Radio Clyde is a group of two
Independent Local Radio stations serving
Glasgow and West Central Scotland.
Radio Clyde is owned and operated
by Bauer Radio, based at studios in Clydebank,
West Dunbartonshire and
forms part of Bauer's City network of local stations.
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Radio Clyde began broadcasting as the commercial radio station in
Scotland at 10.30pm on Monday 31 December 1973. first ILR station
outside London on 261 metres medium wave and 95.1 FM (later moving to
102.5 FM). The station's studios were originally located at the
Anderston Centre complex within
Glasgow city centre, but moved to its
current site at
Clydebank in 1983. The original slogan was Radio
Clyde, 261, all together now.
Radio Clyde's output was split into two distinct services on Friday 12
August 1988 with the launch of a separate Clyde FM service carrying
chart music at weekends. The split became permanent on Wednesday 3
January 1990 with the AM service carrying a classic hits format.
Radio Clyde was controlled by
Scottish Radio Holdings (SRH) until
2005, when the company was acquired by Emap. It changed hands again in
Emap sold their consumer magazines and radio business units
to current owner Bauer Media.
Radio Clyde logo
A third service was launched on Monday 19 January 2015 as Clyde 3,
carrying a locally branded version of The Hits on DAB with opt-outs
for local news, traffic and advertising. From 1 September 2017, the
local City 3 branding of the stations on DAB was withdrawn, in favour
of reverting to using The Hits name.
A fourth station
Clyde Rocks was launched as a 30-day trial on
Wednesday 20th April 2016, with the intention of the outcome of the
trial being used to form a bid for the 96.3 FM radio licence which had
recently been vacated by its former operator, XFM Scotland.
Bauer Radio were unsuccessful in their bid, and,
the licence was awarded by
Ofcom to another bidder, Rock Radio.
Notable past presenters include Ross King who was the station's
youngest ever DJ and is now based in Hollywood where he appears
regularly on Good Morning Britain and Lorraine. Ross is a four time
Emmy Award winning TV host, actor, writer and producer. Paul Coia, Ken
Sykora, Richard Park, Tiger Tim Stevens, Mark Goodier, Tom Russell who
presented the long running Friday Night Rock Show and Dougie Donnelly.
BBC Breakfast anchor
Bill Turnbull began his career in journalism at
the station.
Radio Clyde forms one of Bauer's main radio production centres. As
well as local programming for
Glasgow and the West of
Clyde 1 - the station also produces networked
programming for the three City networks in
Scotland and northern
The station's newsroom is also one of the largest in commercial
radio, producing local and national bulletins as well
as extensive sports coverage, including live football commentaries and
a nightly phone-in under the Superscoreboard banner.
Radio Clyde opens on hopeful note". The
Glasgow Herald. 3 January
1974. p. 3. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
^ "Building up body for a bright new future". The
Glasgow Herald. 30
June 1982. p. 14. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
^ Farey-Jones, Daniel (7 December 2007). "
Emap sells magazines and
radio divisions to Bauer for £1.14bn". Brand Republic. Retrieved 18
^ "Bauer City Network 3 launches on local DAB". www.radiotoday.co.uk.
Retrieved 2 June 2015.
^ "The Hits to replace Bauer's City 3 Network – RadioToday".
radiotoday.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-10-09.
^ "Radio Broadcast Update May 2016 - Ofcom". www.ofcom.org.uk.
Ofcom awards Rock Radio a commercial radio licence in
Ofcom". www.ofcom.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-30.
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