From 21st June at 7am you can listen to non-stop club classics with a new station, Heart Dance. The station will be dedicated to some of the great club classics ever made from artists such as Basement Jaxx, Daft Punk, Ne-Yo, Ultra Naté, Fatboy Slim and Armand Van Helden.
Playing the greatest feel good club classics the station will launch with Toby Anstis and his brand new Heart Dance breakfast show, weekdays from 7am – 10am, whilst Lucy Horobin will host the drive time slot weekdays from 4pm – 7pm. Lucy will also be presenting a weekend show every Saturday from 10am – 1pm.
On Friday and Saturday nights, Heart Dance will get the weekend in full swing as Heart’s Club Classics will be simulcast on both Heart and Heart Dance, with Toby Anstis hosting every Friday from 7pm and Pandora on Saturday from 7pm.
James Rea, Managing Editor of Heart says: "Heart Dance will be a brilliant addition to the Heart brand - just in time for the Summer! Listeners will be able to re-live the greatest times of their life with the biggest club classic dance tunes of all time. I'm delighted we'll also have a terrific line-up that includes some of Heart's top presenters including Toby Anstis, Lucy Horobin and Pandora."
Toby Anstis says: "To present the breakfast show on a brand-new national station, playing the music I have always loved with a passion, is a dream! To top it off, we also have my good mate Lucy Horobin getting listeners home at drive time. Heart is my natural home and a place I love. I can't wait to get started, waking up the UK with some bangers from 7am on Friday 21st June live on Heart Dance!"
From Friday 21st June at 7am tune into Heart Dance on DAB digital radio across the UK, on the Heart app, on Global Player, on your smart speaker by saying “play Heart Dance” and at heart.co.uk.
Ofcom has advertised three new DAB licences in North England and South Scotland inviting applications to provide a local radio multiplex service, or services, in the Morecambe Bay, North and West Cumbria, and Southwest Scotland areas. Three frequencies will be available which can be used to cover part, or all, of the areas. The number of licences awarded will depend on the applications received, and how the applicants propose to use the available spectrum. The new multiplexes will provide a welcome digital boost for listeners in the areas, with South West Scotland and North Cumbria being among the areas with lowest digital listening in the UK.
Ofcom had originally planned to offer two licences, with North West Cumbria and South West Scotland combined. The regulator reconsidered this approach following feedback from stakeholders to instead advertise the availability of three DAB frequency-blocks which can be used on their own, or in different combinations, to provide DAB coverage across part, or the whole, of the area.
Commenting, the regulator said:
“It will be up to applicants to decide which frequency-block or blocks they wish to use to achieve their desired coverage for their proposed programme service providers. Ofcom will then award a local radio multiplex licence, or licences up to a maximum of three having regard to the criteria in section 51 of the Broadcasting Act 1996, and the available spectrum.”
The closing date for applications is 11 September 2019.
Find out more here.