Gaydio is a radio station for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the United Kingdom, broadcast on 88.4 FM in Greater Manchester, on DAB digital radio in Greater London, parts of the Home Counties, Brighton, Birmingham, Glasgow, Cambridge and Portsmouth, and online through its website, mobile apps and the UK Radio Player. Since October 2018 a separate company, Gaydio Brighton, also operates a service in Brighton on 97.8FM and DAB Radio - which shares some of the same content, but with local advertising and opt-outs.

Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom
FrequencyFM: 88.4 MHz (Manchester)
97.8 MHz (Brighton)
DAB: 7D (Portsmouth)
9A (Brighton)
10B (Manchester)
11B (London)
OwnerGaydio Community Interest Company
First air date
14 August 2006

Gaydio became the UK's first LGBT FM radio service when it launched full-time on Friday 18 June 2010,[1] expanding into digital radio when it acquired Gaydar Radio in 2013.[2] The station attracts around 850,000 listeners per month, making it one of the biggest LGBT media platforms in the UK.


Gaydio completed an Ofcom application for a full term licence[3] which was granted on 7 November 2008 when Ofcom announced that Gaydio had been awarded a 5-year full-time community service FM licence.[4]


Gaydio relaunched as a national station on Monday 7 January 2013 following the acquisition of DAB radio licences previously owned by Gaydar Radio owners QSoft. The station now holds several UK radio licences including the original FM licence in Greater Manchester (88.4 FM), a DAB licence for London (11B DRg), a DAB licence for Sussex (11B NOW Sussex Coast).[5]

The new sound of Gaydio - a mostly upbeat dance format - was accompanied by a new slogan 'The Beat Of Gay UK', and was launched at 7 am on Monday 7 January 2013 with the return of the 'Chris and Emma at Breakfast' show broadcast across all three licensed areas and online.[6]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result
2017 Diversity in Media Awards Radio Programme / Station of the Year Gaydio Nominated

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Gaydio for LGBT audiences to launch on 18 June". New Statesman. London. 26 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Gaydar radio stops broadcasting after 11 years". BBC News. 8 January 2013.
  3. ^ "OfCom community radio licence - Gaydio Manchester" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2010.
  4. ^ Manchester’s gay radio station granted five-year FM licence -[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Gaydio takes on GaydarRadio DAB licences". 3 January 2013.
  6. ^ Gaydio celebrates being the 'beat of gay UK' - Gay Star News

Coordinates: 53°28′41″N 2°14′17″W / 53.4781°N 2.238191°W / 53.4781; -2.238191