Today, St Andrew’s Day (30th November), sees the launch of several new radio services on the small scale DAB platform in Glasgow. The new services are;
• Celtic Music Radio – Scotland’s only Celtic music broadcaster
• Pride Radio – music, news and information for the LGBT community
• United DJs – personality radio from some household names
• 45 Radio – good time classic hit radio
• Visitor Radio – tourist information for those visiting Glasgow
• Paisley FM will also shortly be joining the multiplex with further Glasgow based community radio stations set to launch in the coming months.
The additional services are among a number of changes made by new multiplex operators Nation Broadcasting. Nation has underlined its commitment to DAB digital radio with an investment in an improved multiplex encoding solution from Factum Radioscape, the world’s leading DAB multiplex software provider. This has improved the sound quality of services, whilst coverage in the core area will also be improved with upgrades to the transmission antenna and proposals to launch the multiplex’s second transmitter.
Overseeing the improvements is Ash Elford, recently appointed by Nation Broadcasting as its DAB Platform Manager. He said, “We have left no stone unturned in improving the Glasgow small scale DAB multiplex. There is an incredible appetite and demand for digital radio in Glasgow and I am very excited for 2019, when Glasgow listeners will really benefit from increased choice and improved coverage”.
Jonathan Morrell, chair of Pride Radio says: “This is a great opportunity for us to bring our successful mix of LGBT+ programmes to Glasgow. We’ve been keeping the LGBT community in north east England in touch with the issues that matter to them for the past 8 years. We provide a mix of news, music, and interviews and from now we will be talking about issues and events in Glasgow as well. We’d love to hear from the Glaswegian community.”
Bob McWilliam of Paisley FM says: “We are delighted to be joining the Glasgow DAB multiplex in early December as a warm-up for the full programme launch in the New Year. “
Ian Wallace, director of Gaydio says: “As a legacy broadcaster on the Glasgow multiplex, we welcome the other stations which will add choice and diversity across the city. Its great to be working with Nation who have invested in the multiplex and are improving coverage and reliability of our service. ”