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no repeat 9 to 5
Island 104.7 FM
Member Name: jrh2
Island 104.7 FM
Date: 22/01/13, updated on 22/01/13 (84 review reads)
Advantages: Good music and entertainment throughout the day
Island FM is the trusted local radio station for the Bailiwick of Guernsey, this includes Herm, Sark, Alderney and Guernsey itself. I have always listened to this radio station as do my family and rarely listen to any other stations.
The station was first launched in October 1992 and to this day is the only commercial radio station in the Bailiwick. Although the radio station is only able to be accessed in the Bailiwick of Guernsey it can be listened to anywhere in the world live online on their website islandfm.com.
The station is known for its "no repeat 9 to 5" and on the odd occasion they do repeat a song between those times the first person to phone up and inform them of this wins £100. This is only on weekdays and excludes bank holidays. I have noticed songs being repeated occasionally but never phoned in.
The "Breakfast Show" is my favourite radio programme and is on weekdays from 6am to 10am. During the breakfast show there are regular competitions and segments:
What's the Word is on around half seven each weekday morning and people text in to guess the missing word or answer of a question and one correct guess can win a small prize which varies.
The Mystery Voice competition happens twice a day, 8:50am and 9:50am. A small clip of a voice is played and they will phone up one person who has registered to try and give the correct celebrity name each time. This is generally quite hard! When the person is identified the caller gets a cash prize which is built up over time. This can go on for months and currently the money is to over £300.
At 9am its "The Rewind". A few songs are played from the same year and listeners can text in to guess the year.
At every hour the national and local news are on with the local news being at every half hour as well. Shortly after is the weather and travel updates which includes the roads, airport and harbour. Listeners often text in to mention any areas of bad traffic for whatever reasons as they like to help others who are out and about.
My favorite part of the Breakfast Show is the showbiz news which is at 7:45 and 8:45 each morning, it is Also on later in the day during "The Big Drive Home". It can be about what celebrities are getting up to, recent tv programmes, films or sometimes unique news stories.
On Fridays there is a Free Flight Friday competition where with the correct answer to a question one listener can win a pair of flights to anywhere on the Aurigny network. If it isn't won it goes into the next week and builds up.
On Saturday is a special Saturday Breakfast Show, 6am - 10am, which includes a Bride of the Week segment. Brides can be nominated by friends and family and the one most nominations is surprised on air and given a prize, currently a months free membership at a local hotel spa.
At 10am it changes to the daytime show until 2pm weekdays, 12pm Saturdays. This includes a quiz during the morning to win a meal at a local restaurant although at this time it is mainly just music.
From 2pm to 6pm weekdays is the Big Drive Home. This includes travel information, showbiz news and good music and chat to help pass the time when stuck in traffic.
On Saturdays from 10am is Kick up the Eighties which has classic eighties music until Sports Saturday at 2pm. This includes information on island sports and keeps you up to date with the scores. Often a presenter is live at an event. During the afternoon there is also a phrase of the week which is said in Patoix (Guernsey French, which a lot of people on the island used to speak but it has died out and through schools they are trying to bring it back.)
From 6pm each evening is the Evening Show and has various hosts up to midnight. At that time the music is played straight through the night until the Breakfast Show the following morning.
On Sundays it is a relaxing day of music including easy like a Sunday morning with easy to listen to songs and the Sunday show.
I would recommend Island FM as it is a great local radio station that listens to their listeners and help out where they can.
Other features include the Birthday Corner where anyone who has had a birthday message sent in during the week gets put into the draw for a voucher.
In 2001 Island FM set up their own charity Help a Guernsey Child which helps local children. They are regularly fundraising with Big Kids Day dedicated to this each year. As an island all the schools and local businesses have various fundraising ideas to get as much money as possible. Just today the charity has joined the just giving website.
Summary: Great music old and new