Radio Newsbeat


I am currently enjoying listening on and off to the Radio Caroline North 50 years RSL, from Liverpool. It is very good indeed, and they play a variety of music from the 60s to 80s.

News selected from the Radio Today Website

Brize Norton is the first RAF station in the UK to have its very own British Forces Broadcasting Service radio station.

BFBS Brize Norton launched this morning on DAB digital radio, and will also be made available at RAF Benson, RAF Fairford, and at forces locations in Abingdon, Didcot and Shrivenham.

BFBS Brize Norton is the latest location to be added to the growing BFBS UK bases network, providing local shows along with the BFBS network. The Brize breakfast show on weekdays will broadcast music, local news and information for the region’s military community, but the daily schedule will also include live bulletins from British Forces News with national and international military stories.

Chris Pearson, Managing Editor of the BFBS UK Bases network said: “We’re really excited about adding Brize Norton to the network and can guarantee lots of exciting, locally focused, locally produced programmes which will get to the heart of this great community.”

BFBS Brize Norton is also opening its doors to volunteer presenters who might want to get involved. Email for details.
Posted on Monday, March 31st, 2014 at 7:05 am by Radio Today UK.

Celador Radio Group has updated the on air sound of The Breeze network with a new package of jingles from ReelWorld Europe.

The Breeze 2014 combines jingles from the ReelWorld ONE AC service, Fresh, KVIL, and Radio Norge packages and airs on all 15 stations across The Breeze network.

James Stodd is Senior Producer at Celador: “Since introducing ReelWorld jingles last year they’ve become an integral part of our station sound. We decided to introduce a fresher sound for our new update and the team at ReelWorld made this process really simple.

“Whilst the cuts we chose are from a range of stations, from the US to Europe, they worked really hard to give the whole package a coherent sound. The vocal sound is fresher, the tracks more contemporary, and the finished results are fantastic!”

ReelWorld has also created custom out of break sequences allowing The Breeze to include show or sponsor credits in the branding.

ReelWorld’s European Managing Director Anthony Gay said: “It’s been a pleasure to work with James and the team at Celador again. The Breeze 2014 update shows the depth of our jingle library as well as the way we can customise re-sings exactly to the client’s tastes, even down to removing individual instruments if required.”

The company has also updated the websites for their Production Vault service with enhanced functionality as well as targeted European content.
Posted on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 at 4:39 pm by Radio Today UK

Bromsgrove MP and financial secretary to the Treasury Sajid Javid has replaced Maris Miller as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Maria has left the position in a row over expenses claims after less than two years.

During her time she was responsible for making decisions on the takeover of GMG Radio by Global Radio, after her predecessor Jeremy Hunt instructed Ofcom and the Office of Fair Trading to carry out acquisition tests.

Maria said the merger did not warrant investigation on grounds of plurality based on Ofcom’s recommendation, but did refer it to the Competition Commission.
Posted on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 11:35 am by Radio Today UK.

The first three commercial partners for the Radio Academy Awards have been announced ahead of this year’s event on May 12th.

PRS for Music, SGPB Hambros and RCS will support the awards previously known as the Sonys.

They will once again be hosted by Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans, and take place at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel with over 1100 guests representing the UK radio industry. 34 awards will be presented over the course of the evening, including the Gold and Special Awards which are in the gift of the Radio Academy Awards Committee. The ceremony will also see two live musical performances – further details will be soon.

Paul Robinson, CEO of The Radio Academy said: “We are pleased to introduce awards partners for this year’s event. We look forward to an ongoing partnership with these prestigious organisations.”

Robert Ashcroft, Chief Executive, PRS for Music said: “Songwriters and composers have had a long standing relationship with the radio industry, providing the soundtrack to our lives. The Radio Academy Awards highlight the dedication of those who bring us great programming and music, and we are delighted to be partners in our centenary year.”

Eric Barnett, CEO, Societe Generale Private Banking Hambros said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with The Radio Academy on the most renowned Awards in the UK Radio industry, especially at this exciting time as they celebrate 32 years of radio excellence. It is an absolute pleasure and we wish all of this year’s nominees the very best of luck!”

Jon Earley, Managing Director, RCS UK said: “As the world’s largest broadcast software company, RCS is proud to be partnering with The Radio Academy on the most prestigious awards for the UK Radio industry.”
Posted on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 12:12 pm by Radio Today UK.

After 14 years on-air in the North-East, the Three Legends have decided to call it a day on their radio programme.

The show made its name on Century and later Real Radio, but moved to local radio in recent years. The legends have been working without pay recently have said they can’t carry on without a sponsor.

The Legends are currently Dickie Ord, Bernie Slaven and Malcolm Macdonald, and are heard on Community Voice FM in Middlesbrough.

In a blog post, the legends attacked radio stations which just play non-stop music: “The bigger stations would rather have cheap bland wall-to-wall music than locally-produced topical talk shows and smaller stations can’t get the advertising.”

They continue: “It’s no secret that we’ve been swimming against the tide for the last few years looking tirelessly at ways of trying to make it work – the audience is there but the advertising isn’t.

“The truth is that we haven’t been paid for months, we’ve been doing it for the love of the show and we’re all gutted it has come to this.

“We’ve agonised over it for a while but we feel now is the time to call it a day.”

They went on to thank their loyal audience and regular callers and are hoping to do one final show.
Posted on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 2:22 pm by Radio Today UK.

Former staff members of Viking FM are organising an unofficial party and reunion to celebrate the radio station’s 30th birthday.

The event will take place at Oscars Bar in Hull city centre on Thursday 17th April, thirty years to the day since Viking Radio launched in 1984. The station, which broadcasts to East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire, previously hosted official parties to mark its 21st and 25th birthdays. Both social occasions brought together Viking staff with ex-employees.

Alana Ennis, who worked for Viking FM between 2005 and 2007, is one of the organisers. She told RadioToday: “Viking staff have always known how to party, so we couldn’t see the 30th birthday pass without having a proper celebration.

“The 21st and 25th parties were brilliant, so a few former colleagues have got together to organise this reunion and carry on the tradition.

“All those with both past and present links to the station are welcome to come along, catch up with old friends and enjoy a few drinks.”

Entry to the venue – which is situated on Silver Street in Hull Old Town – is free, with the event starting at 7pm. Attendees are encouraged to register through the ‘Viking Radio 30th Birthday’ Facebook event page, or by emailing
Posted on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 4:44 pm by Radio Today UK.

BBC Radio 1 is to count down ‘The Official All-Time Download Top 100’ of the past 10 years with presenters Fearne Cotton, Scott Mills and Jameela Jamil.

The three will be on-air on Bank Holiday Monday 21st April from 12pm till 7pm, with Fearne and Scott starting the chart and The Official Chart host Jameela taking over for the final few hours to finish the countdown, reveal the Number 1 spot and the most popular download of the decade.

The legitimate digital music market took off ten years ago in 2004 and BBC Radio 1 was the first radio station to start including legal downloads in the Official Singles Chart.

George Ergatoudis, Head of Music, BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra said, “Downloads started arguably the biggest revolution in the history of the music industry, transforming the way audiences discover and enjoy music. After a decade of legal downloading in the UK it’s time for Radio 1 to celebrate with a countdown revealing the nation’s Top 100 most downloaded songs. Given how much choice and how quickly music fans can now access their favourite songs, there may be a few surprises in store!”

According to The Official Charts Company, the singles market in the UK is now more than 99% digital. There have been more than 1.17 billion single track downloads bought in the UK in the past ten years.
Posted on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at 7:00 am by Radio Today UK

INRIX has signed up its first customer in mainland Europe after taking over Trafficlink UK in 2011.

INRIX serves the majority of the UK radio industry, including all BBC local radio stations and 200 commercial stations, and will now provide real-time traffic information and alerts to Talk Radio Europe.

“We are delighted to announce our partnership with Talk Radio Europe and the expansion of our successful INRIX Radio service beyond the UK,” said Nick Simmons, general manager, INRIX Media.

INRIX will provide Talk Radio Europe with a 24/7 live traffic news feed including full incident information and real-time traffic speed for individual segments of roads, plus the script editing tools to enable broadcast staff to quickly and easily compile traffic reports.

Nicola Chalmers Sales Director of English-language radio station Talk Radio Europe added: “We are equally delighted to be partnering with INRIX. We work hard to provide a voice to the large English speaking expat community in Spain and Mallorca and through the use of INRIX Radio we will be able to provide a comprehensive traffic and travel service to our listeners.”

INRIX reaches more than 150 million drivers globally across six industries covering nearly 4 million miles of road in 37 countries. As well as the BBC, almost 200 customers and partners including Audi, BMW, Ford and the UK Highways Agency use INRIX traffic and driver services.
Posted on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at 12:29 pm by Radio Today UK.

Mobile Phone signals explained

I was chuffed to find that the other Wireless Waffle that is more technical than this one, has covered a subject, that up until now has been a mystery to the Wireless Waffler


Please click on the links below which will beam you into the entire post.


Friday 4 April, 2014, 09:57 – Much Ado About Nothing
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ww explains it allWhen using your mobile phone, smart phone or tablet have you ever noticed that next to the signal strength bars (usually found at the top of the screen), there is often a letter (or two) that seem to change almost at random as you move around, and even sometimes when you aren’t moving at all? Have you ever wondered what these letters are there for and what the implications of them changing from one letter to another are? Well wonder no more because the answers are about to follow, as Wireless Waffle explains it all…

Radio Caroline North RSL

The RSL is sounding great with songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Some excellent DJ shows. So far I have had two emails read out, and songs played for me. The Caroline Theme, which is turning up much more since!

A few minutes ago I suggested they did a tour of the ship, and some Liverpool Car flashing!  I asked for the song below to be played and it was. Thanks to Paul Leckie for granting the song wish!

This song reminds me of Radio City on 299 mtrs more than Radio Caroline I must admit


Whilst on the subject or Radio City this song was played in the 60s during a time when prisoners were escaping. It was actually sung by David Bowie under a different name!

A final set of videos about the current Radio Caroline North RSL from BBC Breakfast

Henley on Thames walk

On Tuesday we went for a lovely walk along the River Thames.

I  made a video of the pictures I took of the wildlife we saw.  A Crested Grebe,  a favourite wildfowl of mine, on water and one on the nest.  A coot on the nest that was emitting a clicking noise to warn people away from her nest.  A rowing boat, and mist – possible the Sahara smog, that got me coughing and wheezing.



Caroline North having technical problems

In case you are following the Caroline North web site to find their web stream – it is not there as yet

At 8.30pm 20:30 BST this is the best temporary output, great music back to back from Caroline North!  Thanks to Radio Merlin International for this feed.





Musings and “newsings”

I have been enjoying watching the comedy “Absolutely” on Channel 4 On Demand recently.

I would like to share two You Tube Videos of some hilarious sketches from this programme which pre-dated The Fast Show and Little Britain and many other comedy sketch programmes. A marvellous cast of Scottish Actors. Please stay in the UK for the sake of harmless laughter!

This family sketch is not for minors, but they may not understand the double entendre. Watch with caution!

Radio Caroline North will soon be on air, coming tomorrow


Radio Caroline North will be broadcasting for 28 days starting next month to celebrate 50 years since the station first went on the air.

A group of presenters and enthusiasts have got an RSL licence to broadcast to Liverpool on 87.7FM and the service will be run from a ship in the city’s Albert Dock.

Organiser John Dwyer said “We felt it was important to acknowledge the Golden Jubilee but at the same time celebrate our station, Caroline North, whose part in the Swinging Sixties is often overlooked.

“While we will not be on air for the anniversary of the start of Caroline on 28th March this was actually Easter Saturday in 1964 and since Caroline is the Queen of the airwaves there is no reason why she should not have two birthdays and why we should not celebrate her Official Birthday over the Easter weekend.”

Alan Roberts, owner of the LV 23 and skipper of the boat for the broadcast said “I bought the Lightship to secure an important part of Liverpools Maritime heritage and was delighted to be asked to host the event. The Lightship was built in 1960 and the last manned vessel to serve Liverpool. For it to take part to celebrate the 50 years of Britains most famous Radio Station is a fitting use for the ship.”

The ship will be open to the public 10am to 6pm each day during the broadcast.Incidentally the original Company set up to run Radio Caroline was Planet Productions, and the name of the Lightship is the Planet!

Caroline North will be on air from 31st March 2014 to 27th April 2014 on 87.7 FM; and available on the internet at
Posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 at 3:19 pm by Roy Martin.




Pictorial Comments

After some lovely sunshine the March weather seems to have turned into something like Spring. Lots of short sharp showers, and this Sunday hailstones.


A rather jolly children’s ride at High Wycombe bus station. I wish I was young again!


One good reason for having a mobile phone, the telephone boxes can be smelly, dank. places!

A few weeks ago we were on holiday in Malta. I can recommend this company in Sliema. The people serving on the stall were very friendly as well and spoke impeccable English

One of my children’s favourite toys in the 80s were Playmobil characters – here is a great one in Malta airport!



A lovely sports car that I see around about my home town.


A lovely sixties radio I found in Lambs Arcade, Wallingford. A popular suitcase format of the time!

I haven’t seen a video for such a long time. This was in a local charity shop, great subject matter, but it looks so odd in these days of DVDs and Blu Ray discs

Gerry Anderson has left a fantastic catalogue behind him with all the shows he produced.
When my children were growin up in the 80s he produced Terrahawks which was slightly wackier than the other productions.

The tiles used by Terrahawks – Radio Monique used the Terrahawks theme in the 80s as its theme tune – great stuff!

To end this extract a You Tube video showing deleted scenes from the Terrahawks DVD. At the very end is the villan Zelda – quite scary for young children!

Radio Newsbeat


Happy 50 years Radio Caroline!

My new local radio station Radio Berkshire which booms into my part of Oxfordshire is superb. Breakfast with Andrew Peach is superb and very newsworthy as well, but not in a stuffy fashion.

Later on in the news below are Noel Edmonds views on the BBC, who does he think he is doing this I ask?

News from Radio Today website:

Global Radio’s Gold network is to become a non-stop music service outside breakfast, with four presenters leaving the station, RadioToday can reveal.

Paul Coyte, Dean Martin, Eamonn Kelly and Andy Peebles will all leave Gold as their contracts draw to a close, with David Andrews keeping Saturday breakfast and his new early weekday breakfast show on the growing Smooth Radio brand. Eamonn Kelly will also host his new Sunday Breakfast show on sister station Smooth and Shaun Tilley will continue as cover jock.

Gold will come off most of its AM frequencies and DAB multiplexes across the UK on March 23rd, leaving the station only transmitting in London, East Midlands and Manchester.

The More Music Breakfast Show with Tony Dibbin continues, weekdays from 6am to 10am. Tony will also host the Sunday breakfast show and Simon Hirst will also continue presenting ‘Vinyl Heaven’ every Saturday afternoon, from midday.

A statement from the station says: “As part of the changes, Gold will be playing even more of the Greatest Hits of all Time, including non-stop ‘Music Marathons’ throughout the week.”

A new, as yet unnamed service with a similar format description to Gold – “playing music from the 70s, 80s and early 90s with particular appeal to audiences aged 35-54″ – will launch on national Digital 1 shortly.
Posted on Sunday, March 16th, 2014 at 2:05 pm by Radio Today UK.

Isle of Wight Radio has been granted a Format change from Ofcom, allowing the station to reduce the amount of locally made hours.

Previously, the station was committed to at least 10 hours a day during daytime weekdays (must include breakfast) and at least four hours daytime Saturdays and Sundays.

Now the station has a Format more in-line with other stations of its size, with commitment for only seven hours local per weekday.

The station says new Format will give them a degree of flexibility when operationally it is needed, but it is intended to carry on providing more than seven hours of locally made programmes each weekday.

Paul Topping, Programme Director tells “We are keeping all of our localness, including our 2 daily extended news programmes and local news bulletins from 6.30am to 9pm and we have more live, local coverage than ever before lined up.

“This year we are the official media partners of many more local events, big and small including The Isle of Wight Festival, Bestival and Isle of Wight gigs with Little Mix and Tom Jones. We have just launched our brand new news and programming website that allows for even more local listeners interaction.”
Posted on Monday, March 17th, 2014 at 2:44 pm by Radio Today UK.

San Francisco’s Latino Mix 105.7 has been playing Nelly’s It’s getting Hot in Herre on a loop ahead of a rebrand to Hot 105.7.

The station started playing the song on Friday and is still going strong today.

The idea is getting lots of media reaction in America too, which was no doubt the aim of the well-tested-stunt. USA Today, ABC News, Entertainment Weekly and more all reporting on the repeating loop.

By Saturday morning #Nelly1057 had become one of the top social media trends in the country before hitting the mainstream media. Read how the hash tag started trending with this article from radioINSIGHT, which also says the station will stop playing Nelly on Monday night and relaunch the station.
Posted on Monday, March 17th, 2014 at 5:06 pm by Radio Today UK.

Revenue at UTV Media’s GB radio division us up 7% for the first three months of 2014, whilst Radio Ireland division is up 9% and TV is up 5%.

The figures are part of the latest performance results from the company, which owns local stations including Wish FM, The Pulse, Signal and Swansea Sound.

John McCann, Group Chief Executive, UTV Media plc, said: “The contrasting performances of the first and second halves of the year are evident in these results, with Group operating profit down 36% in the first half of the year and up 10% in the second half. The improvement in market conditions continues into the current year, with all of our divisions recording good growth in the first quarter of 2014.”

UTV Radio is continuing to expand talkSPORT internationally and helping to launch a new television channel in Ireland.

The company is also selling some of its non-core activities to focus more on broadcasting. “Our three portals, Propertypal, UTV Drive and Recruit NI, have been sold or are held for sale and we are in the process of divesting of UTV Connect, the company said today.

“The remaining parts, Tibus and Simply Zesty, of what had been our New Media division provide support for our broadcast businesses and have been subsumed into our Television division. We also restructured Simply Zesty under new management to focus its activities on an all-Ireland basis and at the same time implemented an efficiency savings plan throughout the Group.”
Posted on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 at 12:15 pm by Radio Today UK.

Recently-troubled London Turkish Radio been given special permission from Ofcom to drop local news and programmes.

In a recent Format change request, the station asked to go from at least four hours a day London made programmes to at least 10 hours of programmes a day made within England.

The station also now has no requirements to provide any local news but should feature UK-wide information.

Ofcom decided to exercise its discretion to agree to the change saying the station is still providing a service for London’s Turkish and Turkish Cypriot community.

LTR stopped broadcasting in October last year after the power was cut to the station’s premises for non-payment of an electricity bill but the station is now back on-air.
Posted on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 at 1:11 pm by Radio Today UK.

BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey has hired in some well-known cover presenters for the next few weeks, including David Kid Jensen.

The Kid, most recently host of Smooth Radio’s afternoon drive show, will cover the Saturday Mid-Morning Show on 19th and 26th April.

David started his career at Radio Luxembourg, before moving to BBC Radio 1. He then went on to present at stations including Capital and Heart.

In addition, David Hamilton will cover the Sunday Request Show from Midday-3pm on Sunday 6th April.

Finally, Jeni Barnett will present the Mid-Morning Show for three weeks from Monday 31st March, whilst regular host Danny Pike covers BBC Sussex Breakfast.

Commenting on the news, Jeni said: “I couldn’t be happier! Brighton has the sea, a perfect French coffee shop next to the studio, a great team, and superior listeners I’m told. I can’t wait to get going”.

In recent years, Jeni presented the Afternoon Show on LBC, before moving to BBC London.

Commenting on the news, Assistant Editor Mark Carter told “I’m delighted to welcome such high profile presenters to BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey. They are all local, so really know the area that they are broadcasting to and I’m sure they’ll prove a hit with listeners old and new”.
Posted on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 at 4:53 pm by Radio Today UK.
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In the on-going coverage of Noel Edmonds wanting to buy the BBC, the former Radio 1 presenter says he would cut local radio if he had his way.

Talking on BBC Radio 5 live after his comments yesterday about buying the BBC under “Project Reith”, Noel told Richard Bacon he would re-think the way the BBC does local radio.

He would turn the BBC into a CIC, a not-for-profit company, introduce adverts and start product placement.

“The BBC spent £48m serving the dying Welsh language, and why should you pay for BBC Radio Devon when you live in Newcastle”, he said.

“The funding has to reflect the world that we’re moving into.”

Richard Bacon asked: “Are you saying for this place (the BBC) to work, and for it not to waste money, that you would put adverts in, you would cut the Welsh language service, parts of the World Service and you would cut local radio?”

Noel replied: “Yes, broadly, I’m saying that certainly in the case of local radio that could be handled in a totally different way.” Does that mean you’ll get rid of it?, Richard asked. Noel never replied.

The BBC is “sleepwalking to destruction”, Noel said as he explained his hope to buy the corporation along with a consortium of investors.

He said only an injection of outside influence could make the broadcaster “relevant to the internet age” and admitted that he did not presently pay for it via the licence fee as he uses catch-up services online.

Noel made no mention of cutting services such as Radio 1, where he found fame in the 1970s.
Posted on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 at 5:29 pm by Radio Today UK.

A number of new presenters have been hired by Global Radio to take on the breakfast and drivetime slots for Smooth Radio.

Eight new presenters have been recruited to host breakfast and drive in the East Midlands, West Midlands, North West and North East from Monday.

Smooth Radio in Glasgow will continue with its current breakfast host John McCauley, minus Sharon Oakley who co-hosted the show, and Smooth London has new recruit Andrew Castle replacing Simon Bates.

In the North West, current Real Radio network presenter Darren Parks will make the move to the studio next door at Laser House Salford Quays to Smooth Radio Breakfast – in the same studio Smooth Radio used to broadcast from until late last year when operations were moved to London. In the afternoon, former Smooth Radio evening show host Carlos returns for the drivetime slot. “After seven years with Smooth it’s so exciting to be part of our new line up here in the North West.” Carlos said.

In the North East, Steve Coleman takes on breakfast. He was most recently on Magic AM evenings and has previously worked at Century Radio North East and on Metro FM breakfast in the 80s. Former Metro/TFM presenter Clive Warren gets drivetime. Clive was with Metro since 2009, before which he was at Century FM North West, Heart, Virgin and BBC Radio 1.

Speaking about his move to Smooth Breakfast, Steve said; “Smooth has established itself as a great music station, playing a relaxing music mix, and I can’t wait to be part of it. Not only will I be waking up listeners, but all the many friends I have made over the years.”

In the East Midlands, BBC Radio Nottingham’s Gareth Evans gets breakfast and Capital FM’s Emma Caldwell takes on drivetime. Emma says: ““I’m thrilled to be back on air in the East Midlands on a station that I love.”

In the West Midlands, Nigel Freshman from Free Radio is joining Global to host Breakfast. “I’m really looking forward to joining Smooth. It’s a fantastic station with a great vibe and I get to hang out with a whole bunch of friends everyday over coffee and great music. I have the best job in the world”, he says.

At drivetime, Charlie Jordan is returning to Smooth having previously presented weekends on the station. Charlie has previously worked on BBC Radio 1, Radio 2 and BRMB. She says: “I can’t wait to be back with my Smooth family in the West Midlands. After a busy and often hectic day for our listeners, I’ll be helping them relax and de-stress on their way home and into the evening.”

Each regional Smooth station will take the output of London outside breakfast and drivetime hours – which now includes Kate Garraway on mid-morning, Paul Phear on afternoons (soon) and Chris Skinner in the evening. Weekend presenters include Myleene Klass and Tina Hobley.

All changes take place from Monday 24th, with breakfast running 6-10am and drivetime 4-7pm.
Posted on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 at 10:12 am by Radio Today UK.

ormer Planet Rock boss Jonathan Arendt has been appointed Managing Director of Jazz FM.

Jonathan said: “This is an exciting but challenging time for Jazz FM. The plans that the company has will see a step-change for the business and whilst there is a long road ahead, the opportunities are numerous and attractive.”

He’s been in commercial radio for over 25 years, and is founder of marketing and research agency Hallett Arendt. Jonathan has also been a director of Planet Rock, LBC, XFM, NME Radio and a number of independent stations across the UK. He left Planet Rock in January 2012 to set up his own digital media firm.

Richard Wheatly, Chairman Jazz FM said “We are delighted to have been able to attract someone of Jonathan’s calibre and experience to join us. We have big plans for the brand and Jonathan is the right person to deliver them. There’s a lot to do, and we believe Jonathan’s energy and skills will allow us to move things forward at pace”.

Jazz FM removed itself from national digital radio multiplex Digital One at the end of last year and has continued on the London multiplex plus online and TV.
Posted on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 at 12:08 pm by Radio Today UK.

Sue Ryder Sale Nettlebed


The Sue Ryder sale – Nettlebed – This Saturday

Today we set off for the Sue Ryder charity sale from Henley,

It is held in aid of the excellent Sue Ryder charity.  Sue Ryder have a nursing home in Nettlebed. It is rumoured that they may be coming to Henley when the Townland’s Hospital is rebuilt.

The house that the nursing home is in is magnificent.


The sales is very crowded.



Below is a tape recorded from the 70s.  I had a similar version to this made by Ferguson

The items on sale range from clothes, to sheets to carpets, to furniture, to electrical goods.  A massive range of books are also there.  I got a copy of “Henley Heritage” by signed by the author Jan Baldwin’

This is a preserved kiln, kept for historical purposes. It is a landmark in Nettlebed. Used for making bricks in days gone by


Finally some ancient stones in the grass by the roadside in Nettlebed, the caption in the photo below the shot underneath this text, gives part of the story about these stones.


Finally a mosaic shield

Henley Miscellany

From my other blog

Henley miscellany



Spring arrived very suddenly and the blossom came out on the trees – above a few in Kings Road Henley



A rather nice plant on sale in Waitrose at the moment!



An example of the recent fog’s that have appeared in the morning, and given way to lovely sunshine


A charity bus in Henley Car Park

Some lovely Victorian Houses – from one of the exits to the car park leading into Kings Road

Hurrah the water has eventually gone down, these pictures were taken a few days ago




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