Radio Newsbeat


No sooner had Regatta Radio stopped broadcasting, along came Red Sands Radio. Bob Le Roi with his RSL broadcast for Whitstable area is on 89.7 FM.  A good mix of old and new music.  Also commemorating the Red Sands forts which housed Radio Invicta. King and the successful middle of the road station Radio 390.

I also must spend some time listening into the shortwaves, and report my logs to the British DX club’s magazine Communication. Shortwave has become lade with many outputs of Radio China International, but occasionally there is a nice surprise if one does a scan of the bands.

News selected from the Radio Today Site:


Victoria Derbyshire joins BBC News channel


 Former BBC Radio 5 live presenter Victoria Derbyshire is joining BBC News channel to front a daily news and current affairs programme.


Victoria will be moving to the BBC News Channel after 16 years on BBC Radio 5 live to develop a television programme that will ‘feature exclusive interviews, agenda-setting discussion and audience debates – as well as the latest breaking and developing news’.

She started in local radio, joining BBC Radio 5 live in 1998 and in 2009 became the first presenter to broadcast a programme from Zimbabwe since the ban on foreign journalists reporting from the country.

Victoria said: “This is the TV programme I’ve always wanted to make. It will include the kind of broadcasting I love doing – original journalism, stories that affect the lives of our audience, exclusive interviews, viewer debates and big breaking news. It’s been a privilege to be able to build up such a strong relationship with the 5 live listeners over the last 16 years and I hope to be able to do the same with audiences in our new venture.”

Victoria has won a number of awards including multiple Radio Academy and Sony Gold awards, and she is the Radio Academy’s ‘Speech Broadcaster of the Year’ for 2014. Other awards include the Association of International Broadcasters, Amnesty, Mind, the Nick Clarke Award and the BBC’s Audio and Music Awards.

James Harding, Director of BBC News and Current Affairs, said: “Victoria has rightly won many awards for her ability to find the stories that matter in the lives of people in this country. We are very excited to bring her range of interests, determination to get to the bottom of the story, and her capacity to surprise, to a television audience.”

Sam Taylor, Controller of the BBC News Channel, added: “I’m really pleased Victoria is joining Britain’s most watched news channel, bringing her passion and nose for a story to the nine million viewers who watch us every week. Victoria’s reputation for news-making interviews and powerful human stories is second to none.

Posted on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 at 5:16 pm by .

Rony Robinson celebrates 30 radio years


BBC Radio Sheffield’s mid-morning presenter Rony Robinson is celebrating exactly 30 years to the day when he started his first daily show.

Yesterday he was surprised live on-air by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield who Rony thought was a guest. Instead Councillor Peter Rippon stopped the interview and said “This is not about me, you’ve been brought here under false pretences. On behalf of the citizens of Sheffield can we thank you for thirty brilliant years”.

He was then reunited with his former co-presenter Jenny Day who worked with Rony 23 years ago. She took over the programme and for the next hour invited in a succession of surprise guests.

The Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council said he arrived in the city 16-years ago. John Mothersole said: “My landlord told me I needed to know three things about Sheffield. Hendersons Relish, the Fat Cat Pub and Rony Robinson, and all three are absolutely brilliant. He holds us to account which sometimes can be a bit comfortable and asks questions people want asking. The one thing we need to know about Rony is he’s always for Sheffield.”

Martyn Weston, the Editor of BBC Radio Sheffield told RadioToday: “Rony is rooted in high principles and thrives on being on the radio for three-hours every day. He is a fine example of fairness, tenacity and impartiality. I’ve never met anyone who is so fiercely proud of where he lives and this shines through on-air.”

Rony was nominated for a Radio Academy Award this year as Speech Broadcaster and was up against Jane Garvey, Justine Webb, Victoria Derbyshire and Melvyn Bragg. He’s just been highly commended at the Yorkshire O2 Media Awards.

Former and current colleagues as well as friends arrived to mark his anniversary with a civic celebration in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour at the Sheffield Town Hall where he was presented with a radio themed cake, complete with branded BBC Radio Sheffield mug.

Posted on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 at 12:45 pm by .

kmfm listener finds 3 Grand in the Sand

kmfm’s 3 Grand in the Sand came to climax this weekend as listener Laura Hill won £3,000 cash with Garry and Emma on the Kent station.

The team took 10 finalists and their families to a secret location, a beach in Kent where they had buried £3000. 10 people were given a plot, and a spade and the digging began!

Although only one person won the £3000, every runner up was given a day trip to France and special upgrades whilst onboard.

Rob Wills Programme Manager told RadioToday: “We have some of the best beaches in the country and we love working with them! £3,000 for a family holiday will really make a difference to anyones life! Can’t wait to do it again next year”

The station ran this competition with support of the kmfm breakfast show sponsors P&O Ferries. See the video here.

Posted on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 at 2:06 pm by .

Red Sands Radio started its RSL broadcast today !

I applaud Bob Le Roi for the excellent broadcasts he has been making for some years now.

Thank you so much for streaming the programmes on the Internet and for posting the web address to put into wi fi radios on your site!

If you want to know more visit

The offshore stations in the sixties were on ships and also on the disused and abandoned World War 2 forts.

Red Sands was the home of Radio Invicta, King, then Radio 390.

Bob Le Roi’s station broadcasts from Whistable in Kent and is well worth a listen. It has mix of music from all eras!

From the site

Monday 7th July 2014

Red Sands Radio returns today at 7 am with broadcasts from our harbour studios for the next four weeks.  We serve the Thames Estuary Basin and North Kent Coastal Towns on 87.9FM with an interesting blend of feel good music, topical local information, features news and guests – and worldwide at .

Working closely with local business and people, and with regular ‘What’s Going On’ bulletins, we promote everything happening in the region. Not surprisingly we’re it’s number 1 choice and you’re invited to get involved with your very own local station today. Contact us at

Regatta Radio, Henley on Thames, Oxon

This is the first year that I have seen or heard Regatta Radio.

The music that they play is very good indeed, Rolling Stones, and up to date stuff as well!

There is a high proportion of talk during the daytime but intersperced with music which is just played without intro and outro so far!

There usual sponsors Invesco Perpetual decided not to allocated funds this year.  But thankfully they have raised the money and have a new sponsor.

Reception here is good in Stereo but they are also on the Internet and have android and iphone apps.

From the Regatta Radio Website:

Regatta Radio is delighted to announce Henley Capital Management as the new Title Partner for Regatta Radio Ltd.

Henley Capital Management is a global investment manager of capital instruments based in Henley-on-Thames. Regatta Radio is the pop-up station which broadcasts during Henley Royal Regatta on 87.7FM and streaming live on the internet.

Over 20,000 people listen to Regatta Radio during the course of the five day event. The broadcaster brings the theatre of the event into listeners cars, offices and homes with live commentary of every race plus interviews, insight, competitions and trivia to bring added value to aficionados and newcomers alike.

Commenting on the announcement Chairman of Regatta Radio, Peter McConnell said “We are delighted that HCM are our new title partner. They are a company who understand what we try to achieve every year and who believe that radio can really add value to the regatta experience. They have already given valuable support and are full of ideas to help us enhance and improve Regatta Radio’s broadcasting. We are very excited about the new relationship with HCM and their commitment to helping us broadcast at other events and into the future.”

Jon White a Partner at Henley Capital Management said, “We’re delighted to become Regatta Radio’s title sponsor,the station’s listener profile matches the clients we are looking to reach while they will also help us to engage with Henley, the Regatta and the community. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.”

Regatta Radio will be broadcasting from the start of the Henley Royal Regatta qualifying races on Friday 27th June until shortly after prize giving on Sunday 6th July on 87.7FM, on and on iPod and Android apps.


Tomorrows Schedule


June 28, 2013

  • 3:30 pm - 4:00 pmWelcome to Regatta Radio 2013 Preview of the 2013 Regatta & today’s Qualifiers with Peter McConnell & Martin Unsworth.
  • 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm Live from the QualifiersThe Qualifying Races as they happen with commentary and comment from the RR team, including the results.
  • 8:30 pm - 8:00 am Regatta Radio OvernightThe best of the Qualifiers, results, music and features; overnight until the Breakfast Show.


More information and a listen now link

Also more DX in this area is Marlow FM which is a community radio station, as opposed to Regatta Radio which is a 10 day RSL

Radio Newsbeat


In my new location in Oxfordshire DAB reception is not as hot as it was in NW London.  The ironic thing is that the BBC stations burble all the time, and BBC Bershire is STATION UNAVAILABLE.  Radio Berkshire is the nearest to us, and we cannot even receive BBC Radio Oxford.  People told me that we were lucky receiving all the multiplexes in London, now I can see what they meant!

Radio News selected from the Radio Today Site


BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey are planning a week of guest presenters for the afternoon show, branding the week as hosted by radio legends.

The 12pm till 4pm slot will be hosted by Ed Stewart, Anna Raeburn, David Hamilton, Piers Bishop and Graeme Dene.

BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey Assistant Editor Mark Carter told us: “We’ve a track record of employing some of the great radio names such as Graham Dene and David Hamilton. The week ahead is an opportunity to celebrate them and welcome some other big names back to the airwaves too. Most of us have grown up with Ed Stewart on the radio and Anna Raeburn’s phone-ins were a must-listen. It was also important for us to mark the history of our own service and Piers Bishop was the obvious choice.”

Here’s the info from the station:

MONDAY – ED STEWART: Ed locally and was one of the original team of presenters on Radio 1, perhaps best remembered for his weekend show – Junior Choice. He is also known for his long stint at Radio 2, his presenting of Crackerjack on BBC1 and his work for local commercial station Radio Mercury.

TUESDAY – ANNA RAEBURN: Anna was known for her late night problem phone-in show on Capital Radio, called Anna And The Doc. A prominent contributor on both TV and radio, Anna has been the recipient of Sony awards for her work and was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in December 2006.

WEDNESDAY – DAVID HAMILTON: David lives on the Sussex/Surrey border. He presented shows on both BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2, before moving into the commercial sector, including a long stint on Capital Gold. His television appearances include Top of the Pops and the quiz show All Clued Up.

THURSDAY – PIERS BISHOP: The name might not be a familiar one outside of Sussex, but Piers is a local broadcasting legend. He was the first voice to be heard on BBC Radio Sussex, when the station began countywide broadcasting in 1983. Piers was back with us last year for our 30th anniversary celebrations and can’t wait to get back behind the mic.

FRIDAY – GRAHAM DENE: A week of radio legends wouldn’t be complete without our very own Graham Dene, who presents with us each Saturday lunchtime from 12-2. He became well-known in the London area as Capital Radio’s breakfast presenter in the 1970s and 1980s, before moving to Virgin Radio, followed by Magic and Smooth. To round up the week, he’ll double head a special edition of our show, alongside regular Friday host Joe Talbot.

Graham Dene added: “I’m thrilled to be part of the Radio Legends week. I’m loving life at the BBC and it’s a delight to share this special week with some friends and former colleagues.”

Two new radio shows for Tony Blackburn


Tony Blackburn, who presents on six different radio stations, is to start two new radio programmes on BBC Radio Berkshire and BBC 3CR.


The two shows will be on-air at the same time, Sunday 9am till 11am. On BBC Berkshire he’ll be playing “the best from the 60s 70s and 80s” whilst on BBC 3CR, a station he’s been covering on recently, he’ll start a new soul show.

The former pirate radio broadcaster and Radio 1 host tweeted the news this morning, also saying he’s got “some more exciting news to come in the next few days to do with the 50th anniversary of my broadcasting”

So, we work out that Tony’s radio schedule looks a little like this at the moment:

BBC Berkshire: Friday 10am and NEW Sunday 9-11am from July 6th
BBC Radio 2: Saturday 1-3pm
BBC 3CR: NEW Sunday 9-11am
BBC London: Sunday 12-3pm
kmfm: Sunday 4pm-7pm
Magic (AM): Sunday 4pm-7pm


Absolute Radio is embarking on 15 weeks of concert ticket giveaways over the summer festival season under the strapline of “We’ll take you there”

The station heads backstage at The Calling Festival on the 28th and 29th of June for artist interviews and exclusive content gathering, while listeners will be given the chance to win special weekend passes to see the likes of Aerosmith and Stevie Wonder.

Absolute will once again return to Cornbury Music Festival where it programmes and present the ‘Absolute Radio Comedy stage’. Pete Donaldson will be giving away tickets on his evening show in the build-up and will also be on-site to interview the stars. And the Bauer station is also an official radio partner at Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park and will take special focus with ticket giveaways for Arcade Fire on 3rd July, Black Sabbath on 4th July and Neil Young on 12th July.

Absolute 80s returns with the Lets Rock festival series, with programming and ticket giveaways set across Cookham, Bristol, Leeds and Southampton dates. An hour-long feature on the digital station will combine backstage interviews and music highlights from the ultimate 80s festival series.

The Absolute Radio Christian O’Connell Breakfast show will then drive the station’s ticket giveaway promotion to fifteen weeks of tickets as they offer listeners a way into the V, Reading and Leeds festivals.

Absolute Radio’s Content Director Tony Moorey said: “Our live music strategy in a nutshell is all about increasing listening numbers and hours. We want our listeners to tune in and to tune in for longer by offering them an unrivalled live radio music experience by bringing stage sets from the biggest artists, exclusive backstage interviews and added-value video content. We continue to break our own records as our ticket giveaway promotion moves into its fifteenth week.”

Manchester-based LGB&T radio station Gaydio is to broadcast on DAB in Scotland for the first time this summer, via a pop-up DAB channel.

The station will broadcast across Central Scotland (including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Paisley & Stirling) from 14th July to 31st August. The station will broadcast throughout the Pride Glasgow festival, taking place on 19th July and the Commonwealth Games.

Toby Whitehouse, Station Director said “Gaydio is already available online throughout the UK and with almost half of the population now owning a DAB Radio, it’s the perfect time for us to make the station as easily available as we are at other parts of the UK. Gaydio will continue to broadcast on DAB across London & Sussex and FM in Manchester – meaning around 20 million people will be able to access the station through their DAB or FM radios.”

Alastair Smith, Chief Executive of Pride Glasgow expressed his excitement at Gaydio launching in Scotland in time for Pride Glasgow, saying that “It’s great that Gaydio will not only be available in cars and on radios across central Scotland, but it means that there is a unique opportunity for people to be part of it.”

Heart, Capital and Smooth operator Global Radio has promoted two board members to officer positions.

Mike Gordon, currently Managing Director of Commercial, will become Chief Commercial Officer, whilst Will Harding, currently Group Strategy & Development Director, is promoted to the role of Chief Strategy Officer.

Global says Mike’s promotion is made in recognition of his contribution to the business since joining in 2008, not only in creating a multi award winning Sales Team but also in helping to grow Global’s commercial revenues, both nationally and locally.

Meanwhile Will Harding has been at Global since its inception and the company says he has played an instrumental role in many of Global’s biggest and most important strategic decisions.

Stephen Miron, Group CEO of Global commented: “One of the great strengths of Global is the talent of the people within the company. We always try to ensure that our structure reflects the needs and requirements of the business today, and also the opportunities that lie ahead. Both Mike and Will have played a critical role in Global’s success and these promotions recognise their importance to our future.”

BBC Radio Lancashire’s 30s to 60s music show Unforgettable is starting on BBC Radio Manchester this evening.

The show, which plays requests each Sunday afternoon live in Lancashire, will not be a repeat or syndicated show, but a separate live show made just for Manchester.

Presenter Gerald Jackson started the show originally on Radio Manchester (GMR) from 2000 to 2003, then took a break before re-appearing on Radio Lancashire in 2007. He told RadioToday: “Delighted that the show is returning to its original home on BBC Radio Manchester and we’ve responded directly to the wishes of the audience thanks to the ‘phone in that Kate (editor Kate Squire) did a few weeks ago. It’s also a request programme, so I’m looking forward to getting plenty of suggestion for musical memories and nostalgia every week.”

The programmes web page says it plays “big bands, ballads, top singers, songs and stars from the 30s to the 60s.”

Gerald has awarded outstanding contribution to BBC Local Radio in the Gillards last year.

Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman is joining LBC for a regular phone-in with Iain Dale.

Harriet has signed up for three shows, in July, September and October this year during Iain’s show between 7pm and 8pm.

The deputy Leader announced the news on LBC this evening and said: “I’m delighted to be taking part in a regular phone-in with Iain Dale on LBC – the station which refreshes parts of the country other stations cannot reach. LBC opens up the airwaves to people all over the country and lets them question and challenge politicians of all parties.”

James Rea, Managing Editor at LBC told RadioToday: “Harriet is the latest signing in our line up of political leaders, joining Nick Clegg and Boris Johnson, taking calls from LBC listeners. LBC puts listeners at the heart of its shows giving them a platform to drive debate, express opinions and share stories. We will continue to invite senior politicians and people in authority onto our shows for our listeners to hold to account.”

Later this month, on Wednesday June 25 at 7:30pm, LBC will host a live event with the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. The State of London Debate is the Mayor’s annual opportunity to discuss the future direction of the capital directly with Londoners.

Pictorial Musings

This time a few gems from a recent break in Italy and Switzerland



Graffiti at Lake Lugano Switzerland


Graffiti at Lake Lugano Switzerland


Graffiti at Lake Lugano Switzerland – or a Fathers Day message – a great tag!


Graffiti at Lake Lugano Switzerland


A great group Charlie Roe and the Washing Machines

Here courtesy of the Incredible You Tube are Charlie Roe and he Washing Machines!  Well You Tube would be incredible if Google stopped the annoying adverts that often pop up now!



A can of Italian Coca Cola – really cute lady on the can!


Dog Bin in St Moritz – cute logo!


A wooden rabbit in a restaurant in St Moritz


The dog bin in all it’s glory! St Moritz


A fabulous radio logo St Moritz


A poster in St Moritz, and a familiar person taking the picture reflected in the window! Almost as bad as accidentally taking a picture of my feet!




Pictorial Musings

To start off,  a recent unintentional picture taken by my mobile phone. Over the years, starting off with an instamatic camera, then a Practica LTL SLR camera, on to digital cameras,these occasionals nasties emerge. I am wearing my imitation crocs in the garden here!


There are a great number of May Flies around at the moment where I live.  They seem to like landing on me when I am painting the house walls. Unlike smaller insects they seem not to get encased in wet paint that is drying on a wall!

IMAG0254[1]My wife and I both bought the “sandwich maker” pictured above (blue handles) at an Ideal Home Exhibition in the early 70s.  They wasted a lot of bread but you could put eggs in them, and baked beans etc!  Somehow one has survived and entered a local Oxfam shop!

IMAG0250[1]Even if you have a great deal of money and can afford to own a boat, you cannot stop ducks and geese leaving their visiting cards on your cover to keep the rain etc off!

IMAG0191[1]A lovely Bumble Bee spotted by yours truly!

IMAG0256[1]Some interesting pictures and posters in a local collectable shop

IMAG0196[1]This appears to be one of the “bad” type of ladybird, with too many spots………………. sorry I am not an expert!  Email the site if you know any more about this insect (put a comment on the site please to let me know)

IMAG0277[1]A mother duck with her ducklings feeding on the side of the River – very sweet and trusting!

Below is a very old game, which somebody has chosen to draw a pair of glasses on an otherwise vintage style game box in a charity shop in a nearby town.


Some vintage clothes in a local collectable shop

DSCF3798Finally this time a caterpillar I discovered crawling from behind one of the gutters on my house!  Pretty little thing!  Pictured on a plastic chair!




Radio Newsbeat

Wireless Waffler:

The other Wireless Waffle site makes an interesting view that Digital Terrestial Television could be turned off. I always felt that the medium was flawed, this started when we had Ondigital. We were one of the first to have it because it was extended to all BBC staff at a small discount. Reception was variable, when it rained the picture and sound broke up, similarly when it was windy. I had a special aerial installed to received this, in several houses. I always found that certain channels were always prone to glitching. Cable works well, but sadly this is a monopoly held by Virgin. Virgin do deliver a superb picture and sound at all times, but it works out rather expensive to get more than the basic channels. I had free to air satellite reception about 8 years ago, and that worked well except in rain, and the interference was no where as bad as on Terrestial TV through an aerial. I have come to applaud Freesat, which offers On Demand services though my Internet. I do however realise that it will not be easy to persuaded some people how to use different digital platforms. Locally an installer confided with me that some people need a lot of help coming to terms with Sky etc, they are not on the same “wavelength”. I would like to see Terrestial TV close down, but not to enable Ofcom and the Government to profit by re-using the wavelengths by selling them to Telephone or other entrepreneurs.

Radio Sutch mentioned before on this blog, continues to be a very entertaining rock and roll station. Lord Sutch would have bee very proud of this if he was still alive.

Radio Caroline Extra must have been pipe-dream that will never come true. There is already a station on the air with the same name, but definitely not the sister station to the orginal Radio Caroline.

Sarah Walker did a breakfast show instead of Andrew Peach on Tuesday, on BBC Radio Berkshire. Impressed with her show. Andrew Peach is a real gem, and so is Howard Hughes who reads the news at breakfast time. Suzanne Courtney does some fabulous Vox Pops from all over the borough. It is incredible that although I live in Oxfordshire now, the reception is better from Radio Berkshire than Oxford.

News selected by the Waffler from Radio Today site

Premier Christian Radio has raised over £330,000 through its six day May Radiothon to help keep the station on the air.

It will contribute to the £550,000 it needs to raise by the end of June – half of the £1.1million it has to raise each year to stay on the air.

A single donation of $20,000 was made by American Christian leader Tony Campolo, helping the twice-yearly fund-raising event to reach a new record high of nearly £331,000.

A record 3,600 calls and nearly 800 web donations were received, including many £1,000 gifts, and hundreds of testimonials were broadcast throughout the appeal from listeners who wanted to thank Premier for support and comfort after bereavements, illness, depression and other family problems. Many described how Premier Christian Radio helps them to overcome loneliness and has become a ‘church and community’ for the housebound and disabled.

The Together Now’ ‘fund-raising programme is staged in May and November each year, when Premier’s presenters appeal for cash donations to raise money for the station’s national transmission fund which helps keep it on the air throughout the UK and on digital radio.

Premier’s CEO, Peter Kerridge, described the level of donations as a magnificent demonstration of support from listeners to Britain’s largest Christian broadcaster.

“Listening to the very many testimonials from supporters over the past few days, it’s clear that we play an important role in so many people’s lives. It is both humbling and inspiring to see the difference Premier makes,” he said. “Thanks to the commitment of our donors, we will be able to help more people to put their faith at the heart of everyday life and bring Christ to their communities.”


Viking FM’s Million Pounds of Work Campaign has returned for a fourth year to help get local people back to work.

The service provides information and advice for anyone seeking and gaining employment, and has promoted and found listeners over £7 million pounds of work during previous years.

The Bauer Media station offers companies in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire free jobs ads via its website, and sponsor Hallmark Solicitors is offering employers a free two hour employment law audit.

Prime Minister, David Cameron is backing the campaign, saying: “I would totally back that. I think what is needed is encouraging firms to take people on, encouraging people to set out and start up their own businesses. That’s exactly what your campaign is doing and that’s what the Government’s trying to back.”

John Harding, Content Director says: “In these tough economic times, we’re looking for your help to support Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire and get as many people back to work as possible. We’ll do our best to provide the support, the information and the encouragement.”

The campaign is also run on Viking FM’s sister station Magic 1161.

Barry from Watford appears on BBC WM

A recording of a spoof phone call by comedian Alex Lowe posing as Barry from Watford on BBC WM is going viral on social networks.

Alex, who has been a regular on Steve Wright’s BBC Radio 2 show and Iain Lee’s Absolute Radio show, appeared on Iain Lee’s new WM show recently talking about minty biscuits.

He chatted with a caller who was describing her reasons for parking in a Disabled Bay. Barry calls in to put his own take on it and to extol the virtues of a Viscount Biscuit.

When we asked him about the call, Barry from Watford told RadioToday: “The issue of misusing blue badges has long occupied me. But more than that, I have a keen interest in minty biscuits. I decided to phone Iain Lee on his phone in show to raise a much needed point about purchasing this baked afternoon treat. I am delighted to have highlighted this issue in my own small way. Thank you.”

Mark Goodier tweeted the link saying: “This is RADIO GOLD”. One comment on the video, which has had 70,000 plays, says “Well that was the most British thing ever”.

Barry currently has his own show on the new subscription radio comedy channel Fubar Radio. Hear the audio above or app users go here.

Posted on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 at 4:16 pm by .

BBC host Colin Bloomfield battles cancer


BBC Radio Derby Breakfast Show presenter Colin Bloomfield has shared news with listeners that his cancer has spread to his brain and he may only have months to live.

Colin is being honest and open about it on-air and online in a bid to raise awareness of his particular type of cancer, which is Melanoma.

He tweeted the news this week saying “Thank-you for all the messages I’ve had on here tonight. Unfortunately the cancer has spread to my brain, but I remain hopeful.”


As well as presenting Breakfast since March last year, Colin has always been heavily involved in the sport output of the station and is popular with Derby County fans. In tribute to Colin, fans are planning a minute’s applause for him during Derby County’s match against QPR in the Championship Play Offs Final at Wembley on Saturday evening. Reflecting the age of the presenter, the tribute is planned to take place during the 31st minute of the match.

Popular voiceover Hal Douglas dies at 90

America VO Hal Douglas, famous for his movie trails and radio promos has died at his Virginia home.

In the UK, Hal most recently voiced a number of promos for Real Radio’s Renegade promotion but was well known in production studios around the world for his commercials and trailers.

He was a regular voice on Disney trails and also featured in a video trailer for Comedian, a documentary that features Jerry Seinfeld, along with the “5 guys in a limo” video.

Last year he recorded a short documentary called “A Great Voice“.

Posted on Monday, March 10th, 2014 at 1:59 pm by .

The Bay celebrates its 21st birthday this month with new imaging from Ignite Jingles.

The new package consist of seven full jingle themes along with cuts for breakfast, news, weather and an hour opener..

Phil Rodgers, Programme Controller of The Bay: “These new jingles have freshened the sound of The Bay in time for our 21st birthday. My presentation team love using them, and they fit our varied playlist perfectly. Chris and his team listened to what we wanted, and have created an amazing jingle package for The Bay.”

Founder and Creative Director of Ignite Jingles, Chris Stevens told RadioToday: “We’re very proud of this new jingle package, and we’re excited that it’s now in the open. We’ve worked with The Bay for a number of years, and are delighted to extend this relationship well into the station’s 21st year on the air. Happy Birthday The Bay, and happy new jingles!”

The station also launched a dedicated “21 years in pictures” page on its website, featuring hundreds of station and presenter photographs from over the years.

The 21st Birthday was marked by a number of events, on and off air, including the return of The station’s biggest competition, The Phantom of The Bay, over the weekend of 1st and 2nd March. The station even had an airplane banner saying “The Phantom of The Bay – On Air Now!” seen across North Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Managing Director of The Bay, Bill Johnston, said: “At 21, The Bay continues to go from strength to strength. We have just returned our highest audience figures in over 12 years and our success as a station is testament to the fact that first and foremost we are dedicated to the communities we broadcast to.”

“We Are Gem” sings new Gem 106 jingles

Wise Buddah has just completed a new package of jingles for Orion Media’s Gem 106.

The brand new custom ID package includes six main IDs, plus show cuts for Breakfast, Floorfillers and Back to the 80s. Wise Buddah says they are designed to reflect today’s Adult Contemporary artists such as Katy Perry and Bruno Mars, whilst also being able to sit comfortably next to the classic hits of the 80s and 90s.

David Lloyd, Group Editorial Director, Orion Media: “Once again Wise Buddah have risen to the challenge with great work for Gem 106. It shines through on air and does the job, whilst complementing what we do. Produced painlessly too – with WB’s typical efficiency – and tolerance of all those last minute thoughts!”

Paul Plant, Director, Wise Buddah Jingles: “It’s always such an effortless pleasure working with David and the Team at Orion Media. These new cuts sit perfectly with the eclectic and uplifting playlist of Gem 106, and we’re proud of our heritage with one of the UK’s best commercial radio brands.”

Listen above or click here for the Soundcloud link.

Posted on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 at 1:21 pm by .

More ReelWorld jingles for The Breeze

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.


Contraband Media rebrands Planet Rock

Planet Rock has a new sound from Contraband Media, consisting of new musical themed stagers and idents featuring guitars, feedback and white noise.

“The brief was to produce a sound that captured both the on-stage and in-studio essence of a Rock band. A distinct sound not heard on UK Radio was required, so traditional Jingles were a ‘no go.’ The team used authentic Rock sounds, dirty atmospherics, white noise, ear piercing feedback and screaming guitars to achieve this,” said Adam Burgess, Contraband Media Director.

On top of these themes, Contraband Media also produced a bespoke Sound Design and ID package for the Bauer Media station.

Ric Blaxill, Music And Content Director at Planet Rock said: “Planet Rock has never had a traditional Jingle package. So when we decided to introduce some new Imaging to air, it was a challenge to maintain and develop the distinct sonic identity the station has.

“We wanted to create Rock music landscapes using authentic sounds of instruments and the recording studio atmosphere. The themes had to capture the true essence of Rock music!”

Adam added: “It was a thrill to work with the talented team at Planet Rock. Plus it was great excuse to plug in the ‘Red Special’, a beautiful replica of the famous guitar wielded but the legendary Queen axeman, Brian May. As you can imagine, when you’re creating audio for such an exciting brand it often doesn’t feel like work at all”.

Pictorial Musings

IMAG0125[1]A lovely name for an Indian Tandoori Restaurant!

IMAG0127[1]Don’t be fooled by appearances.  The back was non existent on this beauty of a radio.  It also does not work, but pretty it is with it’s non working magic eye tuner on the top left!

IMAG0065[1]A rather cheeky print by Jack Vettriano, spotted by me through a very reflective window.

IMAG0129[1]A lovely jazzy shirt in a shop window. Believe it or not in the 70s I used to wear shirts rather like this. They were called “Rave” shirts to my memory.  I also had a pair of jeans from C&A with bells on the flares.  They were called “Jingly Joes” or something like that.

IMAG0131[1] IMAG0132[1]Ken and Barbie have a special date in the window of a local jewellers.

IMAG0150[1]At the other end of the scale, a lovely looking radio which probably is deaf to many frequencies, on sale in our local Thursday Market.

IMAG0141[1]As a child I preferred to play Ludo, snakes and ladders is such a pointless game, just as soon as you climb a latter, you have to slide down a snake!  Lovely old Ludo box here in a local charity store.

IMAG0153[1]I wonder if you have met any remarkable trees recently!  Please pop into your local Oxfam book store and snap this one up!

IMAG0220[1]A rather lovely rabbit door top, loaded into our shopping trolley, on to a new life via a local charity shop!

IMAG0194[1]A lovely sight that I can see on my walk to the shops – nature at it’s very best!


This is how to rich pass their time. In a pet shop window a device to fire a tennis ball for your dog to catch!

IMAG0222[1]To conclude, a childhood memory. Pelham Puppets were all the rage in the 60′s.  I cannot work out though why my parents bought me a fairy puppet for my birthday. Maybe they were cheaper?

A treat on the same theme from You Tube!



Last night there was a lot of crashing and banging in the sky above Henley On Thames.

The wireless waffler managed to capture this footage.  This also is only a very short extract of quite a large aerial display.

It is a pity that the fireworks also appear to upset local pets, animals and geese. Just listen to the distant animal sounds after the fireworks ended.


Radio Sutch

This station is new to me, but it may have been on the Internet for some time.  They play some really old rock and roll hits from the 50s and 60s music that used to be on the original station in the 60s.

I had the pleasure to meet David Sutch in his stage attire in a charity shop in South Harrow. He spoke enthusiastically about pirate radio and the Shivering Sands Forts.  He handed me some Monster Raving Loony money signed by himself.

I have only been listening to the station for around 10 minutes but is sounds really good.

Their website, which also opens up a built in player for the station is available at


The history of the original station from Wikipedia

In 1964, following the launch of Radio Caroline, Screaming Lord Sutch said he would start his own station. On 27 May Radio Sutch began broadcasting on 194 meters (announced as 197), 1542 kHz, from the south tower of Shivering Sands. It was a low-powered, low-budget operation. The transmitter, from a Handley Page Halifax bomber, was powered with a cascade of car batteries, a scaffold pole with a skull-and-crossbones flag as an antenna.[2] By September 1964 Sutch had become tired of it and sold it to his manager Reginald Calvert for a reported £5,000.[3] Calvert bought new equipment and expanded the station into other towers. One of the original seven towers had been destroyed when a ship collided with it, leaving the northernmost tower isolated. The remaining five were connected by catwalks in an irregular star shape. Calvert’s team repaired the catwalks and refurbished the facilities and living quarters. New studios were built, a more powerful transmitter installed, and the station experimented with new antenna configurations and frequencies (1034 and eventually 1003 kHz). Initially antenna wires were strung around the periphery of the towers. Later a vertical mast was erected on the central tower, supported by guy wires on three of the surrounding towers, and the station adopted the nickname “your tower of power”. Although output never exceeded 2 kW, the efficiency of the antenna combined with its location over water (a reflector of radio waves) gave it the coverage of a more powerful land-based station, and Radio City claimed a power of 10kW for the purpose of attracting advertisers.

Studio equipment

The studio equipment was standard albeit low-budget, comprising a pair (later three) of Garrard turntables, an AKG D12 microphone (the same model used by both Radio Caroline ships, Radio London and Radio 270), domestic tape decks and a basic custom mixer. A US navy transmitter General Electric TCJ-7 (nicknamed “Big Bertha”) replaced the bomber transmitter, instead of the makeshift scaffolding pole antenna, a real antenna mast was used.[4] Most stations played jingles and commercials from cartridges but City used reel-to-reel. In addition to the usual music programmes, subsidised by Dutch and American evangelical shows, City had the only comedy show on pirate radio – The Auntie Mabel Hour, recordings of DJs acting comic sketches and parodying parodies contemporary songs. Some material seems to have been stolen from The Goon Show and Round the Horne. Another novelty was The Anti-City Show, which invited listeners to send letters and reel-to-reel tapes of complaint about the station. It became a forum for complaints about anything that annoyed. Occasionally, “You’ve Got Your Troubles” by The Fortunes was broadcast as a signal to land-based associates of a problem, such as a supply shortage.

The Port of London authority had placed wind and tide gauges on the isolated north tower and complained that City’s signal interferedg with their radio link to the mainland, potentially placing shipping at risk. Interference with official communications was a commonly cited reason for pirates to be banned but Radio City was to provide a more compelling reason for their closure.

Merger talks and death of Reg Calvert

In September 1965, merger talks began between City and Radio Caroline South. A transmitter was delivered to the fort, intended to be used by Caroline when it left its ship. The merger collapsed, and the transmitter was never paid for. Calvert then talked to Radio London about a merger, in a venture called UKGM (United Kingdom Good Music).

In the early morning of 20 June 1966, a business associate of Calvert, retired Major Oliver Smedley (who claimed ownership of the transmitter), sent men to take possession of Shivering Sands. That evening, Calvert visited Smedley’s home and in a scuffle was shot by Smedley.[5] Smedley was charged with murder but cleared on grounds of self-defence.

The killing spurred the Government to shut offshore stations, passing the Marine Broadcasting Offences Act. However prior to this legislation, it was established that the fort, within British waters, was covered by existing legislation. On 8 February 1967, at midnight the station closed.

Film reference

The 1975 rock music film Slade in Flame, starring Slade, includes a scene in which the fictional rock band Flame visit Radio City for an interview, only to be airlifted to safety when shots are fired at the fort from a ship. It is later implied that the attack was staged by the band’s unscrupulous manager to drum up publicity. The fictional attack was inspired by the actual 1966 boarding party; some news footage of the boarding is seen on a fictional television news report.

Exterior shots of the visit were filmed on and around Shivering Sands, with actor/musicians climbing the ladders used by Radio City DJs. For the airlift a helicopter landed on the roof of one towers. It was not big enough to carry all the actors, so they had to enter on one side of the aircraft and exit out of shot on the other. The film crew hung a Radio City banner on one towers, bigger and more professionally made than the crudely painted sign used by the station.

In one respect the film was not authentic: the fort has no antenna. The original Radio City mast had been dismantled in 1967. It was not possible to build a replica because of its size, and special effects techniques were not up to replicating it. Interior scenes were filmed on a stage. The interior dimensions of the tower are authentic, but the studio appears more professionally equipped. In particular, the fictional studio contains cartridge machines which Radio City never used. The Radio City DJ was played by Tommy Vance, who was on Radio Caroline in the 1960s.

In real life interviews on pirate stations would have been taped on land rather than exposing musicians to hazardous and expensiv) sea crossings.

An episode of Patrick McGoohan’s “Danger Man” (known in the U.S. as “Secret Agent Man”), “The Not-So-Jolly Roger”, was filmed on Red Sands Fort in early 1966 when “Radio 390″ was broadcasting (shut down a year later). The episode was broadcast on 4 July that year.






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