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01tomki119 posts since 4 May 2006
Granada North West Today
I’ve been listening to Absolute 90s for years now (even more so since getting a car with DAB). I’ve given Heart 90s a go and I’ve got to say I really like it. As someone else has posted, they play more pop compared to Absolute but there are no adverts (at least during the day) which makes a big difference.
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VMPhil9,775 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
I heard an announcement on Gold saying that in order to continue listening, you will soon need to have a radio that supports DAB+, which it already is on the national D1 multiplex. Makes me wonder if they’re removing it from the local DAB multiplexes in favour of something else, perhaps Radio X to appease those who won’t be able to get it if it makes the change to DAB+.
dvboy9,842 posts since 11 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
Perhaps one or both of the last two of the new services from Global is being added to local multiplexes instead of D1 as it's almost full once they add Capital Xtra Reloaded on Monday.
Manchester is a pretty full local multiplex so they would need to make room to launch anything new there and Gold is the obvious one as it's duplicated on D1.
Watch it and find out.
VMPhil9,775 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
Still ridiculous we have so many mono stations on DAB in 2019.

Well it slowly seems to be changing. Probably a combination of people replacing their old radios with newer DAB+ compatible sets (without knowing of course) so there’s less of an impact, and the increase of cars with DAB built-in where the need for stereo is much more important.
Inspector Sands13,761 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Chill gone too.

Apart from Planet Rock they were probably two of the last of the original set of DAB stations, some of the many that the early adopters saw in their channel list and has no idea what they were. Never really marketed or thought of
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buster1,767 posts since 15 Mar 2006
London London
Chill gone too.

Apart from Planet Rock they were probably two of the last of the original set of DAB stations, some of the many that the early adopters saw in their channel list and has no idea what they were. Never really marketed or thought of


I thought that too, it does feel the end of an era. I listened to Chill very infrequently but enjoyed it when I did, most recently only yesterday (by pure chance) It will clearly be very different once the Smooth brand takes it over
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London Lite10,567 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
Chill gone too.

Apart from Planet Rock they were probably two of the last of the original set of DAB stations, some of the many that the early adopters saw in their channel list and has no idea what they were. Never really marketed or thought of


Chill was launched in 2005, just before the GWR/Capital merger went through which led to GCap Media.

The original DAB commercial stations launched in November 1999 with the launch of the Digital One multiplex, which included Life, Core, Planet Rock, Oneword etc.