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Tuesday, 5th February

15 to 1 as multitude of radio groups go for East Midlands

15 applications have been submitted to the Radio Authority for an brand new FM station to serve the East Midlands. Applicants include Capital Disney - a station which would draw on Disney's characters and stories for its content aimed at a young audience, four commercial and club dance music stations Galaxy, Vibe, Sonic FM and Juice, two dance and new rock stations KRadio and Liquid FM. Also in the list of applicants is Smooth FM, an easy listening music station which can currently be heard on MXR regional DAB digital radio multiplexes,

East Midlands radio licence applicants logos The Storm, a modern rock station playing rock and Brit pop from the last ten years or so, which has recently launched on DAB digital radio in London and Saga Radio - it has just launched its service of oldies and easy listening music in the West Midlands. A country music station Route FM, an alternative to BBC Radio 1, Play 106.6 from the Ministry of Sound, and speech, rock, dance and chart music station The Wall are other potential services to be offered. Jump FM and Fire complete the lineup with a mix of music aimed at the under-30 age group.

The single station will serve around 1.6 million adults and the licence will be offered for eight years. Leicester, Nottingham and Derby will all be covered by the new FM frequency, but the station will be heard all across the East Midlands. Copies of these applications will be available for public scrutiny in the reference sections of Leicester Central Library, Nottingham City Library and Derby Central Library, and at the Radio Authority's offices in London.

Related links:
The Storm website
Galaxy East Midlands website
Jump FM website
Route FM website
Liquid FM website
Kradio website
Vibe FM website
Juice Liverpool website
list of existing stations in the East Midlands, on this site
Radio Authority list of applicants

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