North Devon's radio station The Voice FM are granted a licence to broadcast digitally full time
20th March 2012
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The Voice, the Radio station set up in 2010, which has been campaigning for Local Radio in North Devon, is pleased to announce it has been granted a licence to broadcast FULL TIME on the local digital radio multiplex for North Devon.

The Voice is still waiting on a decision on its request to broadcast full time on FM and the final decision has been promised within weeks

Until 12th April The Voice is broadcasting on 107.1 FM around Barnstaple on a restricted power transmitter. This new digital licence will be broadcast from Huntshaw Cross and will mean that most parts of the North Devon area will receive The Voice on Digital Radio (also referred to as a DAB radio)

It is hoped the digital service will be operational before the end of the 28 day restricted licence – so those who have digital radios will now be able to continue to listen to the Voice continually.

The station welcomes back former Heart and Lantern FM presenters - Hopps and Chapple, Ian Starling and Martin King. Other ex Lantern FM presenters include Keith Oliver; Robbie Ryan and Phil Morgan

So what does this all mean for local people and businesses? Not since Lantern FM closed down will listeners have local news and information specific to towns and villages in North Devon, 24/7. And by broadcasting on DAB, more people will be able to tune in via their DAB radio, which then gives advertisers a a larger audience to broadcast their messages too. For station information and to get involved click here –

This DAB (and hopefully FM licence) news for The Voice really is great news for North Devon. It brings a local and welcome friend back into the homes of many people who have missed the friendly voices of Lantern FM. 



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