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Darren Proctor launches Happy Radio with host of famous names


Some of Manchester’s best known radio presenters are joining forces for a new local radio station.

Happy Radio UK, which will air across South Manchester and Cheshire, has been co-created by Darren Proctor and Max Eden, the organiser of the Hale Barns Carnival.

Some of the names already announced on the line-up include Spence MacDonald who’ll be returning to Breakfast Show duties, having been a regular on Key 103, Heart and Imagine.

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Steve Penk will present a weekday afternoon show, while Chelsea Norris, who left BBC Manchester last year, will have a Saturday show between 10am and 12.

Lauren Simon, from Real Housewives of Cheshire will have a weekday afternoon show, while Proctor will do weekday mid-mornings.

“Looking back over the last 25 years of my career, some of the most fun and rewarding times were when the radio stations focussed on being hyper local, connecting with our audience to not only make the listener feel that they were part of the radio family but also creating huge interest from local businesses wanting to be part of it,” explained Proctor.

The station, which launches next month will play songs from the 70s to modern day and says it will be active within the community.

It will be available online, smart speakers and an app. It will air on DAB later in the year.

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