Country Hits Radio
|Broadcast area||United Kingdom|
|Frequency||Online: Planet Radio|
|Network||Absolute Radio Network|
Absolute Radio Classic Rock
Absolute Radio 60s
Absolute Radio 70s
Absolute Radio 80s
Absolute Radio 90s
Absolute Radio 00s
Absolute Radio 10s
Absolute Radio 20s
First air date
|5 April 2019 (as Country Hits Radio)
17 May 2021 (as Absolute Radio Country)
|Website||Absolute Radio Country|
Country Hits Radio launched on 5 April 2019 and was launched as the UK's first national country music radio station. The station is focused on modern country music and is aimed at listeners of 25–44. Country Hits' RAJAR for Early 2020 puts the station on an average of 257k listeners per week. Country Hits is available on DAB in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, South Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, Lancashire, East Yorkshire, Tyne & Wear, Teesside, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Tayside, Inverness and Ayr.
In February 2021 Bauer revealed that the station would be renamed as Absolute Radio Country and made part of the Absolute Radio Network - the transition took place on 17 May 2021, in tandem with other changes to the availability of Absolute's digital stations.  The first song to be played after the launch was "Jolene" by Dolly Parton, which was chosen by listeners via a Twitter poll.
Absolute Radio Country programming primarily comes from their studios in Castlefield in Manchester and London. From 7-10PM weekdays, the station takes networked programming from Nashville's WKDF station.
The Dave Berry Breakfast show is simulcast with all other radio stations on the Absolute Radio Network from 6am-10am weekday mornings, with Andy Bush and Richie Firth broadcasting the Hometime Show from 4pm-7pm weekdays in the same manner.
- Meechan, Simon (March 12, 2019). "UK's first national country music radio station launches in April". nechronicle.
- "RAJAR Q1 2020: London and national brands roundup". May 14, 2020.
- Forster, Lucy (March 29, 2019). "New Country Hits Radio station launches".
- "Country Hits Radio is rebranding to Absolute Radio Country". February 10, 2021.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2021-04-13. Retrieved 2021-04-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- https://planetradio.co.uk/country-hits/entertainment/music/show-guide/[dead link]