Hallam FM

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Hallam FM
Hallam FM logo 2015.png
City Sheffield
Broadcast area South Yorkshire
Slogan The Biggest Hits
Frequency FM:
97.4 MHz (Sheffield)
102.9 MHz (Barnsley and Rotherham)
103.4 MHz (Doncaster)
DAB: 11C
First air date 1 October 1974
Format Contemporary hit radio
Owner Bauer Radio
Sister stations Hallam 2
Webcast Hallam FM Radioplayer
Website planetradio.co.uk/hallam/

Hallam FM is an independent local radio station serving South Yorkshire from studios in Sheffield. The station is owned and operated by Bauer Radio and forms part of the Hits Radio Network.


Hallam FM logo used from 2004 to 2015.

The station started broadcasting on 1548 kHz/194m AM, 95.2 and 95.9 MHz FM under the name of Radio Hallam from its studios at Hartshead in Sheffield City Centre on 1 October 1974. The first presenter heard on air was ex-BBC Radio 1 DJ Johnny Moran - the first record he played was I've Got the Music in Me by Kiki Dee, which stuck after a minute and a half.

On 1 October 1985, Radio Hallam's broadcast area increased significantly when it began to broadcast to all of South Yorkshire.

In 1987, Radio Hallam merged with neighbouring Yorkshire stations Pennine Radio in Bradford and Viking Radio in Hull to form the now-defunct Yorkshire Radio Network.

The frequencies were changed during the 1980s to 96.1 FM for Rotherham, 97.4 FM for Sheffield, 102.9 FM for Barnsley, and 103.4 for the rest of South Yorkshire. After a take-over of the parent company YRN by the Metro Radio Group, the AM frequency became Great Yorkshire Gold. The Rotherham transmitter was turned off in the 1990s as part of Hallam's licence agreement and is now used by Rother FM. Hallam also moved its studio facilities to 900 Herries Road, just minutes from Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough ground. The office space at Hartshead is now used by the Sheffield Star newspaper.[1]

As the Metro Radio group was bought by EMAP, Hallam FM also became part of the Big City Network in Northern England. In 2011, Bauer Media's Big City Network was replaced by the Place Portfolio, containing the group's local radio stations.


Hallam FM's main competitors are BBC Radio 1, Capital Yorkshire & Heart Yorkshire. Other local competing stations include BBC Radio Sheffield, Peak FM, Rother FM, Dearne FM and Trax FM.

The station broadcasts on analogue frequencies on 97.4 FM (Tapton Hill), 103.4 FM (Clifton, near the M18) and 102.9 FM (Ardsley) in Sheffield, Doncaster and Barnsley respectively. Almost the whole region is covered on 103.4 FM. The station also broadcasts via DAB on the Bauer Radio multiplex, and online.


Local programming is produced and broadcast from Hallam FM's Sheffield studios from 0600–1000 and 1600–1900 on weekdays; 1200–1600 on weekends.

All networked programming originates via the Hits Radio Network in Manchester.

The Vodafone Big Top 40 is produced by Global Radio at its Capital studios in London for broadcast on 145 commercial radio stations in the UK.

The station's local presenters are John Harrison, Liesl Soards and James Crookes (Big John at Breakfast), Simon Morykin (Home Run) and Richie Pearson (weekend afternoons).[2]


Hallam FM broadcasts local news bulletins hourly from 6 am to 7 pm on weekdays, and from 7 am to 1 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Headlines are broadcast on the half hour during 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, usually originating from Radio Aire's Leeds newsroom.

Notable past presenters


  1. ^ Media UK - Hallam FM
  2. ^ Hallam FM - Presenters
  3. ^ http://www.soundboard.com/sb/sound/295287
  4. ^ http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/topic/90-radio-hallam/?page=2
  5. ^ JK and Lucy join Heart Solent Radio Today, 16 January 2012
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80keoVFPka8
  7. ^ http://www.family-announcements.co.uk/localworld/view/1001640/dave-kilner
  8. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5NJdNfDB2A
  9. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-5d_6fJTvI
  10. ^ http://www.hallammemories.co.uk/
  11. ^ http://www.hallammemories.co.uk/
  12. ^ http://radiotoday.co.uk/2016/05/radio-pioneer-ian-rufus-dies-after-illness/
  13. ^ http://www.soundboard.com/sb/frank21c
  14. ^ http://andywalmsley.blogspot.co.uk/2011_09_01_archive.html
  15. ^ http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/topic/90-radio-hallam/?page=3
  16. ^ https://uk.linkedin.com/in/mr-kelly-temple-714ab926
  17. ^ http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/topic/404-heartbeat-or-samantha39s/?page=2
  18. ^ http://andywalmsley.blogspot.co.uk/2011_09_01_archive.html

External links

  • Official website
  • History of local radio in Yorkshire
  • Clifton transmitter
  • Tapton Hill/Crosspool transmitter
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