Fans of vintage music are in for a rare treat from Sunday, 1st May as nostalgia radio station Angel Radio is broadcast across the UK on the DAB digital radio airwaves for a fortnight to celebrate the life and work of Bing Crosby.
This year marks the 85th anniversary of Bing's first solo radio performance and the 3rd May would have been his 113h birthday. Angel Radio will pay tribute to the performer who was widely perceived to be the first artist to embrace radio, television and film.
Throughout the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, Bing achieved phenomenal radio ratings, record sales and Hollywood film studio revenues. His legacy lives on with three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Angel Radio will focus on the man and his music with two weeks' worth of special programming dedicated to Bing including his vintage radio shows from the 1940s. Bing's work influenced many of the great vocalists including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Perry Como.
Where will the service be available?
A special radio licence has been granted to Angel to broadcast its tribute to Bing Crosby which means its unique radio service will be heard on DAB digital radio in Ayrshire, Berkshire & North Hampshire, Bristol, Cambridge, Cornwall, Coventry, Essex, Kent, Leicester, Norwich, Nottinghamshire, Peterborough, Plymouth, South East Wales, the Sussex Coast, Swindon, West Wiltshire and Wolverhampton.
Listeners in these areas will need to select the 'Pop Up Radio' channel in order to hear the special broadcast by Angel Radio.
All programmes are available online via angelradio.co.uk, also for listeners outside of the areas listed above.