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Friday, 30th April 2004 (updated 11 July 2011)
Stoke-on-Trent signals start of DAB digital radio for the area

Stoke-on-Trent is just tuning into its first commercial dance and r&b music station - Kiss. The London-based music station makes its appearance on the local DAB digital radio multiplex for Stoke-on-Trent and outlying areas.

Launched today, the Stoke-on-Trent multiplex is carrying five stations in stereo on DAB digital radio for the area.

July 2011 update: Want to know which stations are on this multiplex? Check our station listings...

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As planned, radio operator Emap has launched its non-stop pop music station Smash Hits Radio, currently heard on many other DAB digital radio multiplexes.

Pop dance music station Kiss completes the batch of new digital-only stations at launch. Two other stations, yet to be announced, will also be heard on DAB in Staffordshire at some stage in the future. Modern rock station The Storm had also been lined-up for an appearance, however this is now subject to further confirmation - the speculation is that Emap's Kerrang! may launch instead.

The new stations join existing AM and FM stations already broadcasting in the area. The current 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)

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

The digital radio multiplex uses Block 12D - one of seven labelled channels currently available for DAB digital radio in the UK. Only listeners with a DAB digital radio tuner can tune in to the new stations.

Existing DAB digital radio owners should perform a re-scan or Autotune with their radio over the next few weeks to be certain of picking up all services and any future stations that should launch on the multiplex.

To receive DAB digital radio stations in the UK, you need a DAB digital radio - a new type of radio that can receive digital radio broadcasts. For more information, read our guide to DAB digital radio and discover more about the tuners available to buy.

Related links:
Staffordshire, Crewe, Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent radio stations guide, on this website.
TWG-Emap win Stoke-on-Trent multiplex award, on this website.
guide to DAB digital radio, on this website.
where to buy DAB digital radio, on this website.
portable digital radios, available to buy now, via this website.
digital radio tuners, on this website.
pocket DAB tuners, on this website. promo banner

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