Virgin Radio launches two new digital stations

Digital radio station Virgin Radio has launched two new digital stations.

Virgin Radio Anthems plays rock, pop and indie songs from the 80s and 90s. The station says that it will play music from artists like Nirvana, U2, Oasis, Toto and more.

Virgin Radio Chilled offers “blissed out” songs from artists such as Radiohead, Amy Winehouse, George Ezra, The Lumineers, U2 and more. Virgin Radio says on its website that the new station is ideal for unwinding “after a stressful day at the office”, to help focus when studying or just providing a soundtrack for a lazy weekend morning.

Both stations are broadcast in the new DAB+ format. A radio which can receive DAB+ stations is required to listen to the station. The stations are also available online, in the Virgin Radio app and through Alexa powered smart speakers.

Several radio stations have launched spin-offs in recent years. Magic Radio has three companion stations playing relaxing classics, laid back hits and soul music. The original Virgin Radio created several online and spin-off digital radio stations in the early 2000s. Absolute Classic Rock, which first broadcast online in 2000 and launched on DAB digital radio in 2004 as Virgin Radio Classic Rock, continues today as one of six sister stations.

KISS, Capital and Heart also have their own spin-off digital stations. The BBC relaunched BBC 7 as BBC Radio 4 Extra while BBC Radio 1Xtra is one of the corporations original digital stations. Temporary pop-up stations have also been launched, including BBC Radio 2 Country, for special occasions.