The small scale DAB multiplex about to launch in Manchester has four new additions, including an all 80s station called MAX.
The station is a side project of 2ZY owner John Ryan, the former Managing Editor of BBC Radio Manchester.
He said: “When we heard Niocast had been successful in establishing a licence to operate a pilot in Manchester, we wanted 2ZY to be involved. We see Max as a bit of research and development. The barrier-to-entry to launch a real radio station (with transmitters and everything) has now come so low, that it’s within the reach of small operators with big ideas. By working with the kind of new products we’re using to deliver Max (our own project, largely out of hours), we reckon we’ll be even better able to recommend solutions to our future clients.
“And we love the 80s. Obvs.”
MAX will include rebroadcasts of original 80s American Top 40 chart shows with Casey Kasem, and relays of Girls on Film – Manchester’s 80s night, live from the Deaf Institute.
2ZY is an independent production company which consults for radios and provides media training, taking its name from the original BBC radio station for Manchester.
The Manchester multiplex is owned by Niocast, which has added four extra stations to the proposed line-up of the service due to launch by September7. It now includes London Greek Radio, Unity Radio, RTE Radio 1 and MAX according to its website.