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Absolute and Smooth removed from AM in Berkshire and surrounding areas

Absolute has advised listeners to switch to digital platforms
Absolute Radio and Smooth Radio have been affected by the closure of a Medium Wave transmission site near Reading.

The AM transmitters at the privately owned Manor Farm site were switched off on Friday, as the lease on the site is not being renewed.

Absolute Radio's transmissions on 1233kHz, which served Berkshire, southeastern Oxfordshire and south west Buckinghamshire were terminated on Friday morning.

Smooth Radio, which inherited the former frequencies of Gold last year has also been affected. Its service on 1431kHz from the site was switched off alongside its service on 1485kHz, which although broadcast from a different site operated under the same commercial AM radio licence serving the Thames Valley area.

Listeners to both stations are being advised to continue listening via digital radio, either via DAB digital radio, online, via mobile apps or through digital TV services.


  1. Well that's one way of getting people to listen on DAB, personally I have not listened to any station on AM for more than 5 years. I will always remember Long and Medium Wave radio as that was what I was brought up on but like everything else you have to move on. RIP AM

  2. Isn't it 1431, not 1421, the original frequency of radio 210?

    1. Hello. You are right. Although Radio 210 isn't mentioned above, there was a typo, which I've traced back to an item submitted by one of our regular contributors. The above article is corrected to show 1431kHz. Thanks.

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