Unforgettable Radio flips to all festive tunes

Portsmouth DAB+ station Unforgettable Radio has switched to all Christmas music today.

The radio station will play festive favourites from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, Perry Como, Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole and Doris Day. There will be Christmas jazz from Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck and Louis Armstrong, along with contemporary offerings from Diana Krall and Harry Connick Jnr.

It normally plays Crooners, Swingers and Cool Jazz 24/7, but will spend the next 58 days in festive mode.

Duncan Barkes, creator of Unforgettable Radio, said: “If you find yourself reaching for the sherry bottle when Slade’s ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ comes on the radio for the umpteenth time, then our 24/7 jazzy and swinging festive offering is a classy alternative. The beauty of new DAB digital radio technology means more choice for discerning listeners. It might be early, but the cards and cakes are in the shops, and we want as many folk as possible to enjoy an Unforgettable Radio Christmas.”

Meanwhile, Global has confirmed its annual offering of Smooth Christmas will not be appearing this year, and Bauer has no plans either – meaning there won’t be a return of Free Radio Christmas or the rumoured Magic Christmas.

Wireless Group has run a number of spin-off local Christmas stations over the years and we’re waiting to hear if Pulse, Signal and Wave Christmas will re-appear for 2016. Watch this space.

We’ve found a couple of UK-based Christmas stations so far – including Santa Radio, with voices and imaging by Guy Harris, and NP100, voiced by the voice of Z100, Dave Foxx.

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