Downtown Radio moves country music off FM

A new evening show is launching on Downtown Radio’s FM frequencies next month with Kirstie McMurray.

At the moment, Big T hosts Classic Country on both Downtown Radio and Downtown Country.

But starting in March, former Cool FM and Downtown Radio breakfast presenter Kirstie McMurray, who currently hosts breakfast on Downtown Country, will be on-air 7pm till 10pm on Downtown Radio’s FM service.

Big T will continue to host country music on Downtown Radio’s AM frequencies, and Downtown Country. And Hix continues to host his show on Cool FM at the same time.

Weekend evenings are also changing, with the country music shows from Ken Bruce and Big T also moving to AM/DAB only.

Speaking about the new show, Stuart Robinson, Programme Controller for Downtown Radio and Cool FM said: “The new show with Kirstie will complement the rest of the Downtown Radio daytime output and will feature a selection of competitions, evening chat and fun with Kirstie – well known to Downtown listeners over the years!

“Meanwhile the legendary Big T will continue to present his highly popular evening programme on Downtown Country and Downtown AM and digital platforms, extending choice for listeners.”

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3 Comments
  1. Alan says

    Pity, but I listen on the web so won’t make a difference to me.

    1. Willie Bone says

      Alan, My way of receiving digital radio is much the same, relying on online services at home and in the car. I live in rural Dumfries & Galloway (D&G) with patchy DAB reception and non-existent local DAB. However, 4G signal coverage is respectable in most parts of the D&G region..

  2. Willie Bone says

    I suspect this latest frequency split for Downtown Radio is a temporary fix, catering for anologue only listeners in a part of the UK with lower than average DAB radio uptake. Oddly enough, DAB digital radio signal coverage is very respectable for BBC National DAB, Digital One and ILR within Northern Ireland, compared to other parts of the UK..

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