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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|
|Owner||Capital FM Network|
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 and was managed initially by Dennis Maitland, a commercial director at the highly acclaimed offshore pirate station, Radio London.
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 from Piccadilly, an ex offshore pirate broadcaster who'd been working on commercial radio franchise applications. He was replaced in 1977 by Neil Spence, better known as the former Radio London DJ Dave Dennis. Subsequently, Bev Smith from ATV, was appointed before the arrival of Chris Hughes in the post under new MD Ron Coles, both from BBC local radio. As Head of Presentation and then Deputy Programme Director, Len Groat, an ex Metro broadcaster, programmed music and assembled the station's jingle identification packages.
Following the successful application to run a new station in Leicester which it launched as Leicester Sound, 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 own medium wave frequencies alongside that of Leicester Sound. Its owners Midlands Radio plc were taken over by the Capital Radio group GWR Group in 1993, which then disposed of the East Midlands assets to GWR. 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, and ultimately Classic Gold.
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. Dick Stone programmed the station, who'd been working on the frequencies on-air since the 80s.
- Steve Merike
- Chris Baird
- Peter Quinn
- David "Kid" Jensen
- Len Groat
- Erica Hughes
- Chris Burns
- Tim Rogers
- Colin Bower
- Viv Evans
- David Lloyd *David Lloyd
- Chris "The Mouth" Ashley
- Peter Tait (deceased)
- Graham Neale (Rock Show) (deceased)
- Graham Knight (deceased)
- Dale Winton (d. 18 Apr 2018) (deceased)
- Lucy Horobin (now at Heart Solent)
- Anne-Marie Minhall (now at Classic FM)
- Jo Russell (now at Gem 106)
- John Shaw
- Mark Dennison now at BBC Radio Nottingham
- Craig Strong
- Andy Miller
- Andy Twigge
- Rob Smith
- Paul Robey (now at BBC Radio Nottingham)
- Marc Paul (deceased)
- Paula White
- Kevin Wright (deceased)
- Suzanne Hales
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.
- 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