|Broadcast area||United Kingdom|
|Slogan||We'll Get you Talking!|
Virgin Radio UK
Talkradio (styled as talkRADIO) is a national talk radio station in the United Kingdom, which was launched on 21 March 2016. Owned by Wireless Group, it is the sister station of national stations TalkSport (itself originally known as Talk Radio), TalkSport 2 and Virgin Radio UK.
The original Talk Radio started in February 1995 using the AM wavelengths previously occupied by BBC Radio 1 (1053 / 1089 kHz). It saw a number of different presenters host shows in its first two years but settled down to a regular schedule with presenters such as Scott Chisholm, Anna Raeburn, Tommy Boyd and Mike Dickin. It failed to make sufficient revenue and in the late 90s introduced sports output which increased to such an extent that it was obvious a change would occur. In 2000 the station changed its name to TalkSport and almost all programming was of a sporting nature other than overnights and the mid-morning show, but in time the non-sports content was dropped and the station became 24/7 sport. Kelvin McKenzie was in charge at the time the station changed format and name.
The introduction of a new DAB multiplex enabled Talkradio to be relaunched on DAB. At launch, the station featured presenters Paul Ross, Julia Hartley-Brewer, Sam Delaney, Jon Holmes, Jonny Gould, and Iain Lee across its weekday schedule. At weekends, the station features Alexis Conran, George Galloway, Eamonn Holmes, Bob Mills, Martin Roberts, Penny Smith, Jerry Springer, Anna Williamson, and Jake Yapp. The station offers news bulletins every 30 minutes. Overnight programming was originally simulcast from talkSPORT until January 2018.
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- "Welcome Holmes: Eamonn Holmes joins all-new talkRADIO". talkRADIO. 12 January 2018.