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Find your groove with this guide to Portuguese radio, which includes the most popular Portuguese radio stations, online radio and English-language radio in Portugal for expats.

Apart from internet and television in Portugal, Portuguese radio (radios de Portugal or radios Portuguesa) remains a good source of the latest news, information and entertainment for those who have relocated to Portugal.

Tuning into Portuguese radio is not only a great way to gain a deeper insight on your new home and Portuguese culture, but also an effective means of keeping up-to-date on any issues that might affect your move to Portugal.

FM Portugal: Portuguese music radio

You’ll find a wide variety of radio programmes in Portugal and plenty of English music, AM and FM Portugal channels that you can listen to at home, at work or in transit. Most Portuguese radio stations are also accessible via online radio streaming.

Our brief guide outlines the main Portuguese radio stations and online radio streaming platforms you can listen to in Portugal.

State-owned radio stations in Portugal
Public broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal or RTP has three main radio stations covering the whole country, which offer a broad range of programmes focusing on news, cultural commentary, and local and contemporary music.

Antena 1 has a programming consisting mainly of news, current affairs, sports and popular Portuguese music. It be accessed on the 87.7–106.7 frequency depending on your region. Antena 1 also has special regional stations for the six main regions of Portugal: North, Centre, Lisbon, South, Azores and Madeira.

Antena 2 has cultural segments and broadcasts classical and world music that can be received in the 87.7–106.7 frequency in mainland Portugal.

Antena 3 focuses on a younger, more up-tempo demographic by featuring alternative and contemporary music. It can be accessed on the 92.3–107.9 frequency in mainland Portugal.

All three Portuguese radio stations are available in the whole country through traditional radio, cable and satellite, with limited access in some parts of the Madeira archipelago and Azorean islands for Antena 2 and Antena 3.

RTP also offers an international radio service called RDP Internacional and another station RDP África, which broadcasts in Portugal and African Portuguese-speaking countries: Cape Verde, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, and São Tomé and Príncipe. There are also several digital-only stations on offer in RTP’s website here.

Commercial Portuguese radio stations
Portuguese radio also includes an interesting range of commercial stations available to suit any taste, including Radio Comercial, Rádio Renascença and Mega FM nationally.

Other popular national Portuguese radio stations include the following:

Best Rock FM
M80 Radio
Mix FM
Romântica FM
TSF Rádio Notícias
Rádio Capital
Rádio Radar
Radios Portugesas: Radios de Portugal
There are also many radio stations available in specific regions in Portugal, such as Lisbon, Porto, Azores and Madeira.
It is possible to stream all of these Portuguese radio stations online through your phone or computer. Websites such as Listen Live, Streema and TuneIn provide a list of stations in Portugal that are available for streaming at your convenience.

English-language radio stations in Portugal
Radio Portugal online: Radio online PortugalFor expats who are seeking English-speaking radio stations in Portugal, there are a few options to choose from.

As of 2017, Kiss FM is the only English-language Portuguese radio station in the Lisbon and Algarve regions. It can be received in 95.0 FM in Lisbon and frequencies 95.8 FM and 101.2 FM in Algarve.

International radio stations such as the BBC World Service, Voice of America Global Live and many others, however, are broadcast online and through satellite.

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Launch details and schedule for Country Hits Radio

Written By UK ReporterApril 5, 2019 – 10:05 am 9,060 29

Bauer’s newest radio station, Country Hits Radio, has launched this morning at 10 with Chris Young’s Raised on Country.

Well known country music radio host Baylen Leonard kicked off proceedings and was joined by fellow station host Una Healy from The Saturdays.

The full schedule is below, and includes Jennie longdon on Breakfast and Lou Nash in the afternoons. Later today, Ty Bentli will be broadcasting his 5pm show from The Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.

Former Signal 1 Breakfast Show co-host Emma Jones is also hosting a weekly show, after quitting early mornings last week.

Film studio Entertainment One is sponsoring the station to promote upcoming movie Wild Rose: an uplifting story following one young woman’s dream to make it as a country singer from Glasgow to Nashville with Jessie Buckley, Julie Walters and Sophie Okonedo.

Simon Kilby, Chief Revenue Officer Bauer Media said: “Our insight has uncovered a clearly defined and valuable audience of contemporary country music lovers within the previously untapped Hits Radio Network. This launch partnership with Entertainment One’s Wild Rose is a brilliant fit for the modern demographic of 25-44 year olds immersing themselves in this exciting genre.”

“This bespoke creative campaign will capture our audience’s imagination celebrating this uplifting film with a soundtrack of the very best pop country music, and the artists bringing the UK’s fastest growing music genre into the mainstream.

The bespoke Country Hits Radio and Entertainment One campaign, which is brokered by Zenith, runs from 5th-14th April and encompasses branded content across radio and digital platforms with credits, live reads and spotlights.

Country Hits Radio schedule:


0700-0900 – Country Hits At Breakfast weekdays with Jennie Longdon

0900-1000 – Country Hits Throwback weekdays with Jennie Longdon and with Una Healy on Saturdays

1000-1300 – Baylen Leonard including Could Have Been Country and Country Champion

1300-1700 – Lou Nash

1700 – 2000 – The Ty Bentli Show from Nashville

2000-0000 – Country Hits Evenings

Weekends highlights:

Fri 2000-0000 Emma Jones


09:00 -13:00 – Una Healy
13:00 -17:00 – Naomi Kent
17:00 – 21:00 – Scarlett Howard
21:00 – 00:00 – Emma Jones

13:00 -16:00 – The Front Porch with Baylen Leonard
16:00 – 20:00 – Emma Jones – Country Hits Weekend
20:00 – 23:00 – Matt Sprackle

Global starts selling its radio buildings ahead of networking

Written By Roy MartinApril 4, 2019 – 9:08 pm 7,952 38

Global has put its headquarters in Portslade near Brighton on the market after announcing the closure of this and another 10 other sites.

The commercial property, at Radio House, Franklin Road, Portslade, East Sussex, is on the market for £1.1million.

It is described as radio studios and former offices over ground and first floors with extensive surface car parking, 18 car spaces and a modern internal specification.

The building is home to Heart Sussex, which was previously known as Southern FM. It started life as a radio station when it was converted from a cinema to house Southern Sound.

Capital Brighton has also been broadcasting from this building since it replaced Juice 107.2 in September last year.

Both Heart Sussex and Capital Brighton will be merged with stations based near Southampton – starting with Capital this coming Monday, 8th April.

RadioToday’s take

This is a highly expected move but it does highlight the reality of what deregulation means beyond the cutting of staff and locally-made programmes.

After a quick search, none of the other buildings currently in use by Global earmarked for closure are on the market yet. Some buildings are leased and will just be handed back, others are owned outright so we can expect to see a few more hit the commercial section of Zoopla before long.

The other sites closing this year are Accrington, Histon (Cambridge), Chelmsford, Exeter, Gloucester, Kendal, Whitstable, Lancaster, Norwich and Swindon.

Bob FM has been bought by Communicorp and will be rebranded as Heart Hertfordshire, merging with its existing station covering Watford.
Bob – which covers the north of Hertfordshire including Stevenage, Hertford, Knebworth, Hitchin and Welwyn Garden City – first launched in 2001 as Hertbeat FM. It rebranded as Jack FM in May 2010, before becoming Bob FM nearly 4 years later due to licensing issues which would have prevented the station using the Jack brand on DAB.
It has been based in studios at the Old Pump House in Knebworth Park since launch.
The purchase follows the sale of Connect FM and Heart Watford by Adventure Radio to Communicorp in February. It’s expected that the new enlarged Heart Hertfordshire will take 21 hours a day of programmes from Global’s Heart network, with Communicorp providing a 3-hour drivetime show.
In an email sent to staff, Communicorp UK CEO Mark Lee said: “Further to our recent acquisition of Heart Hertfordshire, I’m pleased to confirm that we have just acquired Bob FM which broadcasts to the north of Hertfordshire.
“Subject to Ofcom approval, our intention is to extend the Heart Hertfordshire brand licence to cover the full county, a population of approximately 600,000 adults. The transition will take a few months. Please welcome the Bob FM team to the Communicorp UK family.”

Former colleagues and current staff at BBC Radio Oxford have paid tribute to broadcaster Bill Heine, whose death was announced on Wednesday morning.

Editor of BBC Radio Oxford, Tim Boswell told RadioToday: “Bill was an integral part of BBC Radio Oxford for over 30 years. He was an outstanding broadcaster with the ability to connect with his listeners through his intelligence, razor-sharp wit, and above all, his passion for the city and the people who live, work and study here.

“We are paying tribute to Bill throughout the coming days and there was a special programme on BBC Radio Oxford on Wednesday from 6:00pm-7:00pm.”

Bill hit the headlines himself locally in 1986 when he put a giant shark on the roof of his terraced house in Oxford.

He wrote this article just last week with the headline “I’m ready to die in my own bed” after being unable to test a possible cure for cancer drug. He was 74.

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Will Banks, Assistant Editor of BBC Radio Oxford, who worked with Bill for many years, said: “There was a fearless quality to Bill, which allowed him to explore the areas and ask the questions that others simply wouldn’t. He could incite genuine fear in those who were due a grilling, and in his producers who never knew where he was going to go next.

“But it was that unpredictability that defined Bill – a true one-off who refused to abide by convention and whose broadcasts were all the better for it.”

Pandora replaces Toby Anstis on Heart mid-morning show

Written By Stuart ClarksonApril 2, 2019 – 1:36 pm 7,155 12

Former Capital and Kiss presenter Pandora Christie is joining Heart to host the weekday mid-morning show and Saturday night Club Classics.

She takes over the UK’s biggest commercial radio show from Toby Anstis next week (8th April), three months after her departure from Kiss.

Pandora started out at Global on the promo team, before beginning her presenting work with Choice FM on overnights then daytimes. She moved to Capital in 2012 to host the 10am-1pm show across the network, before leaving for Kiss mid-mornings in June 2016.

She also hosted the ARIAs in Leeds last October and is a regular presenter on News UK’s QLive app quiz game.

Pandora’s show will air 9am-1pm on Heart London and 10am-1pm across the Heart Network, and she’ll also host Saturday night Club Classics from 7pm. Toby Anstis will present on Friday nights. The 10am-1pm network show is currently commercial radio’s biggest, with 3.8m weekly listeners across the UK (RAJAR Q4/18)

Pandora told RadioToday: “I’m so thrilled to be coming home to the biggest commercial radio station in the country. I can’t wait to get started – playing the very best feel good music to help get Heart listeners through their working day is literally the best job in the world. I hope listeners around the country will be turning up the radio and dancing along, just like I’ll be doing in the studio.”

Managing Editor of Heart, James Rea said: “We are absolutely delighted to have Pandora back in the Global family. Her warm style and easy manner match perfectly with the feel-good nature of the brand. Pandora brings with her a wealth of experience and a vibrant personality. We welcome her back with open arms and look forward to her joining the team.”V

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Finally some clips of various radio stations – interesting bunch of recordings

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Bauer is starting its third new radio station this year as Country Hits Radio gets ready to launch on a number of DAB multiplexes in the UK.

Country Hits Radio launches on April 5th via DAB in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, South Yorkshire, Lancashire, Humberside, Tyne & Wear, Teesside, Glasgow,, Edinburgh, Tayside, Inverness and Ayr.

Bauer is to remove Kiss Fresh from the above local multiplexes to make room for Country Hits Radio.

Country Hits Radio is targetting modern country music-lovers aged 25-44, with country music radio host Baylen Leonard (Chris Country, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4) joining the station for a daily weekday show.

Nashville’s Ty Bentli will share news from the US country scene Monday to Friday and singer-songwriter Una Healy from The Saturdays will also join the station for a weekend show.

The presenters in the photo above are Jennie Longdon (breakfast), Scarlett Howard (weekends), Baylen Leonard (mid-mornings), Una Healy (weekends), Ty Bentli (Drive), Lou Nash (afternoons) and Emma Jones (weekends).

Speaking ahead of the launch, Una Healy said: “When you look at the success of artists such as The Shires and Ward Thomas as well as huge events like Country 2 Country, it’s clear there’s a real audience for country music in the UK. It’s a genre I’ve fallen in love with and it’s thrilling that it now has a home in Country Hits Radio. I can’t wait to get started!”

During launch week next month, the station will play host to guest appearances from Chase Rice, Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde, Brett Eldredge and Jimmie Allen.

The UK’s only other terrestrial country radio stations are Chris Country, operated by Chris Stevens, and Bauer’s Downtown Country in Northern Ireland. Chris Country has been running since 2013 and is currently on DAB in Manchester, Cambridge, Portsmouth, London, Norwich, Suffolk, Glasgow and Wrexham / Chester / Liverpool. Last month, Global launched Smooth Country, an online stream of country music within the Global Player.

Country Hits Radio is the third new station launch from Bauer Media this year – following on from Greatest Hits Radio and Scala Radio.

The BBC’s Director of Radio and Music, Bob Shennan, is to become the corporation’s Managing Director from next month.

Bob is a former Controller of Radio 2 and 6 Music, having rejoined the BBC in 2009 following a short spell with Channel 4. Before that he had a long career in BBC Sport as a producer, Head of Sport and later Head of Radio 5 Live from 2000 to 2008. He has been Director of Radio and Music since October 2016. Bob is also a former Chair of the Radio Academy.

In an email to staff, Director General Lord Hall said: “Bob’s a great leader: he enables people working for him to give of their best – and he’s proved time and again in sport, in radio and in music how formidable and collaborative he is. I want the BBC to be the best led, best managed and most creative media company in the world. Bob Shennan’s appointment will help deliver just that.”

Bob will be responsible for strategy, policy, legal, commercial rights, business affairs, partnerships.

Lord Hall added: “He’ll also have a wider remit, joining up our corporate leadership, supporting our creative ambition and co-ordinating what we’re doing between our commercial and public service operations. He’ll also work with the output directors to develop and deliver a new broadcasting talent strategy – something that will lead to stronger relationships and opportunities for new and emerging talent to show what they can do.

James Purnell, Director of Radio & Education at the BBC added: “Bob has made a huge difference to BBC Radio and Music. Just in the last year, he’s pulled off the BBC’s most ambitious live music event in The Biggest Weekend, worked with the Controllers to transform the daytime schedules of Radio 1, 2 and 6 Music and played a leading role in launching BBC Sounds, challenging the emerging global gatekeepers in music and radio. He’s been a fantastic colleague, caring about the well-being of everyone in R&M and shaping the BBC’s culture and relationships with presenters. All those areas are at the heart of his new role, so we’ll be working closely with him in the years to come.”

Mr Purnell said in an email to staff that he wasn’t planning any major changes to the department’s structure. “We have an exemplary leadership team in Radio & Music,” he said. “And I’ll be getting together with them in the coming days to talk about how we continue to work together.”

The BBC is asking for volunteers to take redundancy in its Radio & Music Production and Operations department to help cut 50 jobs.

The roles will go from a workforce of 706 people working in locations including Salford, Birmingham and London.

But production teams for Radio 1, 1Xtra, the Asian Network, and 6 Music will not be affected, staff have been told in an email on Friday afternoon.

The Ops department has been asked to release savings to meet corporate efficiency targets and to reinvest in the key strategic objective of attracting more young listeners and viewers to BBC services over the next two years.

They’ve been told to address the costs which have been rising faster than income.

This is all part of the savings required by all BBC stations towards the £800m needed by the BBC by 2021/2022.

A two-year plan will now commence within the BBC to modernise Production, reduce hierarchies, increase collaboration between teams, devolving decision making and further driving up productivity.

As part of that process, the BBC is bringing together drama teams across England in a single unit.

On the proposed changes to BBC Radio and Music Production, a BBC Radio spokesperson told RadioToday: “Across the organisation we are making savings in order to meet the financial challenges the BBC faces. The proposed changes will deliver savings without reducing the number of production hubs around England or the range of high quality content that the teams produce for and pitch to BBC Radio. We hope to avoid compulsory redundancies.”

The owner of Dundee’s Wave 102 has bought Abderdeen station Original 106 and Fife’s Kingdom FM.

DC Thomson Media acquired Wave in 2017 and is the owner of newspapers including The Press and Journal and The Courier.

Mike Watson, Chief Executive Officer for DC Thomson Media, said: “These acquisitions firmly position us as the largest Scottish-owned radio group. We’re excited to have brought these two great stations in to our radio portfolio and look forward to working with the teams there to strengthen the offering to listeners, and provide them with quality local news content.”

Adam Findlay, Managing Director of Original, will join DC Thomson Media as Head of Radio. He told RadioToday: “Both John Quinn and I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Original 106 success story and recognise that for the station to enjoy continued growth and further expansion, it needs to become part of something bigger. DC Thomson Media is the best place for this to happen.

“The Original 106 team are amongst the best in the business and this coupled with the strength and talents of DC Thomson Media team will make for a strong and progressive partnership with the ultimate aim of delivering the very best client solutions”.

As Head of Radio for DC Thomson Media, Adam will oversee all aspects of the radio operation across the DC Thomson Media radio portfolio of Wave, Kingdom and Original.

Kingdom FM Chairman Robert Kilgour, who is choosing to step away from radio, said, “DC Thomson Media are the ideal buyers for the station as they clearly have an understanding of the market in which Kingdom operates, and can take the station to the next level. We believe that this acquisition is good for the Kingdom’s listening audience, for our advertisers and shareholders, and our very hardworking staff.”

A You Tube concert

I have assembled a selection some of my favourite concert clips for you to listen to , and hope you enjoy them

Stevie Winwood and Santana – a great tune

A fine song shared with BarryWhite

Tom Jones was singing this on the Top of the Pops on BBC 4 this week – a fantastic sone

A great song from the 70s, I saw them at the Hammersmith Odeon back in the day
This song was belting out from the hold of Radio Caroline, when Tom Lodge was working on their RSL in London Docklands in 2005
A great song – great to dance to
I saw this group live playing this song at the BBC Paris Studios in the 70s. It was during a recording for the In Concert programme. We all got up to dance wildly in the aisles. The BBC Commissionaires did their best to sit us d0wn, but it was not possible!
A great rocking song. Entertaining as well, the chap with the satchel. The lyrics are easy to hear as well. A favourite of Hastings Rock when they have and RSL
A great rocker, and the group are playing in their back garden as well!
This song grows on you, to think that in the 70s I didn’t like this song but now I love it!