM and current transmitter of Trax FM on DAB via the Sheffield multiplex.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Trax FM 107.1 Doncaster". Lincs FM Group. Archived from the original on 7 May 2006. Retrieved 27 May 2007.
  2. ^ "Doncaster (Silverwood House)". MB21. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Trax FM 107.9 Bassetlaw". Lincs FM Group. Archived from the original on 11 December 2004. Retrieved 27 May 2007.
  4. ^ "Worksop Golf Course". MB21. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  5. ^ "EMAP Digital Radio - South Yorkshire Multiplex". EMAP. Retrieved 27 May 2007.
  6. ^ "Trax FM departs Bassetlaw". Radio Today. 16 March 2007. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 17 March 2007.
  7. ^ "Format Change Request Form OfW 332" (PDF). Ofcom. October 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 17 March 2007.

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