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Bauer rebranding 53 stations to The Hits/Greatest Hits

The majority of its acquisitions last year

CO
commseng London London
Stations have handed back licences - the 96.3 one in Glasgow has had a few different stations on it, but Global handing it back while it was XFM (I think?) was of note.
AM stations are obviously closing around the UK, and one in Liverpool looks to be closing tonight.
GE
thegeek Founding member London London
Stations have handed back licences - the 96.3 one in Glasgow has had a few different stations on it, but Global handing it back while it was XFM (I think?) was of note.
AM stations are obviously closing around the UK, and one in Liverpool looks to be closing tonight.

Hang on, this one's a bit of a specialist subject for me.

That particular licence launched as Paisley's Q96, though under various subsequent owners and brands was treated very much as a Glasgow station, with the studios gradually moving further east. Its final incarnation under Global was as Xfm Scotland (mark II), and as you say the licence was handed back to Ofcom, as they wouldn't have been permitted the amount of networked programming they were hoping for under their plans for Radio X.

The frequency was then readvertised as a Glasgow station, and is now Nation Radio Scotland.

The previous Xfm Scotland was on the Central Scotland FM licence which was won by Beat 106, and is now Capital Scotland. There can't be many stations like Xfm Scotland which had the ignominy of being shut down twice...
CO
commseng London London
Indeed, to be closed down once is bad luck, but twice!
We have ended up with a complete hotch potch of semi national stations due to historical reasons.
GHR will be the latest on FM or AM and on DAB in several different flavours depending on where you live.
It really would be better to go back to the drawing board and start again, but that can't happen.
MA
Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today

I did. Plymouth Sound was one of the original 40, that were licenced by the IBA between 1973 and 1980. It's as simple as that.

It was one of the original 20 franchised by the IBA between 1973 and 1976 - the 'first wave' of ILR


Point of Order m'lord, only 19 ILRs came on air 1973-76, Beacon Radio was the last in April 76

There was a four year gap, and the next was April 1980, the ill fated CBC Cardiff.
MA
Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
There seems to be a lot of love for Plymouth Sound. As a "janner" I did listen to Plymouth Sound in the 80s but I remember it being wildly different in the early 80s compared to late 80s. We even had a phone in show mid morning with Louise Churchill (anyone remember her?) which I think went right into the early 90s.

The music was at best to my teenage ears outdated and it was only when it took on the Heaven on 97 brand, in 1987 did things improve. If you look on youtube for Plymouth Sound the jingle package is there in all its glory.
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I was a student in Plymouth early 80s.For someone brought up at home on Capital and LBC it was quite a culture shock. Mostly chat during the day, and music in the evenings, which actually suited me fine!

From that era, see if you can bear to watch this in full!

Hatton Cross and Philheybrookbay gave kudos
VM
VMPhil Granada North West Today
I don’t think anyone’s mentioned Centre Radio yet - they closed down after the IBA blocked a takeover bid that would save it.

https://www.transdiffusion.org/2001/08/15/centre
London Lite, Inspector Sands and what gave kudos
WH
what West Country (East) Points West
I was about to mention it.
CO
commseng London London
I had mentioned both Centre and Gwent Broadcasting further up the thread.....
VM
VMPhil Granada North West Today
I missed that, a good excuse to post a link to that article with audio clips though.
IS
Inspector Sands

I did. Plymouth Sound was one of the original 40, that were licenced by the IBA between 1973 and 1980. It's as simple as that.

It was one of the original 20 franchised by the IBA between 1973 and 1976 - the 'first wave' of ILR


Point of Order m'lord, only 19 ILRs came on air 1973-76, Beacon Radio was the last in April 76

Yes as I said earlier I miscounted, despite the article saying 19 above the list I was counting from Rolling Eyes
IS
Inspector Sands
Stations have handed back licences - the 96.3 one in Glasgow has had a few different stations on it, but Global handing it back while it was XFM (I think?) was of note.
AM stations are obviously closing around the UK, and one in Liverpool looks to be closing tonight.

Yes that is definitely a 'heritage' station and frequency that's going. The latest of a few Bauer AM closures. Oddly the ex-BRMB MW transmitter hasn't been one of these despite it now being a simulcast of Absolute Classic


I was surprised that the old XFM Scotland frequency was readvertised, I didn't think Ofcom were licensing any new analogue licenses apart from community and RSL stations
Last edited by Inspector Sands on 31 May 2020 4:18pm
CO
commseng London London
1-9-4 Radio City!

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