JACK fm celebrates 10 years on-air in the UK

JACK fm launched in Oxford ten years ago today and has become the most awarded local commercial radio station in the UK.

Originally from Canada, the JACK fm brand has grown in all different directions since October 18th 2007. Stations were launched in Southampton, Swindon, Bristol, Reading and Hertfordshire, with a hint of more in Scotland, London, North West, North East and further afield at one point. Those stations never happened, and the FM stations with the exception of Oxford changed to Bob or Sam. DAB versions also now broadcast in Hampshire and Surrey.

Now there is JACK 2 and 3, along with a national version in the form of Union JACK.

Scroll down for some of the best bits from the station over the last decade, but first here are some quotes from the people who have been part of it along the way.

JACK’s Morning Glory Breakfast host Trevor Marshall, who’s been with JACK since day one, says: “We’re all much fatter and balder than when we started, but we’re still here. It’s a joy to wake up stupidly early every day to come in and genuinely have fun on the radio. The building’s a dump, the computers crash and the kettle’s from the 70s – and I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Tim Parker, JACK’s Programming Director, says: “JACK’s not showing its age. The station keeps changing, developing and rolling with the times. It still makes an impact, even with siblings JACK 2 and JACK 3, plus big national brother Union JACK now all in the fray. A zimmer frame’s still a long way off.”

Hamish Law, JACK’s Sales Director, says: “I’ve been here since day one and there’s still no place I’d rather be. A bit cheesy, but totally true. The people are wonderful, the station’s attitude is different and the output still entertains me after ten years. Our local sales are better than ever and the commercial future is bright.”

Ian Walker, CEO of JACKfm, says: “Over the past 10 years JACKfm Oxfordshire has established itself as one of the most trusted local media companies in the county. I am immensely proud that our broadcasting excellence has been recognised with local, national and international accolades – but more than that, it’s our commitment to local business that has seen JACKfm really become part of the Oxfordshire fabric. I would like to thank all our listeners and advertisers who have been part of this incredible journey over the past 10 years.

“Just sit back and wait for JACK’s teenage years!”

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  1. Radio Geordie says

    Dumb question. Why does Ofcom list the station’s launch as February 14th 2007?

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