England's radio stations adhere to the statistical regions of East Midlands, East, Greater London, Greater Manchester, North East, North West, South East, South West, West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber.
Although the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are not part of the UK they are served by the UK's national radio stations. Additionally services in the Channel Islands are licensed by the UK's regulator, Ofcom. Services in the Isle of Man are not licensed by a UK regulator but rather by the Broadcasting Act 1990 of Tynwald
Temporary Restricted Service Licence stations are licensed by Ofcom and broadcast for up to 28 days. RSLs are used for a number of purposes including coverage of events and festivals, trial broadcasts by groups aiming to launch a full-time service, student radio and training projects and religious festivals including the Sikh festival Vaisakhi, the Muslim month of Ramadan, Jehovah's Witness conventions and Christian events such as Easter and Christmas.
Most universities plus a number of schools and colleges operate student radio stations with the vast majority only available online. The Student Radio Association represents around 65 student stations.
Typically available within the grounds of a single hospital, these stations broadcast to bedside units and occasionally public areas of the hospital. Hospital radio is free of charge on bedside entertainment systems operated by Hospedia and Premier Bedside and an increasing number of stations are available online.
Another of the top music radio stations belonging to Global, Heart launched in 1994, making it a bit younger than some other stations here. The company has more than 20 stations spread across the UK, with 3 of those stations franchised.
Rinse is one of the better-known top music radio stations in the UK for the dance scene. The company, like Unity, started life as a pirate station. Rinse was instrumental in creating some of the biggest genres in the UK, such as Garage and Grime.
For more insights into some of the leading radio stations, check out our other articles here on Radio Fidelity. Alternatively, why not learn about the history of radio, and how listening has evolve in the UK over the last few decades
I started doing radio in about 2003, Starting on Select Radio, I have been on multiple radio stations across London & played in many different clubs over the years, but have been a solid resident to playbackuk for over 10 years, love the energy and vibes whilst interacting with the listeners With 2 weekly shows I present jungle for breakfast #JFB every Wednesday 8 till 11 and the drive time garage show every Friday 4 till 6.
first time i ever went to radio was with Jamie d on all things house on a thursday and loved it. Got a set of decks indoors and made loads of clanging until I was good enough to get my own show. This gave me great confidence within my mixing which later lead to residency at some big parties and clubs in Vauxhall and around London. Grateful to be part of the team and spread good music across the air waves. Frankie M
Today, people are more likely to listen to radio broadcasting companies introducing modern developments such as websites and mobile applications. This is understandable because we are in a digital age where everyone wants to conveniently access their preferred form of entertainment by merely tapping an app on their mobile devices.
Oftentimes these radio companies also offer shares that investors can purchase using the best stock trading app in the UK to encourage their audiences to keep tuning in. Little wonder the average adult Briton listens for at least 21 hours a week.
Audience attraction is frequently measured by user traffic on streaming services and digital channels, so we will rank these companies according to the innovations they introduced to ensure the people in the UK did not stop listening to the radio.
Capital FM has evolved over the years to meet the needs and expectations of an engaged audience. It is one of the most popular radio stations in the UK. It began in 1973, and since then, it has broadcasted some of the most listened-to radio shows. Currently, Capital radio is owned by the Global media company and has twelve stations throughout the UK that broadcast on both DAB and FM.
BBC 1 began broadcasting in 1967, and in 1991 it started offering 24-hr transmissions to its listeners. Since then, it has provided premium radio news and entertainment nonstop and regular news bulletins throughout the day.
London has a thriving underground music scene and a whole ecosystem of radio stations supporting grass-roots communities exploring a spectrum of genres. We are truly blessed to have such a diverse and authentic landscape of music at our fingertips. Read this blog to get to know London's most loved underground radio stations and a few from other UK cities thrown in for good measure!
Foundation FM is an online radio station offering shows Monday-Friday. They support a diverse range of artists from all backgrounds both culturally and musically. They aim to create a safe-space for everyone including marginalised communities like the LGBTQI family. Foundation FM will be a celebration of all genders and communities and what those people can achieve when given support and opportunity in the music industry.
Okay, so not in London but us Londoners have been tuning into 1020 radio for quite some time for their diverse shows and excellent taste-makers. They broadcast from Bristol, UK and from around the world for selected special shows.
Flex FM is one of the bigger and more established radio stations on this list, but despite their size they are still representing many underground artists. They are taking the underground overground with some serious commercial clout and a wider-ranging listener base. Certainly a great station to pitch your show to if you want to get some hefty airtime.
Okay, so it's at this point we are thinking maybe we should have changed the name of the blog to London and Bristols best underground radio stations! Noods is another fantastic station supporting underground music, based in Bristol but with a large audience in London. Founded in 2015 and born from Sunday morning music sessions, the station has grown to become the home of faces from around the globe. Tune in for daily shows from the misfits, dancers, collectors and selectors that make up their community.
NTS radio has quickly grown over the years from a small station to a global movement. They have followed closely behind Rinse FM and their rise to fame. NTS, along with all the stations in this list have a clear and express goal to showcase music and artists from marginalised backgrounds and give them a global stage. They have big funding and tie-ins with streetwear brands. It's a great station to work with is you want to reach a larger audience.
East London has spawned many radio stations and another recent addition is Netil Radio, based in Netil House which is a complex of music studios, start-up offices and concept stores. They have a simple website which supports the music. They broadcast from a shipping container on top of the building which is pretty cool.
Rinse FM is a London-based community radio station that plays garage, grime, dubstep, house, jungle, funky and other dance music genres popular in the UK. The station was founded in 1994 and operated as pirate radio station until it was awarded a community FM broadcast licence in June 2010. Rinse FM has been described as London's biggest pirate radio station.It provided first exposure to grime artists Dizzee Rascal and Wiley and later provided a home for dubstep DJs such as Skream, Kode9, and Oneman. DJ Geeneus is the station's head.
The list is limited to analogue stations on FM/AM (not DAB or internet-only) that you can receive inside the M25. This is a motorway about 120 miles in circumference around London. Assuming it is circular (it isn't) this corresponds to a radius of about 19 miles or 30 km. With a population of around 8 million, London is by far the biggest market for radio in the UK.
The Radio Times (the paper copy, which has been around for a great deal longer than the web version) is great for getting detailed programme information on the BBC national and local stations and one independent national station - Classic FM. You will also find a listing of frequencies for all local and national radio. The local radio section of the magazine is different in each area of the country. The Radio Times covers one week starting Saturdays. It is available from any newsagent from the Wednesday before the week it covers.
Most stations in this section alsobroadcast RDS (RadioData Service), signalling the station name (PI) and trafficreports (TA), decodable on certain radios (typically car radios).The station name displayed on RDS radios is a maximum of eightletters. The list gives the RDS station name for those stationswhich transmit it. In these names, an underscore \"_\"represents a space. Sometimes the stations have an extended RDSservice giving changing rolling text, typically containinginformation about the programme currently being transmitted orabout the music being broadcast. This is known as radiotext.Stations which have this facility are marked with a \"*\"after the RDS name. Note that some stations use the radiotextfacility to transmit an unchanging station-identity quote.These stations are not marked with a \"*\"because, in the author's opinion, this is not a correct use forradiotext feature.
Still the most popular independent radio station in London; in their words \"London's number one hit music station.\" One of the first independent local radio stations in the UK - started broadcasting on 16 October 1973. Pop chart music, aimed primarily at a young audience with lots of disposable income. Comprehensive web site (link above). Sister station, Capital Gold is also based in London on 1548 kHz AM. The breakfast show is the most popular slot whi