100.7 Heart fm held onto its place as the number one commercial station in the West Midlands despite losing weekly listeners in the last quarter.

Rajar quarterly radio listening figures showed 781,000 people tuning into the station every week, down from 800,000 in the previous quarter.

All the other major commercial radio stations in the city shed listeners last quarter with Galaxy Birmingham losing 25,000 bringing its weekly reach to 389,000. 96.4 BRMB lost 43,000 to reach 381,000 listeners per week.

Kerrang! 105.2 also fell from a weekly reach of 384,000 in the previous quarter to 360,000 during the last quarter. But BBC WM bucked the trend by pulling in an extra 21,000 weekly listeners, bringing its weekly reach up to 293,000.

BBC WM managing editor Keith Beech said: “We’ve asked the audience what they want from BBC WM and we’re working hard to make sure we deliver that on a consistent basis.

“I’m really pleased with the progress that Phil Upton is making at breakfast. It’s a programme that’s catching the mood of the morning and putting a smile on people’s faces even in these difficult times.”

Meanwhile Kerrang! has recruited Nuts TV presenter OJ Borg to join Kate Lawler on the new Drive show.

Kerrang! Radio programme director Gordon Davidson said: “Kate has found her home on Drive and OJ will be a great addition. They will host one of the UK’s most entertaining drive shows.”

Leicester-born OJ, who has previously presented on MTV online and NUTS TV, said: “I’m from the Midlands so I can’t wait to move back.”

According to the national Rajar figures, Chris Moyles’s Radio 1 breakfast show lost listeners for the second consecutive quarter, down 190,000 from the 7.21 million fans he enjoyed in the previous quarter.

Radio 2’s Terry Wogan is still king of breakfast despite losing 10,000 listeners last quarter to reach an audience of 7.74 million

But Terry’s figures were up year-on-year from 7.68 million.

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