BBC Radio Manchester

BBC Radio Manchester

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BBC Radio Manchester is a BBC Local Radio station broadcasting to Greater Manchester in North West England. It broadcasts 24 hours a day from Oxford Road via a transmitter at Holme Moss, with a small repeater at Saddleworth covering Tameside and Saddleworth. It can also be heard on DAB radio and via internet streaming.

BBC Radio Manchester originally launched on 10 September 1970 as the first local radio station in the city of Manchester. It relaunched on 3 April 2006 after broadcasting for a while as BBC GMR.

Opt-out stations

In 1983 and 1984 BBC Radio Manchester ran a series of experimental community stations, each of which used the 1296kHz AM frequency in turn. The stations were BBC Radio Bury (late 1983/early 1984), BBC Radio Oldham, BBC Radio Rochdale (eight weeks from 14 May 1984), BBC Radio Trafford (which operated from a mobile studio in a school playground) and BBC Radio Wigan (summer 1984). The stations were part-time services which opted out from the main BBC Radio Manchester service.


From October 1988 until 3 April 2006, the station was named BBC GMR (and, for a brief period in 1997, GMR Talk). GMR were the initials of its name, BBC Greater Manchester Radio; it broadcast to Greater Manchester. Programmes included a phone-in with Allan Beswick, late-night music and comedy show Michelle Mullane around Midnight and GMR Brass, a brass band music programme. GMR was also part of the BBC Night Network.


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