Ahead of the official launch of Gold tomorrow evening, RadioToday.co.uk brings you another first – the new logo and programme schedule in full. The logo is silver on black with a subtle guitar symbol over a lower-case "gold" and the station's new "It's all about the music" strapline.
The new brand's been created following the merger of Classic Gold and Capital Gold. On weekdays, David Jensen is joined by co-host Erica North on breakfast. They'll be followed by David Andrews, then the only non-networked show 12-4pm – voicetracked locally by presenters around the country. On Capital Gold London the opt-out programme will start an hour later, at 1pm, and be fronted by Dean Martin.
Current Capital Gold Manchester jock Mike Sweeney takes over the weekday Drivetime slot from 4pm to 8pm, followed by Sam Hughes on the 8-midnight show (Monday to Thursday).
Weekends include Paul Coyte on breakfast both days and David Jensen's Saturday Celebrity Show with OK! Magazine has survived the schedule shake-up. Mike Sweeney's Rock Show moves from Friday nights to Saturday afternoons 12-2pm – and Sweeney's back on Sunday nights too with 60s Classics and "At The Hop". See below for the full schedule.
GCap say the Gold network will have 3 minutes of news every hour – including local news, traffic and travel, weather and sports updates.
Gold's Station Director, Andy Turner says: "We're delighted to be where we are today but it's all work in progress as we continue to merge the two networks over the summer to create the UK's No 1 Classic Hits Station. We will continue to develop the brand into the autumn when we will add new programmes, features and music specials to the schedule".
Talking about the new logo, Grant Brookes, Gold's head of Marketing and Partnerships, said: "The logo represents a recognisable and iconic image which reflects the station's strong music association. We have created an images that communicates our vision for the classic hits format which stands out from the competition."
Here's the Gold schedule – from Friday 3rd August….
0600-1000 David Jensen & Erica North
1000-1200 David Andrews (until 1300 in London)
1200-1600 Local afternoon shows (Dean Martin 1300-1600 in London)
1600-2000 Mike Sweeney
2000-0000 Sam Hughes (Friday: Greg Edwards – Soul Party)
0600-0900 Paul Coyte
0900-1200 David Jensen
1200-1400 Mike Sweeney – Rock Show
1400-1800 Nicky Horne – Saturday Sport
1800-0000 Greg Edwards – Soul Party
0000-0200 Chill Out Show
0600-0900 Paul Coyte
0900-1100 David Andrews
1100-1300 Bottom to the Top – Guest Show
1300-1600 Dean Martin
1600-1900 Nicky Horne – Classic Album Show
1900-2000 Gold Rewind: Live Performances for the archive
2000-2200 Mike Sweeney – 60s Classics
2200-0000 Mike Sweeney – At The Hop
[link=http://www.radiotoday.co.uk]RadioToday.co.uk – non-stop radio news[/link] [email protected] or call 0871 315 6 315