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Greatest Hits Radio goes live with David Bowie

New national commercial radio station Greatest Hits Radio has officially launched today.

Offering listeners the biggest songs of the 70s, 80s and 90s, the station  celebrate music from artists like Blondie, Queen, Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, INXS, Elton John and Michael Jackson.

The station officially launched with David Bowie’s Let’s Dance at 6am, although ahead of the official launch at 6am, FM and DAB frequencies carried a continuous jukebox of music.  

The station is marking the life of David Bowie all week, with feature tracks from his glittering catalogue of iconic anthems from the 70s, 80s and 90s. In addition, Greatest Hits Radio will also be broadcasting two specially commissioned documentaries paying tribute to the legendary artist, with archive interviews from Bowie himself and contributions from collaborators. 

The weekday daytime lineup features renowned broadcaster Mark Goodier – currently found covering the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show ahead of Zoe Ball taking on the role. Breakfast on Greatest Hits Radio will be hosted by Rossie who joins from Liverpool station, Radio City 2. Other presenters include Andy Crane who presents afternoons, Darren Proctor who hosts Drivetime, and Rick Houghton on evenings.

New host Mark Goodier said 
“Greatest Hits Radio does exactly what the name describes – it’s the destination for those seeking out the most amazing music from across the decades. Kicking off with Bowie Week, I can’t wait to share my passion for some of the greatest artists of our time with listeners. Hope you’ll join us!”

Greatest Hits Radio follows the launch of sister station Hits Radio last year. While Hits Radio targets a young adult audience, GHR targets an audience of 40-59 year olds.

In the north of England, Greatest Hits Radio replaces the old City 2 stations on AM and DAB, while in Scotland, stations such as Clyde 2 and Forth 2 become affliates to the new station, but with their own presenters between 6am and 10pm. In the West Midlands, where Greatest Hits Radio took over Absolute Radio's FM frequency, an opt-out drivetime programme is broadcast from 4pm. In other areas, the station is new to local DAB multiplexes. The station is currently absent from Northern Ireland and many parts of Wales.

Greatest Hits Radio weekday lineup
6am  – Rossie
10am– Mark Goodier
1pm  – Andy Crane
4pm  – Drivetime with Darren Proctor (except in West Midlands)
7pm – Rick Hougton
Source: Bauer Media