Absolute Radio 90s
11D (England/Wales/N. Ireland)
|First air date||21 June 2010|
|Format||Non-stop music from the 1990s|
|Audience share||0.2% (December 2012, )|
|Sister stations||Absolute Radio
Absolute Classic Rock
Absolute Radio 60s
Absolute Radio 70s
Absolute Radio 80s
Absolute Radio 00s
Absolute Radio Extra
Absolute Radio 90s is a spin-off service from Absolute Radio. Like Absolute 80s, this DAB spin-off service is a rolling music service which plays music from the 1990s. Some of the artists which feature on the service include Blur, Oasis, The Chemical Brothers, Guns and Roses, Portishead, The Stone Roses, Radiohead and Primal Scream amongst others. It was launched on DAB Digital Radio in London in June 2010 and on the Digital One platform on 25 August 2010 and was initially available for one month as a 'test'. However, the availability of the station nationally continued beyond the end of September, and after a strong opening Rajar figure, it was confirmed that the 90s service would continue to be available on Digital One.
The station will roll down from national to local-level DAB distribution in January 2015 due to the Digital One slot being needed to roll out Magic nationally: in preparation for this switch, Absolute Radio 90s began appearing on a number of local DAB ensembles from 12 December 2014, replacing Kerrang! Radio in many cases. Absolute 90s will continue to broadcast nationally via satellite TV and online.
In fact, the station had by June 11, narrowed what the launch song would be down to two - Blur's "Country House" or Oasis's "Roll With It". Even after the two groups have split, the rivalry between the two continues. Potential listeners could decide by going to the stations website. The service was officially launched on Monday, June 21, 2010 by Christian O'Connell at 10am with the Oasis song "Roll With It" being the first song played on the station (with 58% of the vote). It was then followed by a 90s mixtape.
Like its other digital spin-offs, Absolute Radio 90s also carries the breakfast show from Absolute Radio. During the 2013 season, Absolute Radio 90s was the UK's broadcaster of National Football League (American football) games, taking over in that capacity from BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra. (Absolute Radio abandoned NFL broadcasts in 2014.)
The service, which replaced Absolute 80s, was at launch available to the Greater London area via the Switch Digital platform (12A/223.936 MHz) via the following transmitter sites (Transmitter Power in brackets):
- Crystal Palace (2.10 kW)
- Bluebell Hill (2.00 kW)
- Reigate (1.51 kW)
- Guildford (1.00 kW)
- Zouches Farm (0.35 kW)
- Hemel Hempstead (0.25 kW)
- Otford (0.17 kW)
- Alexandra Palace (0.10 kW)
- Arkley (0.10 kW)
- Mount Vernon (0.10 kW)
- Stoke D'Aberdon (0.01 kW)
- Shooter's Hill - Thamesmead (0.01 kW)
Absolute Radio 90s launched on the Digital One platform in August 2010, initially as a test due to run until 30 September 2010. This used the broadcast capacity of Absolute Radio Extra during that station's downtime. The trial was subsequently extended, and in November 2010 it was confirmed that the station would remain on Digital One, sharing with Extra as before, on a permanent basis, and that a new station, Absolute Radio 00s ("Noughties") would launch on DAB in London in December (in the former 90s slot.) As a result of its national launch Absolute Radio 90s has now also been removed from the other local DAB multiplexes it broadcast on (Absolute Classic Rock took over the slot on the Cardiff local multiplex).
As a result of sharing its Digital One slot with Absolute Radio Extra, Absolute Radio 90s was off-air on DAB between 1.30pm and 6.30pm on Saturdays. However, the digital TV and internet broadcasts of the 90s station were uninterrupted and continuous throughout this period. Following the closure of Absolute Radio Extra, Absolute Radio 90s regained a full uninterrupted service on all platforms.
Absolute Radio 90s is to migrate back down to local-layer DAB from December 2014 ahead of its removal from Digital One in January 2015.