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Absolute Radio Classic Rock

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Coordinates: 51°30′44″N 0°08′13″W / 51.512248°N 0.136937°W / 51.512248; -0.136937

Absolute Classic Rock is a radio station part of the Absolute Radio network, broadcasting to London via DAB, Virgin Media, Sky and worldwide on the internet.

Absolute Classic Rock
Absolute Classic Rock Logo.png
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom
SloganRock's Greatest Hits.
Frequency990, 1017 & 1152 AM (Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Shropshire)
DAB: 11B (Greater London)
Virgin Media: 952
Sky: 0203
First air date2000
FormatClassic rock
OwnerBauer Radio
Sister stationsAbsolute Radio
Absolute Radio 60s
Absolute Radio 70s
Absolute Radio 80s
Absolute Radio 90s
Absolute Radio 00s
Absolute Radio Extra

Formerly known as Virgin Radio Classic Rock, it originally was an internet-only radio station, and launched in 2000 under the name Virgin Classic by Lee Roberts, SMG Radio Director.[1] On DAB Digital Radio in London, the station launched at 12:15pm with Richard Skinner introducing Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild". The launch time, presenter, and song (though not the artist) were identical to its parent station Virgin Radio.

On 1 September 2008 it was announced that Virgin Radio Classic Rock would be rebranded as Absolute Classic Rock on 29 September 2008.[2]

The station was removed from Freesat channel 725 on 8 December 2011 because of "economic realities".[3]


DAB expansionEdit

On 10 December 2010 Absolute Classic Rock expanded on DAB from London, taking over from Global Radio owned Gold on DAB in the North of England where there were 10 million potential new listeners on DAB in Newcastle, Sunderland, Darlington, Middlesbrough, Leeds, Hull, Scunthorpe, Grimsby, York, Huddersfield, Doncaster, Harrogate, Bradford, Sheffield, Blackburn, Preston, Blackpool, Bolton, Lancaster, Liverpool, Chester, Wrexham (North Wales) and Warrington

On 20 December 2010 Absolute Classic Rock launched on DAB to a potential new 3 million new listeners in Ayr, Bath, Cardiff, Coventry and Exeter.

In 2011 it was confirmed by Ofcom that to accommodate the launch of new sister station Absolute Radio 60s, the reduction of the broadcast bitrate of Absolute Classic Rock would be permitted on the various multiplexes on which it broadcasts.[4]

West Midlands changesEdit

On 7 January 2019, Free Radio 80s closed down and was replaced by Absolute Classic Rock on 990, 1017 & 1152 AM and DAB in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Shropshire. This is the first time that the station has been available on analogue radio.

Free Radio 80s will be rebranded as Greatest Hits Radio West Midlands. It will replace Absolute Radio on 105.2 FM in Birmingham.[5][6]

Notable former presentersEdit

Former presenters include Richard Skinner, Tommy Vance and Alice Cooper.


  1. ^ "Virgin launches online classic". Broadcast. 4 December 2000.
  2. ^ Barnett, Emma (1 September 2008). "Plans revealed to rebrand Virgin Radio as Absolute". Brand Republic. Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 1 September 2008.
  3. ^ "Changes to Absolute Classic Rock and Absolute Radio 00s". One Golden Square. 21 November 2011.
  4. ^ Ofcom radio broadcast licensing update for October 2011, published 1 Nov 2011 Archived 3 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Bauer Media to launch Greatest Hits Radio network Radio Today, 15 November 2018

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