Cheshire's Silk Radio is an Independent Local Radio serving Macclesfield and parts of East Cheshire, owned and operated by neighbouring station Chester's Dee Radio.[1]

Cheshire's Silk Radio
Broadcast areaEast Cheshire
FrequencyFM: 106.9 MHz
DAB: 7D (Crewe and Nantwich)
9A (Congleton and Leek)
FormatAdult contemporary
OwnerDee Radio Group
Chester's Dee Radio
First air date
26 May 1998; 25 years ago (1998-05-26)
Former names
Silk FM
Cheshire's Silk 106.9
Technical information
Transmitter coordinates
53°12′22″N 2°06′03″W / 53.2061°N 2.1007°W / 53.2061; -2.1007
WebsiteSilk Radio

It broadcasts a mix of current and classic hits alongside local news and sport.

As of December 2023, the station broadcasts to a weekly audience of 17,000, according to RAJAR.[2]

History edit

Silk FM launched on 25 May 1998 with special guest Sammy McIlroy, then manager of Macclesfield Town Football Club. Past presenters have included Nick Wright, Jeff Cooper, Guy Morris, Paul Allen and Trevor Thomas.

The station was previously owned by The Local Radio Company before being sold to the owners of Dee 106.3 in June 2009. In January 2017 the station moved into a new studio complex at Adelaide House, Adelaide Street in Macclesfield.

In November 2012, the station was granted a significant transmitter power increase, partly to combat co-channel interference from the Heart North and Mid Wales transmitter at the Moel-y-Parc transmitting station, also broadcasting on 106.9 MHz FM. The transmitter site at Sutton Common BT Tower offers a line of sight across the Cheshire plain, meaning the signal can be heard into Lancashire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside.

On 25 May 2023, the station celebrated its 25th anniversary by launching on DAB on the South Cheshire Multiplex. With the transmitter being located on the roof of South Cheshire College[3]

Community edit

The station awards the title School of the Week to schools within its broadcast area.[4] Perhaps the most important awards it gives are the "Local Hero awards" which have been awarded since the stations inception.[5]

The annual Cheshire Show is one of the highlights in the Silk calendar, of which the station offers extensive coverage.[5]

Awards edit

In 2008, having been short-listed for the award in the previous year, Silk won Radio Station of the Year (under 300,000) at the Sony Radio Awards.[6] It was again short-listed for the 2009 award.[7]

In 2006, 2007[8] and 2008, Silk was named Radio Academy North West Station of the Year.[7]

Programming edit

Some of Silk Radio's programming is produced and broadcast from its Macclesfield studios. Live programming airs from 6am-7pm on weekdays, 8am-6pm on Saturdays and 8am-8pm on Sundays. Other output is automated or networked from Riverside Innovation Centre in Chester - Chester's Dee Radio.[9]

Silk Radio broadcasts hourly local, and national news bulletins from Radio News Hub.

The station also airs weekly sports programming and Saturday afternoons, including regular coverage of Macclesfield FC and Congleton Town.

Current Presenters edit

Andy Clewes - Weekday Breakfast

Daz Antrobus - Afternoon Show

Sam Walton - Saturday Daytime Show

Mike Peters - Weekend Breakfast

Dave Phillips - Sunday Brunch

Mike Wain - Silk Sport

References edit

  1. ^ ""Radio Today" article: Silk FM sold to Dee 106.3". Radio Today. 11 June 2009. Archived from the original on 23 July 2009. Retrieved 3 October 2009.
  2. ^ "RAJAR".
  3. ^ Collins, Steve (25 May 2023). "Cheshire's Silk Radio celebrates 25 years on-air with DAB launch". Radio Today. Retrieved 25 May 2023.
  4. ^ "Pupils raise voices – and cash". Crewe Chronicle. 10 December 2008. Retrieved 29 December 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Public File". Silk FM. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  6. ^ "Fruitful night for North West stations at Sony's". 14 May 2008. Retrieved 29 December 2008.
  7. ^ a b "Silk FM gets another award". 26 November 2008. Retrieved 29 December 2008.
  8. ^ "Nations & Regions Awards 2007". The Radio Academy. Retrieved 29 December 2008.
  9. ^ Silk 106.9 public file

External links edit