Greatest Hits Radio North Derbyshire

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Greatest Hits Radio North Derbyshire
Greatest Hits Radio logo.png
CityChesterfield
Broadcast areaNorth Derbyshire
FrequencyFM: 102.0, 107.4 MHz
SloganThe Greatest Hits for North Derbyshire
Programming
FormatClassic Hits
NetworkGreatest Hits Radio
Ownership
OwnerBauer
History
First air date
7 October 1998
Former names
Peak FM▶️
Links
WebsiteGHR North Derbyshire

Coordinates: 53°16′03″N 1°26′24″W / 53.267446°N 1.439902°W / 53.267446; -1.439902

Greatest Hits Radio North Derbyshire is a local radio station, is a regional opt-out radio station of GHR Yorkshire region of Greatest Hits Radio Network. The station is owned and operated by Bauer and broadcasts to Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.

Coverage area[edit]

GHR North Derbyshire's coverage area included the towns of Alfreton, Bakewell, Bolsover, Clay Cross, Dronfield, Matlock, Pinxton, Ripley, Shirebrook, South Normanton and Staveley. Southern districts of the City of Sheffield are also included, though the topography of the area made reception unreliable in certain parts.

Frequencies[edit]

  • 107.4 FM covers Chesterfield, south Sheffield, north Alfreton, north-eastern Derbyshire, Mansfield and Worksop from the Chesterfield transmitter at Unstone.
  • 102.0 FM covers Matlock, Bakewell, the Derbyshire Dales and central Alfreton from the Stanton Moor transmitter.

GHR North Derbyshire is also available as an audio stream on the Internet.

History[edit]

GHR North Derbyshire began broadcasting to Chesterfield as 'Peak 107 FM' on 7 October 1998, at 8 am, with the Simple Minds song "Alive and Kicking". The Radio Authority had awarded Grand Central Broadcasting the licence earlier in the spring.

The station was launched by Dave Kilner, with the (then) Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield. Mark Burrows presented Breakfast after the launch, followed by Dave Kilner on mid-mornings, James Hilton on drive, Trev Parsons one hour of drive and the evening show and Richard Spinks on Late Night Love.

At the same time, the authority also awarded licences for two other small stations, in nearby Bassetlaw and Mansfield.

Forever Broadcasting[edit]

In 2001, Forever Broadcasting bought Grand Central Broadcasting and Peak 107 was rebranded with 'The 50/50 Music Mix of Yesterday And Today', tagline, accompanying change in music policy.

Forever sold three of its stations in 2003: with three remaining- Peak, Tower FM in Bolton and Wolverhampton's 107.7 The Wolf. In early 2004, Forever Broadcasting was itself bought by The Wireless Group, run by former newspaper editor Kelvin MacKenzie.

Wireless Group[edit]

Former Logo

Under the new regime, the station changed its name to the shorter 'Peak FM' from 'Peak 107' in summer 2004. This was also due to the station broadcasting on two frequencies, 107.4FM and 102FM

Station output did not change dramatically after the takeover, but presenters were occasionally required to promote other stations and services offered by The Wireless Group, which was itself taken over by UTV Radio in June 2005.

Bauer Radio[edit]

Peak FM (along with other Wireless Group local starions) was bought by Bauer Radio in 2020. A phased rebranding occurred. On the 1st of September of the same year the Peak FM (and 11 others) branding ended with the all stations becoming local opt-outs for regional Greatest Hits Radio Networked stations. Peak FM becoming GHR North Derbyshire of the GHR Yorkshire Region.

Station rebrand[edit]

On 8 February 2019, Peak FM and the Wireless Group's local radio stations were sold to Bauer Radio. The sale was ratified in March 2020 following an inquiry by the Competition and Markets Authority.[1]

On 27 May 2020, it was announced that Peak FM will join Bauer's Greatest Hits Radio network.[2]

On 13 July 2020, local programming outside weekday breakfast was replaced by networked output from the GHR network, with Peak FM retaining its own branding.[3] Presenter jobs were lost at this time with only the breakfast show presenters remaining.[4]

In September 2020, the station was rebranded as Greatest Hits Radio and merged with three stations in the Midlands. The station's local breakfast show was replaced by a regional drivetime show. Localised news bulletins, traffic updates and advertising were retained.[2] The station's Chesterfield studios closed.

Programming[edit]

Local programming was produced and broadcast from studios in Chesterfield from 6am–10am on weekdays.

Networked programming originated from the network's Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Glasgow studios and from Bauer's Golden Square headquarters in Soho.

News[edit]

Peak FM broadcast local news bulletins hourly from 6 am to 6 am on weekdays, from 7 am to 1 pm on Saturdays and from 8 am to 12 pm on Sundays. Headlines were broadcast on the half-hour during weekday breakfast and drivetime shows.[5] The station also simulcasted hourly Sky News Radio bulletins at all other times.

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.bauermedia.co.uk/newsroom/press-releases/cma-today-clears-the-acquisitions-of-lincs-fm-celador-radio-ukrd-and-wireless-local-stations CMA today clears the acquisitions of Lincs FM, Celador Radio, UKRD and Wireless local stations, Bauer Media, 12 March 2020
  2. ^ a b Most of acquired Bauer stations to become Greatest Hits Radio Stuart Clarkson, Radio Today, 27 May 2020
  3. ^ Bauer starts to roll out Hits and Greatest Hits to new radio stations Stuart Clarkson, Radio Today, 9 July 2020
  4. ^ Broomhead, Michael (13 July 20120). "Presenter jobs lost at Chesterfield's Peak FM as station transitions to Greatest Hits Radio". Derbyshire Times. Retrieved 14 July 2020. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ Peak FM public file

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