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Thursday, 15th July 2010
Absolute launches DAB radio station for football coverage & live gigs

Absolute Radio have announced a brand new radio station Absolute Radio Extra, broadcasting live gigs, 32 live and exclusive football commentaries, plus extra comedy shows on DAB digital radio.

The new service will begin on 14th August with the first of the station's live football commentaries. The station will include:

  • more football, with 32 live and exclusive Barclays Premier League commentaries – "Rock 'n' Roll Football Live" on Saturday afternoons from 3pm, kicking off on August 14th on Absolute Radio Extra. An additional service to compliment Absolute Radio’s existing Rock ‘n’ Roll Football mix of music and goals fronted by Russ Williams.

  • extra music, with full live sets from Paul Weller, Paolo Nutini, Madness and Kasabian from the V Festival on the weekend of the 21st August, with a live gig from Kings of Leon to follow at a future date

  • extra comedy from Christian O’Connell, Frank Skinner, Iain Lee, Dave Gorman and Geoff Lloyd – listen again plus new and exclusive audio content

The station will be splitting its bandwidth with the existing Absolute Radio, meaning the main station will reduce to mono for the duration that Absolute Radio Extra is broadcasting football (Saturday afternoons) or comedy programmes (Sunday evening). It is anticipated coverage of the V Festival will be in stereo on DAB.

The new station is planned to broadcast for around 10 hours per week.

Listeners with a DAB digital radio will be able to receive the new service by performing an "Autotune" or "Autoscan" with their DAB-enabled tuner or radio, when the station launches.

Absolute Radio Extra joins Absolute Radio and Absolute 80s on national DAB digital radio.

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