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Xfm Announces Line Up

Published on January 30th 2006.

Manchester newest radio station has replaced the rotating ad banners at Old Trafford with final details of its new line up ahead of its forthcoming launch, with names from Manchester’s musical history being announced along with a few other exciting voices, and no Terry Christian in sight.

You may remember that Manchester Confidential evaluated the runners and riders of Ofcom’s big Manchester radio bid a few months ago. Xfm managed to beat off all their opponents to take up the space on the airwaves.

The big launch will take place at 8am on the morning of Wednesday 15th March, with the flagship breakfast show fronted by Paul Tonkinson. The former Big Breakfast presenter and veteran of the comedy circuit said: "Xfm is hitting Manchester and I can't wait. I am made up to be bringing this radio station to one of the best cities in the world and am honoured to be hosting the breakfast show. To play decent music and chat nonsense for cash is something I am very much looking forward to. Join me for breakfast in your own home without having to actually look at me at that time in the morning."

Also on board is Clint Boon of Inspiral Carpets fame. Clint will be hosting live music and listener led chart countdown show Music:Response from Monday to Thursday between 7 and 10pm, while Dave Haslam will host The Weekender on Friday nights. Elbow’s Guy Garvey and former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke have also joined the new station, while Tony Wilson has also managed to muscle in for the weekend line up.

Completing the line-up during the week are two times Sony Gold Award winner Adam Cole, Xfm London DJ Gareth Brooks who will return to his hometown of Manchester to present the 1pm to 4pm show featuring Xfm’s listener request hour The X-List, and ex Rock FM DJ and music aficionado Mark Kaye in the hot seat at Drive Time.

Xfm Network Managing Director Nick Davidson is understandably excited about the launch. He said: “I couldn’t be more excited about the line-up! Sometimes I can’t work out whether I’m putting together a radio station or forming Manchester’s best ever band. . It’s a momentous occasion for a city like ours, which has been starved of a radio station with a passion for credible indie-rock music. Xfm playlisted bands such as Kaiser Chiefs, Richard Ashcroft, The Ordinary Boys and Arctic Monkeys dominate the charts these days proving there’s a real thirst for our kind of music out there.”

The station will reach a potential 2.3 million listeners in Manchester and Greater Manchester broadcasting its unrivalled playlist of credible rock and indie as far north as Bolton and all the way to Sale in the south.

Tim Gough
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