Three radio stations owned by Quidem started playing Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody on Friday evening, claiming to have been seized.
Touch Coventry, along with Oak FM Nuneaton and Oak FM Loughborough, have an announcement voiced by a VO in between the non-stop Queen loop advising people to listen at 10am Monday for an announcement.
The three stations serve neighbouring areas and this stunt suggests the stations are coming together at least by a common name for a relaunch. Touch Coventry is based in Kenilworth to the south of the city and shares studios with Rugby FM,Touch Warwick and Touch Stratford.
Oak FM and Touch Staffordshire and based in Coalville but retain separate breakfast shows.
Touch Coventry and Oak would need special Ofcom approval to share all programmes, as they do not share the same “approved area”. However, Quidem has previously been granted a deviation from the policy to co-locate Touch Staffordshire with Oak.
In December, former East Midlands breakfast presenter on Trent and Capital Andy Twigge joined Oak to co-host breakfast. He was one half of Jo and Twiggy in the morning for 10 years. The station said: “This is an important step in our mission to make Oak FM the choice for listeners ‘round here. We have some great plans for 2014 and this is the first step.”
Touch FM’s Format is “a full service, locally-oriented music and information station for Coventry and its communities” to an adult population of 247,275. On winning the licence back after competition from Panjab Radio last year, Chief executive Steve Orchard said: “Our future looks very bright indeed. Now more than ever, Coventry needs a radio station that caters exclusively for the City. Touch FM Coventry isn’t for the wider Warwickshire area and it’s not for the West Midlands. We are exceptionally proud of our award-winning output and we’ll continue to be our City’s local radio station.
Simon Parry, a presenter from a local community station HFM has taken advantage of the station, tweeting: “If your usual radio station in South Leics has been #seized why not try this, it’s on 102.3 FM”.
The radio station has not responded to requests for a comment but we’ll bring you more after 10am Monday.