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Rock Radio
Broadcast area North East England
Frequency DAB (MXR Digital North East), Online
First air date 1 April 2008
Format Classic Hits and Current Hits
Owner GMG Radio
Sister stations Real Radio (North East), 97.5 Smooth Radio
GMG Rock Radio's studios in Team Valley, Gateshead, which it shared with Smooth Radio & Real Radio

Rock Radio is a classic rock independent local radio broadcast on DAB in North East England. It is one of the Rock Radio brand of stations owned by GMG Radio, and broadcasts from the complex at the Team Valley that also accommodates the group's 100-102 Century Radio and 97.5 Smooth Radio.

The station does not broadcast news. Instead, an hourly jingle gives a time check in the format of: "Rock Radio. The station where no news is good news. It's 8 o'clock. Let's Rock".

When it first launched, this service had its own programmes presented locally. Breakfast was presented every morning (7am - 12noon) by Mark Gregory. Kelly Scott would present evenings from 7pm until 12midnight and John Kirby would present the weekday "drivetime" programme (2-7pm). From noon until 2pm was an "automated" programme known as "The Rock Block". Overnight was also automated.

Just over a year after it launched, the local programming stopped without any explaination and broadcast a continuous "automation" service. In June 2009, the northeast frequency started relaying the Manchester service with no local opt-outs. With the exception of Mark Gregory, the main weekday presenters would later be heard on sister service Real Radio (North East).

In September 2009, Scottish sister service 96.3 Rock Radio began to share some off-peak programming with 106.1 Rock Radio in Manchester, with live networked programming largely replacing voice-tracked local programming. The only local opt-outs for the North East would come in the form of off-peak news bulletins and for local advertisements.


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