New flurry of online local radio stations appear

New local radio stations are popping up online in locations previously served by those now rebranded as Greatest Hits Radio.

Some stations are operated individually whilst others are part of a new network of ‘postcode’ radio station names.

Services launching in the next couple of weeks include RB1 Radio for Rotherham and TX1 Radio for Doncaster & Bassetlaw. KL1 Radio has also been announced for King’s Lynn.

They join HG1 Radio in Harrogate which launched in July and YO1 Radio, a community and DAB station in York.

This is The Yorkshire Coast is another station being set up, serving Scarborough, Filey, Whitby and Bridlington, which raised £10,000 in donations in just over two days.

Most of the new stations have hired presenters who left local stations in recent weeks as Bauer rebranded dozens of local services to Greatest Hits Radio and networked most of the output.

Stewart Nicholson is RB1’s Programme Director. He tells RadioToday: “We promise to be part of the local community and deliver a truly local radio station with great music – and presenters that live and breathe our local area.”

Warren Miller, TX1 Radio’s Programme Director, says: “We promise to be part of the local community and deliver a truly local radio station with great mix of music – and presenters that live and breathe our local area.”

Other new stations taking advantage of relaxed Ofcom rules and providing a local alternative include Hit Music Radio rebranding to Rother Radio, Rombalds Radio launching in Skipton and surrounding areas, YorkMix launching with former Minster FM breakfast presenters Ben and Laura, Worksop Radio, and the new Salisbury Radio where ‘the spirit lives on’.

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