Launched on 3 July 1975, the station broadcast on VHF and Medium Wave and was managed initially by Dennis Maitland, a commercial director at the highly acclaimed offshore pirate station, Radio London.
The original line-up of presenters featured John Peters (the first presenter on air), former Radio Luxembourg presenter Kid Jensen, Jeff Cooper, Peter Quinn, Graham Knight, Chris Baird and Guy Morris. The station’s news and sports team was led by Dave Newman and Martin Johnson – with Trent making heavy use of outside broadcasts to cover major events and incidents both within and beyond its broadcast area. The first programme controller was Bob Snyder from Piccadilly, an ex offshore pirate broadcaster who’d been working on commercial radio franchise applications.
Renamed Trent FM in 1988, it launched a separate oldies-format service, GEM-AM, on its own medium wave frequencies alongside that of Leicester Sound. Its owners, Midlands Radio plc, were taken over by the Capital Radio group GWR Group in 1993, which then disposed of the East Midlands assets to GWR. The Nottingham and Mansfield FM services were branded 96 Trent FM, while the Derby service became known as RAM FM. The Medium Wave GEM-AM service was then rebranded, to become Classic Gold GEM, and ultimately Classic Gold.
1975 Radio Trent Jingles