The original frequency used by Radio 210 from its launch in 1976 is no more, after the AM transmitter broadcasting Smooth Radio to Reading was turned off this weekend.
Smooth Radio has been on 1431KHz from Manor Farm since last March, when it took over the old Gold frequencies on medium wave across the country. It’s understood the private owner of the land where Arqiva’s transmitter is wanted the site back for other use.
Absolute Radio was also broadcast from the transmitter site – its 1233 AM service has also been turned off this weekend. The station is advising listeners to tune in on digital platforms instead, although in some parts of the area the 105.8FM signal from London is audible.
At the same time, Global has turned off the other AM transmitter broadcasting Smooth Thames Valley to Newbury on 1485KHz. Both 1485 and 1431 have been removed from the How To Listen section of the Smooth Radio website.
Medium wave services that were formerly Gold have previously been shut down in places including Crawley (by Global Radio in 2011) and Exeter and Torbay (by GCap in 2008). The BBC has also been trialling switch-off of AM transmitters on some of its Local Radio stations.
Radio 210 was on the 1431 frequency from 1976 until 1990 when it became 210 Classic Gold Radio, taking some network shows from Bristol. It then became part of GWR’s Classic Gold network before being changed to Gold in 2007 following the merger of GWR and Capital Radio Group.