Absolute Radio 40s

24hr pop-up radio station of 1940s music and historical content, made by TBI Media, for Absolute Radio

For one day only, Absolute Radio 40s joined the family of Absolute Radio decade stations as a fully-fledged radio service dedicated to 1940s music and content, to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.

It broadcast on 1215AM across the country, DAB+ in London, and was available via the Absolute Radio website. Content included archive interviews, news bulletins, and first-hand accounts of VE Day from veterans and their families.  In addition, the main Absolute Radio station (available nationally on DAB, and on FM in London) played re-imagined news bulletins every hour.

A compilation from Absolute Radio 40s
Listen back to all of Absolute Radio 40s on the Absolute Radio website.

Music on the station included Vera Lynn, Billie Holliday, The Andrews Sisters, Judy Garland, Glenn Miller, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Gracie Fields, Benny Goodman, and Tommy Dorsey. Features on the pop-up station were presented by Absolute Radio presenters Dave Berry, Jason Manford, Leona Graham, and Claire Sturgess.

The pop-up station was produced by TBI Media, who have a long history of producing wartime anniversary celebrations with partners Snappin’ Turtle, including D-Day 70 at The Royal Albert Hall, VE-Day 70 for Classic FM, and The Battle of Britain from Biggin Hill for BBC Radio 2.