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102.2 Smooth Radio
Slogan Love Life. Love Music.
Frequency 102.2 MHz
Channel 0128 (Sky)
Channel 916 (Virgin Media)
Channel 718 (Freeview)
First air date 26 March 2007
Format Classic hits
Audience share 1.8% (September 2009, [1] area = London)
Owner Guardian Media Group

102.2 Smooth Radio is an Independent Local Radio station for the Greater London area, which replaced 102.2 Smooth FM on 26 March 2007, launched by Gavin McCoy and Barbra Streisand's A Star Is Born. The station competes with BBC Radio 2, aiming its music at listeners aged 50 and over, and is part of the national Smooth Radio network, which encompasses the Midlands, the North West of England and Glasgow.

As well as being carried on FM in London, 102.2 Smooth Radio is simulcast on several DAB mulitplexes, online and on digital television - Sky, Freeview and Virgin Media.



The station launched on 4 March 1990 as Jazz FM, playing mainly soul and jazz music. It was relaunched in June 2005 as 102.2 Smooth FM, playing middle of the road music, soul and R&B during the day and, as part of its licence requirements, focused on jazz music at night. On 20 October 2006, GMG Radio announced that it was requesting a change of format for 102.2 Smooth FM from Ofcom, moving the station away from its daytime soul and R&B remit which had, until that point, formed an integral part of the licence. GMG proposed an easy listening music service mixed with speech for the over 50s, coupled with an improved local news service. Ofcom approved the changes on 8 December 2006, with the condition that GMG retained the 45 hours of jazz per week that constituted part of the former licence requirement.[1][2]

As a result of the format change, GMG have agreed to adhere to a minimum of 20% of its music during daytime being over 40 years old, to distance the station from its London rivals Magic and Heart 106.2.

Paul Chantler has been appointed by GMG to be full-time programme consultant to the station from 14 January 2008 for one year. He will be working with the existing programming team to develop the sound of the station.

In March 2008, GMG requested a format change to remove the 45 hour jazz commitment it has in place for 102.2 Smooth Radio. Part of the plans included a relaunch of Jazz FM from the then current service (at the time broadcasting on DAB in Glasgow and online) onto a DAB multiplex in London.[3] In a meeting on 22 April 2008 Ofcom denied GMG's request to drop its jazz commitments.[4] GMG, under licence to The Local Radio Company relaunched Jazz FM despite the decision.[5]

On 6 October 2008 Smooth Radio was removed from the MXR Wales and West multiplex to allow for the relaunch of Jazz FM.[6] Although initially, Real Radio was removed, Smooth Radio was removed and Real restored on the multiplex.

On Air

102.2 Smooth Radio plays classic hits aimed at listeners aged 50 and over.

Smooth's jingle package was produced by Bespoke Music, with production initially voiced by Sean Bolger - although he was replaced in mid-2008 with a female voice.

Local news is broadcast from 6am - 7pm with headlines at peak times; after 7pm a in house national bulletin is broadcast from the GMG News Hub in Manchester until midnight.


Mark Goodier's Mid Morning Show, Tony Blackburn's Weekend Breakfast Show, Dave Brown's Motown Floor Fillers and Pete Waterman's Step Back in Time are simulcast from 102.2 Smooth Radio and can be heard on several other stations in the Smooth Network. Andy Peebles' Evening show & Soul Train, Chris Best, Stuart Ellis, Tony McKenzie, Smooth Nights and Fusion Flavours are simulcast with 100.4 Smooth Radio. All other output is produced locally.

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