Citybeat were awarded a licence to broadcast to Belfast in 1990. They first appeared under the name BCR – Belfast Community Radio – in March 1990, but by 1996 they had changed name under the new ownership of Owen Royston.
Programmes are aimed at 25-49 year olds.
Citybeat rebranded to Q Radio on August 9th 2015.
What they say about themselves:
Citybeat is Belfast’s popular radio station, located in the landmark Arena Building on the Ormeau Road and attracting 136,000* adults listening each week.
Broadcasting on 96.7 & 102.5FM, Citybeat also caters for several other large commuter towns and cities as well as Belfast – from Carrickfergus to Antrim, Lisburn, Newtownabbey, Newtownards and Bangor. You can also listen to us online at www.citybeat.co.uk, and province wide on DAB digital radio.
Our programmes are aimed primarily at 25 to 49 year olds age the music we play compliments this audience with an unrivalled variety of hit songs from the 80s, 90s as well as the best in new music. We also add in the occasional classic from the 70s – songs you love, songs that have stood the test of time.
Citybeat is now into its tenth year of broadcasting and throughout this time has proven a consistent hit with its audience. 2007 has been a phenomenal year for the station, with Citybeat picking up no less than six major local, national and international awards so far, including a World Medal at the New York Radio Festival and two Big Buzz Awards, voted for by the public, for Best Irish Commercial Radio Station and Best Breakfast Show.
Citybeat were then named as the 2007 Commercial Radio Station of the Year (300,000 – 1 million TSA category) at the prestigious Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards, held in London in July.
We’re proud that we are the voice of Belfast, and if it’s happening in our city – you’ll hear about it first on Citybeat! Whether it’s for topical discussion, big star interviews, exciting competitions or simply the best music around, there’s always a compelling reason to tune in. So why not come and join the party? We know you’ll not be disappointed!