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Q97.2
Broadcast area Coleraine, Northern Ireland
Frequency 97.2 FM
First air date 26 January 2000
Format Music
Audience share 9.9% (March 2009, [1])
Owner Q Network Radio
Website www.q972.fm

Q97.2 "Causeway Coast Radio" is a radio station based in Coleraine, County Londonderry. It broadcasts on FM 97.2 to the north coast. Part of the Q Radio network which also owns a number of other stations in Northern Ireland. Q97.2FM broadcast from a building located on the Cloyfin Road in Coleraine at the junction of the Cloyfin Road and entrance to the Ballysally estate. Q97.2 broadcasts on F.M. across the Coleraine area reaching Portstewart, Portrush, Ballymoney, Ballycastle, Armoy, Garvagh, Kilrea, and as far as Ballymena, Antrim and Magherafelt. Q97.2 transmitter is located at Maddeybenney More which is situated between Coleraine, Portrush and Portstewart. The current on air strap line for Q97.2FM is "Q97 Playing the Causeway Coasts best music."

Q97.2FM was bought by the Northern Media Group (NMG) in June 2006, since the take over by NMG, Q97.2FM has seen a number of changes. Several presenters & other staff were made redundant, news is now recorded at Seven FM in Ballymena and distributed to the NMG stations, networking of programmes is a 'norm' now with most of the weekend schudule coming from either a live presenter from Q102.9FM or recorded, the week days also have a lot of networking including the lunch-time period 12 noon to 2pm coming from Q102.9FM. Evenings from 7pm are networked from Q102.9FM. The Saturday and Sunday Sport show are now broadcast from Seven FM in Ballymena where only one four show now on a Saturday and Sunday comes from Coleraine. The Sunday Sports show has now been extended from 1pm to 6pm this from October 2009.

Q97.2FM used to be involved with several huge events in the North coast of Northern Ireland. The biggest event which Q97.2FM covered was the International North West 200 motorcycle race. In 2006 the Q Radio Network dedicated website northwest200.fm attracted some 1 million hits. Other events were the Portrush raft race, Northern Ireland International air show and the Ford Mini Rally around the North Coast.

During the summer months, Q97 used to have several competitions and events, this during an influx of tourists to the area. Sunday afternoons were broadcast from different shops around the Portstewart/Portrush areas and competitions included the 'Dash For Cash' where a clue was given to the whereabouts of the Q Voucher hidden somewhere in the North coast, the winner received a cash amount.

Only two presenters are now employed full-time at the Q97.2FM studio: Adrian Johnson & Barrie Owler who broadcast a five hour show from the Q97.2FM studio.

Previous presenters include: Alan Jenkins, Caroline Fleck (Downtown radio), Mark Cunning (Cool FM, i102104), Natasha Millar, Hector Wishart, Christopher Ward, Sam McFerran, Holly Audley, Andrew Boyce, John Wright, Neil Sweeney and David Gordon.

CURRENT Q97.2FM SCHEDULE
Monday - Friday:
7.00am-12.00noon - Q Breakfast with Adrian Johnston
12.00noon-2.00pm - From Q102.9FM With Malachi Cush
2.00pm-7.00pm - Q Drive with Barrie Owler
7.00pm-7.00am - from Q102.9FM

Saturday:
7.00-10.00pm - Q Saturday Breakfast from Q102.9FM
10.00am-2.00pm - Q Weekend Cafe with Pete Wilson
2.00-6.00pm - Saturday Sport with Adrian Johnston (broadcast from Seven FM in Ballymena)
6.00pm-7.00am - From Q102.9FM

Sunday:
7.00-9.00am - Q Sunday Breakfast from Q102.9FM
9.00am-1.00pm - Sunday Gold with Denis McNeill
1.00pm-6.00pm - Sunday Scoreboard with Barrie Owler (broadcast from Seven FM in Ballymena)
6.00PM-7AM -from Q102.9FM

Criticism

Q97.2 has received bad reviews over the past year's as it tends to play more advertisements than music also fewer live programmes now come from Q97 weeknights at 7pm they cross over to sister station Q102. Moving out of the current Coleraine building and transferring all broadcasts from Seven FM in Ballymena has also been rummoured. Programming is bland with no listener interactivity whatsoever, competitions take place on a network-wide basis over six radio stations, presenters cannot play requests for listeners.

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