Absolute Radio 80s
|Broadcast area||United Kingdom|
|Slogan||"The UK's only 80s Radio Station"|
Virgin Media: 951
|First air date||4 December 2009|
|Format||Non-stop music from the 1980s|
|Audience share||0.4% (December 2012, )|
|Sister stations||Absolute Radio
Absolute Classic Rock
Absolute Radio 60s
Absolute Radio 70s
Absolute Radio 90s
Absolute Radio 00s
Absolute Radio Extra
Absolute 80s launch
Absolute 80s launched at 7.00pm on 4 December 2009 replacing Absolute Xtreme.
The marketing plan for Absolute 80s started with targeted sampling at 80s events such as Madness, Pet Shop Boys and Depeche Mode at the O2 Arena, Erasure at the NEC Birmingham and Simple Minds at the Wembley Arena. The first track to play on the station was (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!) by the Beastie Boys.
On Friday 14 May 2010, Absolute 80s launched, broadcasting in mono at 64kbps, on Digital One national DAB digital radio.
On 29 February 2016, the station switched to the newly launched Sound Digital multiplex (an "upgrade" to 80kbps in mono) although it continued to broadcast on Digital One until the end of April 2016.
Currently, DJs on Absolute 80s include Leona Graham, Martyn Lee, and Richie Firth. Sarah Champion hosts a live Friday night 80s show on sister station Absolute Radio that is also simulcast live on Absolute 80s. The Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show (which also includes Richie Firth from Absolute Radio) is also simulcast live on Absolute 80s. Matthew Rudd hosts a weekend 'eclectic' programme featuring some of the more 'forgotten' hits of the decade, such as less radio-friendly charting singles by bands like Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Japan. Tony Hadley, the lead singer of Spandau Ballet, hosts a 2-hour show on Saturdays from 6pm.
- DAB Digital Radio throughout Great Britain on the Sound Digital multiplex.
- Freesat Channel 726
- Sky Channel 0200
- Virgin Media Channel 951
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- "Absolute 80s, Planet Rock, Heat and Kisstory to end dual DAB transmission". a516digital.com. 2016-04-15.
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