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Smooth Radio is keeping up with festive tunes this year

You can stay tuned for Christmas hits this year - but not every song will be a festive one

When does Smooth Christmas begin broadcasting?

Tuesday, 15th November 2016

Last year, Smooth Xmas on DAB digital radio started up on 14th November and ran through to Boxing Day. This year, the bad news is: Smooth Xmas is not being broadcast. The station stays as Smooth Extra, though it's still promising a mountain of Christmas songs for its launch into the festivities on Friday, 18th November.

Smooth Extra has started playing occasional Christmas tunes from 18th November, but if you've a DAB digital radio, look for Heart Extra Xmas (or HeartXms) in your DAB station list instead, to hear 24-hour 'round-the-clock festive pop tracks.

Smooth's sister station Heart Extra switched to all-xmas tunes on 15th November, as a station available on national digital radio for pop and rock songs with a festive feel. Available across many parts of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the station launched alongside several other local DAB radio pop-up stations focusing on Christmas pop.
Heart Extra Xmas listen live online link

Try this listen live link: Heart Extra Xmas online and on digital radio
Twitter message confirming Smooth Christmas won't be on air in 2016

Smooth Extra let listeners know through its Twitter feed about its decision

If you can't see Smooth Extra or SmoothEx, Heart Extra Xmas or HeartXms in your DAB station list, you can try retuning your DAB digital radio to see if you can pick up the station. Look for other stations broadcasting on the same DAB bundle, such as talkSPORT, Capital Xtra and LBC - if you can tune in and hear these three stations, you'll definitely be able to hear Smooth Extra and Heart Extra Xmas as they all broadcast on the same DAB frequency - and are all carried on the same block/channel: channel 11D in England & Wales; channel 12A in Scotland; channel 11D in Northern Ireland.

Don't forget to check out which other stations are available to listen to online and on DAB digital radio, to get your seasonal fix of music.

To receive DAB digital radio services, you need a newer type of radio which can pick up both DAB and DAB+ digital broadcasts over the airwaves through its built-in aerial, to make sure you've a future-proofed way of listening to DAB digital radio. We've links to good models on our pages, or scroll down the page for some quick links to both DAB and DAB+, and internet radio, receivers.

Related links:
other Christmas radio stations to listen to online and on DAB, via this website.
DAB Buyers' Guide, on this website.
radio stations, on this website.

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