|Broadcast area||Macclesfield and East Cheshire|
|Format||Variety Hit Radio|
First air date
|26 May 1998|
It broadcasts a mix of current and classic hits alongside local news and sport.
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 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 and Merseyside with transmissions going as far east as Greater Manchester and Derbyshire.
The station awards the title School of the Week to schools within its broadcast area. Perhaps the most important awards it gives are the "Local Hero awards" which have been awarded since the stations inception.
Some of Silk 106.9'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 voicetracked, automated or networked from Dee 106.3.
The station also airs weekly sports programming and Saturday afternoons, including regular coverage of Macclesfield Town.
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- "Pupils raise voices – and cash". Crewe Chronicle. 10 December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-29. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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- "Nations & Regions Awards 2007". The Radio Academy. Retrieved 2008-12-29. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Silk 106.9 public file