Lincs FM
Broadcast areaLincolnshire and east Nottinghamshire
FrequencyDAB: 12A
BrandingAcross Lincolnshire & Newark
Programming
FormatCHR/Pop
NetworkHits Radio
Ownership
OwnerBauer Media
Greatest Hits Radio Grimsby
Greatest Hits Radio Peterborough, Stamford and Rutland
Greatest Hits Radio Lincolnshire
History
First air date
1 March 1992 (1992-03-01)
Former frequencies
96.7 FM
97.6 FM
102.2 FM
Links
WebsiteLincs FM

Lincs FM is an Independent Local Radio station serving Lincolnshire and Newark in Nottinghamshire. The station is owned and operated by Bauer as part of the Hits Radio Network.

As of September 2023, the station has a weekly audience of 164,000 listeners according to RAJAR.[1]

Background

Lincs FM commenced broadcasting from studios at Witham Park in Lincoln on 1 March 1992. It was part of the wider Lincs FM Group of eight radio stations.

In March 2019, it was announced that the radio station and its sister stations had been bought by Bauer Media for an undisclosed sum.

Programming

Most output is produced locally at the station's Lincoln studios.

From February 2021, the station began to relay Bauer's networked Sunday afternoon programme The UK Chart Show (Now Hits UK Chart Show - Sam Thompson), replacing the local chart previously broadcast in the slot.[2]

On Monday 23rd October 2023, Lincs FM started broadcasting Hits Radio programming outside of breakfast, although The Farming Programme, which airs as part of the Sunday breakfast show, continues to air as normal.[3]

It was announced on 10 January 2024 that from April 2024 the Lincs FM name is to be dropped along with 14 other heritage FM station names in the Hits Radio network and will become Hits Radio Lincolnshire. The announcement marked the end of the Lincs FM brand after just over 30 years of broadcasting.[4][5]

Transmitters

Stamp End lock next to the radio station

The main transmitter 102.2 FM signal comes from the Belmont transmitting station. It also has lower-powered frequencies in Grantham, south of the town near the bypass, on 96.7 FM and Trent View Flats (near the John Leggott College) in Scunthorpe on 97.6 FM. Lincs FM can be clearly heard in northern Nottinghamshire and eastern South Yorkshire. The Belmont transmitter relays Digital One and in 2015 a local Lincolnshire multiplex was launched from the site. This operates on the old MXR frequency 12B. The Lincs FM Group broadcasting engineer is Andy Langford.

On 3 April 2023, Lincs FM's FM frequencies were replaced with a relay of Greatest Hits Radio Lincolnshire, with Lincs FM continuing on DAB.[6]

Trent View House transmitter site in west Scunthorpe, overlooks the Trent Valley, and was originally to be a site for the EMAP Digital Radio (now Bauer Humberside) multiplex

References

  1. ^ "RAJAR". www.rajar.co.uk. Retrieved 30 May 2023.
  2. ^ "Pirate FM and Lincs FM to take Bauer's chart show". 11 February 2021. Retrieved 20 October 2023.
  3. ^ "Lincs FM to take Hits Radio Network shows outside breakfast". 16 October 2023. Retrieved 16 October 2023.
  4. ^ Martin, Roy (10 January 2024). "Bauer to rebrand heritage FM stations in England and Wales to Hits Radio". Radio Today. Retrieved 13 January 2024.
  5. ^ Mann, Sebastian (11 January 2024). "Lincs FM radio station to change its name to Hits Radio Lincolnshire". LincolnshireLive. Retrieved 13 January 2024.
  6. ^ Martin, Roy (1 March 2023). "Lincs FM to lose its FM frequencies for Greatest Hits Radio". Radio Today. Retrieved 1 March 2023.

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