Newry’s only local radio station set to expand with DAB service

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Newry community radio station IUR-fm has launched plans to bring digital audio broadcasting (DAB) to the South Ulster region.

The local service currently broadcasts locally on 101.4FM and is now the only radio station based in the city. The station hopes to launch a small-scale DAB multiplexer in the area, which will increase the number of local services available to the listening public.

Sean Og Mac Braoin of IUR-fm explained what an SSDAB multiplexer is: “Traditionally each radio station had its own transmitters and antennas, but DAB is different. With DAB, the Mux operator maintains the transmitters and antennas, then up to 25 different radio stations are grafted onto the Mux. It’s a bit as if the stations didn’t have their own car, they all got on a bus together and shared the costs”.

The new DAB Mux can broadcast up to 25 different stations and will be operated on a not-for-profit basis. The station already has over 10 services signed up to broadcast on the new Mux and is looking to hear from other groups and individuals who would like to have a radio station on the Mux.

Commenting on the range of services that are already listed on their Mux, he said: “SSDAB offers the possibility of a multitude of new local services to suit all tastes. We already have a growing number of services signed up with over a dozen youth, senior, Christian, country music and rock services signed up as well as a station dedicated to short-term broadcasting, which means that local festivals and events can have their very own station for a short time corresponding to their festival.

Mac Braoin added “Only IUR-fm has the local experience to seize this wonderful opportunity to expand the range of local and community radio services in the region.”

IUR-fm expects the new SSDAB stations to air by the end of 2023 and anyone interested in learning more can email [email protected]

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