Station of the Week: Radio Tyneside

In the first in a new feature, I showcase a community radio station as my Station of the Week, with the first being decided through the results of a twitter poll. Radio Tyneside won ahead of Ambersound, Express FM in Portsmouth, and Mearns FM in North East Scotland. The names were the first four which popped into my head.

Radio Tyneside started life as a hospital radio station, and expanded across Newcastle and Gateshead in July 2018 on 93.6 FM, after gaining an Ofcom FM community radio license. Prior to that the service was available on AM to hospitals in Newcastle, and on Hospedia to hospitals in Newcastle and Gateshead.

Today, the station still retains an emphasis on health aspects, but also has a diverse range of programmes, including Newcastle United football commentary (commentary not available online), and specialised music programmes.

What I like about the station is the fact that is sounds professional, but doesn’t have the over polished feel that some commercial stations have. The station really cares about the community it serves, and fulfils its dual hospital and community station role very well.

You can see more info on Radio Tyneside on the station guide here.

Steve Furnell Joins Radio Tyneside

Steve Furnell, one half of the Steve and Karen Breakfast show on Metro Radio, has joined the presenting team at hospital and community station Radio Tyneside.

He will be presenting a new Back to the Nineties music show, airing on Saturday evenings at 8.00pm, starting from this weekend. The show will play music from the 1990s decade, along with stories from the era.

Steve was named patron of Radio Tyneside in August last year (2019), and also provides the voice over for the stations jingles.

Radio Tyneside is available on 93.6 FM across the Newcastle and Gateshead area.