Key 103

Key 103

Infobox Radio Station
name = Key 103

city = Manchester
area = Greater Manchester
branding =
slogan =
airdate = September 3 1988
frequency = 103.0 MHz, CE Manchester DAB Multiplex, [ Online]
share = 7.5%
share as of = March 2008
share source = []
format = Contemporary
power =
erp =
class =
callsign_meaning =
owner = Bauer Radio
website = [ Key 103]

Key 103 is an Independent Local Radio station broadcasting to the city of Manchester and the north west of England. Its output is principally contemporary pop and dance music. It is owned by Bauer Radio and is part of the company's Big City Network of stations. The station is based in Castlefield. Originally named Piccadilly Radio, from its set up in 1974, the station was renamed in August 1988 when it was decided to re-brand Piccadilly Radio's FM frequency to the new name, with a younger target audience in mind. The original Piccadilly Radio continued to broadcast on the AM frequency of 1152kHz.

The station broadcasts on the analogue frequency 103FM, from a 4 kW transmitter on Saddleworth Moor and broadcasts on DAB Digital Radio from City Tower (formerly Sunley Tower) on the CE Manchester multiplex. Key 103's live broadcast can also be listened to from their website.

The station won three awards at the 2008 Sony radio awards. These consisted of Bronze in the entertainment category for the breakfast show 'Toolan in the Morning', Gold in the competition award for 'Sell Me The Answer' and Gold in the Station of the Year category.

As of 2008/9, Key 103 and its sister station Piccadilly Magic 1152 are the official commercial radio partners of Manchester United and Manchester City, broadcasting all both club's games live.

Presenters and Shows


*0600-1000 "Toolan in the Morning" - Mike Toolan and Chelsea Norris
*1000-1300 Jason King
*1300-1600 Justin Moorhouse
*1600-1900 Darren Proctor
*1900-2200 "In Demand with Rich and Luce" - Richard Clarke and Lucy Horobin (simulcast with Bauer Radio-owned stations)
*2200-0100 "Macdonald and Maguire's Late Night Lineup" - Spence MacDonald and Mike Maguire
*0100-0600 Nicksy (simulcast with Bauer Radio-owned stations)

Friday variations

*1900-2200 "In Demand Fridays with Rich and Luce" (simulcast with Bauer Radio-owned stations)
*2200-0100 "The Love Zone with Adam Cole"
*0100-0600 Dominic Walker (simulcast with Bauer Radio-owned stations)


*0600-1000 Darren Proctor
*1000-1400 Richard Clarke
*1400-1800 Total Football
*1800-2200 "Big Night Out with Michelle Mullane"
*2200-0100 "The Love Zone with Adam Cole"
*0100-0600 Dominic Walker (simulcast with Bauer Radio-owned stations)


*0600-0900 Jason King
*0900-1200 Michelle Mullane
*1200-1400 Mike Toolan
*1400-1600 Hywel and Jamie
*1600-1900 "Hit 40 UK with Lucio" (simulcast)
*1900-2200 Adam and Ruddy
*2200-0100 "MacDonald and Maguire's Late Night Lineup"

Past Presenters

*Geoff Lloyd
*James Stannage
*JK and Joel
*Steve Penk
*David 'Ditchy' Ditchfield (now with Century Radio North West)
*David Johnson
*Andy Bee
*Pete Mitchell
*Jonathan Ray
*Robin Galloway
*Stu Allan
*Graeme Park
*Scott Mills (now with BBC Radio 1)
*Danny Matthews
*James H Reeve
*Steve Maskrey ("Country Cousins" presenter)
*Dave Ellis (now Programming Manager)

External links

* [ Key 103 Manchester]
* [ Jason King's website]

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