Bauer Media will launch Country Hits Radio, the UK’s first ever national country music station, on 5th April 2019.
Arriving as the Country music genre continues to grow in the UK, Country Hits Radio will feature a playlist aimed at Country fans aged 25 to 44. You can expect to hear artists including Keith Urban, Kacey Musgraves, Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris, Florida Georgia Line, Dan + Shay and Carrie Underwood.
Baylen Leonard will host a daily week day show, Nashville’s Ty Bentli will share the best music and news from the US country scene Monday to Friday, and singer-songwriter Una Healy (The Saturdays) will also join the station for a weekend show.
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!”
There are a reported 8.7 million fans now listening to country music in the UK.
During launch week next month, the station will host guest appearances from some of C2C 2019’s hottest stars including Chase Rice, Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde, Brett Eldredge and Jimmie Allen.
Listen to Country Hits Radio from 5th April on DAB Digital Radio, online, via smart speakers and mobile apps. Further information on how to listen can be found at www.countryhitsradio.co.uk.