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BBC Radio Lancashire is the BBC Local Radio
BBC Local Radio
BBC Local Radio is the BBC's regional radio service for England and the Channel Islands, consisting of 40 stations. They cover a variety of areas with some serving a city and surrounding areas, for example BBC Radio Manchester; a county, for example BBC Radio Norfolk; an administrative region for...

 service for the county of Lancashire
Lancashire
Lancashire is a non-metropolitan county of historic origin in the North West of England. It takes its name from the city of Lancaster, and is sometimes known as the County of Lancaster. Although Lancaster is still considered to be the county town, Lancashire County Council is based in Preston...

, in North West England
North West England
North West England, informally known as The North West, is one of the nine official regions of England.North West England had a 2006 estimated population of 6,853,201 the third most populated region after London and the South East...

. It began as BBC Radio Blackburn on 26 January 1971 on 96.4FM, then adding 854 kHz AM in 1972 and changing to its current name on 4 July 1981. It broadcasts from studios in Blackburn on 95.5 (Hameldon Hill, Burnley
Burnley
Burnley is a market town in the Burnley borough of Lancashire, England, with a population of around 73,500. It lies north of Manchester and east of Preston, at the confluence of the River Calder and River Brun....

), 103.9 (Winter Hill
Winter Hill (Lancashire)
Winter Hill is a hill on the border of the boroughs of Chorley, Blackburn with Darwen and Bolton, in North West England. It is located on Rivington Moor, Chorley and is high...

, Horwich
Horwich
Horwich is a town and civil parish within the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton, in Greater Manchester, England. It is southeast of Chorley, northwest of Bolton and northwest from the city of Manchester. It lies at the southern edge of the West Pennine Moors with the M61 motorway close to the...

), 104.5 (Lancaster) FM
FM broadcasting
FM broadcasting is a broadcasting technology pioneered by Edwin Howard Armstrong which uses frequency modulation to provide high-fidelity sound over broadcast radio. The term "FM band" describes the "frequency band in which FM is used for broadcasting"...

 and 855 (Riley Green
Riley Green
Riley Green is a hamlet in the Borough of Chorley, Lancashire, England. It is located at the junction of the A675 and A6061 roads, between Preston, Blackburn and Chorley. The hamlet consists of a small number of houses and two pubs - the Royal Oak on the A6061, and the Boatyard on the A675 beside...

 near the A6061 between Preston and Blackburn, near junction 3 of the M65
M65 motorway
The M65 is a motorway in Lancashire, England. It runs from just south of Preston through the major junction of the M6 and M61 motorways, east past Darwen, Blackburn, Accrington, Burnley, Nelson and ends at Colne.-History:...

), 1557 (Oxcliffe Hill
Heaton-with-Oxcliffe
Heaton-with-Oxcliffe is a civil parish situated near the River Lune. it is in the City of Lancaster and the English county of Lancashire. The parish contains the villages of Heaton, Oxcliffe Hill, plus the area around Salt Ayre, and had a population of 2,225 recorded in the 2001 census,-The...

, close to the A683 near Lancaster) AM, DAB
Digital audio broadcasting
Digital Audio Broadcasting is a digital radio technology for broadcasting radio stations, used in several countries, particularly in Europe. As of 2006, approximately 1,000 stations worldwide broadcast in the DAB format....

 and Real Player via the website.

Transmitters


The 103.9 FM signal comes 2500 feet (762 m) high on the Winter Hill transmitter
Winter Hill transmitting station
The Winter Hill transmitting station is a broadcasting and telecommunications site situated on Winter Hill, at the southern boundary of the Borough of Chorley, and above Bolton in Greater Manchester, England...

, and its height gives it the greatest coverage over Lancashire. North Manchester, although nearby, can just about pick up the signal. Winter Hill also carries national radio (including BBC National DAB), TV, Digital One
Digital One
Digital One is a national commercial digital radio multiplex in the United Kingdom, owned by Arqiva. , the multiplex covers more than 90% of the populationfrom a total of 137 transmitters...

, and the commercial stations 105.4 Real Radio (formerly Century 105), Rock FM (formerly Red Rose Radio) on 97.4FM and Smooth FM
Smooth FM 100.4
Smooth Radio 100.4 was an Independent Local Radio station based in Salford, Greater Manchester. It was part of the Smooth brand of stations from 1 March 2004, and changed its name from "Smooth FM" in March 2007. Along with other stations in the network, it was subsumed into a national Smooth Radio...

 on 100.4FM. Winter Hill also broadcasts two other local digital multiplexes - MXR North West
MXR North West
MXR North West is a regional commercial digital radio multiplex in the United Kingdom, which serves the North West of England.- Transmitter sites :MXR North West currently broadcasts from the following sites:-Stations carried:...

 12C and CE Digital Manchester 11C (it is a digital transmitter for Radio Manchester
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 studios at MediaCityUK in Salford Quays via a transmitter at Holme Moss, with a small repeater at Saddleworth covering Tameside and Saddleworth...

). Radio Manchester is very clear in the south of Lancashire as is Radio Merseyside. The Lancaster transmitter also carries TV, BBC National DAB stations and Digital One
Digital One
Digital One is a national commercial digital radio multiplex in the United Kingdom, owned by Arqiva. , the multiplex covers more than 90% of the populationfrom a total of 137 transmitters...

. Beginning on 1 October 2001, the DAB signals have come from the EMAP Digital
EMAP Radio
Bauer Radio is a UK-based division of Bauer Media Group.The Bauer network is divisible into two main groups, the Bauer Place and Bauer Passion units, with Place consisting of locally-focused services primarily broadcast on FM/AM and local digital platforms, and Passion consisting of national and...

 Central Lancashire 12A multiplex located at Winter Hill and Pendle Forest (near Nelson
Nelson, Lancashire
Nelson is a town and civil parish in the Borough of Pendle in Lancashire, England, with a population of 28,998 in 2001. It lies 4 miles north of Burnley on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal....

). Pendle Forest also started broadcasting BBC National DAB stations in April 2004.

Weekdays

Time Main presenter(s)/programme Location
0100 – 0500 BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 Live is the BBC's national radio service that specialises in live BBC News, phone-ins, and sports commentaries...

: Up All Night
Up All Night (radio show)
Up All Night is a programme broadcast on the national radio station BBC Radio 5 Live in the United Kingdom, and is on air between the hours of 1 am and 5 am every night...

London
London
London is the capital city of :England and the :United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and the largest urban zone in the European Union by most measures. Located on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its...

0500 - 0530 BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 Live is the BBC's national radio service that specialises in live BBC News, phone-ins, and sports commentaries...

: Morning Reports
0530 - 0600 BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 Live is the BBC's national radio service that specialises in live BBC News, phone-ins, and sports commentaries...

: Wake Up to Money
Wake Up to Money
Wake Up to Money is an early morning weekday financial radio programme on BBC Radio Five Live. It is broadcast from 5.35am - 6am in the early morning.-History:...

0600 - 0900 Graham Liver
Graham Liver
Graham Liver is a radio presenter who has worked on local radio in the north of England.-Biography:Liver was born and raised in Lancaster. Liver's career with the BBC began at the age of eighteen with BBC Radio Cumbria. Four years later he moved back to Lancashire, where he joined the commentary...

Blackburn
0900 - 1100 Ted Robbins
Ted Robbins
Ted Robbins is an English comedian, actor, broadcaster, radio DJ, radio personality, voice-over artist and television personalityRobbins currently presents a morning show on BBC Radio Lancashire from 9am - 11am on weekdays....

1100 - 1300 Sally Naden
1300 - 1600 John Gilmore
1600 - 1800 Brett Davison
1800 - 1900 Lancashire Sport
1900 - 2200 Various (see below)
2200 - 0100 John Barnes

Weekday variations

Day Time Main presenter/programme Location
Monday 0000 - 0100 BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 Live is the BBC's national radio service that specialises in live BBC News, phone-ins, and sports commentaries...

: Stephen Nolan
Stephen Nolan
Stephen Nolan, born Belfast in 1973, is a radio and television presenter for BBC Northern Ireland and BBC Radio Five Live. He was educated at Royal Belfast Academical Institution, and Queen's University Belfast where he studied French and Business Studies....

Manchester
Manchester
Manchester is a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England. According to the Office for National Statistics, the 2010 mid-year population estimate for Manchester was 498,800. Manchester lies within one of the UK's largest metropolitan areas, the metropolitan county of Greater...

1900 - 2200 Unforgettable: Gerald Jackson Blackburn
Tuesday Jukebox: Keith Fletcher
Wednesday
Thursday 1900 - 1930 At the Water's Edge: Martin James
1930 - 2000 Play it Again: Gerald Jackson
2000 - 2200 BBC Introducing: Sean McGinty
Friday 1800 - 2000 Lancashire Sport
2000 - 2100 The Drift: Phil Brown
2100 - 2200 Lancashire Bluenotes: Nick Dow
2200 - 0100 F.N.A.T (Friday Night at Ten):
John Clayton & Sean McGinty


Saturday

Time Main presenter(s)/programme Location
0100 – 0500 BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 Live is the BBC's national radio service that specialises in live BBC News, phone-ins, and sports commentaries...

: Up All Night
Up All Night (radio show)
Up All Night is a programme broadcast on the national radio station BBC Radio 5 Live in the United Kingdom, and is on air between the hours of 1 am and 5 am every night...

London
London
London is the capital city of :England and the :United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and the largest urban zone in the European Union by most measures. Located on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its...

0500 - 0600 BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 Live is the BBC's national radio service that specialises in live BBC News, phone-ins, and sports commentaries...

: Morning Reports
0600 - 0900 John Gilmore Blackburn
0900 - 1200 Steve Royle
1200 - 1400 Jukebox: Keith Fletcher
1400 - 1500 Spencer Leigh
1500 - 1800 Sean McGinty
1800 - 2000 Russ Winstanley (FM only from 1900)
2000 - 2200 Sounds Like Saturday Night: Dave Swanton (FM only)
2200 - 0100 On the Wire
On The Wire
On The Wire is a radio programme broadcast on BBC Radio Lancashire. It is presented by Steve Barker. The show was first broadcast on 16 September 1984. In the 1980s the show was broadcast on Sunday afternoons 2-5pm. On the Wires first guests were Adrian Sherwood and Keith le Blanc. Sherwood and...

: Steve Barker (FM only)

Saturday MW variations

Time Main presenter(s)/programme Location
1900 - 2000 Saaz: Talat Farooq Awan Blackburn
2000 - 2200 Shamoly: Apu Chaudry & Arjumand Alam
2200 - 0100 Masti Mix: Sophie Hafeez


Sunday

Time Main presenter(s)/programme Location
0100 – 0500 BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 Live is the BBC's national radio service that specialises in live BBC News, phone-ins, and sports commentaries...

: Up All Night
Up All Night (radio show)
Up All Night is a programme broadcast on the national radio station BBC Radio 5 Live in the United Kingdom, and is on air between the hours of 1 am and 5 am every night...

London
London
London is the capital city of :England and the :United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and the largest urban zone in the European Union by most measures. Located on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its...

0500 - 0600 BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 Live is the BBC's national radio service that specialises in live BBC News, phone-ins, and sports commentaries...

: Morning Reports
0600 - 0900 Joe Wilson Blackburn
0900 - 1100 Sean McGinty
1100 - 1400 Stephen Lowe
1400 - 1600 Jon Fish Country
1600 - 1800 Jon Christos
1800 - 20000 Sunday Night Soul: Keith Fletcher (FM only from 1900)
2000 - 2200 Indus: Talat Farooq Awan Manchester
Manchester
Manchester is a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England. According to the Office for National Statistics, the 2010 mid-year population estimate for Manchester was 498,800. Manchester lies within one of the UK's largest metropolitan areas, the metropolitan county of Greater...

2200 - 0000 Un-missable: Joe Wilson Blackburn

Sunday MW variations

Time Main presenter(s)/programme Location
1900 - 2000 Kemcho: Devendra Sadhanani Blackburn
2200 - 0000 Jaltrang

Former presenters



  • Jim Bowen
    Jim Bowen
    Jim Bowen is an English stand-up comedian and TV personality. He is best known as the host of the ITV gameshow Bullseye, which he hosted between 1981 and 1995.-Early life:...

  • Richard Hammond
    Richard Hammond
    Richard Mark Hammond is an English broadcaster, writer, and journalist most noted for co-hosting car programme Top Gear with Jeremy Clarkson and James May, as well as presenting Brainiac: Science Abuse on Sky 1.-Early life:...


  • Tony Livesey
    Tony Livesey
    Anthony Livesey is a British journalist and broadcaster who currently presents a late night show on BBC Five Live. The show runs from 22.30 to 1:00 from Monday to Thursday.-Early life:...

     (now on BBC Radio 5 Live
    BBC Radio 5 Live
    BBC Radio 5 Live is the BBC's national radio service that specialises in live BBC News, phone-ins, and sports commentaries...

    )
  • Sally Moon (now on BBC Radio Cumbria
    BBC Radio Cumbria
    BBC Radio Cumbria is the BBC Local Radio service for the English county of Cumbria and broadcasts from studios in Carlisle.- History :The county of Cumbria, from which the station takes its current name, was not created until 1974...

    )


Producers



  • Steve Becker (Weekday breakfast)
  • Alison Brown (Weekday mornings)
  • Sally Naden (Weekday lunchtime)


  • Alec Makinson
  • Jacquie Jones
  • Carole Turner (Weekday afternoons)
  • Leanne Pilkington (Weekday evenings)


External links


Audio clips