Saga Radio Group

Saga Radio
Saga 106.6 FM โ€“ serving the East Midlands. Saga 105.2 FM โ€“ serving Glasgow. Saga DAB radio โ€“ a digital based radio station.

GMG Radio

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Smooth East Midlands, Smooth North West, Smooth North East. Capital Scotland, Capital South Wales. Real Radio North Wales, Real Radio Yorkshire and. Real XS Manchester.


City of NottinghamNottingham, EnglandNottingham, Nottinghamshire
Smooth Radio East Midlands. Kemet FM. Radio Dawn. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960). The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962). The Ragman's Daughter (1972). Robin Hood (1973). In Celebration (1975). Twenty Four Seven (1997). Once Upon a Time in the Midlands (2002). This Is England (2006). Magicians (2007). Control (2007). Mum & Dad (2008). Easy Virtue (2008). Bronson (2009). The Unloved (2009). Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee (2009). Goal 3 (2009). Bunny and the Bull (2009). A Boy Called Dad (2009). Oranges and Sunshine (2010). The Dark Knight Rises (2011). Weekend (2011). ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Ljubljana, Slovenia (1963). ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Minsk, Belarus (1966). ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Karlsruhe, Germany (1969).

John Peters (DJ)

John Peters
Known for his distinctive voice, he has presented shows on many of the region's radio stations, including Radio Trent, GEM-AM, Saga 106.6 FM and 106.6 Smooth Radio. He currently presents 'Be Bop Gold' on Radio2XS, as well as a show on Gravity FM in Grantham, Lincolnshire on Saturday afternoons, between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm. He sent a demo to Radio One in 1968 which got a very favourable response from the producers panel, although it didn't lead to a job. In 1972 he applied to Radio Luxembourg (208) and got to perform live in front of the programme director Ken Evans. It came down to two and Mark Wesley got the job.

Independent Local Radio

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Independent Local Radio is the collective name given to commercial radio stations in the United Kingdom. As a result of the buyouts and mergers permitted by the Broadcasting Act 1990, and deregulation resulting from the Communications Act 2003, most commercial stations are now neither independent nor local. The same name is used for Independent Local Radio in Ireland.

East Midlands

EastEast MidlandEast Midlanders
The East Midlands is one of nine official regions of England at the first level of NUTS for statistical purposes. It consists of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire (except North and North East Lincolnshire), Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland. The region has an area of 15627 km2, with a population over 4.5 million in 2011. There are six main urban centres, Derby, Leicester, Lincoln, Mansfield, Northampton and Nottingham. Others include Boston, Chesterfield, Corby, Grantham, Hinckley, Kettering, Loughborough, Newark-on-Trent, Skegness, and Wellingborough.


County of NottinghamNottinghamNottinghamshire, England
Nottinghamshire (pronounced ; abbreviated Notts.) is a county in the East Midlands region of England, bordering South Yorkshire to the north-west, Lincolnshire to the east, Leicestershire to the south, and Derbyshire to the west. The traditional county town is Nottingham, though the county council is based at County Hall in West Bridgford in the borough of Rushcliffe, at a site facing Nottingham over the River Trent.


National Grid WirelessNOW Sussex CoastNTL
Arqiva is a British telecommunications company which provides infrastructure and broadcast transmission facilities in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, along with commercial WiFi and smart meter facilities for Scotland and the north of England. The company headquarters is located at Crawley Court in the village of Crawley, Hampshire, just outside Winchester. Its main customers are broadcasters and mobile phone network operators, and its main asset is a network of over 1,000 radio and television transmission sites. It is owned by a consortium of investors led by CPP (Canada Pension Plan) and the Australian investment house Macquarie Bank. Arqiva is a patron of The Radio Academy.

Smooth Radio (2010)

Smooth RadioSmoothnational station
Saga 105.7 FM in the West Midlands became 105.7 Smooth Radio, Saga 106.6 FM in the East Midlands became 106.6 Smooth Radio and Glasgow based Saga 105.2 FM became 105.2 Smooth Radio. A service for the north-east of England, 97.5 Smooth Radio, was launched in January 2008. To begin with, most programming for these stations was produced locally and some shows were networked from London. However, Smooth gradually increased its networked programming until most content was originated in London or Manchester. In March 2008, GMG Radio requested that Ofcom remove the 45-hour jazz commitment for its London and Manchester stations.

2007 in British radio

February โ€“ Harborough FM. 5 March โ€“ Source Radio (Coventry-wide on AM). 26 March โ€“. 100.4 Smooth Radio operates in North West England. 102.2 Smooth Radio operates in London. 105.2 Smooth Radio โ€“ Glasgow. 106.6 Smooth Radio โ€“ East Midlands. 105.7 Smooth Radio airs in the West Midlands. 16 April โ€“ Life FM (Harlesden). 20 May โ€“ Original 106.5 (Bristol). 8 June โ€“ NE1fm. 11 June โ€“ Minster Northallerton. 6 August โ€“ Future Radio. 3 September โ€“ Radio Scilly. 5 October โ€“ Seaside FM. 8 October โ€“ Radio Cardiff. 18 October โ€“ BRfm. 28 October โ€“ Original 106 (Aberdeen). 10 December โ€“ Phoenix Radio. 14 December โ€“ Sunshine Radio (FM). December โ€“ Chaine FM. Unknown โ€“ Aberdeen Student Radio.

Classic Gold GEM

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A number of the original presenters were later to be heard on a newer oldies and easy listening station broadcasting to the East Midlands, this time on Saga 106.6 FM, which came on air in 2003, and was later rebranded as 106.6 Smooth Radio after it was acquired by GMG Radio. Many of Saga 106.6 FM's jingles were made by JAM Productions of Dallas, Texas, and Steve England, and made reference to the Great East Midlands. Classic Gold GEM used ident jingles from Manchester company Alfasound, and then PAMS and JAM.

Timeline of independent radio in the United Kingdom

Consequently 100.4 Smooth Radio operates in North West England, 102.2 Smooth Radio operates in London, 105.2 Smooth Radio โ€“ Glasgow, 106.6 Smooth Radio โ€“ East Midlands and 105.7 Smooth Radio airs in the West Midlands. 27 March โ€“ Country music station 3C closes after eight years on air. 16 April โ€“ Life FM (Harlesden) begins broadcasting to the Harlesden are of London. 20 May โ€“ Original 106.5 (Bristol) begins broadcasting. 8 June โ€“ Newcastle-based community station NE1fm begins broadcasting. 11 June โ€“ Minster Northallerton launches as an opt-out service from the York station. 25 June โ€“ It is announced that the Heart Network along with its sister stations The Arrow, LBC and Galaxy are to be sold

Smooth Radio

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Smooth East Midlands โ€“ 97.2, 101.4, 106.6, 106.8 & 107.4 FM (franchise). Smooth Lake District โ€“ 100.1, 100.8 & 101.4 FM. Smooth London โ€“ 102.2 FM. Smooth North East โ€“ 97.5, 101.2, 107.5 & 107.7 FM (franchise). Smooth North West โ€“ 100.4 FM (franchise). Smooth Scotland โ€“ 105.2 FM (Glasgow); DAB (Edinburgh). Smooth West Midlands โ€“ 105.7 FM. Smooth Dorset โ€“ 828 AM. Smooth Essex โ€“ 1359/1431 AM. Smooth Gloucester โ€“ 774 AM. Smooth Hampshire โ€“ 1170/1557 AM. Smooth Herts, Beds and Bucks โ€“ 792/828 AM. Smooth Kent โ€“ 1242/603 AM. Smooth North Wales and Cheshire โ€“ 1260 AM. Smooth Norfolk โ€“ 1152 AM. Smooth Plymouth โ€“ 1152 AM. Smooth South Wales โ€“ 1305/1359 AM. Smooth Suffolk โ€“ 1170/1251 AM.


Buy&SellCommunicorp MediaCommunicorp UK
Smooth East Midlands. Smooth North East. Smooth North West.

David Lloyd (broadcaster)

David Lloyd
Alongside his management role at Galaxy, Lloyd was heard on another East Midlands regional station Saga 106.6 FM (now Smooth Radio) in February 2003, presenting a Sunday morning request show. The Galaxy station in Manchester (now Capital Manchester was added to his management role, before being appointed managing director of London's news stations LBC. In September 2007, Lloyd left LBC and joined Virgin Radio (now Absolute Radio) as its programme controller for a year. Following the station's sale, he returned briefly to a spell of presentation duties at BBC Radio Nottingham.

David Hamilton (broadcaster)

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In addition to this, in October 2001 he left Classic Gold and presented the breakfast show on Birmingham's Saga 105.7 FM before moving to Nottingham's Saga 106.6 FM in early 2003. From 2004 to 2006, he was heard on various radio stations around the UK, presenting his Million Sellers show, which would usually go out on a Saturday lunchtime, and was repeated at midnight. Around this time he also had a sojourn at Big L 1395. In April 2012, Hamilton was one of the launch presenters on The Wireless, an Internet-based radio station operated by Age UK and aimed at older people throughout the UK.

Capital Midlands

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The Nottingham newsroom also produces bulletins for Smooth East Midlands (owned by Communicorp). Choice FM began broadcasting in Birmingham in January 1995, after taking over the licence previously held by Buzz FM. It was relaunched as Galaxy in 1999 and Capital Birmingham in January 2011. Radio Trent in Nottinghamshire, Leicester Sound in Leicestershire and Ram FM in Derbyshire operated three separate localised services before they were merged and rebranded as part of the Capital network in January 2011. Capital Birmingham. Capital East Midlands.

Saga 105.2 FM, Glasgow

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Saga 106.6 FM East Midlands. Sunday Herald article on launch. Guardian article on Smooth Radio rebrand. Steve England's site with Saga 105.2FM jingles.

Saga 105.7 FM

Saga 106.6 FM. History of local radio in Warwickshire. Article about the Rebranding. Media UK.


County of DerbyDerbyshire, EnglandDerby
Derbyshire is a county in the East Midlands of England. A substantial portion of the Peak District National Park lies within Derbyshire, containing the southern extremity of the Pennine range of hills which extend into the north of the county. The county contains part of the National Forest, and borders on Greater Manchester to the northwest, West Yorkshire to the north, South Yorkshire to the northeast, Nottinghamshire to the east, Leicestershire to the southeast, Staffordshire to the west and southwest and Cheshire also to the west.


Leicestershire, EnglandCounty of LeicesterLeicester
Leicestershire (postal abbreviation Leics.) is a landlocked county in the English Midlands. The county borders Nottinghamshire to the north, Lincolnshire to the north-east, Rutland to the east, Northamptonshire to the south-east, Warwickshire to the south-west, Staffordshire to the west, and Derbyshire to the north-west. The border with most of Warwickshire is Watling Street (the A5).


County of LincolnLincolnshire, EnglandLincs.
Lincolnshire (abbreviated Lincs.) is a county in eastern England, with a long coastline on the North Sea to the east. It borders Norfolk to the south east, Cambridgeshire to the south, Rutland to the south west, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire to the west, South Yorkshire to the north west, and the East Riding of Yorkshire to the north. It also borders Northamptonshire in the south for just 19 m, England's shortest county boundary. The county town is the city of Lincoln, where the county council has its headquarters.

Global (company)

Global RadioGlobalChrysalis Radio
Global (also known as Global Media & Entertainment) is a British media company formed in 2007. It is the owner of the largest commercial radio company in Europe having expanded through a number of historical acquisitions, including Chrysalis Radio, GCap Media and GMG Radio. Global owns and operates seven core radio brands, all employing a national network strategy.


County of RutlandRutlandshireRutland, England
Rutland is a landlocked county in the East Midlands of England, bounded to the west and north by Leicestershire, to the northeast by Lincolnshire and the southeast by Northamptonshire.

Digital Audio Broadcasting

DABDAB+DAB Digital Radio
Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) is a digital radio standard for broadcasting digital audio radio services, used in many countries around the world, though not North America.