106.6 Smooth Radio
is an Independent Local Radio
station for the East Midlands
, which replaced Saga 106.6 FM
at 6am on Monday 26 March 2007
. The station competes with BBC Radio 2
, aiming its music at listeners aged 40 and over, and is part of the national Smooth Radio
network, which encompasses London
, the West Midlands
, North West England
As well as being carried on FM in the East Midlands, the station can also be found on DAB digital radio and online. It is soon due to start broadcasting on the NOW Derbyshire DAB Multiplex.
The station came into existence following GMG Radio's purchase of the Saga Radio Group in December 2006, and the granting of permission from the regulator Ofcom to change the format of its Smooth FM stations. The decision was made to change both the Smooth FM and Saga stations to Smooth Radio. Saga 106.6 FM closed at 6pm on Friday 23 March 2007, and was followed by a preview weekend for the new Smooth Radio.
106.6 Smooth Radio plays middle-of-the-road, adult contemporary music, aimed at listeners aged 45 and over. It bears very few similarities to its predecessor. Though many of the presenters who worked on Saga 106.6 FM now host shows on 106.6 Smooth Radio, very few of the specialist shows from the Saga days have survived, and Smooth's initial slogan "Your life. Your music.", which was used on Saga stations, has now been modified.
- Gary Burton - Smooth Breakfast
- Mark Goodier - Smooth Mid-Mornings (networked)
- Eamonn Kelly - Smooth Afternoons and Smooth Sunday Evening
- Tony Lyman - Smooth Drivetime and Smooth Sunday Morning
- Steve Wells - Smooth Evenings (networked)
- Steve Phillips - Smooth Nights (Tuesday-Wednesday) (networked)
- Glen Morris - Smooth Nights (Thursday-Monday) (networked)
- Tony Blackburn - Smooth Weekend Breakfast (networked)
- Chris Tarrant - Smooth Saturday Morning
- John Peters - Smooth Saturday Afternoons and Smooth Sunday Morning
- Andy Peebles - Andy Peebles' Soul Train (networked)
- Fiona Phillips - Smooth Sunday Afternoons (networked)
- Steve Merike - Cover
- Mark Goodier's Mid Morning Show, Tony Blackburn's Weekend Breakfast Show, The Chris Tarrant Show, Andy Peebles' Soul Train and Fiona Phillips' Sunday Afternoon show are simulcast from London and can be heard on several other stations in the Smooth Network. Evening and overnight shows are also simulcast with some other Smooth stations. All other output is produced locally.