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      22.12.2009 11:36
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      Check it out!

      I have been listening to Key 103 for years now and I think it's the best radio station in the area, because it offers something for everybody and the DJs interact with the audience really well.

      Personally I'd have trouble waking up in the morning, and switching Mike Toolan and Chelsea Norris on at 7.30am has become part of my routine. Toolan and Norris host the breakfast show really well, the chemistry between the pair is great, they don't take themselves too seriously and they regularly share amusing antidotes. The music on the breakfast show is chart, but at 9.00 they play the 9o'clock anthems which could be anything.

      At 10 o'clock Jason King presents "the top 10 at 10" which is a run down of a top 10 chart, the audience then has to guess the year. This show is really fun, because you get to hear tracks that you haven't heard for a while and have fun trying to work out the year.

      In the afternoon local comic Justin Moorhouse hosts a show with his sidekick Sean. Moorhouse has been in lots of local comedies and films, he has a particular brand of Northern humor and he is very funny to listen to.

      The drive time show with Parksy is also good, the team keep you updated with all the traffic hot spots, which is handy if you're driving home from work and on this show there is also a "happy hour" where the listeners pick the songs they want to hear.

      In-demand with Alex and Lucy keeps you up to date with the latest music and films, the pair often interview big stars and give away great prices to their listeners. However, I must admit, these tow aren't good a duo as Mike and Chelsea!

      At 10 o'clock Sam Walker takes to the airwaves. She chats to the audience like they are her old friends and is constantly throwing antidotes in about her young family. She also runs the confession line where listeners fess up on the airwaves and ask for advice from the audience.

      Key 103 regularly run great competitions - Manchester's Mystery Voices is a classic. Listeners have to guess who is speaking to win cash.

      I love this radio station - they give great traffic updates, provide loads of comedy, play great music and run fantastic competitions - I think it is the best in Manchester! If you don't live in the region, then check it out on-line at: www.key103.co.uk

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        09.07.2009 22:00

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        I agree with that. Another senseless axing of a very popular and brilliant show, and to think they gained so much credit for having a different show on late night that differs from most other radio stations that play love songs all night. Its absolute disgrace to get rid of the funniest show . Spence and Mike are true legends and are sorly missed. I also thought that Spence and Mike put a huge amount of effort into thier show by writing different material which obviously must of took a lot of effort to which they got reconised for . The show was always jam packed with fun and laughter and their own quizzes where listeners could get involved with the show. if they move to another station so be it its Key 103s own fault if they loose listeners. we want them back!!!!!

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        06.07.2009 01:10

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        i used to love key 103 but the biggest mistake they ever made was getting rid of Macdonald and Maguires late night line up. Despite the fact that all the other shows on key 103 are good the late night line up was the best. It was different and unique, also very very funny and highly entertaining. it wasnt just it attracted a very loyal audience and it would not be surprising if the ratings for that time slot have decreased. spence and Mike are true legends and defianatly be the best presenters key 103 have ever had.

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        15.03.2008 19:54
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        Great music to listen to and no annotying DJ's

        I have been listening to Key103 for as long as I can remember even right back from when it was Piccadilly radio!! The radio station is on the FM frequency and is based in Manchester but can be heard across Greater Manchester including places such as Bolton. This is the radio station I listen too when I can still get the frequency and am within the area for it.

        Who is it for?
        Well the station is aimed at everyone really and is ideal for the younger viewers too as they don't tend to make a rude jokes or reference to it. The station probably wouldn't suit the much older listener unless they are into modern music although they do do play some classic pop tunes but not any classical or music earlier than the 70's.

        Music:
        As mentioned the station plays a variety of music and generally throughout the day will play mainly pop and dance music but have different show times for the various different DJ'' that are employed by the station. One of particular favourites part is 'The top ten at 10' show which is when they will pick a year, normally from either the late 80's, nineties or noughties, and play 10 different songs that came out that year. Viewers have to guess and can text or phone in to guess. I remember that they actually used to give one workplace a Greg's lunch if they got it right. Not an amazing prize but all in the name of fun!! However it is now just in the name of as there is no prize but I still love to sit and listen and start trying to guess! They also do other shows such as 'On demand' which is where the viewers phone or text in to request songs of their choice. It means that people actually get a say in what they listen to. A good way to stay a viewers favourite!

        Competitions:
        The radio do a variety of competitions mainly for things like concert tickets and also random small prizes such as CD's etc. However they also do some major prizes such as is the main one that is running at the moment 'Mystery voices'. The concept of this show is where three hidden celebrities say the phrase 'key103' with each celebrity saying one bit. Obviously this makes it quite difficult to guess as it's literally a quick 1 second of a whole phrase that each celebrity says but the cash prize is big! The first person to guess a voice right wins £1000, the first person to guess two voices wins £5000 and then the first person to guess all three voices wins £20000. Not bad at all! It is really frustrating listening to people say the same voices over and over when you know it's not right and I honestly don't know why you wouldn't check the website before calling as they list all the incorrect guesses! This year is different as all other times they have done it they have just increased the pot by £103 every time somebody guessed but got it wrong - If i remember one year the big prize went for something like £37000!!
        I am a bit biased when it comes to comps on this station as well though as my wife has won a couple of prizes on here - she first won premier night tickets to see Cirque du soleil when it came to Manchester a few years back and then only this January won Spice girl concert tickets so I just hope she keeps the winning streak up with them!!

        Other stuff:
        The radio station do a lot of charity work too and their main one is the Manchester Kids one where they will do various fundraising things throughout the year to donate and they do a lot of stuff too where they send people out on the streets of Manchester where listeners can take part in stuff.
        They have various other bits that come along during the days too including things like 'beat the gag' which is where the DJ will give the viewers two things or names and the viewers have to try and come up with a joke that connect them two things - highly amusing and some of the stuff is really good - others though is not!!

        The DJ's:
        They have a variety of DJ's on the show and these are listed below with the show that they do.

        Toolan in the morning - Morning show from 6am- with Mike Toolan and Chelsea.

        Jason King - does the top ten at 10 - from 10am-1pm on Monday to Friday and then also does Sunday show from 9am - 1pm

        Justin Moorhouse - quite a well known comedian who also does gigs at the Comedy store - he does the show from 1pm -4pm.

        Darren Proctor - Does the drive home show between 4pm - 7pm. It's mainly all the latest stuff until 5pm when it's the viewers choice also any latest news from the day on this show too. He also does the Saturday show from 10am - 2pm

        Rich and Luce - these do the show on Mondays through until Thursday and do the 7pm - 10pm slot. Their show includes the '7@7' which is the top seven songs from the day. and also the in demand where viewers choose the songs.

        MacDonald and Maguire's late night line up - Monday to Thursday from 10pm - 1am and then also on Sunday from 10pm - 1am. They do a variety of different things including 'Spooky true stories' and the 'Richard and Judy years' where they play 3 songs from a special year from this TV couple

        During 1am - 2am Monday through until Friday, the station play whats called the 'Peaceful hour' when they just play a host of different chill out songs back to back. There is no presenter for this show as it is pre chosen and just set to play.

        Fell good Friday Night with Luce - this show is on every Friday with Luce who does the Rich and Luce show. It is on air from 7pm - 10pm every Friday and is mainly all the latest dance songs for going out to.

        Dave Ellis - He does the Saturday and Sunday morning show from 2am - 6am. A mix of classic and up to date songs to listen to whilst coming in from those late nights out partying!

        David Johnson - does the pre top 40 UK show from 1pm - 4pm on Sundays. Music is latest chart songs

        Lucio - Hit 40 UK show which runs from 4-pm - 7pm on Sundays. All songs as they have made it into their position in the current charts played in order from 40 - 1.

        Michelle Mullane - does the show from 7pm - 10pm on Sundays and does a mix of music, comedy line ups and old school music.

        Richard Clarke - does the key control show where again viewers can choose the songs but hours that he does change frequently - the last time I checked he was doing the Saturday morning after Dave Ellis had finished but not entirely sure if he's still doing it at this time now!

        Overall the Key103 show is brilliant with lots going on, interesting presenters and lots of good music. I highly recommend this station to anyone who lives in the greater Manchester area and can tune into it. The only downside to this station I would say is sometimes you hear the same adverts over and over again all the time but, this is probably due to the fact that I try and listen to it all the time!! You probably wouldn't notice it as much if you were not tuned in all day like I can be!

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          04.09.2003 07:05
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          key 103 must be one of the best radio stations around. all the differant djs have there own style in my opinion there is no better way to wake up than with jk n joel there entertainment in the mormning gts you of to a great start to the day. all the latest music the best competitions the best jingles and some fantastic parodys like hooker in a bottle. also James Stannage, the controversial dj whos chat show is famous across town, especially when he calls his guests "baby little sperms" the show consists of people ringing up to give there opinion on something and he basiclly tells them how stupid they are or in the rare occasion how right they are. key 103 has fantastic jingle all the latest hits golden oldies the most entertaining dj's if your not fom manchester its worth coming for this station.

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            26.01.2001 06:18
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            Today's best music, Key 103, Manchester. Manchester is probably Britain's second most popular city for media inventions outside London, that's probably why Manchester plays host to one of the best radio stations in this country. The name? Piccadilly Key 103 FM (or Key 103 - as the young at heart like to call it!), owned by EMAP and based in Castlequay just outside Manchester City Centre it is here where the legend begins. Many years ago a station called Piccadilly 1152 was left to roam Manchester's airwaves, it was based in Manchester's Piccadilly Plaza Hotel and remained here till the IRA bomb blast ruined the City Centre in the Summer of 1996. The station mainly played old, classic songs and was actually aimed at a mid thirties audience. The station's sound quality was actually quite poor too. Often you would hear hisses and crackling sounds coming from your radio as the signal got lost in the air. This was due to the fact that the station didn't have such a huge broadcasting bandwith and because it was on the AM frequency. The station began to grow a large listening audience and day by day the listening figures grew. Advertisements for the station were put up all around the City Centre and by 1990 the station was recognised as one of the best in Manchester. Piccadilly 1152 was a commercial station and was heard to about as far as Blackpool. The presenters that hosted the shows were household style names in the early nineties, Noddy Holder and David Umberto, to name just a few. Anyway, a number of years later the station decided it was time for a change, it was getting good listening figures but was now rich enough to set up another station for it's younger listeners thus increasing it's figures even more. A new station was set up and was name Piccadilly Key 103 FM. It was to be 1152's sister station and was to be run by the similar people in the same building. The
            new station was aimed more at the younger listeners, around the thirteen to thirty age bracket. The station played pop, dance and rock songs from the UK singles charts. It too was a commercial station and regularly advertised it's sister station. The presenters on this station were much more fun, they were lively and happy and didn't talk as much on air. Over time, the station grew from strength to strength, the key turning point for the station was when the IRA bomb hit Manchester and thus took Piccadilly with it. The station soon moved to some offices outside the City Centre, alongside the Ship Canal. It is now based at Castlequay. The station was then taken over by EMAP and given a massive facelift. The sound quality improved, so did the presenters and the songs, 1152 became Piccadilly Magic 1152, now just Magic 1152 and was broadcasting now on MW and AM. Piccadilly Key 103 became Key 103, (now in the process of being changed back again) and the station just became a whole lot better. Another key turning point for the station was when southerner Mike Toolan joined the station as a breakfast show presenter, he took over Spence MacDonald. At first he wasn't rated very highly yet he soon became popular. One million listeners was the average figures each morning, making it the most listened to breakfast show in the North West with the figures increasing rapidly. It was constant fun and games on his show, Toolanised wind ups, Bottom Bongos, Sean's laugh and of course who could forget Fiver Fever. Mike was a valuable asset to Key 103 and the exploited him for all he was worth, he appeared in newspapers and TV shows purely as the main advertisement for the station. David Ditchfield show, the evening show, also became the most listened to evening show in the North West too, this all led to the station winning many awards and being voted the best station in Manchester. A hit TV was also produced about the station, it
            was a fly on the wall documentary of what goes on behind the scenes at the station. This was called FM Unplugged and was shown for eight weeks in the Grananda TV region, this regularly had high viewing figures too. Overall, if you want to listen to some good music, twenty four hours a day Key 103 FM is the frequency to tune your radio in to. The current schedule is listed below: Monday - Thursday 2.00am Jo Warburton 6.00am JK & Joel 9.00am Mike Toolan 12.00pm Adam Cole 4.00pm Darren Proctor 7.00pm Smash Hits with Ditchy 10.00pm James Stannage Friday 2.00am Jo Warburton 6.00am JK & Joel 9.00am Mike Toolan 12.00pm Adam Cole 4.00pm Darren Proctor 7.00pm Friday Night Kiss 10.00pm Key Dance Hit Mix Saturday 2.00am Simon Lowe 6am Darren Parks 10am Grainne 2.00pm Key 103 Sport with Ditchy and Dan 6.00pm Key Dance with Adam Cole 9.00pm Tall Paul 11pm Key Dance Hit MIx Sunday 2.00am Simon Lowe 6.00am Darren Parks 10.00am Ditchy 2.00pm Smash Hits 4.00pm The PEPSI Chart 7.00pm Darren Parks 10.00pm James Stannage Also watch out for Darren Proctor (the Drive Time Doctor and Smash Hits TV show and Radio Show Presenter) as you are sure to see much more of him in the future, he is the newest big thing to come out of the station. Another thing the station is involved with the Manchester Evening News Arena and Piccadilly Box Office a lot, they regularly put on excellent concerts together at reasonable prices, check these out. I also went along to the Key 103 Music For Life Concert where the station held a special concert in aid of Christies Against Cancer, a hell of a lot of cash was raised on this night and acts such as Madison Avenue, Geri Halliwell, Mel C, Tin Tin Out, Alice Deejay, Atomic Kittens, Adam Rickett, etc., all performed, it was a gr
            eat night and star studded the atmosphere was electric, the best concert ever, this just shows what a great community station it is. Another last thing Key 103 also hold regular events in association with Manchester City Council where they turn on the Christmas Lights, open the Printworks, open the M.E.N. Arena, etc., etc., it all goes to show the station is a huge part of Manchester's lifestyle and a damn good one at that! For more information on the station visit the official website at: www.clickkey103.com

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              29.11.2000 19:52
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              Key 103 - what a load of rubbish. When I was younger I used to love Key 103, simply because it had all the chart music. Now the charts are full of crap boy bands and little girl groups, I just don’t want to hear it anymore! It is not like you can get away from it either. All they play is chart stuff. It is just so poor. They also play a LOT of Oasis, fair enough, they are a Manchester band, but if you don’t like that music.... tough!! There are plenty of other stations to listen to around that area. I have switched to Century 105.4 - they play some chart music but lots of classics, like 80s and 90s music. 103 - get your act together.

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                22.11.2000 06:59
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                Key 103 is great if you like chart stuff, again and again and again. The top 40, often with about 10 tunes in particular is often blasted out...there was one time when I could tell you exactly what song was coming after the next because it was so repitious. Being an Manchester radio station, you will get the odd blast of Oasis, the Stone Roses etc. etc. but if this isnt your cup of tea either then you really are better off listening to something else morning and peak time. At night though,the rather brilliant James Stanage is on (Mon-thurs and sunday) to do some live phone in's which is quite interesting. But I would recommend other stations avalible such as Revolution and Century FM which play a far bigger mixture of music.

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                  09.11.2000 17:20
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                  if you live in manchester you want to listen to Key 103 the DJ's are great except for the new boys on breakfast and James Stanage (sexist bloke who hosts a chat show). the best thing about key 103 is the competitions that are generally ran alongside clickmanchester.com if you have never won a competition try on the website i have won loads most recently i not only won VIP tickets for the Printworks launch but i also won tickets to see pitch black at the printworks launch. nearly every week they give away tickets to see the manchester storm and they also regualry give away the latest CD's for more just check on the website and see how it goes - let me know is you win anything please

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                  20.07.2000 06:38
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                  This is one of the best radio station in Manchester. Its Piccadilly Key 103 and they have a fantastic Morning Show. Its hosted by Mike Toolan and friends and its really funny. The morning show is from 6 to 10 am and you should listen to it if you have the chance to. Currently they have the Fiver fever contest where you have to match 4 numbers from a fiver to the ones read out during the morning show and if you have the matching numbers you have a chance to win up to £10 000. Besides the morning show, all the other djs are really cool and they play all the latest music and latest releases. The station also devotes 2 hours 5 days a week (2 to 4 pm) to playing songs requested by the listeners in 'The Box'. Besides that, they have a great news team which recently won an international award in the 'radio world' . Other then the normal schedule, the weekends are devoted even more music and less talk. On Sunday from 4pm, they air The Pepsi Chart and after that you have an 80's music programme hosted my Noddy Holder and after that there is one hour of hip hop, R&B music. So, its a great station in terms of the different music it plays. They also have (from Sunday to Friday, 10 pm to 2 am) a 4 hour session where you can call up the station and air your opinions about anything under the sun. Although, personally, I wish that the talk peogramme was shorter as I prefer to listen to music and not talk, if you get what I mean. All in all though, I would say this is one of the better stations to tune in to, in Manchester and you can email the djs and find out more about the daily schedule as well as events occuring in Manchester from www.clickmanchester.com.

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                  05.07.2000 23:16
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                  If you live in the Northwest Region then you might want to tune in to this station. Piccadilly Key103 is supposedly the number one radio station in this region. The station airs a good selection of secular songs, although every now and then songs like 'The Bad Touch' by Bloodhound gang and 'The Thong Song' are spinned, to satisfy the general public's very diverse taste in music. There's also a slot between 2 and 4 in the afternoons (weekdays only) called 'The Box' presented by Sophie Double Dee (she insists that her nickname is no indication of her you-know-what size) where requests are taken. Most of the DJ's have pleasant personalities and are easy on the ears, though David Ditchfield (otherwise known as Ditchy), who hosts the 7pm - 10pm show, can be pretty obnoxious at times. But he has the ability of switching from his cheeky self to a more serious presenter when he hosts the Saturday afternoon show - Key103 sportsnet. Its website, www.yourmanchester.com was named the BT Northwest best website of the year. So if you want the latest news in the region, this is the site for you. The station does have its negative points. James Stannage, the host of the late night talk show from 10pm - 2am, can be very annoying, rude and self-opinionated. He thinks he knows everything, but in actual fact he doesn't! The station doesn't provide live audio broadcast on the internet, though, but I'm sure they will someday in the near future, so if you live outside of this region, take heart - you didn't just waste your time reading this.

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