Metro Radio in 1979 

4 November 2017

Metro Radio・15 July 1974

Tel: 0632 884121. Telex: 537428

Executive Directors Sir John Hunter, CBE, DL (Chairman); N S Robinson (Managing Director); J Josephs (Company Secretary); K Rowntree (Director of News and Current Affairs).

Directors J W Harper, CBE; L Harton, JP; Mrs S Ramsden; Miss N Ridley; E Ward; H Whitehead; T Mclver, CBE; R D Kennedy; E S Hoare.

Executives C Harrison (Sports Editor); M Johnson (Programme Controller); J Russell (Station Engineer); N Bilton (Sales Manager); Mike Taylor (Promotions Executive); Helen Brennen (Commercial Producer).

IBA Local Advisory Committee for Independent Local Radio in Tyne/Wear M J Payling (Chairman); Cllr Mrs C Buckingham; Mrs M Curran; Mrs D Gillanders; Miss R Jackson; Cllr K Sketheway; K Stone; M Thackara; Cllr R K Wilkinson; D Williams.

In the field of live entertainment Metro Radio presented an extravagant show featuring American superstar Jack Jones.

Metro Radio, now in its fifth year of serving the North East, has already obtained a name for being a hard-hitting news station with good music and plenty of sport. It has also earned itself the reputation of being community minded, as its recent involvement with the Manpower Services Commission proves; the second of such associations in less than a year. Since its first job finding scheme, Metro has provided an ongoing Joblink facility as part of its community service output, and a special Employment Service Agency unit has been established in Newcastle to handle the many enquiries received each week. Joblink is a massive exercise, extensively publicised on air, through Jobcentres, Employment and Career Offices and libraries. The success of the scheme can be measured by the number of calls received during its special Joblink week – almost 2,000!

Charities have benefited too from Metro’s involvement; its Children’s Charity Appeal raised £6,500 which was divided amongst six local charities. Its association with many other charitable events throughout the area has helped to raise hundreds of pounds for worthy causes.

In the field of live entertainment, Metro Radio has presented some of the great names in show business – Demis Roussos, Charles Aznavour and an extravagant show featuring American superstar Jack Jones.

Metro Radio believes in meeting its public and gets out whenever possible to shows and fairs throughout the region. Its bigger than ever involvement in the Tyneside Summer Exhibition held in Newcastle with almost 200,000 visitors included outside broadcasts, live concerts, fashion shows and celebrity appearances.

Encouraging sport in the region has, over the last twelve months, been one of Metro’s prime activities; it has sponsored the Boxing Day Road Races; the Disabled Games at the Gateshead Stadium; the Schools’ Medley Relay Race, part of the internationally famous Phillips Games and a highly successful Fun Run.

IBA Transmitters
VHF Transmitter
(FM with stereo capability)
Burnhope (NGR: NZ 184 474)
97.0 MHz
Max erp 5 kW
Circular polarisation
Aerial ht. 1407 ft aod

MF Transmitter
(medium wave, mono only)
Greenside (Nr. Ryton) (NGR: NZ 151 627)
261 m (1152 kHz)
Transmitter power 1 kW

Air Date: 15.7.74

VHF COVERAGE. The map shows the area within which most listeners should obtain satisfactory mono reception on VHF and, with adequate aerials, good stereo reception. Medium wave coverage is designed as far as possible to match VHF.

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Andrew Robson 1 December 2021 at 8:03 pm

The best thing on Metro back in the day were the self-narrated adverts by Mr Rahman for his clothing-alterations business in Newcastle.

“Any zip replaced for only one Pound. Yes, ONLY one Pound.”

“Anything from a top coat to a bikini – come and see me, Mr Rahman.”

“Westgate Road, Newcastle. Near the motorbike shops.”

North-East legend.

Andrew Swift 22 July 2022 at 3:07 pm

Metro Radio shifted frequency in 1986 to 97.1 and accordingly changed one of their jingles to mark the change.

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