SoulTrain Radio on track for December launch after setting up at The Bottle Yard
SoulTrain Radio DAB will become Bristol’s first dedicated soul music station when it starts broadcasting from the city’s Bottle Yard Studios next month.
The station will hit the digital airwaves from a new studio residence at The Bottle Yard, the largest dedicated film and TV studio facility in the West of England.
SoulTrain Radio DAB has its origins in Bristol’s legendary SoulTrain club nights. Founded by Paul Alexander 25 years ago, they are among the city’s longest-running events of their kind.
Paul said: “SoulTrain has been a labour of love for many years and finally we have reached a point where we can bring the joy of soul music to the masses.
“It’s going to be fantastically soulful. SoulTrain Radio DAB is the only independent soul music station in Bristol and we are very proud of that.”
After internet broadcasting over the past two years, the station goes live on December 6 to a potential audience of 1.6m.
It will broadcast 24 hours a day, every day on DAB with a playlist featuring everything from classic Motown, soul ballads, 70s and 80s rare groove and quintessential jazz and funk to modern-day soul and RnB.
While The Bottle Yard in Hengrove has developed in just a few years into a large hub of creative, digital, technical and audio/visual companies, SoulTrain Radio DAB will be the first radio station based at the former wine warehouse and bottling plant
Paul added: “We are excited to be based somewhere that has such an outstanding reputation for providing production services and to be the first radio station being broadcast from The Bottle Yard is a privilege for us.”
Site director Fiona Francombe said: “It’s a huge plus for us to add a radio tenant to the wide variety of media companies we have on site, and feels only right that it should be a station devoted to entertaining music fans living right here in Bristol.
“SoulTrain has been very much a part of Bristol’s cultural identity, with an established and devoted following. We’re extremely proud that it will be taking the exciting step forwards onto the DAB airwaves to delight listeners from their new base at The Bottle Yard.”
For more information on SoulTrain Radio DAB visit www.soultrainradio.co.uk
Pictured, from left: Keren Painter, Clement McLarty, Paul Alexander, Richard Reid and Sam Dimmer. Photo by Craig Walton