Communicorp’s Real XS is changing its name and focus next month to become XS Manchester.
The station will keep its rock and speech format, but will introduce a new nightly football show and Justin Lee Collins for two weekend programmes. It also has a new strapline – ‘Let the good times roll’.
Manchester United legend, Alex Stepney and Manchester City hero, Paul Lake will be on-air each day 6pm till 7pm hosting Football Social.
Justin comments on his arrival to the team: “I wanna rock! And now I can at XS Manchester! I can’t wait to be a part of this awesome team. It’s a dream come true. Playing the music I love, in one of the best cities in the world.
Rock on and let the GOOD TIMES roll!”
Breakfast presenter Steve Berry talks about his role at XS Manchester; “I’ve had some good jobs – including one I never talk about – but this is undoubtedly the best. Playing records, giving stuff away and chatting to listeners. The only way it could get any better is if they decided to put the word ‘Manchester’ in the name. Oh, they just did”.
XS Manchester Launch Station Director Ande Macpherson talks about the music policy for the new station; “For too long radio has boxed rock music into small genre boxes. XS Manchester changes all of that. If it’s a great rock song then we will play it. From Muse to Metallica, from Beatles to Beastie Boys, from Oasis to Ozzy, from AC/DC to Automatic, from Sex Pistols to Smiths and from David Lee Roth to David Bowie. Our mission is simple, to make sure every time you turn us on we let the good times roll.”
XS Manchester is available across Greater Manchester on 106.1FM, and originally launched as Rock Radio in 2008 under the ownership of GMG Radio.
Listento “inRadio Today” on http://inrad.io after midday today when we’ll be talking with Ande Macpherson about the changes.