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The Galaxy network
Galaxy network.png
Broadcast area Birmingham, County Durham, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Manchester, Northumberland, Scotland, Tyne and Wear, Yorkshire, UK
Branding 'Love music'
Frequency 100Mhz-106Mhz,
DAB in some areas,
Sky Digital - 0112
Virgin Media - 919
RDS: _Galaxy_ or Galaxy__
Format Rhythmic CHR
Language English
Audience share 4.6% (May 2009, [1])
Owner Global Radio
Sister stations The Heart Network, The Hit Music Network
Website Galaxy

The Galaxy Network is a radio station brand owned by Global Radio and broadcasts across the British Isles on FM in regional areas of England and Scotland, through the digital platform with Sky and DAB and online respectively. The Galaxy Network includes stations: Galaxy Birmingham, Galaxy Manchester, Galaxy North East, Galaxy Scotland, Galaxy South Coast and Galaxy Yorkshire. Originally specialising in dance and r'n'b music, in 2008 they were rebranded as a mainstream station by creative spark. While some shows broadcast locally, most shows are broadcast to all of the Galaxy Stations. Since Friday 21 March 2008, the radio station has changed their 'Passion for Music, Passion for Life' strap-line slogan to 'Love Music' . Monday 28 April 2008 saw Galaxy rebranding their whole radio station with a brand new layout including a fresh logo and a completely new show schedule. Galaxy Scotland (formerly known as XFM Scotland), launched on Saturday 7 November 2008, and Galaxy South Coast (rebranded from Power FM), launched on Saturday 22 November 2008, are the two new radio stations to join the Galaxy Network which is part of Global Radio's plans to simplify radio stations they own and expand other radio stations across the UK.

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Galaxy Radio History

The first Galaxy radio station, Galaxy 101, was launched in 1990 in South West England broadcasting from Bristol and was operated under the Chiltern Radio Group. Chrysalis Radio purchased the station in 1996 and in 1997 expanded the network by buying the Faze FM operated stations which were Kiss 102 in Manchester (now Galaxy Manchester) and Kiss 105 in Yorkshire (now Galaxy Yorkshire) respectively. In 1998, black community station Choice FM was acquired in Birmingham and became Galaxy Birmingham. Chrysalis Radio scored another success in 1999 with the Radio Authority's award of the North East regional licence to Galaxy North East. However, Galaxy 101's success in Bristol was starting to falter, and the station was sold to the GWR Group in 2002, becoming Vibe 101 (now Kiss 101). On 7 November 2008, Xfm Scotland became Galaxy Scotland after Global Radio purchased GCap.

With Galaxy renaming their stations in 2006 to their respective areas of Birmingham, Manchester, North East, Yorkshire and Digital, they introduced a new "Up for It" image but at the same time being a more grown-up station. This is reflective in Galaxy's demographic now increasing from the 15-29 age range to the 15-34 age range.

The owners of Galaxy, Global Radio, has aims to expand the radio brand across the UK by introducing new stations in which two have occurred for Scotland with Galaxy Scotland and for the south coast of England with Galaxy South Coast.

In August 2009, following Chill being taken off air, Galaxy replaced the station on numerous networks in different areas including Bournemouth, Cambridge, Cardiff, Norwich, Peterborough, Southend and more.

Galaxy Weekend

As of 2 October 2009, Global will make some changes to the Galaxy Weekend. Instead of Cafe Mambo from 9-11, Andi Durrant will carry out his weekend warm up, from 11-1, a show called Mash will air with an interesting mash of dance and rock. Saturdays see Andi Durrant moved back two hours, with Adam O'Neill hosting a new show between 5-7pm - playing the biggest Galaxy songs mixed together. Andi Durrants new show between 7-9pm see's an exciting feature called the wall, where people can send their requests no matter how extreme as well as things like youtube videos. There are said to be no limits to listeners requests.

Galaxy Dance Anthems

In 2007, Galaxy released a three disk box set called Galaxy Dance Anthems featuring 50 club classics.

Galaxy Chart Shows

The first chart Galaxy Radio broadcast was Hit40UK. After this, the Fresh 40 chart was broadcast across the brand, but soon after the chart was cancelled. A replacement chart, The Galaxy 40, was introduced and produced by Galaxy Radio. It was networked across all Galaxy radio stations. The chart show was produced and made up of the latest and most popular dance, RnB/Rap and pop hits from Galaxy stations and the public. The Galaxy 40 did its last show on Sunday 7 June 2009, leaving the commercial Big Top 40 Show to take over the airwaves, although unlike the Fresh 40 and the Galaxy 40, Big Top 40 is based on iTunes downloads and airplay. The official UK Top 10 is also available, on each station website, but not announced on air.

Michael Jackson Tribute

After Michael Jackson's death was announced, Galaxy tributed by playing Michael Jackson songs every 4-6 songs played. On 28 June, after The Big Top 40 Show, Galaxy aired a 1 hour Michael Jackson tribute known as Michael Jackson the 'King of Pop'. This was basically a 1 hour run through of his life from Jackson 5 up to his death.

Galaxy Radio Stations

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