Future plc brings TeamRock Radio back to life
TeamRock Radio has returned six months after its parent company went into liquidation and closed the station.
The online-only radio station re-launched today, even though most of the management of the original station have moved on to set up their own rock music service.
Future plc bought the TeamRock assets, including Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog print magazines and associated websites along with the TeamRock brand itself.
Now, under the guidance of Programme Controller Philip Wilding, TeamRock Radio will bring back the Classic Rock Magazine Show, Metal Hammer Magazine Show and Prog Magazine Show and more.
TeamRock Editor In Chief Scott Rowley says: “We’ve built the station for the people who’ll actually listen to it. Rock stations in the UK – and around the world for that matter – are lazy and formulaic. They’re entry-level, with playlists that treat you like you’ve just heard rock music for the first time.
“If you invited a bunch of friends back to your house you wouldn’t play them Bohemian Rhapsody, Bat Out Of Hell or Whole Lotta Love – you’d put on some well-chosen classics they hadn’t heard in a while or some brilliant new music. Or why do our rock radio stations insist on force-feeding us the bleeding obvious? TeamRock Radio is for people who really love music.”
The Classic Rock Magazine Show will be presented by editor Sian Llewellyn, The Metal Hammer Magazine Show will be hosted by editor Merlin Alderslade, while The Prog Magazine Show will be helmed by mag editor Jerry Ewing.
Along with the regular weekly shows, TeamRock Radio will also feature new listening experiences including artist-led slots where names from across the rock world will curate their own playlists, choosing the tracks that changed their life.
The station is online only right now, with app functionality to follow quickly. There are no plans to return to DAB radio.