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Heart 103.3
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City of license Milton Keynes
Broadcast area North Buckinghamshire
Slogan More Music Variety
Frequency 103.3 MHz
RDS Name: HEART_MK
First air date 15 October 1989 (as Horizon Radio)
5 January 2009 (as Heart Milton Keynes)
Format Hot AC
Audience share 12.7% (September 2009, [1])
Owner Heart Network, Global Radio
Website Heart MK

Heart Milton Keynes (formerly Horizon Radio) is the name of the pop-format Independent Local Radio station for Milton Keynes and North Buckinghamshire. Broadcasting on 103.3FM from the Bow Brickhill transmitter, the station is part of Global Radio's Heart Network. The station's flagship shows are Heart Breakfast with Wes and Ros and Drivetime, fronted by Lucy Ellis.

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History

The station was launched as Horizon Radio by Chris Pearson in October 1989 as sister station to neighbouring Chiltern Radio and part of The Chiltern Radio Network. It was subsequently rebranded as 'The Hotter Mix' and FM 103. The first song played was "The Only Way Is Up" by Yazz and the Plastic Population. The station was later re-branded as FM 103 Horizon before changing to Horizon Radio in 2006. The tagline of the station reverted back to "More Music Variety" in line with the rest of the GCap network and remains as this following the station rebrand on 5 January 2009.

The name Horizon Radio had no real significance. Also, although it was thought that its coverage area only extended out as far as Milton Keynes' city limits; realistically Heart 103.3 can be heard as far north as Corby.

Presenters

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Local presenters

  • Wes Venn (Monday - Friday Breakfast (With Ros, 6-10am) & Saturday Breakfast (8am-12noon))
  • Ros Hale (Monday - Friday Breakfast (With Wes, 6-10am))
  • Lucy Ellis (Monday - Friday Drivetime (2-7pm)
  • Mikey Faulkner (Chilled Sunday (8am-12noon))

Networked presenters

  • Toby Anstis (Monday - Friday Mid-Morning (10am-1pm))
  • Simon Beale (Heartbreakers (Sunday-Thursday 10pm - 1am))
  • Nicola Bonn (Heartbreakers (Saturday-Sunday 12midnight - 4am))
  • Simon Dale ( Heart's Evening Show (Monday to Thursday 7pm - 10pm), Club Classics (Friday 7pm - 12am))
  • Steve Denyer (Club Classics (Saturday 7pm-12am))
  • Jason Donovan (Sunday 7pm - 10pm)
  • Gareth John (Monday to Friday 1am - 6am)
  • Matt Wilkinson (Saturday and Sunday 4am to 8am)
  • Rich and Kat (The Big Top 40 Show (Sundays 4pm - 7pm))
  • Emma Bunton (The Saturday Show (Saturdays 4pm - 7pm))

An hour of non-stop music is played weekdays from 1pm to 2pm. The main cover presenters are Gareth James and Steve Denyer. From the new year, a brand new show will be presented accross the Heart Network replacing Club Classics Monday to Thursday nights, and will have a standard playlist.

As part of the Heart rebrand, former networked shows presented by Philippa Collins, Kevin Hughes, Andy Healy & Dan Wood and The Wind Down with Cat James have been replaced by new programmes for the Heart Network - the mid-morning show with Toby Anstis, Club Classics with Matt Wilkinson on weekday evenings and Heartbreakers with Simon Beale on weekday late nights. Overnight shows are now presented by Gareth John and Nicola Bonn. The former networked shows did however continue to be available on the One Network stations yet to be rebranded as Heart, until the last batch rebranded on June 21, 2009.

Christmas

On Heart's first Christmas, there were several Christmas songs added to the standard playlist as well as new jingles made by IQ beats which sing "Merry Christmas, This is Heart". Christmas Day schedules start with Dan Mills from 4am, then a Heart Breakfast with Wes and Ros Christmas special from 8am, followed by Steve Denyer at 12noon and Matt Wilkinson at 4pm, before Gareth James hosts Club Classics from 7pm. Nicola Bonn is also playing Heartbreakers by 10pm.

News coverage

Heart 103.3 broadcasts locally-produced bulletins half-hourly between 0600 & 1000 and hourly between 1600 & 1800 on weekdays. Networked bulletins are broadcast hourly between 1100 and 1500 and at 1900 weekdays. Weekend bulletins are also produced (0800-1200 hourly) Weekend network bulletins are broadcast at 0600, 0700, 1300 and 1400. Following the Heart re-brand, local weekday bulletins between 1100 and 1500 were replaced by networked bulletins.[1]

Editor
Huw James

Broadcast Journalists
Sarah Rock & Victoria Meakin

Sports coverage

During the 2008-09 football season, the station's predecessor Horizon Radio secured a deal with the MK Dons football club to broadcast live match commentary for both home and away matches which continued following the Heart rebrand; the Dons competing in the Coca-Cola League 1. This arrangement was not however continued into the 2009-10 season for as yet undisclosed reasons and is now broadcast on BBC Three Counties Radio. A similar incident happened on Heart Ipswich, where Ipswich Town FC used a "get-out clause" and gave radio rights over to BBC Radio Suffolk. A Heart spokesman said they were pleased with this because speech does not fit in with the Heart format.[2] Commentary was provided by Heart's Mike Burrows.

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