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Gaydio gets ready to launch

The launch date for the UK's first full-time FM radio station dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people has been set.

Gaydio will launch in Manchester on 88.4 FM on June 18th 2010.

The presenter line-up is also nearing completion, with former Galaxy Manchester breakfast host Nicksy taking a daily show, and weekday evenings will see Terry Longden from Channel 4’s The Salon, and X Factor finalist and Happy Mondays vocalist Rowetta reunited.

Nicksy says “Having been on the air in this great city for 10 years, I am looking forward to being part of a truly unique radio station. Manchester is without doubt the Gay Capital of the UK, and it will be a refreshing change being able to talk about things from the gay perspective.”

Gaydio has run four pilot broadcasts since 2006 and was initially conceived by Ian Wallace and Toby Whitehouse as a project to run alongside the popular Manchester Pride festival.

The community station will broadcast a mixture of upbeat music and targeted speech programming 24 hours a day. Business Director Ian Wallace says "There has been a huge interest in Gaydio from both individuals and businesses across the city, and we can’t wait to start working with them on the launch of this exciting new station."

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