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BBC Radio Northampton

BBC Radio Northampton
City of license Northampton
Broadcast area Northamptonshire
Frequency 104.2 FM, 103.6FM, DAB
First air date 16 June 1982
Format Local news, talk and music
Language(s) English
Owner BBC Local Radio,
BBC East
Website BBC Radio Northampton

BBC Radio Northampton is the BBC Local Radio service for the English county of Northamptonshire. It broadcasts from its studios in Broadcasting House, Abington Street, Northampton (a listed building) on 104.2FM (Northampton) and 103.6FM (Geddington, between Kettering and Corby) The station also has studios in Daventry and Corby.[1]

Helen Grimes is acting Managing Editor, joining the radio station in May 2015 as cover for Managing Editor Jess Rudkin, who has moved to BBC Radio Bristol where she will be in charge for 12 months. She moved to Northampton from BBC Somerset in May 2012 to replace Laura Moss, who is now Managing Editor at BBC Three Counties Radio.

The Assistant Managing Editor is Marsha Ramroop, and the News Editor is Laura Cook.

Contents

  • Opening 1
  • Transmitters 2
  • DAB Licence 3
  • Sports coverage 4
  • Branding 5
  • Programming 6
  • Former presenters 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9
    • Audio clips 9.1

Opening

The station was launched at 6:45am on 16 June 1982 on 1107 AM and 96.6 FM, with Jon Beynon's programme Start the Day, the first piece of music being John Williams's Superman theme, followed by Work that Body by Diana Ross.

The first outside broadcast followed on 17 June 1982, and the official opening was performed by the Duke of Gloucester.

The station was renamed BBC Northampton in 1990, but then changed to BBC Radio Northampton on 3 April 2000.

Broadcasting House in Abington Street, Northampton

Transmitters

The station has two FM transmitters, with 104.2 FM broadcast from the Boughton Green Road area of Northampton, and 103.6 FM broadcast from a mast near the village of Geddington. Listeners can tune into 104.2 in the south and west of the county (including Northampton and surrounding area), whereas 103.6 serves the north and east (including Kettering and Corby).

Along the M1, the station can be heard on 104.2 FM from Milton Keynes to Copt Oak (near Leicester). There is no longer a MW frequency, but the station went digital on DAB in March 2013. Radio Northampton was originally available on 1107 kHz MW across the County from a transmitter at Kings Heath; this was reallocated to Virgin Radio using 1233 kHz. For the north-east of the county near Oundle, the Peterborough transmitter has Radio Cambridgeshire on DAB from a NOW Digital multiplex. The Northampton transmitter also has the Global Radio-owned regional commercial station Heart FM on 96.6FM, and has national radio frequencies.

The transmitter at Daventry on Borough Hill has BBC National DAB, Digital One 11D and an MXR West Midlands 12A multiplex (since August 2001). This transmitter was the BBC's first Long wave transmitter, beginning 27 July 1925. It had not been previously used by the BBC since 1978.

DAB Licence

On 11 October 2007, the DAB licence was awarded to NOW Digital. MuxCo had also bid for the licence. NOW Digital expected to start broadcasting from the three transmitters at Northampton, Geddington and Daventry in September 2008, however transmissions eventually began on 28 March 2013 on DAB channel 10C. The line-up was identical to that of the neighbouring Herts, Beds and Bucks multiplex, consisting of local Northamptonshire Stations (BBC Radio Northampton: countywide, Connect FM: Wellingborough, Kettering, Corby) and national stations (Capital, Gold and Heart: Northants, Bucks, MK, Beds and Herts regional service), along with stations aimed at the Herts, Beds and Bucks area (BBC Three Counties Radio and MKFM). From February 2015 Ofcom approved the separation of the Northamptonshire multiplex from the Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire multiplex, resulting in the removal of BBC Three Counties Radio, BOB fm and MKFM from the Northamptonshire multiplex, and the removal of BBC Radio Northampton from the Herts, Beds and Bucks multiplex.[2]

Sports coverage

BBC Radio Northampton has extensive sports output edited by Graham McKechnie. Football commentators include Tim Oglethorpe, Joe Townsend, Ian Benjamin and Terry Angus for Northampton Town, Peter Short who covers Kettering Town, Chris Barrett with Brackley and Chuck Middleton at Corby. McKechnie commentates on Northampton Saints rugby with Lennie Newman, Ian Hunter and James Knight. Northants Steelbacks cricket commentators include McKechnie, Alex Winter, Joe Townsend, Andrew Radd and Lizzie Ammon. When not on FM every match is covered on the website. The sports team is supplemented by News Editor Laura Cook who has a particular interest in motor sport and horse racing. The weekend preview programme, Friday Night Sport, airs between 6.00-7.00 on Friday evening.

Branding

As of Monday 25 July 2011, BBC Radio Northampton now use the generic BBC Local Radio jingles by Mcasso Music Production. On 21 October 2013 these jingles were refreshed.

Programming

The majority of the station's programming is produced and broadcast from Northampton. During off-peak hours, BBC Radio Northampton also carries regional programming for the East, produced from sister station BBC Radio Norfolk. As with all BBC Local Radio stations, it also airs the networked weekday evening shows, originating from BBC Radio Leeds and produced independently by Wire Free Productions. During the station's downtime, BBC Radio Northampton simulcasts BBC Radio 5 Live overnight.

The station's local presenters include Stuart Linnell and Helen Blaby.

Former presenters

References

  1. ^ BBC Radio Northampton.
  2. ^ Roy Martin (20 January 2015). "DAB splits in Herts, Beds, Bucks and Northants". Radio Today. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 

External links

  • BBC Radio Northampton at BBC Online
  • History of local radio in Northamptonshire
  • David's Transmitter World
  • MDS975's Transmitter Map
  • Geddington transmitter
  • Northampton transmitter

Audio clips

  • Jingle package
  • 2002 jingle
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