Lantern FM

Infobox Radio station
name=Lantern FM

airdate= 19 October 1992
frequency=96.2 MHz (North Devon)
97.3 MHz (Ilfracombe)
share = 20.3%
share as of = September 2007
share source = []
area= North Devon and Torridge
format =Contemporary
owner = Global Radio
website = []

Lantern FM is an Independent Local Radio station in the North Devon area. .


The station broadcasts from two locations: its main transmitter at Huntshaw Cross on 96.2FM, and a relay station to cover the Ilfracombe area on 97.3FM. Both frequencies broadcast the same output.


It began as Lantern Radio, taking its name from Lantern Hill. Its owners, "Orchard Media", came from Orchard FM in Somerset. GWR Group purchased both stations in 1999, GWR later merged with the Capital Radio Group so now Lantern FM is owned by Global Radio.

Intitially based in the town of Bideford, Lantern is now based in Roundswell Business Park in Barnstaple. The majority of its programming will be produced and networked from London when the station is rebranded as "Heart" by current owners Global Radio. Just two weekday shows (Breakfast and Drivetime) will be produced in North Devon, with a similar situation at the weekends. []

In November 2005 it was announced that GCap's local radio stations in the South West, including Lantern FM, were to be sold, as they lay outside the company's primary target area. However, no acceptable offer was made for the stations, and the sale has now been abandoned. []


Lantern FM's Current presenters include James Chapple, Paul Hopper (Hopps), Susan Gale (Suse), Mike Harwood, Martin King, Rachel Knight.

Previous presenters included: Tim Ley (Atlantic FM), Lee Wardle, Alan Dunn (now at South Hams Radio), Fred Marden (now at BBC Southern Counties Radio and Farnborough College of Technology), Gordon Somerville, Ian Starling (now at Exeter FM & Palm FM), Keith Oliver, John Autton, John Brocks, Guy Fenton, Robbie Ryan, Matt Young (Spanky - now at Gemini FM), Joe Hellier (now at Exeter FM), Ian Brass (now at BBC Radio Devon), Dave Gould (now Pirate FM), Tony Townsend (now Pirate FM) and Johnathan Fido (at 3TR FM).

External links

* [ Lantern FM website]
* [ History of local radio in Devon]
* [ Huntshaw Cross mast]
* [ Details of Lantern FM from Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator]
* [ The station's format, as mandated by its broadcasting licence] (MS Word Document)

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