- Hallam FM
name = Hallam FM
slogan = "Your Station, Your Music"
October 1, 1974
frequency = 97.4 MHz (
102.9 MHz (
103.4 MHz (
DAB, [http://www.hallamfm.co.uk Online]
share = 13.9%
share as of = March 2008
share source = [http://www.rajar.co.uk/listening/quarterly_listening.php]
South Yorkshireand the North Midlands
format = Contemporary
webcast = [http://www.whatson.com/hallamfm/ Listen Live]
website = [http://www.hallamfm.co.uk/ www.hallamfm.co.uk]
Hallam FM is an independent local
radio stationbroadcasting to South Yorkshireand the North Midlands. Its output is principally contemporary pop, and hits from the 80s and 90s. It is owned by Bauer Radioand is part of their Big City Networkof stations. The station is based in Sheffield.
The station started broadcasting on 1548kHz/194m AM, 95.2 and 95.9 MHz
FMunder the name of Radio Hallam from its studios at Hartshead in Sheffield City Centre in October 1974 [http://www.jeffcooper.co.uk/hallam/indexLander.html] . The first presenter heard on air was ex- BBC Radio 1DJ Johnny Moran, the first record he played was "I've Got the Music in Me" by Kiki Dee, which stuck after a minute and a half.
In 1987, Hallam merged with neighbouring
Yorkshirestation Pennine Radioto form the Yorkshire Radio Network.
The frequencies were changed in the 80s to 96.1 FM for
Rotherham, 97.4 FM for Sheffield, 102.9 FM for Barnsley, and 103.4 for the remainder of South Yorkshire. After a take-over of the parent company YRN by the Metro Radio groupthe AM frequency became Great Yorkshire Gold. The Rotherham transmitter was turned off in the 90s as part of Hallam's licence agreement and is now used by Rother FM. Hallam also moved buildings to 900 Herries Road, just minutes from Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough ground. The office space at Hartshead is now used by The " Sheffield Star" newspaper [http://www.mediauk.com/the_knowledge/i.muk/Hallam_FM] .
For a time, Hallam used the overnight sustaining service
Metro Radio groupwas bought by EMAP, Hallam FM also became part of the Big City Network.
Hallam FM has a 26% reach in its broadcast area. [ [http://www.rajar.co.uk/listening/quarterly_listening.php RAJAR quarterly listening figures published December 2007] ] Its main competitors are
BBC Radio 1, Galaxy Yorkshire& Real Radio. Other local competing stations include; BBC Radio Sheffield, Peak FM, Rother FM, Dearne FM& Trax FM.
The station broadcasts on analogue frequencies on 97.4 FM (Tapton Hill), 103.4 FM (Clifton, near the M18) and 102.9 FM (Ardsley) in
Sheffield, Doncasterand Barnsleyrespectively. Almost the whole region is covered on 103.4 FM. The station also broadcasts via DAB on the Bauer Radiomultiplex, and on the internet.
Current presenters and shows
John Harrison (known as 'Big John'), currently presents the station's breakfast show on weekdays and "The Church of Big John" on Sunday mornings. The daytime schedule also includes Michelle Dignan, Ollie Hayes and Kam Kelly.
From 7 p.m. onwards, programming is networked with other Big City stations, and includes "In Demand with Rich and Luce" which originates from
Key 103on weekdays and "The Confessional", a mainly talk-based show which is broadcast from Hallam's studios but is also simulcast on 96.3 Radio Aireand 96.9 Viking FM. Overnights from 1am - 6am is networked from Manchester and is hosted by Nicksy on weekdays, and Dominic Walker at the weekend. [ [http://www.hallamfm.co.uk/programming.asp Current schedule] ]
Weekend output includes "Floorfillers" with Gav Richards and Richie Pearson on Saturday evenings (both are simulcast on 96.3 Radio Aire), and the networked chart show "
Hit 40 UK" on Sunday afternoon. Jim Coulson, Matt Mackay and Patrick Billington also host weekend shifts.
Notable past presenters include:
Matt Jagger- Presented Evenings under the name Phoneboy, now at BFBS
Daryl Denham- Presented Breakfast in the late 90s, later returning to mid-mornings. Now at Real Radio (Yorkshire)
Nick Margerrison- Presented Lates "Nick At Night", now at Kerrang Radio
Scottie McClue- Presented Lates
Tom Binns- Presented Lates
* Current and former
hit40ukpresenters Lucio Buffoneand Simon Hirstboth previously worked at Hallam FM
Tim Shaw- Presented Lates
Diana Luke- Presented Lates
Dixie- Presented Evenings, now at Real Radio (Yorkshire)
Dave Bethell- Presented Drive
Matt Foister- Presnented Drive with Emma, now at SGR FM
Emma Wasden- Presented Drive with Matt, now at Tower FM
James Piekos- Presented Overnights, now at 96.9 Viking FM
James H Reeve
Dave Ellis- Presented mid-mornings and did cover, now on Key 103 (Manchester), Magic 1152 (Manchester) and The Hits (UK wide)
* [http://www.hallamfm.co.uk Hallam FM]
* [http://www.geocities.com/thehotw/aircheck_UKYorks.htm History of local radio in Yorkshire.]
* [http://tx.mb21.co.uk/gallery/clifton.asp Clifton transmitter.]
* [http://tx.mb21.co.uk/gallery/sheffield.asp Tapton Hill/Crosspool transmitter.]
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