Rock FM

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Rock FM
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City Preston
Broadcast area Lancashire
Slogan “The Biggest Hits, The Biggest Throwbacks”
Frequency FM: 97.4 MHz
DAB: 12A
First air date5 October 1982
Format Contemporary hits
Power 1.4 kW
Owner Bauer Radio
Sister stations Greatest Hits Radio
Webcast Rock FM - Radio Player
Website Rock FM

Rock FM is an Independent Local Radio station broadcasting to Lancashire, North West England and some parts of North Wales. Its output is mainly contemporary pop and current chart hits. The station is owned & operated by Bauer Radio and forms part of the Hits Radio network.

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Overview

Rock FM logo used from 2004 to 2015. Rock FM 2013 Logo.png
Rock FM logo used from 2004 to 2015.

In 1990, Red Rose Radio, which was transmitted on 97.4 MHz and 999 kHz, was split into two stations - Red Rose Rock FM using the FM frequency and Red Rose Gold on the medium wave frequency. Rock FM was given its name as the station was initially going to be based in Blackpool, Lancashire. However the agreement for the studio premises subsequently fell through and the station remained in Preston.

The managing director was Dave Lincoln, with Mark Matthews as programme director, and at that time the station was owned by the Miss World Group, later known as TransWorld Communications (owned by Owen Oyston) and which subsequently became part of Bauer Radio (previously EMAP Radio).

The total survey area of the station for RAJAR is broadly defined as western, southern and central Lancashire including parts of Greater Manchester and Merseyside, but the station is audible on FM from Cumbria down into Wales and towards The West Midlands.

Rock FM and its sister station Greatest Hits Lancashire are based at studios in a converted church (St. Paul's) in Preston. Rock FM consistently rates as the number one commercial radio station in its target service area by reach, share and hours. Over a quarter of all adults in its market listen every week.

In January 2020, Bauer announced Rock FM would cease broadcasting from its Preston studios and co-locate with Hits Radio at Bauer's Northern headquarters in Manchester the following month. The station will retain local news, advertising and charity staff at offices in Preston. [1]

Programming

Local programming consists of weekday breakfast from 6-10am, which is produced and broadcast from Rock FM's Preston studios. [2]

All networked programming originates from Hits Radio's Manchester headquarters. [3] [4]

News

Rock FM broadcasts local news bulletins hourly from 6am-7pm on weekdays, from 7am-1pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Headlines are broadcast on the half hour during weekday breakfast and drivetime shows, alongside traffic bulletins.

National bulletins from Sky News Radio are carried overnight with bespoke networked bulletins on weekend afternoons, usually originating from Radio Aire's Leeds newsroom.

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