Suffolk DAB Starts

Our final local multiplex, in Suffolk, will start test transmissions on Friday 30th September 2016 before it’s official launch on the 7th October.

It will broadcast six radio stations to around 400,000 people. These will include:

  • BBC Radio Suffolk
  • Heart
  • Smooth Radio
  • Chris Country
  • Fun Kids
  • Suffolk First (a new service from Lincs FM)

All stations will broadcast in “original flavour” DAB.

Gregory Watson, Managing Director of MuxCo says: “We’re excited to be activiating our 10th MuxCo-branded multiplex in Suffolk at the end of the month. We’re already broadcasting over 60 radio stations to millions of people across the network and we’re looking forward to bringing local DAB to another county”.

There’s more information in our Suffolk section.

Further August 2016 Changes

It continues to be a busy month in August for the network.

This week we have updated Jack and Jack 2 on our Surrey multiplex to broadcast in the newer flavour of DAB Digital Radio – DAB+. This will mean that older radios may lose the service, or see it described as ‘Unavailable’.

To hear DAB+ services you need a modern tick-mark enabled digital radio.

On our North Wales multiplex we’re also pleased to have added Capital Cymru, the Welsh-language variant of Capital FM. With new transmitters launching in North Wales, there’s never been a better time for it to join the line up.

August Transmission

August is a busy month across our multiplexes. Not only are we adding services, we’ll also be adding additional transmitters to the network at the following locations:

On Herefordshire & Worcestershire:

  • Hereford
  • Kidderminster

On North Wales

  • Holyhead South Stack Road
  • Amlwch
  • Llanddona
  • Gwaenysgor (S)
  • Penmaen Rhos

Later in September we’ll be adding High Hunsley to our Lincolnshire network.

These additional transmitters should re-enforce coverage for existing listeners as well as growing the areas that we broadcast to.

As with all transmission work a number of things can conspire to delay implementation (weather, technical access etc) but we’re positive that they’ll all be on in the coming weeks.

August 2016 Additions

We’re pleased to be adding a selection of new services to our multiplexes in August.

On August 1st on our Gloucestershire multiplex we added Glow Radio.

Glow Radio is aimed at 15- to 35s, with presenters playing a mix of current hits and 90s dance anthems.

On our Wrexham, Chester and Liverpool multiplex there are a number of changes.

We’ll be adding two new services, Nation Gold and Love 80s. Nation Gold launched on the 2nd and Love 80s will launch on the 6th. Love 80s will be broadcast using DAB+.

Also on the 2nd, we sadly said goodbye to Chris Country and we also changed Nation Radio from a DAB to a DAB+ service.

As a DAB+ service, Nation Radio and Love 80s will be available in most cars that have a digital radio, but generally only on tick-marked enabled household radios (these tend to be the newer ones).

Both Nation Radio and Chris Country will continue to be available online through their websites and mobile apps.

Update: With the expansion of the Liverpool multiplex, which has broadcast Capital Liverpool, we’ve altered the version of Capital we broadcast to be the more local Capital Wrexham variant.

July 2016 Additions

We’re pleased to have added two new stations to our networks today.

On North Yorkshire, a new service Great Yorkshire Radio joins the multiplex.

On Surrey & South London a radio station for the Farnborough Air Show has started broadcasting in readiness for the beginning of the Show. This station is taking advantage of our RSL offer – where short term stations can broadcast across our multiplexes.

April Additions

We’re pleased to welcome Eagle Oldies to the Surrey and South London multiplex, which will be launching officially on Monday (4th April) at 4pm.

UKRD’s Paul Marcus says “Whilst it’s true that our station will be playing older music, you don’t have to be old to listen! Indeed by showcasing the classic hits of 60s and 70s we will enable a new generation of listeners to discover artists for the first time, many of whom have had a huge influence on the current music scene.”

Eagle Radio’s Peter Gordon says: “For 20 years Eagle Radio has been trusted by listeners in Surrey and Hampshire to provide the very best service. We feel that now is a fitting time to offer a brand new service for the people who grew up with music radio. Eagle Oldies will take great pleasure in celebrating the best music, from the best artists through the years.”

February Addition

We’re pleased to announce another radio station is joining our North Yorkshire multiplex.

North Yorkshire Oldies will launch on the 1st February, backed by the team at Minster FM, Stray FM and Yorkshire Coast Radio.

Press release below.

North Yorkshire’s New Radio Station launches

There will be a new sound on the airwaves from Monday 1st February, with the launch of North Yorkshire Oldies on the North Yorkshire DAB Multiplex.

North Yorkshire Oldies is a joint initiative by three of the UKRD Group’s radio stations, Minster FM, Stray FM and Yorkshire Coast Radio.

The station will play non-stop music and memories, 24 hours a day, and is promising listeners they will be never more than 60 seconds away from another great song.

Chris Sigsworth, Managing Director of Yorkshire Coast Radio says “North Yorkshire Oldies will compliment the service provided by Minster FM, Stray FM and Yorkshire Coast Radio. Whilst listeners to our three heritage stations enjoy the strong mix of local news, information and mix of music from the last 40 years, the new station will play a non-stop mix of oldies from the 50’s to the 80’s.”

North Yorkshire Oldies can be heard on DAB Digital Radio in North Yorkshire, online at www.northyorkshireoldies.co.uk and via a mobile App.

New Additions

It’s a busy time across our multiplex networks for both short term and long term services.

In Surrey we’ll be adding Radio Marsden Christmas on the 27th November running through to the end of Boxing Day.

In Mid and West Wales we’ll be adding Nation Xmas on the 1st December running until the end of the 27th December. We’re then pleased to be adding Nation Gold as a permanent service to the multiplex from the 28th December.

In Herefordshire and Worcestershire we’ll be adding another new permanent service – Like Radio – from the 14th December.

We have a standard ratecard for ‘RSLs’ – month long licences – on our multiplexes. You can find out more here.

Happy Christmas and Happy Listening!