Absolute Classic Rock

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Coordinates: 51°30′44″N 0°08′13″W / 51.512248°N 0.136937°W / 51.512248; -0.136937

Absolute Classic Rock
Absolute Classic Rock Logo.png
Broadcast area United Kingdom
Slogan Home of the Great British Guarantee
Frequency DAB: 11B (Greater London)
Virgin Media: 952
Sky: 0201
First air date 2000
Format Classic rock
Audience share 0.2% (June 2013, RAJAR)
Owner Bauer Radio
Sister stations Absolute Radio
Absolute Radio 60s
Absolute Radio 70s
Absolute Radio 80s
Absolute Radio 90s
Absolute Radio 00s
Absolute Radio Extra
Website www.absoluteclassicrock.co.uk

Absolute Classic Rock is a radio station part of the Absolute Radio network, broadcasting to London via DAB, Virgin Media, Sky and worldwide on the internet.

Formerly known as Virgin Radio Classic Rock, it originally was an internet-only radio station, and launched in 2000 under the name Virgin Classic. On DAB Digital Radio in London, the station launched at 12:15pm with Richard Skinner introducing Steppenwolf's Born to Be Wild. The launch time, presenter, and song (though not the artist) were identical to its parent station Virgin Radio.

On 1 September 2008 it was announced that Virgin Radio Classic Rock would be rebranded as Absolute Classic Rock on 29 September 2008.[1]

The station was removed from Freesat channel 725 on 8 December 2011 because of "economic realities".[2]

DAB expansion[edit]

On 10 December 2010 Absolute Classic Rock expanded on DAB from London, taking over from Global Radio owned Gold on DAB in the North of England where there were 10 million potential new listeners on DAB in Newcastle, Sunderland, Darlington, Middlesbrough, Leeds, Hull, Scunthorpe, Grimsby, York, Huddersfield, Doncaster, Harrogate, Bradford, Sheffield, Blackburn, Preston, Blackpool, Bolton, Lancaster, Liverpool, Chester, Wrexham (North Wales) and Warrington

On 20 December 2010 Absolute Classic Rock launched on DAB to a potential new 3 million new listeners in Ayr, Bath, Cardiff, Coventry and Exeter.

In 2011 it was confirmed by Ofcom that to accommodate the launch of new sister station Absolute Radio 60s, the reduction of the broadcast bitrate of Absolute Classic Rock would be permitted on the various multiplexes on which it broadcasts.[3]


Monday to Thursday

  • 00:00 Absolute Classic Rock
  • 06:00 Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show (syndicated from Absolute Radio)
  • 10:00 Leona Graham
  • 13:00 Non-stop Classic Rock
  • 14:00 Martyn Lee
  • 16:00 The Ronnie Wood Show
  • 17:00 Russ Williams
  • 21:00 The Ronnie Wood Show (repeat)
  • 22:00 Absolute Classic Rock


  • 00:00 Absolute Classic Rock
  • 06:00 Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show (syndicated from Absolute Radio)
  • 10:00 Leona Graham
  • 13:00 Non-stop Classic Rock
  • 14:00 Martyn Lee
  • 16:00 Russ Williams
  • 20:00 The Ronnie Wood Show
  • 21:00 Absolute Classic Rock


  • 00:00 Absolute Classic Rock
  • 09:00 Russ Williams
  • 13:00 Absolute Classic Rock
  • 18:30 Absolute Classic Rock Party with Leona Graham (syndicated on Absolute Radio)
  • 22:00 The Ronnie Wood Show (syndicated on Absolute Radio)
  • 23:00 Absolute Classic Rock


  • 00:00 Absolute Classic Rock
  • 09:00 Leona Graham
  • 12:00 Absolute Classic Rock

Former DJs[edit]

Richard Skinner, Tommy Vance, Gordon Loncaster, Selena Harrington, Bernard Doherty, Alice Cooper and Guy Jagger.


  1. ^ Barnett, Emma (2008-09-01). "Plans revealed to rebrand Virgin Radio as Absolute". Brand Republic. Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  2. ^ "Changes to Absolute Classic Rock and Absolute Radio 00s". One Golden Square. 21 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Ofcom radio broadcast licensing update for October 2011, published 1 Nov 2011

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