A brand new radio station has been launched in Winchester as a transmission provider, UK DAB Networks powers its transmitter for the future of Winchester based broadcasting.

Winchester Today launched its new DAB+ digital radio service on Saturday 8 October with a new generation of local, charitable and small businesses getting access to the digital airwaves for the first time using cutting-edge DAB+ technology.

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Listeners in the Winchester area should ‘auto-tune’ or ‘scan’ their DAB+ digital radio. The new services will then be present in the alphabetical list of stations on most radios. The multiplex was officially launched this morning at a ceremony held at the offices of Winchester Today with Mayor of Winchester Cllr Derek Green.

Ash Elford from UK DAB Networks said: “It has always been important to me that digital radio is accessible to all broadcasters of all types. By having something for everyone, digital radio can thrive.

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“Winchester has a special place in my heart, having lived and worked in the city. This multiplex has an excellent range of services and very good coverage.”

The new digital radio services available in Winchester available on DAB+ are:

80s rhythm

Awaaz Radio

Radio B

Christmas Radio

Great British radio

Like a

like pop

like retro

70s Nation

80s country

90s Nation

National successes

News Radio UK

Awareness Dance

Tomorrowland A World Radio

Radio Winchester

winchester today

The new Winchester DAB+ multiplex means that for the first time Winchester Today is broadcast on terrestrial radio. Kevin Gover of Winchester Today said: “After two years of hard work, I still can’t believe my eyes when I see ‘Winchester Today’ scrolling across my DAB+ radio screen. Winchester is at the forefront of digital radio technology.

The launch means that the existing FM service is now able to migrate to DAB. Anna O’Brien of Winchester Radio said: “Winchester Radio has come a long way since it started as a hospital radio station in 1984. We launched our community radio service in 2019 and more recently have supported the offer from UK DAB Networks for little Winchester. Large-scale DAB multiplex.

“We are delighted to now be able to extend our service in digital quality to support more people in a wider area.”

Southampton-based Awaaz Radio is able to extend its ethical programming to Winchester. Ali Beg of Awaaz Radio said: “This is an exciting time for Winchester and the city’s ethnic minorities. By working together, we can now ensure that underrepresented groups are recognized and more visible. This is an exciting time for us and we look forward to reaching out to all of Winchester. Pay attention to really different and exciting programs.

The multiplex is also supported by commercial radio. Jason Bryant of Nation Broadcasting said: “We are delighted to extend the Nation Radio brand lineup – in particular our rapidly growing Nation 70s, 80s and 90s decade services – to Winchester and surrounding areas. This will help us further promote the successful Nation Player app to southern audiences.”