The Saturdays singer Una Healy will be among the presenters on Country Hits Radio, the UK’s first countrywide country music network.
She becomes the second member of the girl group to present on radio, after Mollie King’s co-hosting of BBC Radio 1's weekend breakfast show with Matt Edmondson.
"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," said Healy, who will host a weekend show.
I’m SO excited to be the new Saturday breakfast presenter at @countryhitsuk – the UK’s first-ever national country music radio station! Launching April 5th playing today’s best country on digital radio, online, mobile app and smart speaker. #CountryHitsRadio pic.twitter.com/ohrcrZ1W3p— Una Healy (@UnaHealy) March 12, 2019
"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!"
The Press Association reports that Country Hits Radio will go on air on April 5 and will be aimed at listeners aged 25 to 44, with a playlist featuring acts such as Keith Urban, recent Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves, Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris and Carrie Underwood.
The news comes amid a boom in the popularity of country music among younger music fans here and in the UK and just ten days after the launch of online station Smooth Country.
Last weekend, the Country to Country music festival, the biggest festival of its kind outside of the US, took place in Dublin with acts including Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton and Lady Antebellum headlining Dublin's 3Arena.
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