Sun FM launched in 1990 and was originally called Wear FM, based at the University of Sunderland. Wear FM gained international acclaim for its community programming and social inclusion and won the Sony Award for UK Radio Station of the Year in 1992. Wear FM ceased transmissions in 1995 when it was taken over by the Minster Sound Group, who relaunched the station as Sun City FM.
A sale to Border Radio Holdings followed, with the new owners rebranding the station as Sun FM. In January 1999 Brian Lister joined as Managing Director. Sun FM became part of the Capital Radio Group when they acquired Border Radio in April 2000 as part of a three-way deal with Granada TV.
In March 2001, Radio Investments Limited purchased Sun FM and its parent company Bucks Broadcasting. This sale also included the other group station, Mix 96 in Aylesbury. Radio Investments later became known as The Local Radio Company. In June 2009, The Local Radio Company was itself acquired by UKRD Group. In 2018, UKRD Group sold Sun FM to Wales-based radio operator Nation Broadcasting.
Here is a montage of jingles from 1997.
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