Show Profiles – Hit The North (East)

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Hit The North (East) is NE1fm 102.5’s flagship local music show, broadcast live every Wednesday evening from 7 til 9PM.

Hit The North (East) is mostly focused on the indie rock genre, and is a valuable source of exposure for local bands and musicians, offering their music airplay that they are unable to receive regularly anywhere else.

Bands are regularly featured on the show in the form of their studio recordings, but also occasionally perform live in the NE1fm studio, and feature in interviews and live performances recorded elsewhere in the area especially for the show.

Local artists appearing in the studio are also able to take part in regular on-air features, and play and give exposure to a selection of their favourite tracks to the Hit The North (East) audience.

Local music aside, Hit The North (East) also features an eclectic range of indie, alternative and electronic acts from further afield, ranging from forgotten classics to the latest releases, which are put under the microscope in the acerbic reviews feature Vinyl Score.

Hit The North (East) is currently fronted by Ian Banach, John Nuttall and Jackie Miller. Ian and John have been with the programme since launch, with Jackie joining in 2012. The team is assisted off-air by Rachel Brown.

The show launched as Hit The North in September 2010 before a minor name change, and is a continuation of NE1fm’s tradition of promoting local talent, becoming the natural successor to The Live Session, NE1fm’s first local and live music show, which ran from 2007 until 2009.[/two_third] [one_third last=”yes”]

Show Name
Hit The North (East)

Broadcast Time
Wednesdays, 7-9 PM

Ian Banach
John Nuttall
Jackie Purver

First Broadcast
September 2010

Indie, electronic, alternative, local music, live music, interviews

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One Step Forward[/one_third] You can hear Hit The North (East) on 102.5 FM across Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead, as well as online on this website, every Wednesday from 7 til 9PM. You can also contact the team on Facebook and Twitter.

Also, if you’re an artist, label or promoter and want to work with the show, you can contact them at