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Reform Radio Expands with Launch on Locally Owned DAB Service

**Headline: "Reform Radio Expands Reach with Launch on Locally Owned DAB Service"**

Manchester's renowned Reform Radio is set to make a historic leap as it starts broadcasting on DAB from August 1st, marking its first venture into traditional broadcasting. This exciting opportunity comes as local broadcasters, including AllFm and Gaydio, join forces to secure the Manchester SSDAB Multiplex license from Ofcom. The newly formed CIC aims to support community-focused broadcasters like Legacy 90.1, North Manchester FM, and Salford City Radio by providing free or low-cost carriage on the service.

As Reform Radio celebrates its 10th anniversary, commercial radio listening has reached an all-time high, making it the perfect time to explore traditional broadcasting avenues. With a potential reach of a million people across Greater Manchester, this DAB debut presents an opportunity to engage more young people seeking employment through Reform Radio's outreach programs.

Over the past year, Reform Radio has worked with 316 young people in 812 creative sessions, with an impressive 84% progressing into employment, further training, or volunteering. The station's unique approach involves empowering young people to take ownership of their platform, where they produce everything, from drops and idents to music and interviews. This not only fosters skills in the audio and digital sectors but also paves sustainable pathways for the future.

Director Sam Oliveira expressed excitement about reaching a wider audience and providing accessibility to the arts. Reform Radio's incredible content and opportunities for involvement will now be available to more listeners. The impact of Reform Radio's work is evident through the inspiring journey of its alumni, like the Broadcast Assistant on Gaydio's breakfast show, who landed a permanent job as an Assistant Producer at BBC Radio 4.

Notably, the station's influence has garnered recognition at The Online Radio Awards and The ARIAs, solidifying its position as one of the world's top online stations since its online launch in 2014. Annie Mac, a staunch supporter of Reform Radio, emphasizes the organization's vital role in empowering young people through radio and music.

As Reform Radio becomes a Cultural Partner of Manchester City Council and an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation, its expansion into DAB is a remarkable milestone in their journey.

To tune in to Reform Radio via DAB in Greater Manchester, rescan your digital radio, visit their website, or ask your smart speaker to play Reform Radio. Get ready to experience the captivating sounds and empowering programs of this groundbreaking station.


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