Sangean ATS-909, Oona Raisanen (2006)

Taking Back Control of Independent Local Radio

Is there space for truly independent Independent Local Radio in the UK?

Contrary to popular belief, radio is a more popular medium than ever. Today, the listener has more ways of tuning in to their favourite station than ever before. Not only on LW, MW or FM wavelengths and DAB channels. Other mediums include Internet radio, digital satellite and cable channels, and dedicated apps.

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Must-Listen Alternative Radio Stations: The Not So Perfect Ten

East of the M60 looks at ten must-listen-to alternatives to more familiar radio stations

Philips 170A - warm glow
A radio. A proper radio. The warm glow of a Philips 170A, photographed by Ronan Cantwell, 2011 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Non Commercial-Some Rights Reserved).

In the last month, we have seen Key 103 change into The Hits Radio. Its transmission area has been extended from Greater Manchester and parts of Cheshire and Lancashire to become a national station. A national station with its headquarters in Manchester rather than London.

On 103.0 FM it is a ‘local’ station with Manchester-centric news, weather, and travel reports. The same music which can be heard in Stalybridge on the FM band, could also be heard in Stevenage on your DAB receiver. With nationwide adverts. A bit like London’s opt-out with LBC, a national station since 2014 (please note that LBC stood for London Broadcasting Company).

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Ringing the Frequency Changes: AM to FM and DAB to DAB+

Personal musings on broadcast radio frequency changes


Vintage radio image by Jeff Holt, 2012. (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved)


Before I went to bed, I learned about the possibility of more tasty radio stations coming my way. “Whoop whoop I thought,” thinking my erstwhile DAB receiver would benefit from a few new stations, using the DAB+ system. Then I realised the only one I would have been likely to listen to was Steve Penk’s Wind-Up channel. Chris Country was definitely out, so my opinions on the Manchester digital multiplex’s selection was met with a “meh”.
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