Gold radio station departs from AM and DAB as Smooth takes over

Gold is leaving AM and DAB in most parts of the country tonight. From tomorrow, the oldies station will only be available via AM and DAB in the East Midlands and London, plus AM in Manchester.

The Global Radio owned station will become a largely presenter-less service, with back-to-back oldies from the 60s and 70s filling most of the airtime.

As previously reported, when the date of the change was first announced, DAB and AM listeners outside of Manchester, East Midlands and London will hear Smooth Radio take over Gold's slot. Regional programming at breakfast and drive-time is being reinstated for Smooth Radio listeners on FM outside of London.

The AM service will carry London programming, although it's expected that Smooth Radio will have to retain a four hour opt-out programme on AM in Wales to meet Ofcom requirements.

The changes have been viciously criticised by some listeners who have taken to the internet to protest, as it will leave them without an oldie station on the dial, while others who are in the reduced coverage area aren't happy at the loss of presented programmes such as Dean Martin's evening show on the station.

Gold continues broadcasting via Sky (0121), Freesat (722) and Virgin (959), as well as online.


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  1. Gold has survived on DAB in Yorkshire. No mention of it being retained on DAB in Yorks in the listener info provided by Gold on 28/02. Enjoy the station while it lasts on the Yorks mux!

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    1. Gold is now off DAB in the Yorkshire area, it went off on the 29th June with no warning given out the day before.

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    2. Gold had been carrying scrolling text on DAB in Yorkshire ahead of the closedown, but I would have thought it would have stayed for another 24 hours until the DAB Yorkshire multiplex was turned off.

      Gold continues in East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire on the Humberside DAB service.

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  2. Smooth Radio UK appears to still be on Regional DAB in Central Scotland (trails for Andrew Castle at Breakfast suggests the London feed). Local Glasgow licence appears on DAB as SMOOTH RADIO in caps.

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  3. Purchased a DAB radio specifically to listen to Gold in the garden, what a waste of money
    that turned out to be, why is Gold only on in certain parts of the country? Gutted!!

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    1. my hubby loves, loved Gold, he is equally gutted.

      what is the matter with some people who appear to be controlling our lives!

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  4. GOLD is still available from the Yorkshire (MXR) MUX (Belmont TX), Lincolnshire.
    GOLD's reply to my question is as follows :-

    "Sadly you will eventually lose the DAB signal in your area - but until the
    entire digital MXR multiplex shuts down you will continue to receive the
    Gold signal.

    Best wishes"

    So, it would appear that Global doesn't want to start the SMOOTH Radio DAB service, only for it to eventually cease when the MXR MUX is switched off (I think in 2015).

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  5. WHY! WHY! The best radio station has been abolished from the south west. Can't begin to think who is responsible for this! If we must listen to Smooth please play all the oldies we ( in my age group anyway) we all love and not a load of rubbish!!!!!!
    Oh how we will miss Dean Martin in the evening!

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    1. Hear! hear! what is wrong with whoever had decided this?

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  6. Why can't GOLD radio be adapted, so everyone can listen to it, where ever they are in the country. Smooth is NOT and I repeat NOT my kind of music. To my mind it doesn't even compare with the GOLD we're used to. I'm in South East Kent. we bought our little radio on the strength of being able to listen to GOLD and now without warning we have to put up with Smooth. absolutely not the 'noise' I like to listen to.

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    1. argh, so agree, this is diabolical...

      is ANYONE listening to us?

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  7. Only get Smooth on am where Gold was. Last night 3 records followed by 11 adverts. No thanks. Never again.

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    1. i use to listen to smooth radio on 106.60 fm. but since simon bates & lynn parson left the station it got boring so i tuned into gold on d a b. but the sounds of it not for much longer. gold should broadcast on fm.

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  8. I am thoroughly angry at the way GOLD station was just suddenly taken off air.It was the only station I listened to!!!! Will it returnto s.e kent???

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    1. There are no plans for Gold to return in SE Kent. The Gold station that continues elsewhere no longer includes presented programmes for much of the day.

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  9. The only music channel I listened to has gone. Smooth Radio is not an alternative for me. What a terrible, terrible shame.

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  10. radio smooth is not any thing like gold, its crap like most other stations, I will not be listening to smooth.

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  11. I was very confused, I thought that there was something wrong with my radio, until I went onto the internet and found that Smooth was taking over, I will not be tuning in to Smooth, I am very disappointed??

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  12. Very annoyed have lost gold in the south west. Listened to it for years. Smooth is not as good. Let's start a petition.

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  13. Very easy to listen to oldies stations online which i can stream to various devices in my home - TuneIn is agreat site even offers The Goon Show 24/7 if thats what you want and can put oldies stations into decades fifties - sixties etc.

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  14. I agree with all the negative comments regarding loss of Gold on a.m. Smooth is rubbish as usual the customer (listener) is treated with contempt by the wooly headed wizz kids who seem to think they know best, well I for one will never tune in to Smooth.

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  15. I posted earlier on in this debate. I gave smooth the benefit of the doubt and listened to it. Well just for the record I won't be listening AGAIN!!!! I hope someone from Gold Radio are taking note of how disappointed it's avid listeners are!

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  16. Another nail in the DAB coffin. Every station that I ever enjoyed at some point over the last 10 years has been pulled. To name but a few (Smooth Xmas, Smooth 70's and now GOLD). We are now left with total crap or statons we can here on FM anyway. I can chuck my DAB radio in the bin now.

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  17. Extremely disappointed I can't get Gold anymore. Smooth air play is not even comparable and am sure other loyal Gold listeners are equally not tuning in to this station anymore.

    Disappointed

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  18. When Gold finally disappears , try Absolute 60s. It's equally good!

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  19. If anyone is looking for a radio station that is above anything else , try bbc wales 103.90 from 9 in the eve or from 10 wen any sport is on , called the chris needs show , u will not b dissapointed , pure class , h,,,

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  20. I've just bought a dba radio thinking I could get gold. But what a waste of time. It's going back.ive listened to gold for years. And now it's smooth what a waste of a crappy station. And presenters a waste of time they havnt a clue .always adverts. They can keep the station.why don't you put it back on.youve had so many complaints that you should listen to your listeners .anna South west.

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  21. I have loved listening to GOLD.I have had it on when friend have been round for dinner and received great comments. It disappeared from my presets a while ago, so I thought it was to do with my indoor antenna. I promised I would evenyually invest in an external antenna, and today I paid £65 to have one fitted. I retuned and still no GOLD. So I researched the internet & found the bad news that GOLD is no longer available to me on my DAB radio. Ican't tell you how disappointed I am. Please bring GOLD back to DAB radio!!!!!

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  22. I've only found Gold recently on my DAB radio after getting so sick of all the ads and playlist repeats on Smooth all the time. I like old music but found I was getting tired of hearing songs I love as they were repeated so often. Anyway, I tuned my old radio in the kitchen to 945 but found a difference in time - by the time I walked from the kitchen to the lounge I heard the same thing again, only a few seconds but it didn't "flow" with moving around (and singing along with the radio). My partner used his iphone to tune in to Gold on 999. It was different! So I went on my laptop and thought I'd listen online and we now have THREE different time zones to listen to. It must be unfair on "phone now" competitions etc because some people hear the "phone now" warning much earlier than others. Maybe that accounts for the favoured areas for winners. So don't despair if you lose it in one place, try retuning & see if you can find a different time zone to listen to, I'm in Derby.

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  23. Bring back gold and kick the arse out the door of who ever decided to change things and listen to your loyal listeners for once smooth what a load of rubbish total waste of airtime music rubbish and the presenters are not much better

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