Day 2: Local radio on the Costa Blanca

Heat radio, Spain. Based in Moraira on the Costa Blance

Over the past 15 years English local radio has really taken off in Spain and expatriates  and tourists really are spoilt for choice.

If you wanted to listen to local radio 15 years ago your choice was the local Spanish station or your pick of the countries national stations.

Now, the Costa Blanca now has 14 English radio stations, most of these provide a music and a speech service to their listeners. In Moraira, a town that is about an hours drive up the coast from Alicante, there are now six English language stations, all competing for advertising and listeners.

Heat Radio, on the Costa Blanca is officially the fastest growing English music station in this part of Spain. It was originally set up in July 2009 by the Teague family, who still own the station today. It took them just six months to get themselves on air.

Since their launch three years ago, Heat Radio Spain has grown in popularity. They play all the hits from today and mix in some of the best of the 80s, 90s and 00’s – something that is popular amongst their younger listeners.

Jill Teague, Director of Heat Radio, Spain

Jill Teague, the stations director spoke to me about the station and what it’s like to live here in Moraira.



About samanthapidoux

Double Edward R Murrow award winner for 'Best Documentary' and 'Best Feature'. Community and freelance journalist and programme maker. Currently working at the Lincoln School of Journalism at the University of Lincoln.

Posted on August 9, 2012, in Audio and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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