Absolute Radio is to launch a very special pop-up radio station to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8th May, across the UK online, on DAB+ in London, and on 1215AM.
With the Coronavirus crisis impacting the planned nationwide celebrations, Absolute Radio 40s will play music from across the decade, making it the UK’s biggest virtual self-isolation street party.
Absolute 40s will feature nostalgic music from Dame Vera Lynn, Billie Holliday, The Andrews Sisters, Judy Garland, Glenn Miller, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Gracie Fields, Benny Goodman, and Tommy Dorsey, and will hear from veterans telling their stories of the times, as well as the charities and organisations helping those who were impacted.
Absolute Radio 40s will be hosted by Dave Berry, Jason Manford, Leona Graham and Claire Sturgess with some very special guests, messages and surprise performances.
Paul Sylvester, Absolute Radio Content Director, said:
“The 75th anniversary of VE Day is a momentous event in our history and it’s tragic that celebrations have had to be rightly curtailed because of the coronavirus.
“The incredible music and compelling stories you’ll hear on Absolute Radio 40s will bring comfort and entertainment to those older listeners in self-isolation and remind the rest of us of the importance of this day. Taking the Absolute Radio decade strategy and creating this unique pop-up station for 24 hours is the simplest way that we can pay our own very small tribute.”
Launching at 6am, the station will feature special news bulletins which chart events as they unfolded on 8th May 1945.
For 24 hours, Absolute Radio 40s will broadcast on 1215AM across the UK, on DAB+ in London and online at absoluteradio.co.uk.