Sleepyhead radio has now reached the end of it’s pop-up broadcast on digital radio to the Portsmouth area. We hope to announce details of two new stations joining our DAB multiplex over the coming days.
Sleepyhead Radio is full of continuous soothing sounds from the home and nature that are designed to help a baby drift off to sleep. The sounds have all been beautifully recorded and were previously only available on CD or by download at www.littlesleepyhead.co.uk
Now listeners in Portsmouth are the first to enjoy these soothing sounds just by tuning in via DAB+ Digital Radio.
Among the sounds are the gentle watery pulse of a dishwasher, the continuous whirr of a fan heater and a Hampshire garden alive with nature. Sleepyhead Radio also includes practical advice for new parents from the NCT, Britain’s largest charity for parents.
Sleepyhead Radio presenter Sam Oakley says:
“My Son George was the inspiration for these wonderful sounds. Whenever we turned on the tumble dryer he would go to sleep. Then a bright spark suggested we record the sound so we could just play it when ever we wanted.. without having to dry so much as a babygro! When other parents wanted a copy we produced a CD containing a range of soothing sounds. Now it’s lovely to be sharing them with listeners in Portsmouth and creating an oasis of calm for new parents in such a busy city”.
Sleepyhead Radio is initially only available in Portsmouth but if demand is high it could spread to other areas in a dreamy wave of national bliss.Sleepyhead Radio is operated by Angel Radio as a pop-up service for a limited time only. For engineers at multiplex operator Solent Wireless, it will also provide an opportunity to make assessments of different coding arrangements using natural atmospheres and white noise sounds which can be hard to code.
Sleepyhead Radio is broadcast in DAB+. This means radios that do not support DAB+ will be unable to find this service. As a guide, look for the DAB+ logo or green Digital Radio tick mark to be certain of a radio that supports DAB+.
Update: We’re pleased to report services were back on air at 14:15.
We’re sorry to report that currently all of our DAB services are off-air. This is due to a fault with our transmitter. The fault is a major one, and we are working hard to rectify it. We expect services to be off air for at least the rest of the day. Please accept our apologies.
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.
Broadcasting to Portsmouth on DAB+, Unforgettable Radio launched quietly in June 2016 offering the people of Portsmouth a radio station dedicated to some of the greatest voices and lyrics from the finest crooners and swingers, plus cool jazz. The station broadcasts local information for the Portsmouth area.
It streams also online at unforgettableradio.co.uk and can be found on the TuneIn radio app.
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.”
Are you DAB+ ready? Local classic rock and blues station, The Flash, becomes a DAB+ only service from 2017. This means that older DAB digital radios will no longer be able to tune in to the station. Right now, we’re broadcasting The Flash in both classic DAB and DAB+.
If your radio supports DAB+, look for Flash + in your station list. If you can tune it in and hear audio – great! Your radio supports DAB+. If you can only see Flash in the station list or Flash + is silent, then unfortunately your radio is not DAB+ compatible.
The good news is that most in-car radios, and most modern digital radios are DAB+ compatible. Look for the DAB+ logo or green digital tick mark to be certain of a radio that supports DAB+.
Between 22:00 and 04:00 on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th September there will engineering work taking place to the network we use to deliver audio from our stations to our transmitter. This means that on the above dates and times, there may be a break our transmissions on each night of up to 15 minutes, but we’ll try to keep this as possible.
We’re sorry to report that JAMM Radio has now ceased broadcasting on DAB. You can still listen to them online at jammradio.com and we wish them well for the future.
Between 22:00 and 06:00 on the 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th September there will engineering work taking place to the network we use to deliver audio from our stations to our transmitter. This means that on the above dates and times, there may be several breaks in our transmissions. We’ll try to ensure these are as short as possible, but some breaks of up to 10 minutes may be required.
Update: All services back on air as of 08:34. We’re sorry, but all services are currently off air due to a problem with our internet provider. As soon as we have any news about when service will be restored, we will post an update.
A radio station offering a 10-minute rolling news service for the UK is set to launch on DAB digital radio, launching first in Portsmouth.
News Radio UK will provide news, sport, business, showbiz, weather and travel news on a 10 minute loop 24 hours a day when it launches on October 10th at 10am.
The station is a venture between local company Radio Response, national news providers Radio News Hub and radio industry website RadioToday.co.uk.
Jamie Fletcher of Radio NewsHub says:
“We’re really excited to launch the service in Portsmouth first. Listeners will probably have to press the ‘retune’ or ‘scan’ button on their DAB radio to receive the service.”
Southsea resident David Harber from Radio Response added:
“We are teasing listeners with a sample right now and we’re inviting interested parties to get in contact. I’m proud to have this service launch in Portsmouth before any other UK city.”
The all-speech station will launch at 10am, October 10th, 2016 on the Portsmouth DAB multiplex and at NewsRadioUK.com.
RadioToday’s managing editor Roy Martin explains more:
“The subject of news has been more prominent than ever over the last few months, but a simple format of rolling news isn’t available from any of the current national broadcasters. News Radio UK will be filling that gap in the market, working towards launching on a national terrestrial platform.
“The station aims to provide a snapshot of the day’s news whenever you listen, with the one-minute round-ups updated all day, every day.”
News Radio UK will be broadcast in DAB+. This means radios that do not support DAB+ will be unable to find this service. As a guide, look for the DAB+ logo or green Digital Radio tick mark to be certain of a radio that supports DAB+.