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.