Local radio stations wanted for DAB multiplex bid in Northampton

Local radio stations and community organisations are being invited to come together to bid for the local DAB Radio Multiplex in Northampton.

NLive Radio and Embrace, two of the local radio stations have started discussions on an entirely community-owned and operated application BID for the multiplex and have invited other local stations such as Inspiration FM and Revolution Radio to join their bid for the benefit of all.

Martin Steers, Station Manager of NLive Radio said “As a community-focused station we are keen to bring the community together for a BID that will benefit all the local community of Northampton.”

Jim Byrne, Director of Embrace said “As a local guy I believe in local radio and bringing people together to celebrate and promote Northampton.”

Their vision is for the multiplex to be owned by the community, via local not-for-profit community-focused stations so that it is run to not only provide a platform for their local stations, but other local services, and with the overall aim to benefit the Northampton community.

Paul Moore, Station Manager of Embrace added: “Embrace is one of the local radio stations in the town, and working alongside other local radio stations in collaboration makes perfect sense.”

They’ve brought in Samuel Hunt from Maxxwave as technical consultant and technical provider who they have experience with providing their current FM broadcasting needs, he’s also provided support for other BIDs across the country.

They are currently looking for established local community based or not-for-profit radio stations to join as part of their BID, but also looking for any service, local, regional, or national that might be interested in expressing an interest in broadcasting to Northampton to get in touch via hello@northamptondab.co.uk or by heading to northamptondab.co.uk

Photo (left to right) – Jim Byrne, Paul Moore, Martin Steers, Samuel Hunt