|Broadcast area||West Midlands conurbation|
|Frequency||95.6 MHz, DAB, Freeview channel 722|
|Format||Local news, talk and music|
|Owner||BBC Local Radio,|
First air date
|9 November 1970|
|BBC Radio Birmingham (1970–1981)|
BBC WM (1981–2020)
|Website||BBC Radio WM|
Until 2004, BBC WM broadcast from the Pebble Mill studios, in Edgbaston. On 4 July of that year, the station moved to the new BBC Birmingham city centre offices in The Mailbox. Its facilities include two broadcast studios, a talk studio, an operations and production area, and a studio shared with the BBC Asian Network.
As a 1990s economy measure, the station took over BBC CWR in Coventry and Warwickshire. On 3 September 2005, CWR resumed the production of separate programming between 5am and 10pm each weekday (6am-6pm at weekends).
BBC Radio Wolverhampton
In January 2021, BBC Radio Wolverhampton launched as a temporary sister station. The service provided eight hours of opt-out programming for listeners in Wolverhampton and the surrounding area each weekday until March 2021.
When it launched, the station had a monopoly of local radio in the Birmingham area. The station's low audience since the advent of independent local radio has led to reports of threatened closure on various occasions. In the mid-1980s, a new manager, Tony Inchley, brought in extensive format changes with a view to stabilising the audience, although the station remained small in listenership numbers.
Local programming is produced and broadcast from the BBC's Birmingham studios from 6am - 1am each day.
Notable presenters include:
- Gordon Astley
- Malcolm Boyden
- Tony Butler
- Carl Chinn (1994-2012)
- Alan Dedicoat
- Ed Doolan (deceased)
- Adrian Goldberg (2003–2006, 2010–2017, 2018–2020)
- Alex Lester (2017–2020)
- Stuart Linnell
- Janice Long (2000–2010)
- Andrew Peach
- Peter Powell
- Les Ross (2005–2009)
- Sunny and Shay (2014–2020)
- Graham Torrington (2012–2020)
- Phil Upton (2006–2012)
- "RAJAR". RAJAR. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
- "BBC WM – 40th anniversary". BBC News Online. BBC Birmingham. 8 November 2010.
In November 1981 Radio Birmingham changed its name to BBC Radio WM (the 'Radio' was later dropped) to give a better reflection of the area it covered.
- BBC WM: The first 40 years
- "BBC Radio in Wolverhampton is changing on Friday 15th January 2021 | Help receiving TV and radio". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
- BBC WM website
- BBC WM: The first 40 years – 58-minute radio documentary by BBC WM (streaming audio)
- "BBC WM looks back on its 40 years of broadcasting". BBC News Online. BBC Birmingham. 26 August 2010.