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BBC Radio Manchester
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City of license Manchester
Broadcast area Greater Manchester
Frequency 95.1 MHz, 104.6 MHz
First air date September 10, 1970
Format Local news, talk and music
Language English
Audience share 4.2% (December 2009, [1])
Owner BBC Local Radio,
BBC North West
Website BBC Radio Manchester

BBC Radio Manchester is a BBC Local Radio station broadcasting to Greater Manchester in North West England. It broadcasts 24 hours a day from Oxford Road via a transmitter at Holme Moss, with a small repeater at Saddleworth covering parts of east Manchester. It can be heard on DAB radio and via internet streaming.

BBC Radio Manchester originally launched on 10 September 1970 as the first local radio station in the city of Manchester. It relaunched on 3 April 2006 after broadcasting for a while as BBC GMR.

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BBC GMR

Between 1988 and April 3, 2006, the station was named BBC GMR (and, for a brief period in 1997, GMR Talk). GMR were the initials of its name, BBC Greater Manchester Radio; it broadcast to Greater Manchester. Programmes included a phone-in with Allan Beswick, late-night music and comedy show Michelle Mullane around Midnight and GMR Brass, a brass band music programme. GMR was also part of the BBC Night Network.

Relaunch

Eighteen years after dropping the name of the city, the station reverted back to its original name, Radio Manchester.

The first voice on the relaunched station was that of the late Tony Wilson and followed by long-time local personality and Radio Manchester breakfast presenter Terry Christian, the first song being Manchester by The Beautiful South.

A new programme schedule which includes Allan Beswick at Breakfast, Heather Stott in the morning, Steve Saul with Manchester Now at lunchtime & drivetime and a simulcast late show with BBC Radio Lancashire's John Barnes is now in effect.

Presenters

  • Talat Farooq Awan (Indus, simulcast with BBC Radio Lancashire)
  • John Barnes (Monday - Thursday nights, simulcast with BBC Radio Lancashire)
  • Stuart Barrett (Weekday overnights)
  • Allan Beswick (Weekday breakfast)
  • Ashley Byrne (Citizen Manchester: LGBT)
  • Ian Cheeseman (Manchester Sports, Blue Tuesday)
  • Andy Crane (Weekday lunchtime, Live at the Lowry)
  • Jack Dearden (Manchester Sports, Rugby League Extra)
  • Karen Gabay (The People)
  • Emma Goswell (Manhunt, 80s vs 90s)
  • Kriss Herbert (Sunday overnights)
  • Chris Holliday (Manhunt 80s vs 90s)
  • Trevor Hunt (Rugby League Extra)
  • Michelle Hussey (Manchester Music)
  • Paul Lake (Blue Tuesday)
  • Eamonn O'Neal (Sunday mornings)
  • Alanna Rice (Saturday overnights)
  • Steve Saul (Manchester Now, Manchester Business)
  • Mike Shaft (Sunday breakfast)
  • Heather Stott (Weekday mornings)
  • 'Mr V' (The People)
  • Jimmy Wagg (Manchester Sports, Sunday mornings)
  • Sam Walker (Saturday breakfast, Introducing...)
  • Becky Want (Weekday afternoons, Retail Therapy)
  • Matt White (Friday nights, Manchester Reloaded)
  • Natalie-Eve Williams (Manchester Music)

Station announcements, jingles, trailers and promos are voiced by Five announcer Trish Bertram (formerly of LWT) and actor Craig Kelly.

Former presenters

  • Terry Christian (Former weekday breakfast & drivetime presenter)
  • Michelle Daniels (Former weekday drivetime presenter)
  • Mark Edwardson (Former weekday breakfast presenter, currently a newsreader)
  • Richard Fair (Former weekday afternoon presenter)
  • Paul Graham (Now cover presenter)
  • Susie Mathis
  • Caroline Woodruff (Sunday Spin)
  • Michelle Mullane (Former weekday late presenter, now at Key 103)
  • Gail Sullivan (Former weekday late presenter)
  • Tony Wilson (Former Saturday lunchtime presenter)
  • Phil Wood (Former weekday late presenter)
  • Lee Stone (Now on BBC Radio Wiltshire)
  • Nick Robins (Former weekday late presenter, now at BBC Radio Stoke)
  • Jeff Cooper

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