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Monday, 22nd January 2008 (updated 23rd Sept 2010)
DAB rains down on Gloucester as digital radio doctors MuxCo win

MuxCo has been awarded the licence to run the local digital radio multiplex serving the city of Gloucester and county of Gloucestershire.

STOP PRESS.

Read updated information on the local multiplexes for Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire on this website.


The operator beat established DAB company Now Digital to win the licence. MuxCo's proposed lineup for Gloucestershire shares many similarities with their proposals for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, meaning that many of the new stations can share resources and broadcast to a wider area.

MuxCo Gloucester will bring four existing stations to digital radio, including BBC Radio Gloucestershire, but has lined up a further five services to launch in October 2008 [5th Jan 2009: MuxCo now propose "early 2010"].

A new easy listening music station Easy Radio, playing tracks from the last forty years, will be launched alongside a brand new local rock station Smithy Rock, which takes its name from the Old Smithy Studios in Kempsey, Worcestershire. The station will combine current and classic rock music, including output sourced from the studios from the last 30 years.

Local Live aims to entertain and inform with local and national news and will offer a forum to publicise local events and organisations and will launch within 9 months of the multiplex launch. Christian station UBC UK, Traffic Radio travel service and Shuffle, a youth station covering dance, rock and chart tracks are also in the pipeline for launch time.

Severn Sound and Gold are also earmarked for the multiplex.

MuxCo Gloucestershire

  • BBC Radio Gloucestershire : news, information and music

  • Severn Sound : pop and contemporary music

  • Gold : oldies and classic hits

  • Star 107.5 : classic and contemporary hits

  • Shuffle : chart, dance and rock tracks with listener-generated content

  • Smithy Rock : current and classic rock music

  • Easy Radio : easy listening music including rock, blues and folk

  • Local Live : local and national news, weather and entertainment updates, talk and speech

  • UCB UK : music and religious programmes

  • Traffic Radio : continually updated traffic and travel service

  • confidential supplier : variety pop and rock

MuxCo are commited to a start date of October 2008 for its DAB services (excluding Local Live), with four transmitters (Churchdown Hill, Blunsdon, Icomb Hill and Stroud).



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Related links:
find radio stations in Gloucestershire, on this website.
details of the two applications, on this website.
Now Digital website
MuxCo website
guide to DAB digital radio, on this website.
DAB digital radio portables and receivers
cheaper DAB portables/receivers
Alarm clock DAB radios
Handheld/personal/pocket DAB radios
DAB digital radio systems - hifi and tuners
DAB digital radio FAQs
more DAB digital radio and tuner special offers and discounts
more DAB digital radio stockists

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