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Niocast Manchester mini digital radio multiplex stations
Monday, 24th August 2015 [updated 2nd Sept, 19 Dec 2015, 13 Aug 2016, 29 May 2017]
New DAB stations in Manchester - what's testing, which are launching?

DAB digital radio owners in and around Manchester can listen in to test transmissions on DAB radio, in preparation for ten stations launching to the city on 1 September 2015.

STOP PRESS To see the current station lineup, check out the website of Niocast (the bundle operator). Many services on this bundle broadcast using the DAB+ standard, so you'll need a DAB digital radio sporting a 'digital tick', to be able to listen.

A new, small-scale DAB multiplex will broadcast country music, LGBT programmes, business radio (launching on 21st September) and a new 80s pop radio station to listeners in and around Manchester from the beginning of September. It will give broadcasters who would not normally be able to afford the carriage fees for local DAB radio, an opportunity for their stations to be heard at a fraction of the costs normally associated with the broadcast platform.

To pick up the new stations broadcasting on Block/Channel 10B, you will need to do a full retune of your DAB radio to check out the new bundle of stations launching soon. The nine-month DAB trial is being broadcast in Manchester on Channel 10B.

August 2016 update: Love 80s Manchester has been added to the line-up.

The city's first country music brand, Chris Country, will be joined by Manchester Business Radio, based at the heart of Manchesterís business district on Deansgate. The station, launching on Monday 21st September 2015, will "reach and connect with anyone in Manchester involved in running a business or looking to start out in business".

LBGT station Gaydio is being rolled out on several mini DAB multlipexes in North Birmingham, Glasgow and Cambridge with a reported start date of 1 September 2015; it will also join Manchester on this date.

There's also room for 80s pop nostalgia station Max and Unity Radio, a community station aimed at the 15 to 40 age group.

Capital-based London Greek Radio and Ireland's talk station RTE Radio 1 - the latter will join at a later date - are also taking their place in the DAB trial for Manchester.

Asian commercial station Panjab Radio and Oldham's pop and pop rock Revolution 96.2 join The Steve Penk Wind-Up channel for archive comedy calls and fun.

London, Bristol, Glasgow, Cambridge, Portsmouth, Brighton, Birmingham, Manchester, Norwich and Aldershot will all be getting a bundle of stations launching on DAB digital radio within the next three months, thanks to a trial which sees small-scale DAB transmissions covering nine cities.

Each multiplex will be on the air for nine months during the trial, with Glasgow and London using two transmitters to broadcast services and other areas using just a single low-powered transmitter.

To receive DAB digital radio services, you need a type of radio designed to pick up digital broadcasts over the airwaves through its built-in aerial. We've links to good models on our pages, or scroll down the page for some quick links to both DAB and wi-fi receivers.

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Related links:
Manchester local commercial and BBC radio stations, on this website.

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