Play Radio UK

Play Radio UK is an Internet radio network that is based in West Sussex, UK and currently consists of thirteen separate stations - each station dedicated to broadcasting specialist content.
Play Radio UK was officially launched in October 2006 with the opening of its state-of-the-art studios in Sussex. It originally launched with just 3 stations; Play Radio UK, Play Rock UK and Play Classical. Play Xmas UK was launched a couple of months later, exclusively for the festive period. In early 2007 a further two stations; Play Dance UK and Play Top40 UK were added to the schedule. On 6 October 2007 (Play Radio’s 1st birthday) 5 new genre-specific stations were launched to celebrate the occasion. These included Play Country UK, Play Jazz UK, Play Love UK, Play Reggae UK and Play Urban UK. This meant there were now 10 stations belonging to the network. In early 2008 the decision was made to split the live signature station - Play Radio UK - into two separate live stations; Play One UK and Play Two UK, with each station capturing two very different audiences. During the latter part of 2008, on the radio network’s 2nd birthday, a new station was launched; Play Gold UK along with Play Xmas UK for the 2008/09 festivities. In November 2008, the Play Radio UK network joined forces with the Something Corporation which saw an updated website and logo as well as the addition of more online services. Play Radio UK already provide podcasts of all of their talk shows and any special features that maybe broadcast throughout the network.
Play Radio UK Stations
Play One UK
This music station provides information and entertainment surrounding the current music scenes. It covers many genres such as Dance, Urban, Rock and Indie and is dedicated to playing the latest releases as well as the UK’s current Top40 singles. Play One UK is aimed at 16-25 year olds.
Play Two UK
Is a live presented station that mainly plays a mix of the 80’s and 90’s music. It is also dedicated to broadcasting up-to-date news headlines, reviews, and competitions. Play Two UK is also well known for its Talk shows, with input from the likes of Tommy Boyd, Mike Mendoza, James Whale and the team from The Sunday Roast (in association with Loaded magazine).

Play Classical UK
This station just plays Classical music and compositions that span over 300 years. It is presented by the station voice, Mr Alan Lambourn.
Play Reggae UK
Capturing music from the Jamaican and Caribbean origin dating back to the 1960s with the innovators; Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Bob Marley. Sub-genres such as Dancehall, Soca and Ragga are included within the play-list.
Play Country UK
Is a music station that is dedicated to Country & Western music, including Nashville Sound, Bluegrass, Western Swing, Cajun and Honky Tonk.
Play Rock UK
This music station covers Rock music from the last five decades and touches on all sub-genres of Rock, including Metal, Nu-Metal and Prog Rock.
Play Dance UK
This is a non-stop music service solely dedicated to playing Dance music, including House, Funky House, Trance and Techno.
Play Top40 UK
This station only plays music from artists in the current UK Top 40 singles and albums chart.
Play Love UK
Plays music that is of ‘easy listening’ style; with songs from artists such as Lionel Richie, Celine Dion, Luther Vandross and James Blunt.
Play Urban UK
Only plays music within the World of R’n’B, Hip-hop and Garage mainly from the UK and the US. Featuring artists like Rhianna, Akon, Eminem and Dizzee Rascal.
Play Jazz UK
This station features the different aspects of Jazz music as well as the sub-genres including Blues, Swing, Smooth Jazz, Acid Jazz, Bebop and Jazz Fusion.
Play Xmas UK
A station for the Christmas season only, playing nothing but Christmas songs.
Play Gold UK
A station dedicated to music from the golden era of the 50's and 60's. Playing classic hits from artists such as The Beatles, Roy Orbison and Dusty Springfield, to name a few.
Talk Shows on Play Radio UK
The Play Radio UK network is renowned for its Talk and Speech shows mainly on the Play Two UK station. This is due to the un-regulated nature of broadcasting via the Internet - there are no Ofcom restrictions - therefore allowing discussions and debates on Play Radio UK to be controversial and quite heated! This type of broadcasting has attracted many well known presenters to get involved with the Internet radio network. Play Two UK has featured personalities such as James Whale, Tommy Boyd, Mike Mendoza, Iain Lee, Chris Tarrant and Richard Hearsey.
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