FM: 97.4 MHz|
|First air date||5 October 1982|
|Sister stations||Rock FM 2|
Rock FM is an Independent Local Radio station broadcasting to Lancashire, North West England and some parts of North Wales. Its output is mainly contemporary pop and current chart hits. The station is owned & operated by Bauer Radio and forms part of the Hits Radio Network.
In 1990, Red Rose Radio, which was transmitted on 97.4 MHz and 999 kHz, was split into two stations - Red Rose Rock FM using the FM frequency and Red Rose Gold on the medium wave frequency. The managing director was Dave Lincoln, with Mark Matthews as programme director, and at that time the station was owned by the Miss World Group, later known as TransWorld Communications (owned by Owen Oyston) and which subsequently became part of Bauer Radio (previously EMAP Radio).
The total survey area of the station for RAJAR is broadly defined as western, southern and central Lancashire including parts of Greater Manchester and Merseyside, but the station is audible on FM from Cumbria down into Wales and towards The West Midlands.
Rock FM and its sister station Rock FM 2 are based at studios in a converted church (St. Paul's) in Preston. Rock FM consistently rates as the number one commercial radio station in its target service area by reach, share and hours. Over a quarter of all adults in its market listen every week.
Local programming is produced and broadcast from Rock FM's Preston studios from 0600-1000 and 1600-1900 on weekdays; 1200-1600 on weekends.
All networked programming originates via the Hits Radio Network in Manchester.
The station's local presenters are Steve and Janine Marsh (weekday breakfast), Pete Otway (weekday drivetime), Paul Webster (Saturday afternoons) and Mark Freejack (Freejack's Classic Cuts).
Rock FM broadcasts local news bulletins hourly from 6am to 7pm on weekdays, from 7am to 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Headlines are broadcast on the half hour during weekday breakfast and drivetime shows, alongside sport and traffic bulletins.