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Friday, 29th September 2017
Digital popup radio station Radio 1 Vintage, celebrating 50 years of BBC Radio 1 - what's on and how do I listen?

A new, three-day digital radio station to mark BBC Radio 1ís 50th birthday launches at 6am on Saturday, 30th September. Featuring no fewer than fifty one-hour themed nostalgic shows Radio 1 Vintage celebrates the key role that Radio 1 has played in music, entertainment and popular culture.

How can I receive Radio 1 Vintage on my DAB digital radio or listen online?

  • Radio 1 Vintage isn't on FM or mediumwave radio, though from 8.30am on Saturday 30th September there will be a live triplecast across Radio 1 Vintage, Radio 1 and Radio 2 to celebrate the launch of Radio 1 way back in 1967

  • you'll need a DAB digital radio to listen

  • if you're doing a manual tune of your DAB radio, it's on frequency channel 12B in England, Wales & Northern Ireland and Scotland

  • Tune to BBC Radio 1 or BBC Radio 2 on your DAB digital radio, THEN look for BBC R1Vintage or BBCR1V in your station list - it might appear just after BBC AsianNetwork or just before BBC R5LiveSportX, or just before BBCR1X (Radio 1 Xtra) and BBCR1.

  • the station is broadcasting in mono, alongside Radios 1, 2, 6Music and 1Xtra, which will use a lower stereo bitrate of 112kbps each instead of 128kbps while Radio 1 Vintage is on the air

  • Radio 1 Vintage will also be available live online in the UK and internationally, and for 30 days following broadcast

  • you can also stream via an internet radio, or via the Radio 1 Vintage homepage

  • Radio 1 Vintage popup launches on the same digital radio bundle that carries BBC Asian Network, BBC Radio 1, BBC 1Xtra, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 4 Extra, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, BBC 6 Music and BBC World Service

  • If you can see the above BBC stations in your DAB station list, you will be able to receive Radio 1 Vintage.

  • look for BBC R1Vintage or BBCR1V in your DAB station list

  • check out our advice for re-tuning your DAB digital radio, if you still can't tune to national BBC radio stations


radio-now.co.uk DAB radio retune information
Still can't find Radio 1 Vintage? Hold the Autotune button down for 3 seconds to make sure your DAB radio scans for all new stations

The schedule is below:
Schedule for BBC Radio 1 Vintage

To receive DAB digital radio services, you need a type of radio designed to pick up digital broadcasts over the airwaves through its built-in aerial. We've advice on choosing a good model on our pages, or scroll down the page for some quick links to both DAB and wi-fi receivers.



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