Virgin Radio Groove

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Virgin Radio Groove
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Slogan The Best Music to Make You Move
Format Rhythmic adult contemporary
Owner Wireless Group
First air date
21 January 2020 (2020-01-21)
Webcast Radioplayer
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Virgin Radio Groove is a digital radio station in the UK, broadcasting on DAB and online and is a sister station to Virgin Radio UK.



The original Virgin Radio Groove operated between 2000 and 2008, playing motown, soul and disco music. At the end of 2019, Wireless Group, which had taken up the Virgin Radio brand in the UK from 2016, revived the Virgin Radio Groove name as a new digital station, broadcasting upbeat music to London in DAB+ and central Scotland as a stereo standard DAB. The station replaced regional variants of TalkSport on the Switchdigital multiplexes owned by Wireless. Like the existing Virgin Radio UK spin-offs Virgin Radio Chilled and Virgin Radio Anthems the station simulcasts the Chris Evans Breakfast Show , with its own programming at other times. [1] Virgin Radio Groove officially began on 21 January 2020, [2] with a 'takeover' stunt on the main station, the date chosen as it was the first anniversary of the launch of the Chris Evans Breakfast Show.


The station's launch line-up of presenters was confirmed by Mike Cass the station's Content Director as: [3]

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  1. Martin, Roy (30 December 2019). "Wireless brings back Virgin Radio Groove on DAB+". Radio Today . Retrieved 11 May 2020. The original Virgin Radio Groove operated from 2000 to 2008 under previous owners although it was known simply as The Groove until 2004. The resurrection of the name comes 12 months after the launch of both Virgin Radio Anthems and Virgin Radio Chilled, which started life in December 2018.
  2. Hanley, James (21 January 2020). "Virgin Radio Groove officially launches". Music Week . London: Future. ISSN   0265-1548 . Retrieved 11 May 2020. Targeted at 30-45 year olds, Virgin Radio Groove is a presenter-led channel focused on rhythmic pop, beginning at 6.30am with the Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky, followed by Chris Brooks (10am-2pm), Steve Denyer (2pm-6pm) and Bam (6pm-10pm).
  3. @MikeCassRadio (20 January 2020). "Tomorrow at 6.30 we launch @VirginRadGrveUK with #TheChrisEvansBreakfastShow followed by @ChrisBrooksDJ @steve_denyer @bamster @itsrichwilliams @davekellydj @ginaontheradio you can listen on the app, smart speaker and on DAB in Scotland & London" (Tweet) via Twitter.