The top 7 UK Digital Radio Stations
When arriving in the UK, most Aussies have to brace themselves for the famously inclement conditions on the little European island. However, while the UK may not be breaking records for sunny weather, inhabitants certainly have great choice of excellent DAB-radio stations. Here’s a list of some of the best.
BBC Radio 3
Hosted by a combination of genuine classical music enthusiasts and accomplished classical musicians, BBC Radio 3 offers one of the most comprehensive classical music services on the digital airwaves. Because R3 is funded by the BBC licence payer’s fee, there are no adverts to interrupt the broadcast, meaning that the station can play entire compositions and concerts without interruption.
If you thought the age of ACDC, Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones was something of the past, then you’d be wrong. Planet Rock dedicates its airtime to keeping alive the memory of these classic rock bands. As well as taking a long, nostalgic look back however, the station also has plenty of time for modern bands too, giving listeners a well-rounded variety of rock music.
Pop Up Radio
Pop Up Radio only transmits intermittently, however, when it does, it’s because there’s something worthwhile going on. You can follow the station on twitter so that you know when to tune in. It’s a great way of keeping up to date with all the important happenings in the UK.
BBC Radio 5 Live
In the days before the digital age, BBC Radio 5 Live used to be affected by all sorts of reception problems. Despite the deafening feedback and long periods of white noise, however, the programs and sports coverage featured on the station were so good that the station was still the dominant force in UK sport broadcasting. Now, with the advent of new broadcasting technology, 5 Live is available in the crisp brilliance of digital radio. The station has unrivalled coverage of rugby and cricket, including live commentary of the ashes, as well as Formula 1, football and many overseas sports.
Jazz FM is one of the few digital stations to focus almost solely on the varied tones of jazz music. The station covers all the bases: along with classic jazz hits from the past, Jazz FM plays smooth jazz, funky jazz, Latin jazz and the spectacular sounds of Big Band.
Aimed at kids and their parents, Fun Kids is a radio station for the whole family. The digital broadcaster offers a variety of programs to keeps kids entertained, including child friendly music and chat, as well as a film and book club.
The World Service
Although run by the BBC, the World Service is funded by a grant from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the British Government. Thanks to this aid, the service, the world’s largest international broadcaster, is able to bring 24 hour news and programs from countries around the globe, all free of advertising. It’s a great way to keep up to date with news from back home, and hear about stories and culture from elsewhere in the world.