Bauer Media to launch a brand-new station for classical music, Scala Radio
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Bauer Media to launch a brand-new station for classical music, Scala Radio
Bauer Media to launch a brand-new station for classical music, Scala Radio

Bauer Media is to launch a ground-breaking brand-new classical entertainment radio station, Scala Radio. Offering classical music for modern life, Scala Radio is set to be the biggest launch in UK classical music radio in nearly thirty years and anticipates an explosive growth in the genre and an ever growing cross-over into the mainstream.

Launching on Monday 4 March, Scala Radio will bring together familiar masters along with fresh and exciting new classical pieces, and promises to surprise and delight listeners with its accessible tone and unique format inspiring musical discovery, along with conversation and features.

Leading the presenting line-up is much-loved and award-winning broadcaster, Simon Mayo who will host a brand-new mid-morning entertainment show, with celebrity interviews, listener interaction and a new re-imagined ‘Classical Confessions’ feature.

With conversation alongside  the music, the new station will feature Angellica Bell leading the weekend; Mark Kermode who will bring alive his love of film scores; and Chris Rogers hosting a live Sunday brunch show with guests.

Music innovators Goldie and William Orbit will also launch their own series - Goldie’s Classic Life and William Orbit in The Space, and one of Britain’s youngest commissioned composers - 19-year-old Jack Pepper will bring a new fresh point of view to classical music on the radio. Also on the line-up are presenters, Charles Nove, Mark Forrest, Sam Hughes and Jamie Crick.

Scala Radio presenter, Simon Mayo, commented on the launch: 

“There are hundreds of radio stations playing rock and pop, and only two classical music stations up until now. We're different because we're going all to entertain, laugh with the listeners, and have a good time. Some of it will be familiar, some new and exciting but all timeless, beautiful and all absolutely relevant to today."

Steve Parkinson, Bauer Group Managing Director, National Radio, said: 

"We are launching new radio brands at great velocity and we believe that Scala is the most exciting new personality-led radio station launch in years. The mix of music, personality and conversation will make it both intriguing and completely unique. We’ve completely re-imagined a format and designed it to appeal to a modern audience. This will be the very best in classical music for today.”

Scala Radio will feature a broad and topical variety of music, including familiar masters from Mozart and Holst to surprising new works from living composers such as Karl Jenkins, Rebecca Dale and Thom Yorke. Launching on the 4 March 2019, the station will also feature topical shows covering the influence of classical music in gaming, mindfulness and special guest weekly round ups. 

Listen on national DAB Digital Radio, online, via smart speakers and via mobile apps. Further information on how to listen can be found at www.scalaradio.co.uk.

Find out how to listen to Chris Evans on Virgin Radio
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Find out how to listen to Chris Evans on Virgin Radio
Find out how to listen to Chris Evans on Virgin Radio

The Chris Evans Breakfast Show is now on every week day from 6.30 - 10am on Virgin Radio.

You won't want to miss a moment and you don't have to as there are lots of ways to listen to Chris and the team.

If you have a DAB digital radio set, ensure it is fully up to date with all your available stations, including Virgin Radio, by retuning.

Retuning is an easy process. Press the auto tune or auto scan button on your DAB digital radio or go into the menu and press auto tune. If you need help retuning, you can find further information here.

If you can’t find Virgin Radio on your DAB radio, then it is possible that you might not be able to receive the station on DAB at your postcode.

To confirm whether Virgin Radio is available at your address on DAB, click on Check Your Available Stations on the top right corner of this page and then enter your postcode details into the Postcode Checker.

Don’t worry if Virgin Radio is not listed as being available on DAB at your address – there are lots of other ways to listen to the station:

  • You can download the free Virgin Radio UK app for iOS or Android, so you can listen on the move on your smartphone, or via Bluetooth on your connected speaker.
  • You can listen on your smart speaker via Radioplayer. Or enable the Virgin Radio skill on your Amazon Alexa device. Find out more here.
  • You can listen to Virgin Radio on your digital TV on Sky channel 0215 or Freesat channel 736.

In your car:

Most new cars now come with digital radio fitted as standard, but if you don't have digital radio in your car, the good news is that it's easy to upgrade your car radio to a digital radio with an easy install adapter or a replacement digital radio.

  • There are a range of products to choose from and they often come with extra features such as Bluetooth and hands free. Go to your local car dealer, car audio specialist or Halfords and look for the Digital Radio Tick Mark. It’s your reassurance that the radio you are buying is an approved product that will receive all your available stations.
  • If you would prefer not to buy an adapter or replacement radio, then you can also listen in your car by connecting your smartphone through an aux in cable, Bluetooth or a docking device and listen via the free Virgin Radio UK app or the Radioplayer app.

Find out everything you need to know about upgrading your car to digital radio here.

The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Virgin Radio. Listen in from 6.30am on Monday 21 January on your DAB digital radio, smart speaker, smart phone, online or on your digital TV.

Lauren Laverne kicks off new schedule for 6 Music
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Lauren Laverne kicks off new schedule for 6 Music
Lauren Laverne kicks off new schedule for 6 Music

The UK’s biggest digital-only radio station, BBC 6 Music, has started the New Year with an exciting new schedule which came into place on Monday 6 January.

After 11 years hosting breakfast, Shaun Keaveny, has a new home on weekday afternoons from 1-4pm, with Lauren Laverne, who previously presented weekdays from 10am-1pm, picking up the reins as the new 6 Music breakfast host. Lauren kicked off her first breakfast show on Monday morning by playing Starfish and Coffee by Prince.

Speaking about the new show, Lauren Laverne said:

“I’m so excited about our new show and delighted to be part of the next phase of 6 Music’s evolution. Whatever the day brings for our listeners we intend to get them ready for it with a fantastic selection of music and guests who have something worth hearing to say.”

On weekends, Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie co-host the new 6 Music weekend breakfast show, whilst Mary Anne Hobbs has moved to weekday mornings from 10.30am-1pm.

Steve Lamacq’s show stays in its regular weekday slot, and the evening schedule remains unchanged.

BBC 6 Music is renowned for its diverse range of music and respected presenters and programme makers who bring their passion, knowledge and music curation to their shows. With these changes, which are the most significant since 2012, the station will bring even more music to listeners, particularly in daytime.

BBC 6 Music launched in 2002 and now attracts an audience of 2.52 million listeners (RAJAR Q3 2018) making it the most popular digital-only radio station in the UK.

Paul Rodgers, Head of 6 Music, says:

“Much-loved presenters playing amazing music is at the heart of what 6 Music does, and these schedule changes will help deliver an even greater range of music on the station across daytime and weekends.”

The brand new schedule for BBC 6 Music:

Monday to Friday
5am-7.30am Chris Hawkins
7.30am-10.30am Lauren Laverne
10.30am-1pm Mary Anne Hobbs
1pm-4pm Shaun Keaveny

Saturday and Sunday
7-10am Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie

New national station, Greatest Hits Radio, playing the biggest songs of the 70s, 80s and 90s launches
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New national station, Greatest Hits Radio, playing the biggest songs of the 70s, 80s and 90s launches
New national station, Greatest Hits Radio, playing the biggest songs of the 70s, 80s and 90s launches

Greatest Hits Radio, a new national commercial radio station from Bauer Media, has launched across the UK today. 

Offering listeners the biggest songs of the 70s, 80s and 90s, Greatest Hits Radio celebrates music from artists like Blondie, Queen, Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, INXS, Elton John and Michael Jackson - and promises 'the good times sound like this'.

The new station launched at 6am this morning, opening with David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’. The station is marking the life of David Bowie all week, with feature tracks from his glittering catalogue of iconic anthems from the 70s, 80s and 90s. In addition, Greatest Hits Radio will also be broadcasting two specially commissioned documentaries paying tribute to the legendary artist, with archive interviews from Bowie himself and contributions from collaborators.

The weekday daytime lineup features renowned broadcaster Mark Goodier hosting the mid-morning show, while Breakfast on Greatest Hits Radio will be presented by Rossie who joins from Liverpool station, Radio City 2. Other presenters include Andy Crane who presents afternoons, Darren Proctor who hosts Drivetime, and Rick Houghton on evenings.

New host Mark Goodier, said:

“Greatest Hits Radio does exactly what the name describes – it’s the destination for those seeking out the most amazing music from across the decades. Kicking off with Bowie Week, I can’t wait to share my passion for some of the greatest artists of our time with listeners. Hope you’ll join us!”

Greatest Hits Radio follows the launch of national brand Hits Radio last year. 

Greatest Hits Radio weekdays lineup:
6am -10am – Rossie
10am – 1pm – Mark Goodier
1pm – 4pm – Andy Crane
4pm – 7pm – Drivetime with Darren Proctor
7pm -10pm – Rick Hougton

Greatest Hits Radio is available now on DAB digital radio, AM, online and on mobile devices. For more information go to planetradio.co.uk.

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