Liverpool’s two community radio stations LCR and KCC Live, together with DAB station Zest, have joined forces with Niocast Digital and Muxco North East Wales & West Cheshire to apply for the Liverpool small-scale DAB licence. As well as providing a digital future for both community stations the partnership aims to welcome dozens of new radio services to a city with an illustrious music history.
Station manager Dan Spelman said:
“KCC Live has always been a forward-thinking radio station. We’ve been around since 2003 and our move to 99.8FM was a major step for us. Now, with our partners, we’re about to make an even bigger move onto DAB. We can’t wait to showcase our output and engage with young people across the entire city”.
LCR’s Steve Faragher is proud of how the community station has connected with local people since its launch in December 2019.
“We believe that being a part of this exciting and innovative development will help take us to the next level and guarantee our digital future”.
Phil England adds:
“I’ve always felt it’s important that community stations and small independents have affordable access to the latest available platforms. Liverpool DAB will provide this, along with any support needed by the operators of services. I am excited to be part of such an experienced team. Our line-up will comprise established community stations and new stations for Liverpool from Liverpool. We will also carry stations from outside the area who want to extend their reach into the city”.
Niocast Digital and Muxco bring a wealth of experience in operating DAB and have a track record of encouraging new and innovative audio formats. “With its status as a UNESCO City of Music and a vibrant population of over 625,000 it is expected that the Liverpool multiplex will be oversubscribed”, says Niocast’s David Duffy.
Stations interested in adding their service to the Liverpool DAB ensemble should register via the website: liverpooldab.com