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Capital Manchester

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Capital Manchester
Capital FM Manchester.png
Broadcast areaGreater Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire
FrequencyFM: 102.0 MHz
12C (Manchester)
12A (Lancashire)
RDS: Capital
Branding102 Capital
SloganManchester's No.1 Hit Music Station
FormatContemporary hit radio
Heart North West
Smooth North West
First air date
16 October 1994
WebsiteCapital Manchester

Capital Manchester was a local radio station owned and operated by Global Radio as part of the Capital radio network. The station broadcast from their studios at Global's Manchester HQ in the XYZ Building in Spinningfields, Manchester.

In April 2019, the station was merged with 2BR in Lancashire to form Capital Manchester and Lancashire.


The 102 MHz frequency in Manchester has a chequered background. Initially it was occupied by Sunset 102 which included regular shows from house music innovators 808 State and a Saturday evening rave show from Sammy B; both were cited by Dave Haslam in City Life to have been instrumental in reflecting and developing the early rave culture in the city. However, due to occasional threats of violence on air and other breaches of the licence the station was closed.

The licence was re-advertised and quickly won by Faze FM who launched Kiss 102 on 16 October 1994. The licence win was spearheaded by Eugene Perera's Level Broadcast, aided by Mike Powell's Infinity Radio consultancy, and included shareholders UKRD, Eastern Counties Newspaper Group and 3i. Gary Burton, who had presented at Radio Trent for much of the 1980s and early 1990s, was Kiss 102's first breakfast presenter.[1]

The station became a victim of its own success when just months after opening a second station, Kiss 105 in Yorkshire, the station's board accepted a £17.6 million takeover bid from the Chrysalis Group in 1996 for a company that had cost just £600k to set up three years earlier.

Chrysalis rebranded the station as Galaxy 102 in 1997. Eleven days after the transfer of ownership, as a direct result of EMAP, the Kiss brand owners refused to franchise the Kiss name to Chrysalis. The music policy was toned down, integrating R'n'B into the playlist and dispensing with many of the specialist programmes and presenters. Nevertheless, their investment in advertising and change of music policy was able to grow the audience further.

The station was rebranded as Capital on 3 January 2011 as part of a merger of Global Radio's Galaxy and Hit Music networks to form the nine-station Capital network.[2]

On 1 June 2017, local programming moved from Salford to new studios at the XYZ Building in the Spinningfields district of Manchester City Centre. Capital Manchester shares facilities with sister station Heart North West and two Communicorp-owned stations, Smooth North West and XS Manchester.

On 26 February 2019, Global confirmed the station would be merged with 2BR in East and Central Lancashire. As of April 2019, local output consists of a three-hour Drivetime show on weekdays, alongside news bulletins, traffic updates and advertising.[3] Capital Manchester's local breakfast and weekend shows were replaced with network programming from London.


The transmitter is on top of the City Tower in Piccadilly in Manchester, the same place as XS Manchester and Radio X's transmitter and all 3 services share the same broadcast antenna system which is located on the centre tower and is illuminated with red Aircraft warning lights at night.

Breakfast show presenters

Capital Manchester (2011–2019)

  • Rob Ellis (Capital Breakfast with Rob Ellis, 2011–2019)[4]

Galaxy 102 (1997–2011)

  • Rob Ellis (The Rob Ellis Show, 2007 - 2011)[5]
    • Co-presented with Rachel Burke-Davies, Nigel "Wingman" Clucas, and 'Stand Up' Alex Boardman[6]
  • Wes Butters (2005–2007)[7]
    • Co-presented with Alex Boardman and 'Irish Alan' Toner
  • Simon "Nicksy" Nicks (Nicksy in the Morning, 2000–2005)[8]
    • Co-presented with Lynsey Horn and 'Irish Alan' Toner
  • Adam Cole (1997–2000)

Kiss 102 (1994–1997)

  • Adam Cole (1997)
  • Gary Burton (1994–1996)

Notable presenters


  1. ^ "GARY BURTON". Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  2. ^ Global Radio takes Capital national, Brand Republic, 13 September 2010
  3. ^ Lancashire’s 2BR to join Capital’s new national radio network, RadioToday, 26 February 2019
  4. ^ "Capital Manchester Breakfast With Rob Ellis". Capital Manchester. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Breakfast changes at Galaxy – RadioToday". Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Biography". Alex Boardman - Stand Up Comic, Writer and Performer. 21 June 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  7. ^ Day, Julia (27 September 2005). "Butters back north with Galaxy". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  8. ^ News, Manchester Evening (26 September 2005). "Breakfast DJ is axed". men. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  9. ^ Dave Kelly to replace Neil Fitzmaurice at Radio City Archived 2 August 2012 at at
  10. ^ Margherita Taylor swaps Capital for Heart Radio Today, 22 December 2011

External links

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