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Radio City 96.7 (also previously known as City FM and 194 Radio City) is an Independent Local Radio station, based in Liverpoolmarker, UKmarker, and broadcasting to Merseyside and surrounding counties. It is owned by Bauer Radio and is part of the Big City Network.


Launched on 21 October 1974 with Stevie Wonder's You Are the Sunshine of My Life as the first song played, Radio City primarily broadcasts pop and dance music at a frequency of 96.7 MHz on the FM band from Allerton Park. It is owned by Bauer Radio and is part of their Big City Network of stations.

Until 1989 it was also on 1548 kHz medium wave from a transmitter at Rainfordmarker, until it split its frequencies and launched a now-defunct talk station on medium wave called City Talk - unusually it initially chose not to launch a Gold service on medium wave, despite the first generation of British Gold stations featuring many Liverpudlian bands and artists on their playlists. The medium wave frequency now carries its current sister station Magic 1548, from a transmitter at the former Bebingtonmarker/ Bromborough Power Station site. In the early days of Marcher Sound, the evening programmes of the station were simulcasted to the fledgling station, so for a period in the Eighties, Radio City had in theory, four frequencies (Marcher Sound occupied 95.4 MHz and 1260 kHz). The station is also webcast on its website. Originally based in Stanley Street in Liverpool city centre, in 2000 the station moved atop St. John's Beaconmarker, which in the past was a revolving restaurant and viewing platform.

The 96.7 FM signal comes from the Allerton Park transmitter in south-east Liverpool, which also transmits Radio Merseyside on 95.8FM. There is also a transmitter in the Mersey Tunnelmarker. There are also digital transmitters at St John's Beacon, Billinge Hillmarker (in St Helensmarker, which also carries Wish FM), and Hope Mountain (near Wrexhammarker). The Billinge Hill site has the strongest digital signal.

On 9 November 2006, it was announced by Ofcommarker that Radio City had beaten competition from rival broadcasters to win a new FM licence for the Liverpool area. The new station, a 24-hour speech radio format named CityTalk, launched on 28 January 2008 and broadcasts on 105.9FM. [85580]

On-air team

Local presenters

  • Lee Butler (Plastic Surgery)
  • Les Calvert (Saturday evenings)
  • Tim Cocker (Weekday afternoons)
  • Ste Cocky (Saturday/Sunday overnights)
  • Neil Fitzmaurice (Weekday drivetime)
  • Dave Graham (Saturday evenings)
  • Simon Greening (Weekend breakfast)
  • Andy Mac (Cream)

  • Claire Morrow (Travel presenter)
  • Pete Price (Sunday - Thursday nights)
  • Katy O'Regan (Weekday breakfast co-presenter)
  • Simon Ross (Weekday breakfast, Sunday mornings)
  • Pez Tellet (Sunday evenings)
  • Rick Vaughn (Weekday mornings)
  • Matt Wilkins (Saturday mornings, AfterHours)

Networked presenters

  • Richard Clarke (The Big Top 40 Show)
  • Lucy Horobin (In:Demand)
  • Alex James (In:Demand)

  • Kat Shoob (The Big Top 40 Show)
  • Dominic Walker (AfterHours)
  • Justin Walker (AfterHours)

In:Demand and AfterHours are produced from Key 103 in Manchester while The Big Top 40 Show is produced by Global Radio in London for broadcast on over 140 commercial radio stations across the UK.

News and Sport staff

Head of News and Sport

Steve Hothersall

Broadcast Journalists

  • Phil Cooper
  • Becky Davis (Showbiz Correspondent)
  • Toby Gilles
  • Laura Harmes

  • Louise Martin
  • Natalie Quirk (Breakfast Journalist)
  • Carl Woodward (Sports Producer)

Terrace Talk presenters

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