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Friday, 7th February 2003
Stoke-on-Trent to get 5 brand new stations in 2004

Local DAB digital radio is coming to Stoke-on-Trent in Easter 2004, taking in the towns of Crewe and Stafford along the way.

TWG Emap Digital Limited, a collaboration between The Wireless Group, owner of national sports station talkSPORT, and Emap Digital Radio Limited, transmitting radio brands ranging from Kiss to Kerrang, secured the multiplex award by default as they lodged the only application.

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As anticipated, Emap will launch its non-stop pop music station Smash Hits Radio, currently heard on its other DAB digital radio multiplexes in Liverpool and Yorkshire. GWR Group's Modern Rock station The Storm has also been lined-up for an appearance.

Dance music station Kiss completes the batch of new digital-only stations confirmed for launch. Two other stations, yet to be announced, will also be heard on DAB in Staffordshire.

The new stations will join existing AM and FM stations already broadcasting in the area. The full list is:

  • BBC Radio Stoke : news, information and music (BBC Radio)

  • Signal 1 : pop and contemporary music (The Wireless Group)

  • Signal 2 : classic hits and oldies (The Wireless Group)

  • Kiss : current and classic dance anthems (Emap Performance)

  • The Storm : modern rock (GWR Group)

  • Smash Hits Radio : non-stop pop music (Emap Performance)

  • (new station) : easy listening music (provider TBA)

  • (new station) : country music (provider TBA)

The digital radio multiplex is due to be switched on in April 2003 and will use Block 12D - one of seven labelled channels currently available for DAB digital radio in the UK. Only listeners with a DAB digital radio tuner will be able to hear the new stations when they launch.

Related links:
Staffordshire, Crewe, Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent radio stations guide, on this website.
Freeview radio channel listings, on this website.

guide to DAB digital radio, on this website.
where to buy DAB digital radio, on this website.
what to buy - a guide to DAB digital radio products, on this website. promo banner

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