AM Radio Stations in the UK

AM, which stands for amplitude modulation, is the oldest form of radio broadcasting technology. Despite the growth of newer alternatives, it’s still in use in the UK, though services are limited and are gradually reducing in number.

AM radio in the UK mainly uses the MW (medium wave) band of frequencies, which ranges from 526.5 kHz to 1606.5 kHz. A few stations broadcast on LW (longwave), which ranges from 153 to 279 kHz.

Most of the stations broadcasting on AM in the UK are talk, news and sports stations. This is because AM transmissions are more susceptible to interference than FM transmissions and tend to have lower fidelity, so they are less suitable for broadcasting music.

 

BBC AM Stations

The following BBC stations broadcast in the UK on AM radio:

  • BBC Radio 4 – 603 kHz (Newcastle), 720 kHz (Belfast, London, Londonderry), 756 kHz (Cornwall), 774 kHz (Enniskillen, Plymouth), 1449 kHz (Aberdeen), 1486 kHz (Carlisle)
  • BBC Radio 4 LW – 198 kHz
  • BBC Radio 5 Live – 693, 909 kHz
  • BBC Radio Cumbria – 756, 837, 1458 kHz
  • BBC Radio Gloucestershire – 1413 kHz
  • BBC Radio Foyle – 792 kHz
  • BBC Radio Guernsey – 1116 kHz
  • BBC Radio Humberside – 1485 kHz
  • BBC Radio Jersey – 1026 kHz
  • BBC Radio Lancashire – 885, 1557 kHz
  • BBC Radio Leeds – 774 kHz
  • BBC Radio Merseyside – 1485 kHz
  • BBC Radio Newcastle – 1458 kHz
  • BBC Radio Nottingham – 1584 kHz
  • BBC Radio Scotland – 810 kHz
  • BBC Radio Somerset – 1566 kHz
  • BBC Radio Ulster – 1341 kHz
  • BBC Radio Wales – 657, 882 kHz
  • BBC Radio York – 666, 1260 kHz

 

Commercial and Independent Stations

The following commercial and independent stations broadcast on AM in the UK:

  • Absolute Radio – 1215 kHz (Certain locations)
  • Asian Sound – 1377 kHz (Manchester)
  • The Cat 1251 AM – 1215 kHz (Chester)
  • Clyde 2 – 1152 kHz (Glasgow)
  • Desi Radio – 1602 kHz (London)
  • Downtown Radio – 1026 kHz (Northern Ireland)
  • Forth 2 – 1548 kHz (Edinburgh)
  • Gold – 945 kHz (Derby), 999 kHz (Nottingham), 1548 kHz (London), 1458 kHz (Manchester)
  • Kismat Radio – 1035 kHz
  • L&D Radio – 1134 kHz (Luton)
  • LBC London News – 1152 kHz (London)
  • Premier Christian Radio – 1332 kHz (London), 1305 kHz (Stevenage), 1413 kHz (Maidenhead), 1566 kHz (Guildford)
  • Queen’s Radio – 1134 kHz (Belfast)
  • Rock FM 2 – 999 kHz (Lancashire)
  • Sabras Radio – 1260 kHz (Leicester)
  • Signal 2 – 1170 kHz (Staffordshire & Cheshire)
  • Spectrum Radio – 558 kHz (London)
  • Sunshine Radio – 855 kHz (Ludlow)
  • Swansea Sound – 1170 kHz (Swansea)
  • talkSPORT – 1053 kHz (Nationally)
  • Tay 2 – 1584 kHz (Perth), 1161 kHz (Dundee)

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