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97.3 Forth One is a Scottishmarker radio station owned by Bauer Radio. Currently, the station is part of the Big City Network.

Forth One broadcasts to Edinburghmarker, The Lothians and Fifemarker including other areas of East Central Scotland and is based in Forth Street in Edinburgh’s city centre. The station plays a variety of music, mainly Top 40, but older tunes are also inserted into the playlist. Sam Jackson is currently head of music at Radio Forth.

Since September 2008, Forth One and all Big City Network stations in Scotland air evening and overnight programming from Clyde 1 in Glasgow.

History

Radio Forth was launched on 22 January 1975 by current chairman Richard Findlay. His opening speech included "This, for the very first time is Radio Forth". Steve Hamilton was the first on-air presenter who hosted the breakfast show.

In 1990, Forth was forced to create a new station on its AM frequency. Before this, Radio Forth was broadcast as a single station on both FM and AM frequencies. The FM station was renamed Radio Forth RFM (later simplified to Forth FM) with Donny Hughes broadcasting the first Breakfast Show from the newly revamped Studio F in Forth House. The new AM station became "Max AM" which was later renamed Forth AM to match its sister station.

In 2000, both stations were relaunched as 97.3 Forth One and 1548 FORTH2. Many changes occurred at this time including new presenters and a new jingles package. Forth 2 was redesigned as an adult contemporary music station while Forth One continued to play Top 40 songs for the 35s and under.

Radio Forth was owned by Scottish Radio Holdings until 3 June, 2005 when British media group EMAP took over. In January 2008, EMAP Radio was sold to Bauer. The radio division was renamed Bauer Radio.

Forth One has recently been repositioned from CHR to a Hot AC station targeting the over 25's.

News, Sport and Travel

Forth News and Sport broadcasts bulletins regularly throughout the day (simulcast on sister station Forth 2). Paul Robertson is currently the Head of News and Sport at Radio Forth as well as being a regular newsreader. Max Steele is deputy editor alongside broadcast journalists Ryan Gilbert & Clare Reilly and political editor Colin Mackay (shared with Radio Clyde).

Travel news bulletins are broadcast during Breakfast and Drivetime shows. The station also co-produces news bulletins for Radio Borders.

Management

Station Director

Cathy Kirk

Programming Director

Duncan Campbell

Head of Music

Sam Jackson

Head of News and Sport

Paul Roberston

Sales Director

Craig Lumsdaine

Sponsorship & Promotions Manager

Mike Scott

Chief Engineer

Douglas Paterson

Business Analyst Director

Derek Mckinley

Programmes Producer

Moira Miller

Head of Marketing

Richard Muir

Event Manager

Ritchie Jeffrey

Online & Interactive Editor

Richard Pacey

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