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BBC Radio West Midlands

BBC Radio WM is the BBC’s local radio station serving the West Midlands.

It broadcasts on FM, DAB, digital TV and via BBC Sounds from studios at The Mailbox in Birmingham.

According to RAJAR, the station has a weekly audience of 219,000 listeners and a 3.5% share as of September 2021.


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.[citation needed]

On 23 November 1981, the station changed its name to BBC WM  and had a studio in the back of a shop in New Street. The shop sold trinkets branded with the Radio WM identity.

A short-lived service called WM Heartlands ran between early 1989 and 1991 serving the ‘Heartlands’ area of East Birmingham using the 1458MW frequency. It ran as an experiment, opting out from 0800 until 1200, with the Asian Network using the same frequency in the evenings.

As a 1990s economy measure, BBC WM 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).