Stockport has been chosen as one of several towns to host their own Digital Radio transmission site.
The platform known as Small Scale DAB (SSDAB) will be launched later this year and offer greater access for large and small stations alike to be heard across the area.
Up until now there has just been a single commercial and community radio licence available for broadcast across the area on FM. The new SSDAB platform will open access to not just established Radio stations but online radio stations looking to broaden their reach and join the Digital Revolution.
Cllr David Meller, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration at Stockport Council agrees this is a good step forward for Stockport:
“This is great news for Stockport and provides an opportunity for smaller, community stations to showcase their output on a wider scale. It sits perfectly alongside the council’s vision for the future and complements the huge investment we are making across the district.”
One of the companies hoping to run the new platform is Digital Radio Stockport which is a collaboration made up of Stockport’s Strawberry Radio and the Community Radio Alliance of All FM, Wythenshawe FM, Pie Radio and Canalside Radio.
Colin Owen board member of Wythenshawe FM commented:
We have been broadcasting on FM for 21 years this month and things have really changed since we started. Digital Radio is clearly the future, especially as most of the cars on the road have now made the switch. We are really excited to be working with our community radio colleagues on this project.”
If you have a radio station or are thinking about setting one up, register your interest online to join Stockport’s Digital Radio Revolution.