Three groups who were all turned down for an FM licence have come together to apply for a small-scale DAB multiplex.
Black Country Community Radio, Kanshi Radio and Community Radio Link have put in an application for a nine-month trial being offered by Ofcom to run later this year.
The application by The Digital Radio Partnership, also includes two community stations, WCRFM in Wolverhampton and Ambur Radio in Walsall, plus a new student radio station from the City of Wolverhampton College.
Kanshi Radio already broadcasts on Sky Digital Channel 0205 for the Asian Community, with Community Radio Link targeting the African Caribbean Community.
The Digital Radio Partnership, who all six members are equal partners, are hoping to operate one of the 10 DAB multiplex trials in the UK.
Director Dave Brownhill said “Obviously DAB is moving forward very fast and we would very much like the Black Country to be part of these trials, which are exciting times in radio. As a partnership we have worked hard and quickly together to submit our application, DAB offers us another opportunity in a bid to serve our communities following the disappointment of missing out on the FM licence.
“Being centrally based in the UK and with the wide base of diversity programming from the six stations, together with the technical support and experience we have within the partnership, we believe we have something we can offer Ofcom during these trials. Our Area is currently under served by the current stations in the Black Country on the digital radio platform.”
The Digital Radio Partnership tells RadioToday that, if successful, they would be ready to launch with weeks of the equipment being installed.