There’s no better way to get into the Christmas spirit then listening to Christmas songs all day and with digital radio it couldn’t be easier with a host of festive stations to choose from.
Since 3 November, Heart extra has been turning up the festive feel good by transforming into Heart extra Xmas, with a playlist devoted entirely to playing the best festive hits all the way through until midnight on Boxing Day.
From Friday 30 November, Magic Radio will embrace the season and turn the station 100% Christmas playing all Christmas music with a selection of much-loved Christmas pop hits from the last fifty years’ – including 80s and 90s classics from WHAM!, The Pogues, Mariah Carey, Elton John and Paul McCartney.
Magic Breakfast’s Ronan Keating, said: “We’ve had this under wraps for three months and I am so excited that the news is out there. I can’t wait to kick Christmas off with our first Christmas song voted for by our listeners.”
Harriet Scott, added, “No major station has ever done this before, what a way to get into the festive spirit!”
Heart extra Xmas and Magic Christmas are available on DAB nationwide.
And that’s not all- there are 17 Christmas stations available on DAB digital radio in the UK and many more online and from around the world that you can listen to via Apps and on your smart and voice-controlled speakers. These include Eagle Christmas, KL.FM Christmas, Pirate FM Christmas, Mix Christmas, Spire FM Christmas, Stray FM Christmas, Wessex FM Christmas, Yorkshire Coast Radio Christmas, plus Mince Pie FM in York and Christmas Spirit in West Sussex.
In addition, Wireless spin-off stations Signal Christmas, Wave Christmas and Pulse Christmas returned on DAB, along with new online Christmas services for Peak FM, Radio Wave, Signal 107, Wish FM, Wire FM, Tower FM and U105 from November 16th.
Other stations include Scottish Sun Christmas and Radio Marsden Christmas.
To find out which Christmas stations are available on DAB digital radio at your address click here.
To listen to stations online visit Radioplayer.
Make your true love's Christmas sound even better this Christmas, with the gift of digital radio. From DAB radios, to smart and voice-controlled speakers, there are so many ways to give the gift of digital radio...
A DAB digital radio
With over 90% of the country now able to receive DAB digital radio and over 40 national stations to choose from in most of the country, this Christmas give the gift of digital radio.
DAB digital radios make perfect gifts and there are so many to choose from, to suit every taste and room in your home – such as a portable, kitchen, bedside or clock radios or integrated into a home audio system or hi-fi.
DAB digital radios tune at the touch of a button, display station and track information and lots have additional features such as Bluetooth, and you’ll find a range of prices to suit all budgets.
If you’re buying a digital radio as a gift, look for the Digital Radio Tick Mark. It means the product has been tested and approved and is future ready. You’ll find the digital tick on a wide range of products from leading manufacturers including Pure, Ruark, VQ, Sony, Philips and Panasonic.
Find out more here.
Smart and voice-controlled speakers
Who wouldn’t want to find a lovely new smart speaker under their tree?
Smart and voice-controlled speakers, such as Amazon Echo, Google Home and Sonos, make fantastic presents and give access to a world of radio stations. As well as all their favourite stations, there are hundreds of stations, right there, for your lucky true love to discover.
All they need to do is ask!
Find out more here.
Smartphone and tablet
If a new smartphone or tablet is top of your true love's Christmas list, then make sure they download their favourite station app, Radioplayer or BBC Sounds to take their favourite stations with them wherever they go.
They can listen through headphones, or if they have a connected or smart speaker, they can connect with Bluetooth to listen out loud too.
Find out more here.
In their car
How about giving your true love the joy of digital radio in their car? Then they can take all the stations they enjoy at home with them when they're on the road.
There are lots of digital radios and adapters available, including for under £100, plus fitting, which can be easily and neatly fitted to the dashboard and connects via the car's existing radio. Find out more here.
Some radios will require professional installation and there are registered tick mark installers at Halfords and independent retailers.
Find your nearest registered digital radio installer here.
A special project to boost digital radio take-up and increase digital listening towards 50% in Northern Ireland was announced today at the Belfast Media Festival. The project, which is being coordinated by Digital Radio UK, will see Northern Ireland’s radio broadcasters, retailers and manufacturers collaborating on activity communicating the benefits of digital radio and how to listen at home and in the car.
Broadcasters leading the project are Bauer Media, whose stations include Northern Ireland’s Downtown Radio, Cool FM and digital-only station Downtown Country, as well as UK-wide stations such as Absolute Radio and Magic; and Wireless which broadcasts U105 across Northern Ireland on DAB and UK-wide stations including talkSPORT and Virgin Radio.
The campaign activity, which kicks off on Thursday 22 November, will run across Wireless and Bauer’s Northern Ireland stations and includes aligned on air commercial ads; listener and online competitions to win digital radios; on air mentions and editorial explaining digital radio benefits and how to listen at home and in-car; as well as online and social media activity.
Participating retailers include Halfords and independent retailers throughout Northern Ireland who will be offering discounts on selected DAB digital radios. Point of sale materials will be available and staff training to explain the benefits of digital radio to customers. Leading digital radio manufacturers Ruark and VQ are supporting the project with the provision of product for listener competitions and give-aways.
Digital radio listening in Northern Ireland is making strong progress and growing faster than the rest of the UK, having increased to 39.4% in Q3 2018 from 30.2% in Q3 2016, with half of all adults in Northern Ireland now having access to a DAB digital radio at home. The availability of DAB has been transformed and coverage expanded, and there are now 54 stations, including local stations Downtown Country and U105, on DAB in Northern Ireland.
Despite this rapid growth, digital listening in Northern Ireland still lags behind the national UK-wide average of 52.4%, and it is hoped this programme of coordinated communications will help accelerate digital listening to over 50% within two years.
Announcing the activity during the Radio: Revolution? Evolution? panel session, Digital Radio UK’s Communications Director, Yvette Dore, said: “We are seeing more and more listeners in Northern Ireland switch on to the benefits of digital radio, but we know that there are some who are still unsure about digital radio. We’re delighted to announce this targeted activity in collaboration with Bauer Media and Wireless, and leading retailers and manufacturers, to help ensure listeners know there are 54 great stations available on digital radio in Northern Ireland and how to receive them.”
Mark Mahaffy, Regional Managing Director of Bauer Radio, Northern Ireland, said: “Digital listening in Northern Ireland is enjoying terrific growth and Bauer Media is proud and excited to be collaborating with our industry colleagues on this initiative to bring our portfolio of strong radio brands Downtown, Downtown Country and Cool FM to more listeners in Northern Ireland.”
Peter McVerry, Station Director, U105, said: “We’ve had a terrific response from listeners since launching U105 on DAB in July 2017, which brought the station to listeners from all across Northern Ireland. We’re delighted to be reinforcing our commitment to digital, bringing U105’s great music, news and sport to even more listeners, and working together with fellow broadcasters to spread the word on how to find us on digital radio.”
Following hot on the heels of the launch of Hits Radio, Bauer Media is set to launch another national radio brand – Greatest Hits Radio.
Greatest Hits Radio will engage an audience who are loving life more than ever before, and this new launch perfectly complements its sister national radio station ‘Hits Radio’, both stations will sit within the Hits Radio Network.
The station will play the biggest songs of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, listeners will discover an upbeat, authentic, fun and entertaining format where ‘Good Times Sound Like This’. Celebrating music from artists like Blondie, Queen, Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, INXS, Elton John and Michael Jackson.
Greatest Hits Radio has been tailored to engage an audience of 40-59-year olds, described as 'ageless in attitude and seeking a station which evokes an emotional and palpable connection – partly because the songs they will hear will be a part of the fabric of their formative years, and partly because the presenters share their passions – for music and for finding the joy in every corner of life.'
Greatest Hits Radio will be available on national DAB, FM in the West Midlands and Liverpool, AM, online, and on mobile devices. Advertisers will be able to access this valuable and scaled audience nationally, regionally or locally.
Commenting on the launch, Simon Kilby Group Commercial Director said, “Greatest Hits Radio meets a clear gap in the market for a distinctive and energetic station which authentically connects with the listeners’ mindsets, combined with a powerful ability to transform their mood. This attractive audience can now be accessed by commercial partners in a new simple proposition.”
Greatest Hits Radio launches on January 7 2019.