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Radio 1 Vintage - How to Listen

BBC Radio 1 Vintage is a three day digital radio station on air from 30 September to 2 October only on digital radio, online and via the iPlayer Radio app.

1. What is Radio 1 Vintage?

BBC Radio 1 Vintage is a 3-day digital radio station to mark Radio 1’s 50th birthday. It will feature a live celebration on the morning of 30 September, followed by 50 one-hour nostalgic compilations of material from the Radio 1 archives. Programmes will be based around DJs and shows from across Radio 1's history, and will celebrate the pivotal role that Radio 1 has played in music, entertainment and popular culture since its launch in 1967. A full schedule is available to download here.

2. How can I listen to Radio 1 Vintage?

You can listen via a DAB digital radio, online at and via the iPlayer Radio app on mobile and tablets.

3. How do I tune my digital radio to find Radio 1 Vintage?

Radio 1 Vintage will be in the station list between Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra on a digital radio, from 29 September. It may appear on some radios automatically in the station list. The station name displayed will be BBC R1V or BBC R1Vintage. Not all receivers have the same functionality and the instructions below attempt to cover the different ways you can auto tune your radio:

Option 1:

  • Press Auto Tune or Auto Scan button on your radio
  • The display screen will show Autotune 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 will find BBC Radio1 Vintage after BBC Radio 1.

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 1 Vintage can be found in the display after Radio 1.

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.

4. How do I delete Radio 1 Vintage from the station list?

  • 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’


  • 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

5. Can I listen to Radio 1 Vintage online?

Radio 1 Vintage will be available online on this website from 28 September 2017.

Radio 1 Vintage will be available online in the UK and internationally.

It will also be available as an ‘on demand’ service for 30 days after broadcast.

Please note that it is NOT available via digital television.

6. Can I listen on my mobile phone?

You can listen to Radio 1 Vintage via the BBC iPlayer Radio app – just look for R1 Vintage on the dial from 29 September.

NB this will be available in the app from 29th September.

Unless you use unmetered access or a WiFi 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.

7. Can I get digital radio where I live?

Please visit and insert your postcode in the postcode checker to check coverage in your area. The BBC’s national digital radio coverage reaches 97% of the UK population.

8. Will the schedule on BBC Radio 1 be affected by the pop up station?

There will be some changes to the usual Radio 1 and Radio 2 schedules on the morning of Saturday 30 September. On Radio 2, Sounds of the Sixties will be extended to finish at the later time of 0830. Between 0830 and 10:00, Radio 1 and Radio 2 will join Nick Grimshaw and Tony Blackburn on Radio 1 Vintage. Radio 1 and Radio 2 will continue with their normal schedule after 10am.

NB Radio 1 Vintage will be joining Radio 2 for Sound of the Sixties from 0655 on Saturday 30th September.

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

The national DAB multiplex has been reconfigured to allow for Radio 1 Vintage. The change to the bit rate is marginal – Radios 1, 2, 6Music and 1Xtra will use 112kbps each instead of 128kbps – all the services remain in joint stereo.

10. Why is Radio 1 Vintage 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.

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 6Music has been reduced from 128kbps joint stereo to 112 kbps joint stereo to allow for Radio 1 Vintage.

11. 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 28th September to 2nd October inclusive. However, as this is a 7-day guide, the majority of DAB EPG enabled receivers should retain the EPG (if they were updated before 28th September). The service will be resumed on Tuesday 3rd October. We apologise to any listeners who may not have been able to update their guide.