Forth 1 is a British local radio station, broadcasting to Lothian and Fife, and based in Forth Street in Edinburgh's city centre. The station broadcasts on 97.3 FM with relays covering West Lothian on 97.6 FM and Penicuik on 102.2 FM, as well as on DAB and online. The station plays a variety of music, mainly Top 40, but older tunes are also inserted into the playlist. Forth 1 is owned by Bauer Radio and operated by Radio Forth and forms part of Bauer's Hits Radio network.
|Broadcast area||Edinburgh, Lothian and Fife|
|Slogan||“The Biggest Hits, The Biggest Throwbacks”|
|Sister stations||Forth 2|
Radio Forth was launched on 22 January 1975 by current chairman Richard Findlay. His opening speech included "This, for the very first time is Radio Forth". Steve Hamilton was the first on-air presenter, hosting the breakfast show.
In 1990, Forth was forced to create a new station on its AM frequency. Before this, Radio Forth was broadcast as a single station on both FM and AM frequencies. The FM station was renamed Radio Forth RFM (later simplified to Forth FM) with Donny Hughes broadcasting the first Breakfast Show from the newly revamped Studio F in Forth House. The new AM station became "Max AM" which was later renamed Forth AM to match its sister station.
In 2000, both stations were relaunched as 97.3 Forth One and 1548 Forth 2. Forth 2 was redesigned as an adult contemporary music station while Forth One continued to play Top 40 songs for the 35s and under.
Radio Forth was owned by Scottish Radio Holdings until 3 June 2005 when British media group EMAP took over. In January 2008, EMAP Radio was sold to Bauer and the radio division was renamed Bauer Radio. Ownership changes have led to more networked programming on the station.
Local programming is produced and broadcast from Radio Forth's Edinburgh studios from 6am-2pm and 3-7pm on weekdays, 2-6pm on Saturdays and 12-4pm on Sundays. The station also produces a networked Saturday evening show – Hits Party – broadcast across parts of Scotland.
News and sport
Forth 1 broadcasts local news bulletins hourly from 6am to 7pm on weekdays (except 2pm), from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays and from 9am to 12pm on Sundays. Headlines are broadcast on the half-hour during weekday breakfast and drivetime shows, alongside sport and traffic bulletins.
- "Radio mogul Findlay adds loss-making Original 106 to his stable". scotsman.com. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
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