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How to Listen to BBC Radio 2 Country

1. What is BBC Radio 2 Country?

BBC Radio 2 Country is a four-day temporary pop up digital radio service carrying live coverage of the Country to Country event and new programmes devoted to country music.

Bob Harris with Kacey Musgraves

You can listen:

  • On a DAB digital radio. To make sure you can hear BBC Radio 2 Country, you may need to re-tune your digital radio – just press the ‘Auto Tune’ or ‘Auto Scan’ button after 1pm from Wednesday 8 March.
  • Online at bbc.co.uk/radio2country and via the BBC iPlayerRadio app.

The service will be on air from Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th March 2017 from midday to midnight.

BBC Radio 2 Country is available online in the UK and internationally. It will be available as an ‘on demand’ service for up to 30 days after broadcast.

Please note that it is NOT available via digital television.

2. Can I listen on my mobile phone?

You can listen to BBC Radio 2 Country via the BBC iPlayer Radio app - just look for Country on the dial.

Ward Thomas

Unless you use unmetered access or a Wi-Fi connection, streaming audio via this service could lead to high data charges from your network operator. If unsure of how you are billed for data, please contact your network operator.

Please note that DAB is not available on mobile phones.

Download the iPlayer Radio app

Within the app you can listen live, explore the 'Highlights' tab to listen to the latest clips and sessions from backstage at C2C plus download full programmes to listen to on the move (some exceptions apply due to rights restrictions).

3. Where do I find BBC Radio 2 Country on my digital radio?

BBC Radio 2 Country should appear between BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3 on the station list. On some radios it may appear after BBC Asian Network.

Drake White

Some radios automatically find additional services without any user intervention.

However, if you are unable to find the service you may have to press 'auto-tune' on your digital radio.

Not all receivers have the same functionality.

4. How do I auto-tune my digital radio?

Here are two different options:

Hunter Hayes

Option 1:
• Press Auto-Tune or Auto-Scan button on your radio
• The display screen will show Auto-tune Quick scan / Fast Scanning
• As new stations are found the station counter on the right hand side of the display will increase and new stations will be added to this list
• It may take a couple of minutes for your radio to update the station list
• Scroll through the station list and you should find BBC Radio 2 Country after BBC Radio 2.

Option 2:
• Press ‘menu’ button on your DAB radio
• Rotate the ‘Tune’ button until you see ‘Autotune’ in the display
• Select Autotune
• As new stations are found the station counter on the right hand side of the display will increase and new stations will be added to the list
• This should only take a couple of minutes
• BBC Radio 2 Country can be found in the display after BBC Radio 2.

If you have a digital radio in your car you will be able to access the station. Please note that it is not available via analogue.

5. How do I delete BBC Radio 2 Country from the station list?

Here are two different options.

Reba

Option 1

• Switch on your radio
• Press and hold the ‘select’ or the ‘info’ button on your radio until the display shows ‘system reset’ or ‘factory reset'.

Option 2

• Press and hold the ‘menu’ button for three seconds.
• Push the ‘tune’ button within 3 seconds to confirm the reset
• A full reset will be performed and your station list will be updated.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ANY PRESETS WILL BE ERASED.

6. Can I get digital radio where I live?

Please visit BBC Digital Radio and insert your postcode in the postcode checker to check coverage in your area.

Cam

The BBC’s national digital radio coverage reaches 97% of the UK population.

7. Has the sound quality on Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2 and 6 Music been reduced on my DAB radio?

The national DAB multiplex has been reconfigured to allow for BBC Radio 2 Country.

Canaan Smith

The change to the bit rate is marginal – Radios 1, 2, 6 Music and 1Xtra will use 112kbps each instead of 128kbps – all the services remain in joint stereo.

8. Why is BBC Radio 2 Country in mono?

There is only a fixed overall capacity available on the BBC national multiplex and this must be managed carefully to achieve good quality across the wide range of services that the BBC, as a public service broadcaster, aims to provide.

Marty Stuart with His Fabulous Superlatives, Baylen Leonard and Paul Sexton

Achieving the right balance between the number of services offered and the bit rate allocated to each can at times be difficult.

We have taken considerable care over the technical arrangements needed to allocate suitable capacity for each digital radio services.

This does mean the capacity individually allocated to some services has had to be reduced at certain times in order, for example, to bring part-time services to listeners.

This will continue to be the case on occasions when we consider the balance across our digital radio services demands it. The bit rate on Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2 and 6 Music has been reduced from 128kbps joint stereo to 112 kbps joint stereo to allow for BBC Radio 2 Country.

9. Why can’t I access the EPG on my digital radio?

The electronic programme guide on a DAB digital radio will not be available to update from Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th March inclusive.

The Brothers Osbourne

However, as this is a 7-day guide, the majority of DAB EPG enabled receivers should retain the EPG (if they were updated before Wednesday 8 March). The service will be resumed on Monday 13th March.