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Chorley FM is a radio station based in Chorleymarker, Lancashiremarker, Englandmarker. The station was created by volunteers back in 2001 to broadcast a special two week licence in conjunction with the Midsummer Festival which was located on Botany Bay near the M61.

The 'real-life' station based in Chorleymarker had operated for short periods of time each year and was located on Bolton Road and Steeley Lane in the town. With the help of comedians Dave Spikey and Paddy McGuinness the station applied for a full term radio contract.

Then on September 9 2005, Chorley FM was awarded a five-year licence to broadcast round the clock to the local community. It also broadcasts worldwide via the Internet at chorley.fm.

Chorley FM is also the name of a fictional radio station featured in comedy programmes That Peter Kay Thing and Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere in which Spikey, Peter Kay and McGuinness appear. The fictional station uses a logo based on Century FM in the 1990s. Allegedly Phoenix Nights production company Phil Macintyre Entertainment attempted to buy the radio station name in 2003 for £80, an allegation disputed by the company. .

The station's main aim is to broadcast for the area's young people and give them an opportunity to get involved and gain valuable experience in radio, whilst playing music for them which is ignored by other radio stations. Shortly after being granted their licence, the Chorley FM team created a competition in association with the Chorley Citizen newspaper, asking members of the community to design a logo for the station to use throughout its life, which was won by then-15-year-old, Rhys Griffiths.

The station was launched on 24 November 2006 on the frequency 102.8FM.

On February 2008 Chorley FM saw a very successful re-launch and implemented a new daytime music policy consisting of modern chart music , R&B, commercial dance , Indie rock and a few 80s, 90s chart classics. Daytime music remains mainstream until 6pm when more specialist shows are commonplace, comprising many forms of Dance music not covered by other radio stations including underground House, Old Skool / Retro House, Garage, Techno, Scouse House, Drum & Bass and Hardstyle, the very popular Flat Iron Show (featuring local unsigned bands). A Rock music Show. A Folk and Irish Music show and a sports show.

Chorley FM's new presenter line up includes former BBC comedy writers Sowerby and Luff, with their very popular weekend breakfast show "The Full English".

Chorley FM identifies the second main target audience as the local LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) community. In late 2007 the station won the 'Community Service Award' at the National LGBT Health Summit and draws particular mention to the 'Breakout' Show targeted at the LGBT community of Chorley.

During 2008, Chorley FM has vowed to support Diabetes charities, in memory of one of the former board members who died because of the illness in 2007. The radio station raises money by concurrently hosting themed music events open to the public by ticket.

Chorley FM is also working in Conjunction with Search for a star. A talent contest in partnership with Bobby Ball and Casey-Lee Jolleys. A talent search that focuses on talent rather than the "TV Worth" of the applicants.

Staff

  • Chair Person: (None at Present)
  • Vice-Chair Person: Pauline Gowers-Scott
  • Secretary: John Miller
  • Sales Director: Nathan Hill
  • Director of Advertising & Training: Steven Normyle
  • Director of Community Relations: Allan Scott
  • Director of Music: Stephen Dickinson
  • Director: John Peters
  • Marketing Director: Barbara Lowe


Presenters

  • Allan Scott
  • Carl Dillon
  • Chris Holland
  • Clare Fleming
  • Eric Vickers
  • Frank Griffiths
  • Ian Gornall
  • James Blatchley
  • Janet Baron
  • Jason Conrad
  • Jordan Dolan
  • Nathan Hill
  • Roy Webster
  • Russell Gregory
  • Pauline Gowers-Scott
  • Sarah & Jo
  • Simon George
  • Georgina Sowerby
  • Brian Luff
  • Steven Normyle
  • Terry Birnie
  • Tom Hunt
  • Trevor Cooke
  • William Rowe
  • 'Xtreme' Chris Barnard


  • See www.chorley.fm for full details


Dance Show Presenters

  • Andrew Holden
  • Brendan Haywood
  • Chris Biskit
  • John 'john h' Holland
  • Paul 'DJ Thorny' Thornton
  • Paul 'Unzi' Unsworth
  • Thian Brodie
  • Dj Alker
  • Chris 'Meecha' Meacher
  • Djmc Ajay
  • Dj Clumsy
  • Dj AI


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