A brief history...

About Takeover Radio

Takeover Radio broadcast on 103.2FM across Leicester and to the world online from the city's historic Abbey Park. We're a community station run by young people for young people, playing the latest music and producing mixed content from talk shows through to speciality music shows.

where it all started

Our History


The station began as a Programme on a Market Harborough short term radio station (RSL) called Valley FM. On a Saturday Night, Ellie (15), Sam (12) and Rayne (10) took over Philip Solo's show by "bursting in and tying him up" - they would only come out if the "Radio Police" paid the ransom of delicious pizza.


After appearing on The Big Dial in 1998, the show moved to The Wall 95.1 FM and new young recruits were needed. An advert was placed into the Leicester Mercury newspaper and membership grew from just 13 to 100!


By August 2000, the Takeover Radio shows had grown in popularity and membership so much that a radio station of our own was needed and this began on Saturday 19th August 2000 for 9 days, from 9am til 9pm.


The Radio Authority chose Takeover as 1 of 15 to be handpicked to trial out a new pilot radio licence called the "Access Radio Scheme" - this meant Takeover Radio's dreams had come true and for 5 years, Takeover could now broadcast full time on air!


The UK's first full-time broadcasting Children's Radio station finally went live on air on Tuesday 5th March 2002. Takeover Radio 103.2 was now on air until at least 2006!


Takeover Radio were granted a new 5 year license by the newly-formed Ofcom, meaning that Takeover would continue broadcasting until 2010.


Takeover Radio moved to it's current studios at Abbey Park in Leicester. Ofcom renewed the license for another 5 years to 2015.


Ofcom granted yet another 5 year extension, allowing us to broadcast until 2020.


Today, Takeover Radio continue to support children and young people across Leicester and Leicestershire by training them in radio presentation and production.

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what we do

We're a community radio station

As a community station, it's our duty to work with the young people of Leicester to produce great radio. We broadcast 24 hours a day with the latest music, as well as news and stories from across the city.

Managed by registered charity, Takeover Radio Children's Media Trust, the station is run entirely by volunteers. During school time, the station is looked after by a team of volunteer adults who then hand the airwaves back to our young people in the evenings, at the weekends and during school holidays.

we're recruiting

Start volunteering now

We're always looking for talent, and that could be you. Browse our current opportunities below and get in touch to start volunteering at takeover now.

Radio Presenter

  • Punctual

  • Enthusiastic

  • Friendly

  • Approachable

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Station Assistant

  • Passionate

  • Keen attention to detail

  • Patient

  • Approachable

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Pick up the mic!

We're hungry for talent at Takeover Radio, so we're actively looking for child and adult radio volunteers. Why not find out a little more?

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