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Archived station launch information

Archived information on station launches. Please note that some links may no longer work.


Hertbeat FM serving Welwyn, Hertford, Hatfield and Stevenage

KCR 106.7 (UPDATE)

The new local station for Knowsley (to the east of Liverpool), KCR 106.7, has started test transmissions today (10th May 2001) with the slogan "Your Favourite FM". You can find out about the launch date for the new station here. The station's new studio and office premises are at the Cables Retail Park in Prescot.

Thanks once again go to Mark for the above information.

totallyradio & Radio Quality

We've added two new stations to our list of internet webcasting stations. The first, totallyradio, features an array of different music styles including breaks, chilled, hiphop, indie, jazz, reggae, techno, trash and world through to the spoken word. The second, Radio Quality, features reviews and short, snappy film, music and travel reviews. You'll find links to these on our internet listings page.

Real Radio in Liverpool

Real Radio has launched on local digital radio in Liverpool from 1st May. Please see our news story for more information.

Hertbeat FM

Hertford, Welwyn, Ware, Stevenage and Hatfield's new local radio station, Hertbeat FM has launched its live audio service on the web. You can listen in now via our listen live page. The station's website can be visited by clicking here.

Purple Radio from LondonNew dance music radio station for London

A new gay dance music radio station for London is planning to launch soon. Purple Radio will start broadcasting over the internet from late April/early May, on Sky digital in late summer "providing the 24/7 soundtrack for the young and gay in the UK... playing the most up front club and dance floor fillers and coming live from the top gay venues every night." The station is also part of DRg's bid for London's third DAB digital radio licence; this licence is expected to be awarded in June. You can visit the station's website by clicking here.

                      

New local digital radio stations launch in Merseyside and North Wales

The local DAB digital radio transmitter for Merseyside and parts of North Wales has been switched on (Thursday, 8th March 2001). Liverpool's local radio stations Radio City and Magic join Emap's dance station Kiss and Capital Radio's modern rock station Xfm. The relaunched Oldies station Marcher Gold: Classic Gold Marcher, Wrexham's top 40 station MFM 103.4 and BBC Radio Merseyside are also broadcasting on the local digital multiplex.

KCR 107

Hot on the heels of our prediction that KCR will be on air by Spring, comes an e-mail from Mark Jones with news from the Liverpool Echo (2/3/01) that the station has found brand new premises next to a Tesco superstore:

New independent radio station KCR, which will start broadcasting to Knowsley by the summer, has struck an eight-year deal on new studio and office premises at the Cables Retail Park, Prescot. The former BICC Cables site opened last August with Tesco as its anchor tenant.

KCR launch director Steve Dickson said "It is important for local radio stations to be an integral part of their areas, and this location was worth waiting for. We will be right at the heart of the borough of Knowsley."

Thanks, Mark, for the information!

KCR 107 will launch on 106.7 FM by Summer. The station will serve the town of Knowsley and the surrounding area. Knowsley is located to the East of Liverpool.

koko.com

GWR Group's new portal for its FM radio stations, koko.com now includes individual pages for Broadland 102, Beacon FM, Wyvern FM, Mercia FM and 105.4FM Leicester Sound, which have been launched (week commencing 5th March 2001). The site enables you to listen live online to each station.

107.6 Kestrel FM

The new website for Basingstoke's local station 107.6 Kestrel FM has recently been launched. You can visit the site by clicking here. As well as schedules and presenter information, there's also a chance to listen to a sample of the station's sound.

The Heart 106.2 (London) and 100.7 Heart FM (Midlands) websites have also had a facelift.

Our thanks go to Terry Wong Min for the above information.

Bright 106.4 serving Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath in West Sussex

Bright 106.4

The new local radio station for central West Sussex, Bright 106.4 will launch on Saturday, 31st March 2001. The station will start test transmissions a few weeks before launch. The station can be found on 106.4FM throughout Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath in West Sussex. The station's website holding page can be visited by clicking here.

Our thanks go to Stacey Harris for the above information.

Hertbeat FM serving Welwyn, Hertford, Hatfield and Stevenage

Hertbeat FM

Hertford, Welwyn, Ware, Stevenage and Hatfield's new local radio station, Hertbeat FM launched on Saturday, 3rd March 2001. You can tune-in via FM radio from now. The station can be found on 106.9FM throughout Hertfordshire, or on 106.7 FM in Stevenage. The station's website can be visited by clicking here.

    

New local digital radio stations launch in Bristol and Bath, Coventry, Cardiff and Newport, and Wolverhampton

New local digital radio stations have launched in Bristol and Bath, Coventry, Cardiff and Newport, and Wolverhampton. In Bristol and Bath, The Storm (see below), Vibe (dance, garage, hip-hop, rare grooves and house music), The Rhythm (soul music), Xfm (alternative and modern rock) and The Lounge (easy listening music) all launched on 31st January 2001. These are joined on local digital radio by GWR FM and Classic Gold Digital. The learning station from @bristol is set to launch in summer. BBC Radio Bristol will also launch at a later date. You can visit our listings page for Bristol and Bath for more links.

In Coventry, The Storm (see below), Vibe (dance, garage, hip-hop, rare grooves and house music) and The Rhythm (soul music) stations are joined by Flix radio (see below). The local FM and AM stations Mercia FM and Classic Gold also take their place on the digital multiplex. Coventry's Kix 96 can also be heard on digital radio in the area. At a later date, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire will also launch on digital radio. You can visit our listings page for Coventry for more links.

In Wolverhampton, The Storm (see below) and The Rhythm (soul music) have launched alongside Sunrise Radio (music and information for the asian community) and alternative music station Xfm. A new student service, BBC stations Radio WM and BBC Radio Shropshire will also begin broadcasting on local digital radio for the area soon. You can visit our listings page for Wolverhampton for more links.

In Cardiff, The Storm (see below) launched on 31st January 2001. You can visit our listings page for South Wales for more links.

The Storm digital radio station

The Storm

A brand new modern rock station, The Storm has launched on local digital radio in Wolverhampton, Coventry, Bristol and Bath, and Cardiff and Newport. The station, playing classic and current rock from this and the last decade, launched on 31st January 2001. You can tune-in via digital radio or through our listen live page. You can visit the station's website by clicking here.

Flix Radio in Coventry

Flix

The new local digital radio station serving Coventry, Flix radio - launched at midday on 31st January 2001. The launch brings the first station in the UK to play music from the movies. You can reach the station's website by clicking here. The following information is taken from the UKRD website:

FLIX RADIO will play a wide variety of instrumental soundtracks and vocal music - much of which has topped the pop charts over the years.

Memorable music such as 'My Heart Will Go On' from Titanic; 'I Will Always Love You' from The Bodyguard; music that conjures up a memory that will make you smile, such as 'Bohemian Rhapsody' as featured in Wayne's World and evocative themes featuring composers such as John Williams whose credits include Jurassic Park, Star Wars, ET, Superman and Close Encounters Of The Third Kind.

The format will include short, pre-produced entertainment news featurettes with very high production values. There will be competitions with prizes such as movie soundtracks, movie books and holidays to places such as Hollywood, Disney MGM and Universal Studios.

The station will sound glamorous, professional, big and bold. Hollywood meets Elstree with a liberal sprinkling of added pixie dust. It will be evocative and memorable and will encourage higher listening hours through listener offers (including holidays) and a loyalty card.

In the mainstream dayparts, Flix Radio will be a mix of music from the movies; approximately 80% vocal, 20% instrumental soundtrack.

In the evening and off-peak periods there will be specialist music programming including whole sequences devoted to the music of Disney movies; action and adventure soundtracks; music from cult movies; music from the westerns; great movie love songs and even music from the great stage shows.

FLIX RADIO will be a lifestyle radio station, appealing predominantly to a 18-34 upscale young adult audience; early-adopters of Internet and digital radio technology. 35-50 is a longer term secondary target mature adult audience for when DAB penetration is greater.

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