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|Broadcast area||Leicestershire and Rutland|
|Frequency||FM: 104.9 MHz|
DAB: 11B (NOW Leicester)
|Format||Local news, talk and music|
|Owner||BBC Local Radio,|
BBC East Midlands
First air date
|8 November 1967|
|Website||BBC Radio Leicester|
BBC Radio Leicester was the first BBC Local Radio station, launching at 12:45 pm on 8 November 1967 on 95.05 VHF from a transmitter located on Gorse Hill above the city centre.
In 2007, the station celebrated its 40th anniversary by launching a Ruby Rainbow Appeal in aid of the Rainbows Hospice based in Loughborough, within its TSA (total survey area). Special events took place throughout the year culminating in a final fundraising appeal around the time of the anniversary in November 2007.
In 2005, the station moved to new premises at 9 St Nicholas Place. This new centre is adjacent to the medieval Guildhall and Cathedral and includes many aspects of Leicester's history, such as Victorian tiles and an undercroft (first revealed in 1841), with remains dating to Roman times. The Centre houses the BBC College of Journalism's base for the Midlands, an IT Centre that is used in partnership with local organisations, and a BBC Shop selling a wide range of BBC-branded merchandise.
Although the station's FM transmitter mast is only 70 m (230 ft) tall, it is set 235 m (770 ft) above sea level on top of the Jurassic limestone ridge at Copt Oak, next to the M1. This is a high point in Charnwood Forest, part of the National Forest.
The station also used to broadcast on 837 kHz medium wave frequency from the Freeman's Common transmitter, near the University of Leicester. On 30 October 1989, the BBC Asian Network launched on the 837 MW frequency, as well as launching on the MW frequency of BBC WM. Initially launched as a part-time service across the Midlands, it became a full-time service in 1996, resulting in BBC Radio Leicester no longer broadcasting on MW.
Local programming is produced and broadcast from the BBC's Leicester studios from 6 am to 10 pm on Sundays to Fridays and from 6 am to 6 pm and 8 pm to 10 pm on Saturdays.
Notable past presenters
- BBC Radio Leicester
- The history of Radio Leicester
- Copt Oak transmitter (including coverage map)
- Houghton-on-the-Hill transmitter (digital)
- The old 837 kHz transmitter in Leicester