On Monday 21st March at 6.00am, Leicester Sound was relaunched as..........

The New Leicester Sound Greatest Hits 103 FM

Hear the news jingle introduced at the relaunch (55KB)

Clips from The New Leicester Sound 1994-95

Clips from The New Leicester Sound 1994-95

Clips from The New Leicester Sound 1994-95

The only other major change since then has been the frequency, on 6th Janaury 1997, Leicester Sound moved from 103.2mhz to 105.4mhz. The power of the transmitter was also increased from 0.5kW to 6kW, meaning that some areas of Leicestershire heard the station clearly for the first time. As well as this, the logo was changed......

The new Leicester Sound logo in 1997

Hear the move being reported on the 6 O Clock Report from Monday January 6th 1997

Hear the interview with Programme Controller Steve Fountain explaining about the move to 105.4

Hear some of the broadcasts from the first day on 105.4 FM

The logo was updated again in 2000, as part of GWR's plan to give all of their FM radio services the same identity. This makes it easier to sell them to national advertisers.

The Leicester Sound logo 2000-2007

In February 2002 the Radio Authority awarded a digital radio licence for this area to NOW Digital East Midlands, and Leicester Sound was included as one of the services they will provide in digital form. This means that the analouge licence has been extended for a further 8 years, as the Radio Authority have said that any station gaining a place on a digital multiplex in it's area receives automatic licence renewal. So Leicester Sound will definately be with us until 2010. The digital version of the station began broadcasting on 6th December 2002.

In 2002, after 18 years Leicester Sound said goodbye to the building that has been home to commercial radio in Leicestershire for the past 21 years. The station left Granville House behind for brand new state of the art studios based at the Meridian Business Park, just off Junction 21 of the M1. The switch took place on Tuesday July 30th at 3.00pm, with Steve Jordan being the last presenter to broadcast from Granville House.

Pictures of the new Leicester Sound studios

Thanks to Craig Boddy at Leicester Sound for the above photos

In 2005, Leicester Sound's owners GWR merged with Capital Radio to form GCAP, and Leicester Sound became part of their One Network of stations. Local programming was provided from 3am - 7pm during the week, for 12 hours on Saturdays and 8 hours on Sundays.

In 2007, GCAP were bought by Global Radio (who had already bought Chrysalis Radio the previous year, and owned Heart 106). They decided to roll out the Heart brand across the country, so a lot of the former One Network stations lost their local names and became known as Heart. As Leicester is already covered by Heart 106, Leicester Sound escaped this, but became Your Number One Hit Music Station, mostly playing recent Top 40 hits

In September 2009 it was announced that Leicester Sound, Trent FM in Nottingham and Ram FM in Derby would be merged to create one station for the East Midlands and rebranded Capital FM. Local programmes are now reduced to 0600 - 1000 and 1600 - 1900 on weekdays and these would be presented from Nottingham

The end of the final Damien and Naomi at Breakfast - Christmas Eve 2010

The last edition of Leicestershire's Next Big Thing with Ivan D'Sa - Christmas Eve 2010

The last link from the Leicester studios with Ivan D'Sa - New Year's Eve 2010

Capital FM launched on Monday 3rd January 2011, bringing to an end 26 years of local radio in Leicester

Capital FM East Midlands launches - 3rd January 2011

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