Information about the radio
Kisstory is a UK radio station, a sister station to Kiss that plays "old skool and anthems". Kisstory is also currently a radio programme airing 8 hours per week (11am daily & 7pm Sunday). Then on 7 May 2013 Kisstory was expanded into a full-time station in response to positive feedback from listeners and at the expense of Q Radio. At the same time KissFresh, a then brand-new station playing "non-stop new beats including Hip-Hop, R&B, EDM, House and Garage", was given its own station.
Said Bauer Radio London managing director Steve Parkinson: "Kiss was born as a dance radio station at a time when genres were very specific but fast forward to the present day and the evolution of music is so wide that one Kiss station alone cannot deliver everything. It’s the right time to launch KissFresh, Kisstory and a new KissKube app as brilliant new additions to the Kiss brand. We’re giving audiences more of what they want whilst attracting new audiences and commercial partners with what we know are fantastic music and content formats."
Andy Roberts, the group programming director, added: "These new launches see Kiss grow through its love for the old and desire for the new. KissFresh will highlight the unknown and known, whilst Kisstory will bring you timeless tunes celebrating memories of good times, the places and people you hung out with and the music you shared with your mates. Kisstory tunes are the DNA that built the Kiss we know today and they’re the tunes Kiss made famous. We really excited to launch these two stand-alone digital stations that allow listeners the opportunity to consume whenever and however they want."
Initially, Kisstory was available over Freeview and online, but was unavailable via DAB radio receivers. In 2014, Bauer announced plans to roll out the Kisstory station over DAB digital radio to London and other areas.
Kisstory began DAB rollout in London on 12 December 2014 with the addition of the service (and sister station KissFresh) to the Greater London I multiplex.
The DAB service of Kisstory was rolled out to more areas of the country at the start of 2015, replacing Absolute Radio 60s in some areas (including Bauer's owned digital multiplexes in northern England) and added in new space on others; this formed part of a wider reshuffle of Bauer's digital offering, which also included the withdrawal of Kerrang! Radio from areas outside London, and the launch of Magic 105.4 FM as a national station over Digital One. Following the expanded rollout, the Kisstory station was available in areas including London, Birmingham, Cambridge, Dundee and Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Humberside, Central Lancashire, Leeds, Liverpool, Kent, Northern Ireland, Nottingham, South Yorkshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Sussex, Swansea, Teesside and Tyne and Wear.
From 29 February 2016 the Kisstory station was made available in DAB more widely across the UK with the launch of the second national commercial DAB multiplex, Sound Digital. Some of the local-level DAB slots vacated by Kisstory were taken over by sister station KissFresh, principally in those areas where Bauer operated or co-operated the local DAB ensemble.
In February 2016, Kisstory was launched in Norway. The station (which does not have any presenters/DJs, just non-stop music) is managed by local teams and is broadcast with Kiss in DAB+ (48 kbit/s).
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