Radio for Southend-on-Sea

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


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:

Southend RadioSouthend Radio
- Launched in March 2008, this local station broadcasts on 105.1FM from studios next to Adventure Island on Southend Seafront. The studios also serve Chelmsford Radio

Presenters include: Mike Porter, Tracie Young, James O'Neill, Ben Payne, Tracy Cooper, Nick Hull, Tim Murphy and Adrian Fox.

Listen on: 105.1FM (Southend)

Other 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 EssexBBC Essex - 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


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 Hospital

Links: 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.


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