Bournemouth & Teesside Radio Stations - REVIEW
on Sunday 25 March 2001. Bournemouth and Teesside Radio... We cannot take
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If you listen or have heard of 2CR FM, Wave
105, The Fire, Isle
of Wight Radio, Power FM, Classic
2CR FM Jingle
yet another of GWR's 'Better music mix' stations, for which you can
hear the generic output on Sky Digital. 2CR stands for "Two Counties
Radio" as it can be heard in Hampshire, but not for very far
into the county. It's only because Bournemouth is at the very far
east of Dorset, and in recent decades, it was actually classed as
being in Hampshire. Anyway, just take your 'local' (used jockularly)
GWR station and exchange its name for 2CR FM and, well, you're listening
to 2CR FM. Started in the eighties by Sean Street, amongst others,
who now is professor of radio at Bournemouth University. Appauling
Late Night Love with Traham Gorrington, but remember, don't mention
your location on-air!
105.2 & 105.8
nice AC/full service station, gone down hill a bit recently with rather
overpowering Mitch Johnson jingles instead of the sung ones, making
it sound like Heart FM. The station's web site recently came under
fire from Dan O'Day. Plays songs you like to turn up on your car radio.
Custom jingle package from Groove Addicts in the UK. Quite new (1998?)
and based in Southampton. Frequency can be heard in many neighbouring
counties, but mainly Dorset and Hampshire.
sounded fresh and new when it started life as The NRG. Doesn't seem
to be able to make its mind up as to whether it wants to be a personality
based station or a urban dance alternative. Nice aggressove voice
liners that criticise 2CR (naughty!). Very annoying presenters who
are young and don't know when to stop using the Dido joke (Dido -
ho ho ho - no, there's no "L" in her name! ho ho ho, I'm
so lewd, etc.). Sometimes plays some interesting mixed songs such
as Eminem's 'Real Slim Shady' mixed with Britney Spears 'Oops I did
it again'. Sounds like it is modelling itself on an Emap 'Big City
Network' station, what with using the "clickfire" web site
and Dave Kelly voice overs.
Argh! You know the score. 'Owned' by Unique, not GWR, (actually given
to them so that they don't break monopoly law over the number of radio
stations you're legally allowed to own in the UK. Law doesn't mention
anything about networking output on all of those stations).
of Wight Radio
107 & 102
classic local radio stuff. Used to be on AM and was given an FM license.
Non-pretentious station with pleasant presenters. Obviously a nice
alternative for Bournemouth listeners, but not one to listen to for
traffic information! FM107 and 102, but audible on 107 on 'the mainland'.
JAM jingles until a couple of years ago, then a custom Thompson Creative
package, which didn't last long, and now 'doing a Wave' (but actually
the other way around) and using Mitch Johnson as VO.
Power FM Jingle
Capital Radio owned, and therefore sounding like all their 'sunny
day' stations. Upbeat, and did have some good presenters on it. Now,
apparently, "non-stop 103.2" (apart from when they play
5 minutes of adverts every other song, that is).
you listen to or have heard of 96.6 TFM, Galaxy
1056, Century FM, Metro
FM, Magic 1170, Magic
1152, Alpha 103.2...
once the most listened to station, now had better watch its back with
Galaxy. Recent problems include Alan Ross moving to Magic, John Foster
(breakfasts) being sacked and moving to Magic 1152, and the infliction
of Emap's "Big City Network" logo, playlist, liners, etc.
Called itself 96.60 in the early 90s, which was cool. Had JAM PLJ
packages re-sung, and more recently waved goodbye to sung TM Century
KIIS re-sings, which have never appeared on a demo. Can be heard all
the way down to about Leeds rather well. Judie McCourt, Scott Makin,
Mark Powell, Greg Upwards and someone else. As everyone says, needs
to cut down on the number of adverts, and concentrate on maintaining
an up-to-date playlist - hopefully making it a station that seems
vaguely on the pulse (isn't that in West Yorkshire?!).
105 & 106
like any other Galaxy station. Grew very fast, and a nice alternative
to CHR. Covers the same regional area as Century. Heard on Teesside
FM 100.7, 101.8, etc.
|- again, beamed from Newcastle. Started in 1994 with
legendary John Morgan (Myers) it was really a super station. The region
revolved around it. Gradually lost its way, played fewer oldies, most
of its original air staff moved on, and now, owned by Capital Radio
and called Century FM (duh, we know it is FM) looks like it may become
a successful AC 'Heart' type station. Now has female presenters (gosh!).
Initially on 100.7FM in the south of the region (Durham, Teesside,
N. Yorks) and 101.8FM in the north (Northumberland, Tyne and Wear).
Adverts for each region were different. Original line-up was John
Morgan, Simon Bates, John Simons, Paul Frost, Tony Fisher, Steve Philips
and Phil Matthews. Century now has a number of frequencies, preumably
to 'fill-in' the areas where reception from either transmitter was
poor. I could hear it driving across the North Yorkshire Moors until
about Sandsend where it began to fade. Their studios were state of
the art computer-run in their time. For one week, they wanted to increase
their presence in the southern part of their broadcast footprint and
built a temporary studio in their Middlesbrough offices. They had
a huge number of KVIL jingles re-sung just "Century" which
worked great. John Morgan (Morgan in the Morning) has a number of
jingles, and also had some Z100 Morning Zoo cuts re-sung, and later,
a WNIC one. John was always looking for a reason to depart from the
station's morning show to persue his other radio station license applications,
as other morning presenters were hated by listeners, merely because
John was no longer presenting the show. He eventually did so on the
day Princess Diana died. After a few years they had a custom package
made by Alfasound in Manchester entitled "New Millennium".
These didn't last too long before John Morgan, who had by this time
started Century 106 in the East Midlands and was now in the process
of starting Century 105 in Manchester, ordered a custom JAM package,
which was re-sung for each Century region. Sadly, this literally only
lasted months before Scottish Radio Holdings plc sold the Century
stations (and Sun FM and Beat 106 I think) to Capital Radio Group
plc, along with Border Television (which Capital instantly sold to
Granada). They now have quite a classy AC package, presumably custom
and probably from Who Did That Music, although the "Better music
for the north east....Century FM" has an enormous gap where the
other Century stations would have their frequency sung I should think.
|- like Century, a super station a while ago. Now like
TFM and really losing its way. I think it was beaten by Galaxy. On
97.1FM in Newcastle, you can hear it quite clearly in Teesside. Personalities
like Greg Burns, Mark Forrest, Lee Finan and more, really made the
station worth listening to. It was a mix of AC, rock and CHR. Jingles
from Z100 and KIIS packages were used, sometimes as compsites alongside
their 1994 JAM custome package which was absolutely huge. (If you
see JAM demos, it's called "Metroline" on an AC demo CD
and demos the package sung for Y98 FM in Saint Louis. The name of
the package is a reference to Metro FM, clearly). Metro
even have a transmitter in the Tyne Tunnel so you'll never get drop-out!
||- got to be nice about this one. Easy Favourites for
a while, music to sob to, nice presenters but given no opportunity
to convey personality at all. REALLY lost its way - rumoured to have
lost 64% of listeners, at one point had only 2 regular presenters.
Used to be GNR. On their relaunch in 1996 (I think) they had a JAM
jingle package re-sung with the lyric line "easy favourites",
along with lots of American voice overs who pronounced areas of the
broadcast footprint very strangely. I personally didn't listen to
it very much, as they played too many adverts, their songs were MOR
and I disliked the personalities. Can be heard around Teesside and
even in Whitby, if you get the angle right. But you'd of course be
listening to Yorkshire Coast Radio there anyway!
||- like any Magic station. Has newsreader Jonathan Morrell
amongst others. Can be heard on Teesside, but competes with Magic
1170 nearby on the dial. Can be heard if you angle your MW/AM loop
aerial in the right direction. (I once heard Capital Gold one evening
||- the voice over must have had trouble keeping a straight
face saying "classic hits from Darlington". Based in a building
that used to be a pub. A local radio station.
National Stations we can all enjoy...
|- relaxing is the name of the game, if it is indeed,
a game. Relaxed Greg Marston voice overs with a rather over-energetic
Emma Clarke sweeping news intro. Sometimes better than BBC Radio 3.
1215 ish, 105.8FM in London
|- Real Music, not "classic tracks and today's best
music" anymore. 10 great songs in a row. Good station on AM,
great station on FM (in London and the south east only). Great TV
ad campaign featuring Beau, the trendy dog.
|- the station local radio disc jockeys listen to! Most
listened to station in the UK, now using Groove Addicts custom jingle
package in the Radio 2 way of having them sung to mimick the music
they play and giving them each pet names. The home of Steve Wright
in the Afternoon, which everyone likes, and Richard Allinson (the
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