April 10: Radio

20 years ago today Arrow FM began broadcasting

Arrow FM (now Arrow_FM_1998aMore Radio Hastings) was founded in 1992 by two local radio executives, Mark Briggs and Matthew Wheeler, who conducted a series of RSL pilot broadcasts in both Hastings and Eastbourne.

By 2000, Arrow FM had been sold to Radio Investments Ltd, which also had interests in nearby stations. This group went on to become The Local Radio Company, which then sold Arrow FM, along with sister station Sovereign FM, to Media Sound Holdings in 2009. Bespoke local programming for the area was reduced to the weekday breakfast show, with all other output shared with sister stations Bright FM, Sovereign FM and Splash FM.

From 2016 it has been owned and operated by Media Sound Holdings and broadcasts from studios in Worthing, as part of a network of stations across Sussex in South East England.

Also this day in radio history, Virgin 1215 was rebranded Virgin Radio

Virgin_Radio_Logo
1993-2008

After launching as Virgin 1215 at 12.15 pm on April 30, 1993 with line-up of DJs that included Richard SkinnerRuss WilliamsJono Coleman, and Emperor Rosko, the station was rebranded as Virgin Radio (now Absolute Radio) this day in 1995.

From before its launch on AM, Virgin Radio was campaigning for a national FM network. The Radio Authority decided that 105–108 MHz would be licensed to new local and regional stations and Virgin Radio applied for and won one of the new FM licences advertised in London. Virgin Radio launched on 105.8 MHz FM in London beginning with a message from broadcaster David Frost at 6 am followed by the Russ ‘n’ Jono breakfast show. Part of the licence requirements for the London service meant that a daily London opt-out was broadcast on FM, presented initially by Rowland Rivron.

Virgin Radio was sold in 2008 and was rebranded Absolute Radio.

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