Preston & Chorley Launching Soon

    Preston, Chorley & Leyland will soon be getting a new independent local commercial radio station as Central Radio North West will be expanding into Preston, Leyland and Chorley areas. This means Central Radio will serve an additional 370,000 local residents who reside in the PR postcode areas alongside its existing broadcast serving 260,000 people in Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde.

    We expect to launch this new service in at the end of August 2023 and towards the end of the year to expand this broadcast even further into other areas of the North West.

    The station will bring a bigger selection of music, more local information along with some well-established broadcasters including UK commercial radio multi award-winning presenter, Danny Matthews, who will host the station’s flagship breakfast show, weekdays between 6 and 10am.

    Danny has more than 30 years of commercial radio experience under his belt, working at Piccadilly Radio (Key 103) in the late 1980s. He has worked at stations across the North West, including spells at Rock FM, Magic, Real Radio, Capital Gold and The Bay in Lancaster, which later became Heart following a rebrand by owners, Global.

    Nathan Hill, Central Radio’s Station Director, says:

    ‘’We’re over the moon to bring our unique flavour of local radio back to Chorley and Central Lancashire.”

    ‘’These are exciting times for broadcasting and it will be a pleasure to broadcast to such a fantastic area once again, giving our listeners the chance to enjoy real local radio, something they’ve badly missed over the last couple of years.’’

    “Since our initial launch in Blackpool last year, we’ve supported numerous charities by donating over £60,000’s worth of promotion and have given away around £20,000’s worth of prizes with various competitions including free food for families each week with our ‘Win your Tea for Free’ which is currently partnered with McDonald’s restaurants. We very much wish to continue with this positive community impact into our new broadcast areas.”

    Central Radio is committed to supporting local businesses and charities. The station regularly hosts events and fundraisers, and has raised thousands of pounds for good causes. Central Radio North West is a vibrant and exciting new radio station that is quickly becoming a popular choice for listeners in the North West of England.

    The station is committed to providing great music, local news and information, and a platform for local people to share their stories.


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    Programming will include news and information from around the Central Lancashire area including community information and events.



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