Former Real Radio, Marcher and Signal programmer Terry Underhill has been appointed as the new Group Programme Director for UTV Media’s portfolio of local radio stations.
Terry has most recently been back on air as a presenter at Smooth Radio, following his previous management post as Group Head of Music for GMG Radio.
Terry worked as a presenter at Liverpool’s Radio City and MFM in Wrexham during the 80s, before a spell as Head of Programmes at Signal Radio then Group PD of the Marcher Radio Group in the 90s. He joined GMG Radio at the launch of its first station – Real Radio Wales – in 2000 as Breakfast Presenter and Programme Director and then went on to do the same role at its sister station in Yorkshire. He was latterly the group’s Head of Music until 2009.
Calum Macaulay, Director of Local Radio for UTV Media GB said: “I’m delighted to get someone of Terry’s calibre and experience into the group. We have made substantial progress with the audience over the last few years and I look forward to that growth continuing under Terry’s leadership.”
Terry Underhill said: “I’m thrilled to be working with UTV Media. I like what they have done with their output over the last few years and I like their ‘Proud to Be Local’ philosophy. I’m confident that I can help drive further success for the group and build on the strong growth in hours and reach achieved over the last few years.”
Terry will start his new role at the beginning of November and will be based at the company’s headquarters in Birchwood, near Warrington. Francis Currie, who has been working with UTV on a consultancy basis since mid 2009, will continue to provide support for the group.
UTV Media (GB) owns national sports radio station talkSPORT as well as 13 local radio stations: Radio Wave, The Pulse, The Pulse 2, Juice FM, Wish FM, Tower FM, Wire FM, Peak 107FM, Signal 1, Signal 2, The Wolf, The Wave, Swansea Sound.