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.
|Broadcast area||Glasgow and West Central Scotland|
|Slogan||Clyde 1: All the Biggest Hits|
Clyde 2: The Greatest Hits
|Frequency||Clyde 1: 97.0/102.3/102.5/103.3 MHz|
Clyde 2: 1152 kHz
All services on DAB: 11C
|First air date||31 December 1973|
12 August 1988(Clyde FM/Radio Clyde split)
|Format||Clyde 1: Hot AC|
Clyde 2: Adult contemporary and classics
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. In line with other UK stations, by this time the AM broadcast was advertised by its frequency of 1152kHz rather than its equivalent wavelength of 261 meters.
Radio Clyde was controlled by Scottish Radio Holdings (SRH) until 2005, when the company was acquired by Emap. It changed hands again in 2008 when Emap sold their consumer magazines and radio business units to current owner Bauer Media.
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 From 1 September 2017, the local City 3 branding of the stations on DAB was withdrawn, in favour of reverting to using The Hits name.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 20 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. Ultimately, however, 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 Scotland - predominantly on Clyde 1 - the station also produces networked programming for the three City networks in Scotland and northern England.
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 February 2014.
- "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 9 October 2017.
- "Radio Broadcast Update May 2016 - Ofcom". www.ofcom.org.uk. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
- "Ofcom awards Rock Radio a commercial radio licence in Scotland - Ofcom". www.ofcom.org.uk. Retrieved 30 December 2016.