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Rock FM
Rock FM logo 2015.png
Logo used since 2015
Broadcast areaLancashire
FrequencyFM: 97.4 MHz
DAB: 12A
BrandingAcross The North West
SloganThe Biggest Hits, The Biggest Throwbacks
NetworkHits Radio
OwnerBauer Radio
Greatest Hits Radio Lancashire
First air date
5 October 1982
Former names
Red Rose Radio
97.4 Rock FM
WebcastRock FM - Radio Player
WebsiteRock FM

Rock FM is an Independent Local Radio station broadcasting to Lancashire, North West England. The station is owned & operated by Bauer Radio and forms part of the Hits Radio network.

As of February 2020, the station broadcasts from studios outside its broadcast area at Bauer's Manchester headquarters.


Rock FM logo used from 2004 to 2015.
Rock FM logo used from 2004 to 2015.

In 1990, Red Rose Radio, which was transmitted on 97.4 MHz and 999 kHz, was split into two stations - Red Rose Rock FM using the FM frequency and Red Rose Gold on the medium wave frequency. Rock FM was given its name as the station was initially going to be based in Blackpool, Lancashire. However the agreement for the studio premises subsequently fell through and the station remained in Preston.

The managing director was Dave Lincoln, with Mark Matthews as programme director, and at that time the station was owned by the Miss World Group, later known as TransWorld Communications (owned by Owen Oyston) and which subsequently became part of Bauer Radio (previously EMAP Radio).

The total survey area of the station for RAJAR is broadly defined as western, southern and central Lancashire including parts of Greater Manchester and Merseyside, but the station is audible on FM from Cumbria down into Wales and towards The West Midlands.

For over thirty years, Rock FM was based at studios in a converted church (St. Paul's) in Preston. The station consistently rates as the number one commercial radio station in its target service area by reach, share and hours. Over a quarter of all adults in its market listen every week.

In January 2020, Bauer announced Rock FM would cease broadcasting from its Preston studios and co-locate with Hits Radio at Bauer's Northern headquarters in Manchester the following month. The station retains local news, advertising and charity staff at offices elsewhere in the city.[1]


All of Rock FM's programming is produced and broadcast from Bauer's headquarters in the Castlefield area of Manchester.[2]

Local output consists of a weekday breakfast show with Joel Ross from 6-10am, daytime news bulletins and peak-time traffic updates.[3][4]


Rock FM broadcasts local news bulletins hourly from 6am-7pm on weekdays, from 7am-1pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Headlines are broadcast on the half hour during weekday breakfast and drivetime shows, alongside traffic bulletins.

National bulletins from Sky News Radio are carried overnight with bespoke networked bulletins on weekend afternoons, usually originating from Radio Aire's Leeds newsroom.


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