Welcome to another radio related post. There was something rather magical about the radio stations that came from the forts in the 1960s. It is sad to see that they are left rusting in the North Sea and Thames area. One good source of information about the forts is the Bob Le Roi site. This link will take you to the story of Radio City on 299! http://www.bobleroi.co.uk/ScrapBook/SutchCityPics1/SutchCityPics1.html
The You Tube Video below tells the story of the forts including the unfortunate shooting of Reg Calvert, owner of Radio City and Pop Impressario.
A reminder also that Radio 1 from the BBC has a long history now as well
Finally Capital Radio on 539 metres launched in London in 1973. The first music and entertainment station in the country, other than Manx Radio on the Isle of Man. This video features Kenny Everett – well worth a look. The station is situated in the ground floors of the Euston Tower, and not in Leicester Square where it is now. Capital Radio now seems a bland radio station aimed at youngsters, such a pity. Capital Gold (Gold) continues but as a computer driven music jukebox.
News specially selected from the Radio Today Site
Greg James and Nick Grimshaw swap Radio 1 shows
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Nick Grimshaw is coming off the Radio 1 breakfast show after six years to host drivetime in a direct swap with Greg James.
Greg joined Nick live on air this morning to share their news with listeners.
Nick began hosting The Radio 1 Breakfast Show in 2012 and this week, he became the second-longest running breakfast show presenter in the station’s history after Chris Moyles. Now he is passing the breakfast show baton over to Greg, who joined the BBC from student radio.
They will start their new shows on Radio 1 in the Autumn.
Nick said: “It was always my dream to do the breakfast show and I’m very grateful that I got to live my dream every day for what will be nearly 6 years. But 6 years is a long time and this isn’t a forever job. I had the time of my life. I’ve decided it’s time for a change and a new show. I love Radio 1 and can’t wait to get on with the new time slot and the removal of all alarms from my house. I’m so happy to be swapping shows with my friend and yours Greg James, and can’t wait to wake up to him each morning. Not literally. Just on the radio. Unless he’s up for it.”
Greg said, “I am completely beside myself that I’ve been given the chance to present the most famous radio show in the world. It really doesn’t get any bigger than this and I really want to build on the great work Grimmy has done. The listeners have become like mates during the ten years I’ve been on air, so to be there when they wake up is a real honour. They’re always front and centre and this will of course be the case on the new breakfast show. It’s going to be the most enjoyable challenge I’ve ever undertaken and I can’t wait to get started.”
Ben Cooper, Controller of Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network said, “Greg gets his childhood dream, Grimmy gets a lie-in and the Radio 1 audience gets two exciting new shows with the biggest and most popular youth presenters in the country. I’m so proud that Radio 1 produces and nurtures the best talent in the industry – I gave Greg his first show when he joined us from student radio and now he’s getting the most famous radio gig in the world – it’s going to be fantastic.
“Grimmy’s done a brilliant job reinventing the feel and tone of the breakfast show by connecting with new audiences in new ways in the digital age.”
The announcement is part of reinventing Radio 1 and follows the recent news that Fridays are now officially part of the weekend. The new weekend schedule will include shows from Dev and Alice Levine, Maya Jama, Matt Edmondson and Mollie King plus Scott Mills and starts next month, ahead of Nick and Greg’s new shows starting in the Autumn
Scott Mills will be one of the first people to end a show on Radio 1 and start a show on Radio 2 at the same time.
He’s hosting his usual weekday afternoon programme from 1 till 4pm on Bank Holiday Monday, 28th May, then he’ll be on BBC Radio 2 from 4 till 7pm with a specialist “Remix” show.
Both programmes will be live – although we’re expecting the first link on Radio 2 to be pre-recorded just in case Scott doesn’t make it from Radio 1’s studio on the top floor of New Broadcasting House, to Radio 2’s studios in Wogan House just around the corner.
By our calculations though, it should take Scott less than 60 seconds to walk from one to the other, assuming the lift is waiting for him on the 8th floor.
The only time we are aware of this happened before is when Tony Blackburn broadcast live on Radio 2 then went to Radio 1 to celebrate 50 years of the two stations last September.
When asked about Scott broadcasting on both stations on the same day, a spokesperson told RadioToday: “Scott is the right talent to present a special Bank Holiday show for Radio 2 on songs that only became a hit after they were remixed.”
Scott’s Radio 2 show is described as “Scott Mills showcases the power of the remix – featuring tracks that needed that remix sheen to become a hit, alongside celebrated alternative takes on well-known classics.”
Bauer’s new national station Hits Radio has created a shortlist of 5 songs for listeners to choose which should be the first track played on 6am next Monday.
Key 103 in Manchester is rebranding, and becoming the first national commercial station to broadcast from outside London.
In an online poll via the Manchester Evening News, listeners can pick from Ed Sheeran & Pharrell’s Sing; You Got The Love by Florence and the Machine; Get The Party Started by Pink, Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop The Feeling; and Greatest Day by Take That.
Voting closes at 10am on Friday, ahead of the station’s launch on Monday 4th June with the new breakfast show of Gemma Atkinson, Gethin Jones and Dave Vitty.
UKRD station Spirit FM in Chichester has hit its £50,000 target to raise money for a local man with disabilities after listeners donated more than £7,000 on Local Radio Day last week.
Audiences took a pound to work or school to support the station’s Together for Tyler appeal, with the money going towards building an extension to improve the living conditions for local 21 year old Tyler Murphy. He suffered a brain tumour and stroke during childhood. The fundraising total for the Spirit FM appeal now stands at £54,600.
Tyler’s mum Jan said: “The support from local people and Spirit FM has been overwhelming. This is going to make such a huge difference to his life. Tyler was robbed of his childhood, but now we can give him his twenties.”
Content Director of Spirit FM Stuart McGinley added “The whole idea of Local Radio Day is to show how proper local radio stations like Spirit FM can really engage with the local community they serve and change people’s lives. I’m so thrilled for Tyler and his mum, and immensely proud of my team for another unforgettable Local Radio Day!”
Spirit FM also took on a team from BBC Sussex in a general knowledge quiz, hosted by David Hamilton at the BBC studios in Brighton. The team from BBC Sussex was crowned winners over their commercial rivals. Assistant Managing Editor Mark Carter said: “Both BBC Sussex and Spirit FM have their roots firmly in the local community and share a passion for truly local radio. Local Radio Day shows how both stations can work happily side by side!”
AM and digital station Love Sport Radio has announced a partnership with the London Nocturne cycling event later this month.
The Nocturne – this year sponsored by Mr Porter – has been running since 2007 and will see riders racing on folding bikes, penny farthings and fixed gear bikes – with both amateur and elite professionals competing. Around 20,000 people are expected to attend on Saturday 9th June.
Love Sport Radio will be supporting the event through exclusive interviews, spot advertising, live reads, competitions, social media and live updates from the event itself.
Gold winning Olympian and Nocturne racer Ed Clancy will feature in the interviews along with Grant Young, from the founding family of Condor Cycles and members of various teams such as Rocket Expresso, one the world’s best fixed gear teams.
Kurt Edwards, Commercial Director of Love Sport Radio told us: “This is a great event in the heart of London and one that we are really proud to support. This is celebrating cycling in one of the greatest cities in the world so what’s not to like.”
Laurent Gauthier, CEO, Redwood Sports “We are excited to be working with Love Sport Radio Radio who will be supporting the event in many ways. MR PORTER NOCTURNE is growing every year and Love Sport Radio allows us to talk about the event in a unique way using interviews of riders and people that are at the heart of the MR PORTER NOCTURNE.”
Ofcom has handed out two new community radio licences – to Radio MAC in Bradford and Rush FM in Farnborough.
At the same time, the regulator has announced that it has considered but rejected five other applications from groups wanting an FM station in Bradford, plus another in Hampshire.
The winning applicants of 5-year licences are:
Radio MAC (Media Arts & Culture Limited), Bradford
Contact name: Humair Shahid
Radio MAC will broadcast a community radio service to the Muslim and wider ethnic communities of Bradford. The group has been running FM RSLs in Bradford since 2005.
Rush FM (Rush FM Limited), Farnborough, Hampshire
Contact name: Tim Newman
Rush FM will be a community radio service for young people aged 30 and under in Farnborough and its surrounding areas.
Applications from the following six stations were rejected.
All Islam Radio (All Islam Radio Limited), Bradford
Bradford Asian Radio (Bradford Asian Radio Limited Company), Bradford
Festival Radio (Bradford Asian Community Associates Ltd), Bradford
Radio VOB (Voice of Bradford Ltd), Bradford
Xpression FM (Xpression Media Limited), Bradford
Heath Radio (Heath Radio CIC), Fleet, Hartley Wintney, Yateley, Farnborough and Camberley
Absolute Radio 70s is coming off DAB in London and being removed from its slot on Sky TV too.
Bauer is advising listeners to tune in online instead, saying there is only limited amount of space available on DAB and they are making way for “some new stations”.
Kerrang! Radio has also been removed from London DAB – its last remaining terrestrial broadcast channel.
Absolute Radio 70s is the least popular of all the decades stations still in RAJAR, with 251,000 weekly listeners. Absolute Radio 60s and 00s are also only available online (apart from inclusion on the Inverness local DAB mux), whilst 80s is on D2, 90s is on D1 and Classic Rock is on a London DAB mux.
The station says: “As of 23rd May, we will be [no] longer be available on digital radio or digital TV. Don’t panic though, we’re not disappearing completely and you’ll still be able to listen to us in all of the following ways:
Online at absoluteradio.co.uk
Our free mobile apps, available to download on iOS and Android phones and tablets
Smart speakers/voice activated devices (E.g Amazon Echo. Say “Alexa, play Absolute Radio 70s”)
WiFi enabled internet radios
Smart TV and Apple TV apps
“If you already listen to us in one of those ways, great – nothing is changing for you! We’re having to make this change because there’s only a limited amount of space available on digital radios and there are some new stations coming. We’re making way for some new people, but we’re still here bringing you loads of pop, rock, soul and disco in all of the ways listed above.
“If you’re a fan of Sarah Champion and Chris Martin (who isn’t, they’re brilliant) you’ll still be able to hear them elsewhere in the Absolute Radio family. Sarah will be on Absolute Radio 90s on weekday evenings from 7pm and on Absolute Radio on weekend mornings from 11am. If you’re a night owl, then Chris will be on before the new Dave Berry Breakfast show on Absolute Radio. He’ll also be hosting a new drivetime show on Absolute Classic Rock on weekday afternoons from 4pm.”
Arqiva has announced the Sound Digital Limited national DAB multiplex is to expand to an extra four million people.
SDL will add transmitters in the South West, East Anglia, Wales and North of Scotland to grow the number of people who can listen to the 19 radio stations, including Absolute 80s, Fun Kids, Kisstory, Jazz FM, talkRADIO and Union JACK.
19 new transmitters are being added to the existing network, increasing Sound Digital’s household coverage by over 1.6m new households in areas such as Devon, Cornwall, South Wales, North East Scotland, East Anglia and Kent.
News of the expansion was made by Steve Holebrook, Managing Director of Terrestrial Broadcast at Arqiva at the Radio Festival in London. He said: “This agreement to expand
the reach of Sound Digital is further evidence of the continued success of DAB radio in the UK, and the fact that more and more people are making it their digital radio platform of choice. This week’s RAJAR figures are widely expected to show that for the first time ever, the majority of radio listening is through digital means and within that, DAB is by far the largest contributor.
“We are delighted to be bringing Sound Digital’s diverse range of content to almost 4 million new listeners for the first time.”
Entries are now open for the third UK Community Radio Awards which will takes place in September.
Volunteers and stations are being urged to enter the best of their output from the past year, and consider those team members deserving of special recognition.
Martin Steers, awards chair, said: “We had more than 350 entries from 70 stations last year, and I am constantly amazed by the breadth and depth of broadcasting from the UK’s community radio stations.
“The awards provide an opportunity for sharing of best practice, developing ideas, and most of all, recognising the great impact community radio has on its local communities.”
Philippa Sawyer, programme director at Wycombe Sound, last year’s station of the year, says the award has had a truly positive impact on the team.
“Being ‘Station of the Year’ is a fantastic accolade and I recommend all stations aim for it. It forces you to take a close look at all of your output and to think about everything the station does on-air and off. It’s great to focus on all the good work we do in our sector, and be proud of it.”
Submissions are open until 5pm, 18h June. Entries will be checked and sorted in July, when the judging process starts. A shortlist of 5 for each category will be produced and published prior to the ceremony.
The Awards ceremony will take place at Sheffield Hallam University during the evening of the Community Media Association’s conference, on 15th September 2018.