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DAB station The Voice of North Devon goes onto FM

North Devon digital local radio station The Voice is going on permanent FM frequencies this weekend, reports the North Devon Journal.

The community station hit the headlines in 2012 when it secured a slot on the newly expanded Devon local DAB digital radio multiplex, broadcast in North Devon from the Huntshaw Cross transmitter. The expansion of local DAB into North Devon secured a licence renewal for the incumbent commercial station Heart, originally known as Lantern FM.

The Voice launched following local radio station Lantern FM's takeover by Heart and subsequent dropping of local breakfast and drive time shows for North Devon. 

In addition to broadcasting on DAB, The Voice has been on air for over three years online and on occasion via restricted FM licences in Barnstaple and Bideford, as well as online. 

The Voice will now broadcast on 106.1 and 107.8 FM, with the signal reaching Woolacombe and Ilfracombe for the first time - areas out of reach of the main Huntshaw Cross transmitter.

Under plans for a possible future digital radio switchover, community stations such as The Voice would continue on FM for the time being, with national networks switching to DAB.


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