I am a Brazilian journalist based in Birmingham, UK.
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Birmingham's FM legacy
It was quite surreal for me to find out that Kerrang! was broadcast from Birmingham. Going back some (many) years ago, when I was a teenager in Brazil, I used to collect Kerrang magazines and I would never have thought I would live and pass nearby where the "rock legacy" had started. It is a history that started in 2004, but now, it's coming to the end; June 14 will be the date to remember as it will be the final Kerrang broadcast from its studio based on Lionel St.
Since the announcement that Kerrang! will be "physically" replaced by another rock station, the audience have started to get used to the idea of listening to the online digital version of this legendary radio station.
It's definitely a lost not just to the FM broadcasting history, but also for the Midlands' bands that had been boosted by Kerrang! nearly during a decade.
This West Midlands' radio station that carries the heritage of a very important underground rock magazine was launched in 2004. Even if the radio can be considered yet more commercial than the magazine itself, Kerrang! always was an example of how alternative rock media can still keep alive nowadays. Its large audience of 1.3 million listeners is also another proof of this FM's success.
Well, if the music business always change; the legacy of this far from being just a "local" radio station will certainly remain.