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!

Local Digital Radio Launches in Lincolnshire

The Lincolnshire DAB Digital Radio multiplex has launched today (1st October) on Lincolnshire Day, bringing local digital radio to over 410,000 people for the first time.

Whilst national radio stations like BBC Radio 4 and Classic FM have been available to Lincolnshire on digital radio for a number of years, this will be the first time that listeners to Lincs FM, Compass FM and BBC Radio Lincolnshire will be able to hear their favourite station on digital radio across the county.

48% of Lincolnshire’s radio listeners already have a DAB Digital Radio, a number expected to climb now the full range of stations – local and national – are available. DAB digital radios are available from £15 and listeners can find sets for home, office, in-car or on the move.

With over 70% of new cars coming with DAB Digital Radio as standard, MuxCo has put particular effort into covering over 1,200kms of roads in the county.

The launch of these stations on DAB Digital Radio is the result of a collaboration between the Lincs FM Group and local multiplex operator MuxCo Ltd.

Michael Betton, Chief Executive of the Lincs FM Groups says: “The launch today means that local listeners will get to hear their favourite stations on DAB digital radio all across Lincolnshire. For the Lincs FM Group it also means that Compass FM will be able to be heard across the whole county for the first time.

Gregory Watson, Managing Director of MuxCo says: “As well as the existing local stations, the multiplex offers the ability for new radio stations to easily launch on DAB across the whole area. Taken together, this is great news for Lincolnshire’s radio listeners”.

Charlie Partridge, BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Editor says: “It is good to be able to add DAB Digital radio to our FM and AM frequencies, we celebrate our 35th birthday in November and this is proof that BBC Radio Lincolnshire continues to move with the times. The most frequently asked question we are asked is “When will you be on DAB?” and finally we have the answer: Now!”

To be able to listen to the stations on your DAB Digital Radio, make sure you do a ‘full autotune’ on your digital radio. There’s more information at http://www.getdigitalradio.com/retune

Lincolnshire Update

We’re making good progress on the build for the Lincolnshire multiplex, ready for tests in September.

All the transmitters have been installed and pre-commissioned and the telemetry is ready to go. The feeders for the the dish links are all ready, whilst the radio links are starting to be installed. This week we’re installing the contribution servers at each of the radio stations so they can provide audio to the multiplex.

We’ve still got work to do to make sure all of the dish links and circuits are working before we’re ready to test the system end to end and then get Ofcom to approve everything.

MuxCo Awarded Suffolk Licence

Ofcom have announced today that they have awarded MuxCo Suffolk Ltd the multiplex licence to cover the Suffolk area.

The multiplex is currently scheduled to launch towards the end of next year and we plan to broadcast Heart Suffolk, Smooth Suffolk, Suffolk First, Anglia and BBC Radio Suffolk.

There is also space capacity to broadcast a number of additional radio stations. If you represent a radio station and are interested in broadcasting to Suffolk, there is more information here.