Q96 began life on 1 September 1992 broadcasting to Renfrewshire on 96.3 MHz. During the station’s early years, it used the Supergold sustaining service after midnight until the resumption of normal programming in the morning.
After good initial audience figures, the listeners started dropping. This could mainly be attributed to the increasing competition from the then dominant Radio Clyde as well as other local stations.
The change to 96.3 QFM was in 1996 and it was at this time that Jay Crawford (formerly of Radio Forth) appeared on the scene as Programme Director – the station was renamed, and was more rock orientated in nature and after outgrowing its base in the West End of Paisley, it relocated to an industrial unit in Kinning Park in Glasgow.
The move to Glasgow was accompanied in an attempt to capture the falling audience figures by taking on rival stations with a move to a format of mainly pop and chart music from the present day which had limited success due to the over saturation of the market.
The station was replaced by 96.3 Rock Radio and test transmissions began on 22 December 2006 with an official launch on Monday 8 January 2007.
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