Suffolk Launch

Suffolk Launch

This morning, 7th October, we officially launched the Suffolk multiplex with local MP and digital Minister Matt Hancock at Ixworth Primary School near Bury St Edmunds.

It was a great morning, with representatives from all of the stations (Heart East Anglia, Smooth Radio, BBC Radio Suffolk, Chris Country, Suffolk First and Fun Kids) appearing at the event. We also broadcast into Heart’s breakfast show, whilst BBC Radio Suffolk broadcast the launch live.

These events are important, as the station Breakfast show reach is strong, and it acts as a good focus for local press coverage too – all designed to encourage listeners to retune their digital radio.

Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital and Culture, said:
“It’s great to see the continued rollout of DAB digital radio across the UK. Suffolk is served by a good variety of local stations, and I’m delighted that a further 425,000 listeners across Suffolk will now be able to hear these important and well-loved stations on digital radio”

Pip Whiteside, Head teacher, Ixworth CEVC Primary, said:
“We are absolutely thrilled to have hosted such an exciting occasion for the county at our school and to have welcomed our local MP and Suffolk’s local stations. The pupils have loved the big green switch and finding out more about digital radio, especially a station that’s just for them.”

Peter Cook, Editor, BBC Radio Suffolk, said:
“This is wonderful news. We’ve waited a long time for local DAB to reach Suffolk and now it’s here it means there’s one more way that listeners can tune in to our local presenters, delivering the news, sport and fun that they love.”

Adam Newstead, Managing Editor, Heart East Anglia, said:
“Heart is the nation’s most popular commercial radio station and we are looking forward to bringing listeners in Suffolk more feel-good music on DAB digital radio.”

Michael Betton, CEO, LincsFM, said:
“We are delighted to be launching Suffolk First, a brand new station for Suffolk’s listeners, bringing them a mixture of country and contemporary music as well as local information for the county.”

Chris Stevens, Founder, Chris Country Radio, said:
“I’m absoutely thrilled to add Suffolk to the growing list of places in the UK that can now enjoy Chis Country’s 24-hour mix of American and British country music on DAB digital radio.”

Matt Deegan, Creative Director, Fun Kids, said:
“Today’s news means that kids across Suffolk will be able to tune into their only dedicated radio station – Fun Kids – and what better place to switch-on the new digital transmitters in Suffolk than Ixworth Primary School.”

Gregory Watson, Managing Director, MuxCo Suffolk, said:
“I am delighted that we have been able to bring local DAB digital radio to Suffolk. We’re proud of our role in expanding local DAB coverage and enabling new radio services to serve the county.”

Ford Ennals, CEO, Digital Radio UK, said:
“Suffolk has a great variety of local digital stations so it’s great news that a further 425,000 listeners will now be able to enjoy all their favourite local stations on DAB digital radio for the first time, as well as new stations broadening choice.”

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.