‘It’s a shame to see station go’ - Disappointment as Rock FM announces move from Preston HQ
Preston-based Rock FM is leaving its city HQ and will move its only remaining broadcasters to Manchester.
The station, which has broadcast from the city since 1990, will move its sales team to a new office, while its breakfast show presenters will relocate to Castle Quay in Manchester.
Rock FM is currently based on St Paul’s Square and will move at the end of February.The building is no longer considered “fit for purpose” by the station.
Around 25 sales and support staff will move to its new city centre headquarters.
The company said the move would provide a “more vibrant working environment” for staff.
But Lancashire Post readers were sad the station was leaving the city:
"Are there any local radio stations anymore. They all seem to be this generic large company stations. Not as good as the old local ones."
"Will it still be focused on Lancashire/Preston area? It's been a 'local station for 30 odd years. If it's only for the Manchester area, sorry I'll be turning off...it says local for a reason. This is what happens when big media companies take over local project's...Also, I wonder what Red Rose Radio founder Paul Jordan makes of this? Isn't he the MD?"
"Worked on the church when they first made it a radio station did all the scaffolding inside and out shame to see it go else where won't be part of Preston anymore."
"Do we know what is the future of the building. It would make area for great music development."
"This is an opportunity for someone to have a local radio station and make some money and give the local people what they want and deserve."
"I was there in 1991 with Psychic James Byrne on The Tony Newman late night chat show. This was followed by Derek Acorah etc. Red Rose under the management of John Myers was the very first commercial station to feature live On Air psychic Readings, we made the national press. Sad News this indeed."
John G Sutton
"Stopped listening to it when Scottie Mc Clue left. Radio Lancashire a far better station. Local news and local presenters."
"Oh no I am gutted . I deliver round Preston and pass it about 20/30 times a day it won’t be the same knowing they aren't there xxx. "
"Should be a homeless shelter, needed badly. And being a church well suited to show charity."
"I remember when dixie was the breakfast host and on a Friday with Adam Catterall doing limo to lessons I was the driver of the limo."
"My sister got married there in 1956 as it was called st Paul's church hope it is put to good use very sad."