Radio Disney


Radio Disney
Radio Disney
Type Radio network
Country United States
Availability National; also distributed in Chile, Canada, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil
Owner The Walt Disney Company
Launch date November 18, 1996; 15 years ago (November 18, 1996)
Official website RadioDisney.com

Radio Disney is a radio network based in Burbank, California and headquartered out of the Disney Channel headquarters on West Alameda Ave., from where it has been based since November 2008. Prior to that, the network was based in Dallas, Texas. Radio Disney broadcasts music and other content targeted at children and young teenagers under age 16; its format can be described as a youth-targeted contemporary hit radio. It is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.

Radio Disney is formatted like a traditional radio station, featuring prize giveaways (in which listeners can enter via phone, online and since 2008, text message) and occasional in-studio interviews called "Takeovers," which usually occur during the weekday late-afternoon timeslot.

Contents

History

The first Radio Disney logo used from November 18, 1996 to 2001.

1996 -2001: The Beginning

Radio Disney was launched on November 18, 1996 (coinciding with Mickey Mouse and the release of his third cartoon Steamboat Willie's 68th birthday) at 5:58 A.M. EST with the song "Get Ready For This." Their slogan was "We're all ears" that was used heavily on jingles. Radio Disney started with songs that were played on Top-40 stations as well as popular oldies and songs from various cartoon shows and movies. Artists included 98 Degrees, Backstreet Boys, Bowling For Soup, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Destiny's Child, Hanson, Jessica Simpson, Mandy Moore, 'N Sync, and the Spice Girls. The station became poular amongst teens and tweens.

In 2000, artists such as A-Teens, Aaron Carter, Dream Street, Hoku, Jump5, Lil' Romeo, No Secrets, Play and 3LW became popular due to the station. Their new short-lived slogan was changed to "music and prizes that rock!" Later in 2000, Radio Disney increased the age limit for winning prizes and sweepstakes from 12 to 14.

2001-2007: Disney Channel stars

The Radio Disney logo used from 2001 to February 2007.

Near the end of 2001, Radio Disney has been closely tied with singers/actors from original Disney Channel shows starting with Hilary Duff, Jesse McCartney, and Raven-Symoné, and more recently with Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Mitchel Musso, and others. This has caused a bit of controversy as several people feel that most actors from Disney Channel are simply trying to start an acting career. It also marked the start of their current slogan, "your music, your way".

In 2002, the first Radio Disney Music Awards premiered. It is a music awards ceremony that has been held every year since.

In 2004, Disney paid the former Children's Broadcasting Corporation (which operated Aahs) $12.4 million. Disney had collaborated with Radio Aahs for a time prior to the launch of Radio Disney as a direct competitor to the Minneapolis-based company which reached about 30 stations at its height and former Aahs owners sued for damages because of a breached agreement.

2006 marked the 10th year that the station first went on the air, the rebroadcast of its first hour of broadcasting was aired on June 6, 2006 at around 4:58pm EDT on select markets such as WQEW. Also, as part of the 10-year anniversary, the concert "Totally 10 Birthday Concert" was held on July 22, 2006 at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California.[1] It also included a simultaneous live broadcast on the Radio Disney website. A second one was held in Dallas, Texas on November 18, 2006 at the Dallas Convention Center.[2]

In February 2006, the Walt Disney Company announced that it will be keeping Radio Disney and its owned-and-operated stations while divesting much of its radio holdings to Citadel Broadcasting. Radio Disney will be part of the Cable Networks Group. This unit takes care of Disney's cable holdings, except for ESPN.

2007-present: Various changes

In April 2007, Radio Disney completely dropped the word "Ears" (from their first slogan, "We're all ears!") from their (old) phone number, ear mail, and from Playhouse Disney daily programming. The call-in number was originally spoken aloud as 1-8-8-8, E-A-R-S, 0-1-8; then, all DJs read it as 1-888-327-7018. In late May 2009, Radio Disney completely changed their phone number. Their current phone number is 1-877-870-5678.

Radio Disney logo used 2008-2010.

Since 2008, Radio Disney has been adding more songs from Disney Channel original shows as well as music produced from other teen music groups, several of which are associated with Walt Disney Records, Buena Vista Records or Hollywood Records. Playhouse Disney programming has been cut back an hour. (originally a 2 hour block).

In November 2008, Radio Disney moved their headquarters from Dallas, Texas to Burbank, California.

In June 2009, Radio Disney again increased the maximum age for winning prizes, this time to 16 years of age.

In January 2010, Radio Disney requested permission from the FCC to "silence" five owned-and-operated stations (plus a sixth station operating under an LMA to another company) while the stations were being sold.[3] Sale agreements have been announced for two of the stations (as of January 28, 2010).

Programming

Music

Radio Disney plays a large selection of songs from stars and shows on Disney Channel along with popular songs found on a typical radio station. They also edit some Top 40 songs to make them more kid-friendly. One example is Lou Bega's cover of "Mambo No. 5", with the Radio Disney version having the chorus "A little bit of Minnie in my life, A little bit of Mickey by her side", with all the other names similarly replaced by Disney characters. Also, the liquor store mentioned in the song was lyrically replaced by a candy store.

Serial Radio

In July 2010, Radio Disney aired its first scripted serial called "My Dream," a contemporary story on a format reminiscent of the 1940s. Unlike Depression-era radio serials that typically featured episodes lasting 30 minutes, episodes of "My Dream" last just 90 seconds and play multiple times throughout the day.[4] "My Dream" stars Daphne Blunt as a 14 year old girl trying to make a name for herself in the music industry while dealing with the usual struggles, responsibilities and emotional ups and downs of an everyday teen, which is similar to Hannah Montana.[5]

Playhouse Disney

Playhouse Disney (originally "Mickey and Minnie's Tune Time" between 1998–2001) aired on Radio Disney weekdays during the school year at 12:00 ET and ends at 1:00 ET and has been hosted by Robin, Tina, B. B. Good and Susan Huber since its inception. It is now currently hosted by Betsy. Playhouse Disney was once a two hour block, but has recently been cut back an hour, along with Circle Time Story, (Originally "Mickey And Minnie's Storytime Theatre" between 1998–2001) which featured read-along stories from Disney movies and films. Like Playhouse Disney on Disney Channel, it is targeted towards preschoolers. Songs from Playhouse Disney shows, Disney movies, and songs from other shows such as Sesame Street get played, along with contests with preschool related questions, and questions about Disney characters. Classic Disney songs are also played during Playhouse Disney.

Radio Disney World Tours

In 2000 and 2001, Radio Disney launched two separate "world tours" that traveled to large markets across the United States. In 2000, the tour featured up and coming talent (No Authority, Myra) and then Radio Disney DJs, Mark and Zippy. The tour traveled to the following cities: Atlanta, New York, Boston, Dallas, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. It played in theatrical venues and had audiences of up to 2,000 people per show (there were 4 shows each weekend in each market).

See Also: Radio Disney Live! 2001 World Tour

Radio Disney Junior

On February 9, 2011, it was announced that Radio Disney would begin a new children's block for kids 2-7 and their parents. The music block will run from 12:00-1:00 PM EST. It will begin airing on February 14, 2011, to coincide with the release of Disney Junior.[6]

Features and contests

Radio Disney carries a number of features from interactive contests to informational programs.

Current features

  • 60 Seconds With (actor/actress name) - DJs (normally Ernie D.) talk with the hottest artists.
  • Celebrity Take with Jake - Jake chats about the newest celebrity news that's pre-recorded everyday at 7:35AM PST, 1:35PM PST and 4:35PM PST.
    Greyson Chance being interviewed during "Celebrity Take with Jake".
  • Code Word of the Day - The Code Word of the Day is given out about 5 times an hour. If a caller know the code word when he or she calls Radio Disney, (usually around 6:30 PM ET) they can win a prize.
  • Family Portrait - The radio show for the whole family. Callers call in to Radio Disney Ear Mail (1-888-MAIL-018) and describe their family traditions.
  • Music Mailbag - Every Saturday during this segment of Radio Disney, a new song is introduced by Brian or Candice and listeners call in to the station or vote online to "Pick It" or "Kick It". Squeege, Kara, and Aaron K. use to host this.
  • NBT (Next Big Thing) - A part of the show when they air new songs by new stars and listeners can vote. It is very similar to Incubator, a retired feature.
  • Planet Premiere - A music artist sits down with Ernie D. as their newest album is played on Radio Disney. Before each song plays, the artist tells the listeners how the song came about, and the meaning of the song. Susan Huber use to host this.
  • Park Pop Question - An on air game played by Blake (usually during the "Wakey Blakey" morning show) that relates to The Walt Disney Company's Parks and Resorts division.
  • Power Prize - This happens at least six times a day. A winner of a contest will not only win a super entry, but also a really cool "power" prize. This started when Radio Disney quit giving prizes to every contest winner.
  • Radio Rewind - A segment of a song was played backward and callers would try to guess the name of that song.
  • Saturday Night Move It Party - Jake and Hallie dance (move it) along with Radio Disney listeners to remixes of their favorite songs. Brian and Cherami use to host this.
  • Snipp it Clip (In the Mix) - They play a small part of 3 songs and the person who guesses all three wins.
  • Sound File - The news on new music and artists. (New entries weekly during Top 30 Countdown)
  • Super Entry - Winners of a contest get one-hundred (100) entries into the grand prize drawing. When first started, the winner would get forty (40) entries.
  • The Dot Com Top 3 - The .com Top 3 airs every night at 9:30 p.m. ET, 6:30 p.m. PT. Brian, Candice, or Hallie play the top 3 most requested songs of the day, and after, a caller with all three songs will win a prize or super entry. Aaron K, Blake, Squeege,and David Jordan use to host this.
  • Top 30 Countdown - The longest running program originally hosted by former D.J. Susan Huber. Jake is now the host. Songs that got the most requests during the week were on the countdown, starting from 30 to the most requested song of the week. At the end of the year, the same thing was done, only it was the 50 most requested songs of the whole year. The Top 30 Countdown airs (effective June 3, 2007): Saturdays - 7am to 10am PT, 10am to 1pm ET and Sundays - 11am to 2pm PT, 2pm to 5pm ET.
  • Word to the Wise - Played as fillers during commercial breaks, word to the wise talks about topics such as safety & good habits. Later installments were labeled as "A message from Radio Disney, because we care about kids".
  • Garage Door Derby - This contest was run with D.J. Aaron K. Two callers would call in and race their garage doors. The first to say, "It's open!" or "It's closed!" would win a prize.
  • Friday Night Talent Show - This contest is usually hosted by Candice. Every Friday callers would have to call in and sing any song they pick.

Retired features

  • ABC News For Kids - Kid friendly, and informational news with Jim Hickey.
  • ABC Notebook
  • Aptitude Dude
  • Backwards Bop - A snippet of a song was played backward and callers would try to guess the name of that song
  • Battle Of The Cities - A trivia game that retired DJs, Mark and Zippy, hosted. Two contestants from different cities would call in and the caller with the most answers wins.
  • Bumbling Bill’s Safety Spotlight - Bumbling Bill and his friend Sally talk about what's safe and unsafe. Bumbling Bill can never seem to get Sally's name right. This program ended near the beginning of 2006.
  • Connect Family - Originally "Family Fun Day" but re-branded early in April 2007 under the "Connect Family" title, formally hosted by Ernie D. and Blake. Parents and kids would hang out and play contests on Radio Disney. ("Call with your Mom or Dad to win now! 1-888-EARS-018. It's Family Funday on Radio Disney!")
  • Frequency Jam - A program which started around 2002/2003. Every Friday night, three songs would be played by Ernie D. or Brian. The song with the most votes (via Radio Disney's website) would be the next song that will get played. Frequency Jam ended in February 2007 when Disney redesigned their website.
  • Grandma Nature
  • Garage Door Derby - This contest was run with D.J. Aaron K. Two callers would call in and race their garage doors. The first to say, "It's open!" or "It's closed!" would win a prize.
  • Gross Me Out - Gross Me Out was a long time program that talked about gross things which kids often like to hear.
  • Hairbrush Karaoke - Similar to the game "Karaoke" with D.J. Kara. D.J. Susan Huber would get a caller to sing karaoke on the radio, and then they would win a prize. This ended when Susan Huber left Radio Disney.
  • Hogwarts or Hogwash - A game played by Aaron K. The correct caller must answer three out of four questions from the popular Harry Potter series as true or false, by saying 'Hogwarts' for being true and 'Hogwash' for being false. This game is no longer being played, as Aaron K. is no longer on air.
  • Karaoke - A contest by retired DJ, Kara. She would sing one line of a song and the correct caller would sing the other.
  • Laugh Shack - Kids would call in and leave jokes (via 1-888-MAIL-018). Jokes would then later be aired on the radio.
  • Let's Make A Deal - Another game/contest hosted by Mark and Zippy. This was also parody of the television game show of the same name.
  • Theatre Of The B-zarre - a program that ended around mid 2006. Dr. B and a hair-ball like creature named Critter talked about strange and creepy things.
  • The Adventures of Bud and Iggy - Bud and Iggy always get lost. Clues are given out about what city they are lost in. This long-time contest ended near the end of 2003.
  • The State Game - Three clues about a state were given out (the state nickname and two facts) and callers would try and guess what state it is. This game was played by B.B. Good and Sherry.
  • Thinkenstein: 2000 - Dr. Thinkenstein, a wild, hyperactive scientist with a Karloff-esque voice, examined technologies and breakthroughs that other scientists were currently working on to improve the future. He frequently discussed his findings with his computer assistant, "I.gor" (nicknamed "E-dot").
  • Your Music, Your Way a.k.a Your Music & Your Stars, Your Way
  • "Incubator"

DJs

Radio Disney has had a number of different DJs since its launch in 1996. A list of current DJs and a schedule can be found[7] on Radio Disney's website. Below are a number of DJs along with their years of employment. Many Radio Disney DJs left the station around 2008, which was when Disney moved their studio to California.

Current DJs

  • Blake (2005)
  • Brian (1997)
  • Candice (2005)
  • Ernie D. (1999)
  • Hallie (2008)
  • Jake (2008)
  • Eliott (2008)
  • Morgan (2009)

Former DJs

  • Aaron K. (2003–2008)
  • B. B. Good (1998–2008)
  • Betsy (2008–2009)
  • Cherami (2007–2008)
  • David Jordan (2001–2005)
  • Dean Wendt (1996–2001)
  • Don Crabtree (1996–2007)
  • Giel (2003–2008)
  • Jim Hickly (2001–2005)
  • Just Plain Mark (1997–2001)
  • Kara (1997–2001)
  • Kim Stewart (1997–2000)
  • Lee Cameron (1996–1999)
  • Lenny (2006)
  • Penny Nichols (2001)
  • Robin Jones (1996–1997)
  • Rita (2007)
  • Squeege (1996–2005)
  • Sherry Rodgers (1996–2008)
  • Sheryl Brooks (1996–2008)
  • Susan Huber (1996–2008)
  • Tina (1997–1998)
  • Terri (2004–2008)
  • Web Fingors (2001–2003)
  • Zippy (1997–2001)

Availability

Online stream

Radio Disney is streamed at RadioDisney.com and is also available under the Pop/Top 40 section of the iTunes radio tuner.

Radio Disney is also available as a special feature on the Blu-Ray release of Hannah Montana: The Movie via Disney BD-Live as well as the PSP game, Hannah Montana: Rock Out the Show.

From 1997 up until 1999, the network was streamed digitally in RealAudio format from Disney's website. The service was pulled in 1999, only to resurface a short time later as a pre-installed streaming channel on QuickTime 4's streaming media list. The service disappeared again around 2000 when Quicktime 5 was released. In March 2006, The stream resurfaced again in a Windows Media Player format as Radio Disney 2.0. It was then later revamped in a Flash format complete with lyrics and previously played songs. Starting in October 2011, Radio Disney is available in Canada on Family.ca

Subscription Radio and TV

Radio Disney is available on XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio in digital audio in both the United States and Canada, both on channel 79. It was carried previously on Music Choice on most digital cable-TV systems. However, on September 18, 2007, Music Choice replaced Radio Disney with their own channel, Kidz Only!, similar to Radio Disney, but with a less interrupted music format.[8][9] Radio Disney is also available via satellite on XM (channel 867) and is also currently carried on the Sirius package on Dish Network (channel 6115). Radio Disney could be heard previously on DirecTV channel 867, but as of February 9, 2010, DirecTV changed their music programming from XM Radio to Sonic Tap. A few Digital Cable providers with radio services offer Radio Disney as a live radio broadcast selection to the listings.

Stations

Despite being music-oriented, the network uses primarily AM stations, with a few FM stations. The listing below is accurate as of January 2010. Despite their current standing, many of these stations have diverse histories. Many of the current call signs of Radio Disney stations are variations on the Disney name and that of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. At least one appears to be named for Goofy. Another is named for Walt Disney World (WDW).

Markets airing on HD Radio may have an 8-second delay in the AM broadcast, which makes those stations fall behind other Radio Disney stations on AM. A winner of a contest may be chosen before or while the contest details are announced. (In order to keep the analog/digital signals in sync, it is standard practice for Hybrid Digital Radio to delay all content by a few seconds.)

AM stations
Callsign Frequency Location HD Radio
KMIK 1580 Phoenix, Arizona Green tickY
KKDD¹ 1290 San Bernardino/Riverside, California Red XN
KMKY 1310 San Francisco, California Green tickY
KIID 1470 Sacramento, California Green tickY
KDIS 1110 Pasadena/Los Angeles, California (flagship) Green tickY
KDDZ 1690 Denver, Colorado Green tickY
WDYZ 990 Orlando, Florida Green tickY
WMYM 990 Miami, Florida Green tickY
WWMI 1380 Tampa, Florida Green tickY
WDWD 590 Atlanta, Georgia Green tickY
WRDZ 1300 Chicago, Illinois Green tickY
WBYU 1450 New Orleans, Louisiana Green tickY
WMKI 1260 Boston, Massachusetts Green tickY
WFDF 910 Farmington Hills/Detroit, Michigan Green tickY
KDIZ 1440 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota Green tickY
KPHN 1190 Kansas City, Missouri Green tickY
WSDZ 1260 St. Louis, Missouri Green tickY
WDDY 1460 Albany, New York Green tickY
WOLF¹ 1490 Syracuse, New York Green tickY
WQEW² 1560 New York, New York Green tickY
WGFY 1480 Charlotte, North Carolina Green tickY
WWMK 1260 Cleveland, Ohio Green tickY
KEBC¹ 1560 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Red XN
KDZR 1640 Portland, Oregon/Vancouver, Washington Green tickY
WWJZ 640 Mount Holly, New Jersey/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Green tickY
WDDZ 1250 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Green tickY
WOWW¹ 1430 Memphis, Tennessee Red XN
KRDY 1160 San Antonio, Texas Green tickY
KMIC 1590 Houston, Texas Green tickY
KMKI 620 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas Green tickY
KWDZ 910 Salt Lake City, Utah Green tickY
WDZY 1290 Richmond, Virginia Green tickY
KKDZ 1250 Seattle, Washington Green tickY
WKSH 1640 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Green tickY
FM stations
Callsign Frequency Location HD Radio
KDIS 99.5 Little Rock, Arkansas Green tickY
WRDZ 98.3 Indianapolis, Indiana Green tickY
Former Radio Disney stations
Callsign Frequency Location Comments
WMKI 850 Birmingham, Alabama 1997–1999, call letters reused for Boston affiliate and call letters reverted back to WYDE
WQUA 102.1 Mobile, Alabama
KRNN 1380 Little Rock, Arkansas Affiliate moved to FM dial KDIS-FM
KMAP 1050 Bakersfield, California
KSON 1240 San Diego, California Station became a Vietnamese/ethnic station in 2004
KADZ 1690 Denver/Boulder, Colorado Call letters were later renamed to KDDZ
WDZK 1550 Hartford, Connecticut Sold in 2010; format changed to religious programming in 2011.
WMYR 1410 Fort Myers, Florida
WAJD 1390 Gainesville, Florida
WBWL 600 Jacksonville, Florida Sold in 2010; format changed to talk radio.
WMNE 1600 West Palm Beach, Florida After sale to Travis Media, resumed broadcasting on May 6, 2010[10] as an ethnic radio station, and changed call letters to WHTY as of June 2.
WBBQ 1340 Augusta, Georgia
WPGA 980 Macon, Georgia
WNEX 1400 Macon, Georgia
WCHY 1290 Savannah, Georgia
KORL 690 Honolulu, Hawaii Affiliate originally operated under the call letters KQMQ
KQAM 1480 Wichita, Kansas Sold in 2009; format changed to talk radio.
WHBE 680 Louisville, Kentucky Sold in 2010; format changed to sports radio.
WDDZ 1500 Zion, Illinois Former simulcast of WRDZ. Call letters reused for Providence affiliate.
WYNK 1380 Baton Rouge, Louisiana
KDYS 1520 Lafayette, Louisiana
WDZN 100.1 Cumberland, Maryland Changed to rock format in July 2011.
WJDY 1470 Salisbury, Maryland
WDSS 1680 Grand Rapids, Michigan As of August 7, 2008, no longer Radio Disney
KXTP 970 Duluth, Minnesota
WBHR 660 Sauk Rapids/St. Cloud, Minnesota
KYDZ 1180 Omaha, Nebraska Originally used the KOIL call sign; affiliation moved to (and KOIL reused on) 1020 AM; KOIL call sign has since returned
KOIL 1020 Omaha, Nebraska
KDEF 1150 Albuquerque, New Mexico Affiliate moved to KALY
KALY 1240 Albuquerque, New Mexico Sold in 2010; now carries similarly-formatted JENNiRADIO
WGSM 740 Long Island, New York When WQEW became Radio Disney, this affiliate ceased being Radio Disney in late December 1998.
WALL 1340 Middletown, New York Format changed to oldies.
WEOK 1390 Poughkeepsie, New York Format changed to oldies.
WOLF 96.7 Syracuse, New York Now WWLF-FM, a simulcast of (the current) WOLF-FM
WWLF 100.3 Syracuse, New York Now known as MOViN' FM
WKEW 1400 Greensboro, North Carolina Affiliate moved to WCOG in 2001
WCOG 1320 Greensboro, North Carolina Sold in 2010; format changed to sports radio.
KMUS 1380 Tulsa, Oklahoma Dropped Radio Disney and went silent on January 22, 2010,[11] but not sold until 2011
WWCS 540 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Affiliation moved to WDDZ.
WHRC 1450 Providence, Rhode Island Originally known as WDYZ (reused for Orlando affiliate). Sold in 2001; affiliation moved to WDDZ.
WDDZ 550 Providence, Rhode Island Sold in 2010, currently silent. Call letters reused for Pittsburgh affiliate.
KRYS 1360 Corpus Christi, Texas
KWTX 1230 Waco, Texas
KBEE 860 Salt Lake City, Utah Affiliate moved to KWDZ in 2001
WBVA 1450 Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Virginia Contract problems caused the station to stop broadcasting Radio Disney.
WHKT 1650 Norfolk, Virginia Sold in 2010; format changed to talk radio.
WKYG 1230 Parkersburg, West Virginia

Albums

The Radio Disney Jams series CDs are various artists compilations of music featured on Radio Disney.

International

Internationally, there are Radio Disney stations in Australia, Chile, Japan, Poland, Argentina, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Panama, and the Dominican Republic. There are plans to resume broadcasting of a Disney branded radio station in the UK, but this time under the 'Radio Disney' brand, aimed at a younger audience than its predecessor in the UK, On October 21, 2010 Disney premiered the radio in Brazil. It plans to broadcast in the Philippines, Sweden and Mexico in the near future.

Latin America

Radio Disney is available in Latin America via terrestrial broadcast. Similar to Radio Disney in the US, it broadcasts in Spanish to Argentina,[12] Chile,[13] Nicaragua,[14] Ecuador,[15] Guatemala, Paraguay,[16] Uruguay,[17] Dominican Republic, Panama, Costa Rica,.[18]

Europe

Radio Disney planned to begin broadcasting on the digital radio platform in the United Kingdom by the end of 2008.[19] On July 6, 2007, Ofcom, the communications regulator of the United Kingdom, announced that the 4 Digital Group, a consortium headed by Channel 4 and featuring Emap, UTV, British Sky Broadcasting, Global Radio, Carphone Warehouse and UBC, had been awarded a license to run a new digital radio multiplex which would include Radio Disney as one of ten new national radio stations. On October 10, 2008, Channel 4 withdrew plans to launch 4 Digital, ending the probability of Radio Disney launching on the service.[20]

A similar station, Capital Disney began broadcasting in 2002 on the DAB digital radio network, on Sky Digital (Digital Satellite) and various digital cable TV operators in the UK. The station was a joint venture between the UK's Capital Radio Group and Disney. The idea being to use Capital Radio's programming experience to assist Disney in launching a radio station in the UK. In early 2007, both Capital Radio (by now called GCap Media) and Disney agreed to pursue different goals, and as a result, Capital Disney ceased broadcasting and closed down on June 29, 2007.

See also

References

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