Happy Radio serves Manchester, Cheshire & the North West, and plays “Songs that make you Smile”.
Broadcasting on the Manchester DAB multiplex, Happy Radio reunited a host of well known local radio and TV personalities including former Key 103 DJs Chelsea Norris, Steve Penk, Spence Macdonald and Darren Proctor.
Happy Radio UK is the brainchild of former Key 103 and Greatest Hits DJ Darren Proctor and festival organiser Max Eden, who teamed up to launch the local station. The presenter line up has brought together Key 103 favourites like Chelsea, Spence and Steve all back on the same station for the first time in years.
Darren told the Manchester Evening News,
“During Covid lockdowns we could see there was a massive gap for proper local radio in our area. The way things are going with commercial radio is that everything is going national”.”It fits for them to cover the whole of UK, that’s their business plan, but there’s a real need for local radio still and that’s what people want.”
“We wanted a radio station that plays music that makes you feel good, nice uptempo songs, something that makes you feel good. Putting that positivity back in the local area.”
“It will have the look and feel of a big national radio station, but it’s local. We will champion local events and local people.”
Happy Radio will be available to compatible Freeview TV’s in the ITV Granada coverage area.