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 Radio.

Current presenters include Chris Brooks and Abbie Norbury (Breakfast), Dave Gowland, Paul Lovett and Mikey Faulkner.

Previous presenters have included 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 online

Other links: Southend Radio Licence – Background.

Funky SX logoFunky SX
. A community “dance and urban” radio station that launched in Southend in 2016. The station is based at the Westborough Academy in MacDonald Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea

How to listen: 103.7 FM and via the Funky.SX website

Links: 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 the Internet, 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: Online via

Links: Southend Hospital Radio | Thameside Radio History

Other stations

  • None listed

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Stations with a former Southend Connection

Heart EssexHeart Essex (was Essex FM) – The commercial radio station serving Essex is “Heart”. This rebranded from Essex FM in June 2009, but as of June 2019 no longer btoadcasts live shows from Essex.

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: Ben Fryer & Sonia Watson (Breakfast), Sadie Nine, Tony Fisher, Dave Monk, Ray Clark, John Leech, Eric Dixon, 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



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 and the South Essex Amateur Radio Society
  • 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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