Radio in Southend-on-Sea

On this page, you’ll find information about radio stations serving the Southend area, as well as information on other radio-related topics for Southend.


Southend Radio Stations:

Below, you’ll find a list of the radio stations broadcasting to the town of Southend, or from the town of Southend:

Radio Essex LogoRadio Essex
Launched in March 2008 as “Southend Radio”, this local station broadcasts on 105.1FM from studios next to Adventure Island on Southend Seafront. The station rebranded to “Radio Essex” in 2015 incorpoating Chelmsford RadioPresenters include: Mike Porter, Tracie Young, James O’Neill, Ben Payne, Tracy Cooper, Nick Hull, Tim Murphy and Adrian Fox.Listen on: 105.1FM (Southend), on DAB and onlineOther links: Southend Radio Licence – Background.
Heart EssexHeart Essex (was Essex FM) – The commercial radio station serving Essex is “Heart” – rebranded from Essex FM in June 2009.

Martin Day hosts the station’s breakfast show (“Martin, Su and the Morning
Crew”) from 6 ’til 10am. Between September 1981 and October 2004, the
radio station broadcast from studios underneath Clifftown Road just off Southend High Street. Heart Essex
now broadcasts from studios in Glebe Road, Chelmsford.

Launched in September 1981 as Essex Radio, the station was originally
owned by local businesses, including Keddies, HW Stone, Garons and nightclub
TOTS. The station was taken over by the Daily Mail newspaper group in
the 90’s, and is now owned by large UK radio group Global Radio.

Essex Radio Many will remember the days when Essex Radio was “somewhere special”,
with presenters including Jon Scragg, Terry Davis, Dave Gregory, Keith
Rogers, and local legend Tim “Timbo” Lloyd.

Listen on: 97.5FM (Southend relay) and 96.3FM (South Essex), Internet, DAB digital radio

Other links: Essex
Radio Remembered
; Contact details

– BBC local radio for the county of Essex started in November
1986. Based in studios in New London Road in Chelmsford, the station had
a satellite studio for Southend close to the Palace Theatre in Westcliff.Past and present presenters: Ray Clark, Dave Monk, Etholle George, Steve Scruton, John Hayes, Roger Buxton, Tim ‘Timbo’ Lloyd, Etholle Pegrum, Simon Baldock and Liz Mullen.Listen on: 95.3FM (Southend), DAB
digital radio

Funky SX logoFunky SX
. A communuty radio station that launched in Southend in 2016. The station is based at the The Westborough Academy in MacDonald Avenue, Westcliff-on-SeaHow to listen: 103.7 FM and via the Funky.SX websiteLinks: Funky.SX

Southend Hospital Radio LogoSouthend Hospital Radio
. From its launch in 1977 up until 2005, the station was known as Thameside Hospital Radio, but has now changed its name. The station broadcasts from Southend University Hospital via
an internal cable system, and provides music, news and entertainment
weekday evenings and at weekends. The station is a registered charity, and
is staffed by volunteers.How to listen: From the wards at Southend University HospitalLinks: Southend Hospital Radio | Thameside
Radio History
Other stations

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More radio choice for Essex

Matsui R101 DABIf you like your radio, maybe it’s time to consider DAB Digital Radio – In Southend, you should be able to receive around sixty channels of digital radio, including:

  • BBC National: The main national services, plus 1 Xtra, Radio 5 Live, 6 Music, BBC Radio 4 Extra (comedy) and BBC World Service.
  • National Commercial: Including Absolute Radio, Absolute 80s, Amazing Radio, Classic FM, Planet Rock and Talk Sport.
  • Local Stations: Heart, Kiss Essex, Gold Essex, BBC Essex, Passion for the Planet, dabbl radio, XFM and Traffic Radio.
  • Others: With a good aerial, you should also be able to get the London stations, including Capital, LBC, Smooth, Jazz, Sunrise, Magic, Gaydar, Polish Radio and Choice.

DAB radios start from around £40. To see what’s available in Essex, see the Essex DAB page. There’s also a stack of digital radio channels available in Southend on your TV – More on digital TV in Southend.

More Southend Radio Links:

  • Southend Radio Course: South Essex College
    has an on-site radio studio and runs a three-week ‘Introduction to Radio’ course on a Saturday morning – ideal for anyone looking to learn a little more about what goes on behind the scenes at a local radio station. More details: Southend Radio Course
  • Information on receiving
    DAB digital radio in Essex: Essex DAB
  • Radio in Essex: Radio stations in Essex
  • Live outside Essex? Listen in to Essex radio stations on the Internet
  • Southend Amateur Radio – Details of ham radio in Southend-on-Sea. Nearly clubs include Essex Ham, the South Essex Amateur Radio Group and the Thames Amateur Radio Group
  • What about TV in Southend? Try our Digital TV in Southend-on-Sea page
  • More on Southend-on-Sea? See our Southend Info or Visiting Southend pages.


Got a question about Southend radio, or anything to do with Southend? Post a message in our Southend-on-Sea discussion forum

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