Mango Vibe is first UK radio station to launch dedicated Apple tvOS App

Mango Vibe tv

Mango Vibe, the dance music radio station available on DAB digital radio in the Portsmouth area, has today launched the first tvOS app for a UK Radio Station.

The app allows users of the new Apple TV to stream the radio station and see what’s playing and what is coming up next in high quality.

Robbie Harrison, Programme Director said “This is an exciting moment in the development of this new radio station and will allow us to reach a much larger audience through this exciting new platform. Mango Vibe launched in August and we are working hard on our digital strategy to ensure we stay ahead of the game. ”

The app was written by Ben Matthew and went from conception to sale in less than 8 hours. He said “It’s great that we were able to work together to develop this app in record speed. At Mango Vibe we’ve concentrated on abstracting content and platform which has helped us be digitally agnostic. Apple have also created a great ecosystem that meant delivering the Mango Vibe tvOS app was really straightforward”

As well as being available to the Portsmouth area on DAB digital radio and the UK through the new TV app, Mango Vibe is also available online at mangoviberadio.co.uk.

The Flash shines a light on local talent

Presenter Kev Ellis from The Flash
Kev Ellis on The Flash

A community radio station which has been spotlighting talented local bands and songwriters in south Hampshire since 2012 by mixing their songs in with it’s format of classic rock & blues, is now searching for talent of a different kind.

‘The Flash’, which is broadcasting to the Portsmouth area on DAB as part of an experiment by communications regulator Ofcom, is looking for new volunteer presenters to join it’s on air team. Station founder Martin Kirby said “You don’t need any experience in radio or a certain type of voice to join the Flash team. All we require is a love of classic rock or blues and an interest in the live music scene in and around Portsmouth”. “Full training is given and new presenters record their first shows in our studio with another member of our team operating the studio equipment, so no one is thrown in the deep end”.

Flash fan Martin Rogers, 58, from Milton in Portsmouth asked to join the station shortly after hearing test transmissions on his DAB radio back in August and now presents a weekly show on Saturday evenings. He said “I cannot quite believe that I’m a DJ like my hero John Peel, and get to play my favourite music to the people of my home town Portsmouth!”.

Specialist programmes are broadcast in the evenings and they even have a weekly space rock show, presented by Portsmouth musician Kev Ellis.

The Flash can be heard on DAB digital radio in Portsmouth and the surrounding area and anywhere via it’s website. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer presenter can e-mail ‘rock@flash1512.co.uk’.

JACK is back – and they’ve brought JACK 2 along with them!

jackjack2We’re pleased to report that as from this afternoon we now have audio on both JACK and JACK 2. Those who are eagle eared may have notice sporadic testing over the past couple of weeks, however, audio should now be present full time on both services.

To listen to JACK, JACK 2 and the other nine services we are broadcasting to Portsmouth, you’ll need to rescan your radio. To rescan your radio, most radio sets have an ‘Autotune’ or ‘Scan’ button, which you press to do this. If you don’t have such a button, you may find this option in the menu.

Remember, older DAB digital radio sets (especially those manufactured before 2007) may require a ‘Full Autotune’ or a ‘Rest of World’ scan to find our services. To do this, simply hold down your Autotune or Scan button for 5 or 6 seconds. If this does not work please refer to the manual of your radio.

 

RedTrain Express has now launched

The RedTrain Express has officially launched on the Local DAB multiplex in Portsmouth after a week of testing.

The RedTrain Express, from the Jazz UK, has transformed from an online stream to DAB radio station. The RedTrain Express being 1 of 3 jazz streams available via www.thejazz.co.uk

The RedTrain Express is a predominantly 21st Century Jazz radio station – which will include some music that is very rarely played on UK radio. Each day features a fusion hour – where jazz gets loud; specialist “challenging” jazz hours along with well-known artists such as Annie Lennox, Jamie Cullum, Amy Winehouse.

They are also on Twitter and Facebook.

RedTrain Express

RedTrain Express now testing

RedTrain Express

RedTrain Express, a jazz service from The Jazz UK has started testing on DAB digital radio to the Portsmouth area. We hope to reveal more information about the launch details due course.

In other news, we have closed the Information Channel to make way for this exciting new service.

Update (11/10/15): The RedTrain Express is still testing. Final tweaks will be undertaken on Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th October which may mean the service is interrupted for a period of time or times. The official service launch is 15th October, enjoy!

Chris Country

Chris Country

We’re delighted to announce that Chris Country will be joining our line-up of stations broadcasting on DAB digital radio to the Portsmouth area.

From next week, fans of country music will be able to listen to the best in new and classic country music from the USA and UK.

Don’t forget the retune your DAB digital radio to store Chris Country in your station list.