Health Info Radio Pops-up

See two additional updates below. A new pop up radio stations has started to appear on trial small scale DAB multiplexes. Broadcasting using DAB+ at 32 kbps, Health Info Radio is now available in Glasgow, Brighton, Portsmouth (in the case of the latter two replacing Auraltime). The station appears to be broadcasting information loops on…Read moreRead more

Radio Wirral Launches

Radio Wirral has now launched on DAB+. The station is using DAB+ at 48 kbps in stereo, and is on the North East Wales and West Cheshire multiplex. This gives a coverage area of North East Wales and West Cheshire, as previously mentioned, but also Liverpool and the surrounding area. As mentioned previously, Radio Wirral…Read moreRead more

Heart and Smooth Changes

On DAB+ Heart Extra and Smooth Extra have been replaced by national versions of the main Heart and Smooth stations. Global have announced that this is to improve access to the stations, a move which appears counter productive, giving the earlier switch to DAB+, a newer version of DAB, which older digital radios are unable…Read moreRead more

Radio Wirral and Other DAB Changes

Radio Wirral have announced that they will commence broadcasting on DAB later this week. This is a replacement for the now defunct Wirral Radio community station. Multiplex details and broadcasting method are yet to be confirmed. Meanwhile, on Central Scotland regional DAB, Sunoh Radio has now ceased broadcasting, but is continuing online. On the Plymouth…Read moreRead more

DAB Changes

In the absence of much more worthwhile to report, there have been a few minor changes on DAB to report. BFBS has reverted to that name on SDL National, and is now labelled BFBS UK instead of Forces Radio BFBS. On Trial Glasgow Gaydio has switched from mono DAB to stereo DAB+ (48 kbps). The…Read moreRead more

BBC Confirm MW Transmitter Closures

The BBC have now announced when the next round of MW (AM) local radio transmitters will close. BBC Three Counties Radio have already ceased broadcasts on the 630 and 1260 transmitters, and are now broadcasting a retune advice loop. Full closure will take place on the 6th April. For the rest of the stations, closure…Read moreRead more

Changes to Travel Bulletins on BBC Local Radio

Apologies due to the delay of this post, personal commitments have gotten in the way of updates. Changes are to be made to travel bulletins across the BBC’s network of local radio stations. At present, most of the bulletins are currently produced and voiced external by Inrix. The changes will mean that instead of Inrix…Read moreRead more

Podcast Radio Launches

Apologies due to the delay of this post, personal commitments have gotten in the way of updates. Podcast Radio, a new digital only station broadcasting podcasts to a wider audience, has now launched in the London area. The station is using DAB+ at 32 kbps second, and has been confirmed on the Surrey and South…Read moreRead more

BBC Radio 1 Falls Silent Due to Technical Glitch

Whilst technically glitches can occur, the BBC Radio 1 breakfast show was unfortunate to suffer a complete failure for 30 seconds this morning (4/02/20). The exact cause of the glitch is unknown, but it is understood that a full reboot was required to recommence programming. Whilst the reboot took place, there was nothing that presenter…Read moreRead more

Upcoming Medium Wave Closures

Ofcom has given Talk Sport consent to turn off the following medium wave (MW/AM) transmitters: • Rosemarkie (Inverness) • Redruth (Cornwall) • Redmoss (Aberdeen) • Londonderry • Occombe (Devon) • Plummers Barracks (Plymouth) • Pearce’s Hill (Devon) Although the percentage reduction is marginal, 95% to 93%, over 1 million potential listeners will be affected. Listeners…Read moreRead more