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|Broadcast area||Nottingham and Mansfield|
|Frequency||96.2 MHz (Nottingham),
96.5 MHz (Mansfield),
|First air date||3 July 1975|
|Last air date||3 January 2011|
Trent FM was an Independent Local Radio station which broadcast to Nottinghamshire. The station merged with two other East Midlands stations, Leicester Sound and Ram FM to form Capital FM East Midlands (part of Global's Capital FM Network) on Monday 3 January 2011.
Launched on 3 July 1975 as Radio Trent and based in the converted Nottingham Women's Hospital at 29-31 Castle Gate, Nottingham, the station broadcast on FM and medium wave. The original line-up of presenters featured John Peters (the first presenter on air), former Radio Luxembourg presenter Kid Jensen, Jeff Cooper, Peter Quinn, Graham Knight, Chris Baird and Guy Morris. The station's news and sports team was led by Dave Newman and Martin Johnson - with Trent making heavy use of outside broadcasts to cover major events and incidents both within and beyond its broadcast area. Its first programme controller was Bob Snyder who joined from the industrial radio station United Biscuits Network and who was replaced in 1977 by Neil Spence, better known as the former Radio London DJ Dave Dennis.
Radio Trent expanded transmission to neighbouring Derbyshire in 1987. Renamed Trent FM in 1988, it launched a separate oldies-format service, GEM-AM, on its medium wave frequencies. Its owners Midland Radio plc were taken over by the GWR Group in 1993, the Nottingham and Mansfield FM services were branded 96 Trent FM, while the Derby service became known as RAM FM. The medium wave GEM-AM service was then rebranded, to become Classic Gold GEM. By spring 2005, Trent found itself owned by GCap Media, after GWR Group's merger with Capital Radio Group. It became part of GCap's One Network brand, a network of FM and DAB music stations across southern England, the English Midlands and Wales. The station changed hands again in 2008 when Global Radio bought GCap Media.
After thirty-one years based at Castle Gate, the historic street leading to Nottingham Castle, the station began broadcasting from new studios at the Chapel Quarter development at Chapel Bar, at midday on 9 January 2007. Trent lost the 96 prefix in its name in July 2007, to become once again Trent FM.
On 30 June 2008, The Hit Music Network was launched from the Chapel Quarter complex. This network served Trent FM, Ram FM, Leicester Sound, Ten 17, Mercury (Watford) and Mercury FM in Surrey, and Mercia, Beacon Black Country until their sale to Orion, with programming broadcast from Nottingham outside of breakfast, afternoon and drivetime. Although part of the same network, Capital FM and Red Dragon FM continued airing locally produced programming 24 hours a day.
Trent FM broadcast its last local programme on Friday 31 December 2010 ahead of the station's merger with Leicester Sound and Ram FM to form Capital FM East Midlands as part of Global Radio's plans to launch The Capital FM Network. The new station officially began broadcasting at 10am on Monday 3 January 2011 and is based at Trent's Chapel Quarter studios. Trent's weekday breakfast presenters Emma Caldwell and Andy Twigge presented Capital Breakfast for the station until moving to the weekday drivetime show in April 2012. Ram FM's Dino & Pete hosted drivetime until April 2012 when they switched to Breakfast.
Notable past presenters
- Graham Knight (deceased)
- Dale Winton
- Lucy Horobin (now at Heart Solent)
- Anne-Marie Minhall (now at Classic FM)
- Jo Russell (now at Free Radio Birmingham)
- John Shaw
Global Radio Commercial Production Studio at Trent FM
The Trent FM studios also housed the majority of the local commercial production studios for Global Radio. The studios produced the local commercial output of Global's local radio stations, through 8 dedicated studios. Trent FM's Castle Gate building housed 6 of these studios, and the facility remained with the station when it moved to its new home at Chapel Quarter, Nottingham in January 2007.
- Capital FM to replace Galaxy, RadioToday, 13 September 2010
- Billboard, 30 April 1977
- Trent in Derby
- Part One of a Radio Trent documentary from 1979
- Part Two of a Radio Trent documentary from 1979
- Charting the Charts: 1989 Radio Trent documentary