Free Radio 80s

The Greatest Hits across the West Midlands
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Free Radio 80s was a radio station playing 80s pop music on DAB and AM in the West Midlands and a brand extension of Bauer Media's Free Radio. It's formerly been known variously as Xtra AM and Classic Gold.

The station closed in January 2019 and was replaced by either Greatest Hits Radio or Absolute Classic Rock depending on the area.

Editorial areaWest Midlands
Most playedReal Thing, The, Simple Minds, Curtis MayfieldRadiomonitor
Launched4 April 1989
OwnerBauer Media Group (UK)
National salesBauer Media Group (UK)
Members ofRadiocentre
Former names1152 Xtra AM
Capital Gold
Mercia Sound
Xtra AM 1359
Mercia Classic Gold 1359
Classic Gold 1359
Nice & Easy Radio WABC
Beacon Radio
Classic Gold WABC
Classic Gold 990/1017
Gold (Midlands)

Contact Free Radio 80s

Postal addressNine Brindley Place
4 Oozells Square
B1 2DJ
+44 121 566 5200
+44 330 660 0999
Official website

Social media

Twitter: Newsdesk@freeradionews (8,514 followers) compare
Twitter@FreeRadio80s (1,156 followers) compare
Twitter: Jobs@BauerMediaJobs (19,601 followers) compare
FacebookFree Radio (175,090 likes) compare

Latest news stories

Christmas will be Free this year: Free Radio 80s goes Xmassy
Press Release - published 14 November 2014, 5.36am est


Phil Ray Presenter
Rachel New Presenter

…at Bauer Media Group (UK)

Abby Carvosso Group MD, Advertising
Alex Baker Creative Strategy Director
Andy Ashton Content Director - Greatest Hits Radio
Anne-Marie Lavan Group Marketing Director
Cat Martin Director of Communications
Chris Ward Content Operations & Group Production Director
Dee Ford Group Managing Director Radio
Frankie Bannerman Radio Account Manager
Gary Stein Group PD - Hits Radio Network
Graham Bryce Group MD - Hits Radio Network
Jo Baldwin Managering Director
John Pickford Editor in Chief
Kate Whitehorn Creative Strategy Director
Lucie Cave Editorial Director
Matthew Hobbs Chief Technology Officer
Paul Keenan Chief Executive
Rob Munro-Hall Co-Lead of Publishing World-Wide
Sarah Barnes HR Director
Sarah Vickery Group Finance & Strategy Director
Steve Taylor Commercial Creative Director
Tony Moorey Group Content Director - Absolute Radio & Magic

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