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Heart launches new club classics radio station

Toby Anstis on Heart Dance

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A new digital radio station playing club classics has launched across the UK.

Heart Dance launched this morning with presenter Toby Anstis hosting a new breakfast show. He will host the breakfast show every weekday morning from 7am to 10am. Lucy Horobin will host the drive time show every weekday from 4pm – 7pm. Lucy will also host a weekend show every Saturday from 10am – 1pm.

The new station is based on Heart’s Club Classics. Heart describes the new station as “an incredible blend of the best feel good dance and club classics tunes anywhere on the dial”. Heart Dance is set to play artists like Basement Jaxx, Daft Punk, Ne-Yo, Ultra Naté, Fatboy Slim and Armand Van Helden.

Heart’s Club Classics will be simulcast on the new station. Toby Anstis will host the show every Friday from 7pm and weekday morning presenter Pandora will host on Saturday from 7pm.

Toby Anstis said: “To present the breakfast show on a brand-new national radio station, playing the music I have always loved with a passion, is a dream! To top it off, we also have my good mate Lucy Horobin getting listeners home at drive time. Heart is my natural home and a place I love.”

The launch of Heart Dance comes less than two weeks after existing radio station Gold became available across the UK. Both stations are owned by radio group Global.

Heart Dance is broadcast in the newer DAB+ format. Some older digital radios will not find the station when retuning. Other older radios will list the station, but there might be no sound when the station is tuned into. A number of Pure DAB radios can be upgraded to receive new DAB+ stations. However, other radios which only receive DAB, and not DAB+, would need to be replaced to receive the new stations.

The new Heart station becomes the 11th national digital radio station to broadcast in DAB+. Gold launched nationally in DAB+ last week, while Smooth Extra and Heart extra switched from DAB to DAB+.

Heart Dance is also available on smart speakers, the Heart app and online at heart.co.uk.

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