Magic 1170

Magic 1170
Magic 1170
City of license Stockton on Tees
Broadcast area Tees Valley
Slogan "The Best of the 60s, 70s & more"
Frequency 1170 kHz, DAB Digital Radio
First air date 24 June 1975
Format Oldies
Audience share 7% (March 2011, [1])
Owner Bauer Radio

Magic 1170 is an Independent Local Radio station which broadcasts to Teesside, County Durham and North Yorkshire from its studios in Thornaby. It is the AM sister station of TFM Radio.



Originally launched as Great North Radio by Metropolitan Broadcasting or The Metro Radio group as it was known in March, 1989. The station broadcasts on the old Radio Tees AM frequency of 1170 kHz Medium Wave.

Tom Davies was the first ever voice heard on the re-launched magic 1170 and successfully hosted the breakfast show on the station for a number of years.


In December 2001, EMAP decided that it was more economical for the Magic network to share off-peak programmes and in line with the other Magic AM stations began networking between 10am-2pm, and 7pm-6am. During these hours it was simply known as Magic, although there were local commercial breaks, and local news on the hour.

In January 2003 after a decline in listening,[citation needed] the station ceased networking with the London station, Magic 105.4, and a regional network was created with Magic 1152 in Manchester at the hub at the weekend and the Newcastle station of the same name during the week. During networked hours, local adverts are aired, as well as a local news summary on the hour together with local traffic and travel in the afternoon.

From July 2006, more networking was introduced across the Northern Magic AM network which means only 4 hours a day will be presented from local studios. This show is between 06:00 and 10:00am. Alan Ross is the Breakfast presenter during the week and Roger Kennedy at weekends. The station regularly achieves among the best audience figures of all the Magic AM stations. It currently boasts an audience share in its Survey area of 8.3% - rivalling and beating some FM stations.


The station presently uses very few sung Jingles, mostly they can be heard after the news each hour, these are produced by Steve England. The rest of the time idents are in the form of Voice-overs

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