Metro Radio is a local radio station owned and operated by Bauer Radio as part of the City 1 network. It broadcasts to County Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear from studios in Newcastle. The station's output is shared with sister North East station TFM.

History

Launch

The Newcastle-based station, broadcasting to North East England, launched on 15 July 1974.[2] The first Breakfast Show was presented by Don Dwyer, an Australian radio presenter formerly at ABC, Len Groat, Giles Squire, Dave Gregory, James Whale, Peter Wraight, Peter Sampson and Harry Rowell were additionally there from the beginning. The first show additionally included messages of congratulations from Kenny Everett at the equivalent local commercial station in London, Capital Radio.

Studios

The station transmitted from a studio in Swalwell, Gateshead, which, in later years, would be adjacent to the MetroCentre. In 2005 Metro, and sister station Magic 1152 moved to the former BT building, previously known as Swan House, now known as 55° North, next to the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Football commentary

Until 2005 the station broadcast live football commentary for the region's two biggest clubs — Newcastle United and Sunderland. In an attempt to boost ratings, the football commentary was stopped. Notwithstanding a negative response from football fans prompted the owners to cover all Newcastle and Sunderland games on sister station Magic 1152.

TFM co-location

As of Monday 8 April 2013, all Metro's programming is shared with TFM. Notwithstanding the Metro branding is retained along with separate advertising.[3] The two stations were able to co-locate without consultation as the Metro Radio licence area is located in one approved broadcast area (North East England).[4]

Programming

All programming on Metro Radio - local, networked and syndicated - is shared with TFM. The majority of the station's programming is produced from Newcastle, including networked shows for Friday nights and Saturday breakfast. Other networked programming originates from Key 103 in Manchester, Clyde 1 in Glasgow, Radio City in Liverpool, Radio Aire in Leeds and Forth 1 in Edinburgh. The Vodafone Big Top 40 is syndicated from Global Radio at its Capital studios in London for broadcast on over 145 commercial radio stations across the UK.

The station's main presenters include Steve Furnell, Karen Wight, Brian Moore, Dan Moylan (Home Run) and Alan Robson (Night Owls).[5]

News

Metro Radio broadcasts local news bulletins hourly from 6am to 7pm on weekdays, from 7am to 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Headlines are broadcast on the half hour throughout weekday breakfast and drivetime shows, alongside sport and traffic bulletins.

National bulletins from Sky News Radio are carried overnight with bespoke networked bulletins on weekend afternoons, most of the time produced at sister station Radio Aire in Leeds.

Notable former presenters

The DJ and TV presenter James Whale launched his radio career on Metro, presenting the Nightowls show between 1974 and 1980. Other notable former presenters include:

Awards and nominations

Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards

YearAwardEntryResult
2011RCS Programmer Of The YearChris Pegg (Programme Director)Nominated
2011Skillset Newcomer(s) Of The YearSimon Conway (Journalist)Nominated
2011Newsteam Of The YearNewsteamNominated
2012Feature(s) of the YearRaoul Moat: One Year OnNominated
2012RCS Programmer Of The YearChris Pegg (Programme Director)Nominated
2013Breakfast Show of the Year (under 2 Million TSA)Steve & Karen's Breakfast ShowGold
2013Presenter of the Year (under 2 Million TSA)Steve Furnell & Karen WightGold
2013RCS Programmer Of The YearChris Pegg (Programme Director)Nominated
2013Journalist of the Year (Ali Booker Memorial Award)Rebecca DixonNominated
2013Station of the Year (500,000 to 2M TSA)Metro RadioGold
2014Presenter of the Year (under 2 Million TSA)Steve Furnell & Karen WightNominated
2014Presenter of the Year (under 2 Million TSA)Stuart Elmore & Kelly HinchNominated
2014RCS Programmer Of The YearChris Pegg (Programme Director)Nominated
2014Unsung Hero of the YearDan BlackNominated
2014Local Sales Team of The YearMetro Radio & Magic 1152Nominated
2015Presenter of the Year (under 2 Million TSA)Steve and KarenBronze
2015Journalist of the YearMicky WelchSilver
2015Station of the Year (under 2 Million TSA)Metro RadioGold
2015Marketing AwardPunching Above Weight PromoSilver

IRN News Awards

YearAwardEntryResult
2011Young Journalist of the YearSimon ConwayNominated
2011Newsreader of the YearJoel GoldmanNominated
2011Best Newsteam / NewsroomNewsteamNominated
2012'And Finally'The Princess and the Pea......FritterRunner-up
2013Newsreader of the YearSimon ConwayRunner-up
2013Reporter of the YearRebecca DixonNominated
2013'And Finally'Eat For FreeRunner-up
2014Newsreader of the Year under 1M TSASophie CalvertWinner

Sony Radio Academy Awards

YearAwardEntryResult
2007Best live event coverageAlan Shearer Testimonial CoverageGold
2011Best breaking news coverageManhunt - The Raoul Moat Story - Metro Radio NewsNominated
2011Best live event coverageGreat North Run CoverageSilver
2012Speech Radio Personality of the YearAlan RobsonNominated
2012News Journalist of the YearMetro Radio News TeamSilver
2013Best Speech ProgrammeAlan Robson's NightowlsBronze
2013Breakfast Show of the Year (under 10 million)Steve and Karen's Breakfast ShowSilver
2013Station of the Year (1 Million plus)Metro RadioGold
2014Speech Radio Personality of the YearAlan RobsonSilver
2014Best Coverage of a Live EventGreat North Run 2013Silver
2014Station of the Year (1 Million plus)Metro RadioNominated

Metro Radio Arena