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Station explains reasons for summer change

31 August 2018

Notts County recently met with BBC Radio Nottingham editor Mike Bettison to discuss the station’s decision to take their live commentary of the Magpies off FM airwaves.

The club and station had received feedback from a number of supporters, prompting this week’s meeting at Meadow Lane which was also attended by Notts board member Paul Mace and media and communications manager Nick Richardson.

“When we lost our medium-wave frequency in January it meant we were no longer able to cover the whole county by splitting our frequencies the way we were,” said Mike. “Notts were on 95.5FM and DAB, while Nottingham Forest were on 103.8FM and MW.

“On their own, neither of our FM frequencies cover the whole county. Broadly speaking, 95.5FM covers the north and 103.8FM covers the south.

“So, if we gave each club one of the FM frequencies I would be cutting off thousands of fans from both clubs.

“My solution has been to put the two FMs together for one service covering the whole county and use DAB, which also covers the whole county, for the other.

“The reason I chose to put Notts on DAB is because commentary of the club has been there for many years now and I think Notts fans are more likely to possess a DAB radio for that reason.”

Owner and chairman Alan Hardy said: “I was as disappointed as anyone to hear that our matches would no longer be broadcast on FM this season.

“However, having enjoyed an open and informative discussion with Mike, I now completely understand Radio Nottingham’s decision to broadcast our commentary exclusively on DAB.

“I would like to thank Mike for his time and helpful explanation.”

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