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Key 103 is an Independent Local Radio station broadcasting to the city of Manchestermarker and the north west of Englandmarker. Its output is principally contemporary pop and dance music. It is owned by Bauer Radio and is part of the company's Big City Network of stations. The station is based in Castlefieldmarker, Manchester. Originally named Piccadilly Radio, from its set up in 1974, the station was renamed in August 1988 when it was decided to re-brand Piccadilly Radio's FM frequency to the new name, with a younger target audience in mind. The original Piccadilly Radio continued to broadcast on the AM frequency of 1152 kHz.

The station broadcasts on the analogue frequency 103FM, from a 4 kW transmitter on Saddleworthmarker Moor and broadcasts on DAB Digital Radio from City Tower (formerly Sunley Tower) on the CE Manchester multiplex. Key 103's live broadcast can also be listened to from their website.

The station won three awards at the 2008 Sony radio awards. These consisted of Bronze in the entertainment category for the breakfast show 'Toolan in the Morning', Gold in the competition award for 'Sell Me The Answer' and Gold in the Station of the Year category. As of 2008/9, Key 103 and its sister station Piccadilly Magic 1152 are the official commercial radio partners of Manchester United and Manchester City, broadcasting all of both clubs' games live.


Local presenters

  • Adam Cole (Sunday afternoons, cover)
  • Jo Good (Friday - Sunday nights, cover)
  • Hywel and Jamie (Saturday morning/lunchtime)
  • Jason King (Weekday mornings, Sunday breakfast)
  • Justin Moorhouse (Weekday afternoons)
  • Michelle Mullane (Sunday evenings)
  • Chelsea Norris (Mike and Chelsea in the Morning)
  • Darren Proctor (Weekday drivetime, Saturday breakfast)
  • Mike Toolan (Mike and Chelsea in the Morning)
  • Sam Walker (Monday - Thursday nights)
  • Matt Wilkins (Afterhours)

Football commentators

  • Hugh Ferris (Total Football/Mike and Chelsea in the Morning)
  • Andy Hinchcliffe (Total Football)
  • Mickey Thomas (Total Football)

News staff

  • John Pickford (Editor)
  • Michelle Ponting (Deputy Editor)
  • Paul Locket (Breakfast Journalist)
  • Hugh Ferris (Sports Editor)

Networked presenters

  • Joel Ross (JK And Joel's Saturday Night Thing)
  • Matt Wilkins (AfterHours)
  • Dominic Walker (AfterHours)
  • Justin Walker (AfterHours)

In:Demand and AfterHours are produced from Key 103 for broadcast on all Big City Network stations in northern England. JK And Joel's Saturday Night Thing is voicetracked from Radio Aire in Leeds while The Big Top 40 Show is produced by Global Radio in London for broadcast on over 140 commercial radio stations in the UK.

Past presenters

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