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3 October 2023

Greatest Hits Radio and Hits Radio to launch on FM in Oxfordshire

The stations will be available from Monday October 30th

Greatest Hits Radio, home to Ken Bruce, Simon Mayo and Jackie Brambles, will soon be welcoming more listeners across Oxfordshire as it launches on FM later this month.

The station, which plays the biggest songs from the 70s, 80s and 90s, will bring its line-up of programmes including Oxfordshire-based Ken’s mid-morning show featuring Popmaster, from October 30th. It will also feature a regional mid-afternoon show hosted by Martin Starke.

Also new to FM radio in Oxfordshire this month will be Hits Radio, which features a playlist of the biggest hits and biggest throwbacks and a line-up of well-known names including Fleur East, Sam Thompson, Gemma Atkinson and Sarah Jane Crawford.

Both Hits Radio (107.9 FM) and Greatest Hits Radio (106.4/106.8FM) will launch as regionalised versions of the national stations, offering listeners local news, traffic and travel, alongside other local information across the day on air and on its digital platforms, with both local and national advertising opportunities for commercial partners.

Gary Stein, Group Programme Director for the Hits Radio Brand Network said: ‘We’re delighted to be bringing both Greatest Hits Radio and Hits Radio on FM to Oxfordshire. We know that the mix of nationally produced shows alongside all the local news and information is already a winning combination for listeners in the region so it’s great to be able to share that with an even wider audience from October 30th.‘

Ken Bruce said: ‘As a long standing Oxfordshire resident, the news that you’ll be able to hear not only Greatest Hits Radio but our sister station, Hits Radio, on FM in the area fills me with joy. I’d highly recommend starting with Greatest Hits Radio at 10am every weekday. Not entirely sure who’s on air then but I’ve heard he’s worth a listen…..‘

The launch of the stations in the region follows Bauer Media Audio UK’s completion of the acquisition of Jack Radio’s two FM licences.

Monday 30th October will also see the localisation of Greatest Hits Radio in Northamptonshire meaning that across the UK Greatest Hits Radio will carry local news and information on DAB, IP and – where available – FM.

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