Aircheck UK - Flintshire

UPDATED: 10/03/2003

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WALES (North)

BBC LOCAL RADIO BBC Radio Wales is the English language national broadcaster for Wales.  Since it became broadcasting in 1978, when the station's output lasted for just a few hours a day, with Radio 4 in between the local programming, airtime has now expanded to over 19 hours of programming produced all over the country, specifically for the people living in the west of Offa's Dyke, however, the internet provides ex-pats and other interested parties with a service internationally.  

The station's schedule focuses on the kind of information deemed relevant to life in the country, with all the usual features plus tide times, inshore water forecasts, surf conditions and hillwalkers information aired regularly.  From 6:00am to 6:00pm, the phone lines are open (08700 100110) to provide programme content in whatever form.  Monday nights include the Welsh Top 40 Chart Show.

The station broadcasts nationally on 93.9 (Swansea, Llanelli & Carmarthenshire), 94.8 (Anglesey, Bangor, Gwynedd, Carnaerfonshire & Conwy), 95.4 (Wrexham), 95.9 (Newport & Monmouthshire), 95.1 (Blaenavon, Torfaen & Carmarthenshire) & 104.0 (Cardiff, Penarth & Vale Of Glamorgan) and on AM bands 882 (South Wales), 657 (North Wales) & 1125 (Mid Wales).

COMMERCIAL:  LOCAL (ILR)

MARCHER COAST FM / MARCHER COAST 96.3 / 96.3 COAST FM launched 26th August 1993 as part of what was then the ever expanding Marcher Radio Group.  The expansion stopped in October 2000 when GWR fully acquired the group.  Previously, GWR had been approached by Marcher management asking them to sell air time - OPUS, GWR's sales house, said they didn't sell airtime for non-GWR stations, but would do so as long as they could take a 20% stake in Marcher Radio.  It was not long before the creeping death arrived and all stations in the group have been GWR'd or are in the process of being done.  Other Marcher stations were MFM, Marcher Gold and Champion 103.  At present, Coast isn't as GWR'd as most other GWR stations - 'today's best mix' wasn't blatantly obvious on a late 2002 trip to North Wales, but you could guess it was a GWR station if you weren't sure.  The RA currently records the station, which broadcasts from studios at Media House, Conwy Road, Colwyn Bay, as 'Classic hits, local and international news and information.'

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MARCHER SOUND 95.4 / MFM 103.4: Originally the mothership for what became Marcher Radio Group, Marcher Sound, or, in Welsh Sain-Y-Gororau, licenced by the Radio Authority's predecessor, the IBA (Independent Broadcasting Authority), launched Monday 5th September 1983 at 6:30am for North East Wales, Cheshire & parts of Shropshire, broadcasting on 95.4FM and 238metres 1260kHz MW.   It was launched by Lord Evans, the Chairman of Marcher Sound.  The launch was transmitted using both English and Welsh to 660,000 people - with the strapline '..your station, your sound' - the first track was Cliff Richard's 'Wired For Sound' and a 50 shopping voucher was put up for grabs in the early moments.  

It's present licence as MFM commenced 31st March 1989 serving Wrexham and Chester on 103.4FM.  Frequency changes came about as part of a spectrum audit.  Marcher Radio Group later expanded taking in other Welsh stations Marcher Coast FM, Marcher Gold & Champion 103.  Expansion ceased back in October 2000 when GWR fully acquired the group.  Previously, GWR had been approached by Marcher management asking them to sell air time - OPUS, GWR's sales house, said they didn't sell airtime for non-GWR stations, but would do so as long as they could take a 20% stake in Marcher Radio.  It was not long before the creeping death arrived and all stations in the group have been GWR'd or are in the process of being done.  MFM as it became known prior to GWR's takeover, broadcasts from Mold Road, Gwersyllt, just outside Wrexham.  

MARCHER SOUND / MARCHER GOLD / CLASSIC GOLD MARCHER: The split of AM & FM came in the early 1990s, with the AM 1260 service taking on the classic hits format which became the norm for AM commercial radio across the UK.  With the arrival of GWR in 2000, further changes saw the encroaching of Classic Gold.  As with GOLD stations GEM AM (East Midlands) & AMBER (Norfolk), the name has been retained along with the new name, at least for now - whilst local programming as gradually slipped to only a short segment of the day - whilst the national Classic Gold format has been rolled out.  As with all Classic Gold stations, it's now 'owned' by UBC who purchased all of the AM stations from GWRGWR own shares in UBC and have an agreement to buy back the stations within a wide timespan, by which time it hopes that station ownership laws will have been relaxed.  

COMMERCIAL:  REGIONAL (IRR)

JAZZ FM 100.4: Broadcasting from the Exchange Quay in Manchester, this specialist regional station began broadcasting on 1st September 1994, and is therefore one of the oldest of the IRR stations.  It's London sister station started four years previously.  This particular station's format is one of jazz, soul, blues and r&b, with regional, national and international news in with the speech content.  The Jazz FM brand belongs to the Guardian Media Group - the 100.4 North West IRR MD is the ex-Border Radio/Century boss John Myers.  The service is also available to DTT Freeview customers, on SKY Digital channel 917, via cable TV operators, DAB Digital Radio and on line at www.jazzfm.co.uk.  Daytime output includes a general mix of popular jazz and soul music - with evening programming taking on an increasingly more laid back feel as the night progresses.  Specialist shows also feature.  Among well known presenters to appear, there's Tony Blackburn, Paul Jones (Manfred Mann & Radio 2), Andy Crane (Piccadilly, Capital & Children's BBCTV) and Jim Colvin (Chiltern Radio & Choice FM).  There are also experienced Jazz musicians in the presenter line-up.  As far as regional coverage is concerned, it is designed to reach as far north as Carnforth, just outside the Lake District, through the Lancashire coastal towns of Morecambe and Blackpool, across Merseyside and across the North Wales areas of Denbighshire & Flintshire to approximately 5.4million people.

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