I use Yahoo Groups for some of my radio information, and it has been running incredibly slowly, and almost useless for at least a month now. The past few evenings it has perked up. A case of a company changing their programming on their site, and it not working well!
Good to see the news below about the excellent Radio Mi Amigo RSL. What is good, is the way that these programmes are available on the internet as well. Although it must be great to have a local radio station that plays good music, it is even better if it receives a larger audience. Pity that the BBC do not employ more of the “old school of presenters” on Radio 2. We have to rely on our local radio stations to hear established offshore celebrities on air now!
It appears that Radio Sovereign (Internet version) is going to have Roy Masters on from 7pm to 9pm. He evidently is 88 now. You may remember his shows on Radio Caroline in the 80s! That no doubt will lose a lot of listeners to this station!
A 15 week DAB pop-up station by BBC Radio Cymru will launch on Monday 19th September 2016 in Wales.
BBC Radio Cymru Mwy is part of a series of digital innovations from the national Welsh-language radio station as it approaches its 40th birthday. With the emphasis on more music and easy listening, the temporary service will broadcast every weekday morning culminating on 2 January 2017, 40 years to the eve of BBC Radio Cymru’s first broadcast on 3 January 1977.
For technical reasons, the additional DAB provision is limited to South East Wales.
For the first time in its history, BBC Radio Cymru will offer a choice of listening with a lively breakfast show on BBC Radio Cymru Mwy. The daily news programme, Post Cyntaf followed by the Aled Hughes Programme will continue on BBC Radio Cymru. The pop-up’s schedule will continue until midday, with an option to experiment occasionally with lunch-time programmes.
BBC Radio Cymru Mwy will be available throughout Wales on BBC Radio Cymru’s website, the BBC iPlayer Radio app and on DAB radio in South East Wales. BBC Radio Cymru’s timetable will remain the same on FM and on DAB.
Betsan Powys, BBC Radio Cymru’s Editor says: “The name BBC Radio Cymru Mwy says it all – more music, laughter and more choice for BBC Radio Cymru listeners.
“As we prepare to celebrate BBC Radio Cymru’s landmark 40th birthday in 2017, it’s imperative that we continue to develop and innovate. The pop-up station is an opportunity for us to take advantage of new technology, but more importantly it gives listeners greater choice and the chance to listen to BBC Radio Cymru on new platforms. All this while listeners can continue to listen to the output they enjoy on BBC Radio Cymru in exactly the same way as they do now.”
BBC Radio 1Xtra’s annual flagship event 1Xtra Live is taking place in Liverpool this year, on Saturday 8th October.
1Xtra Live is held in a different location each year, with a line-up of urban music. In 2015, the likes of Tinie Tempah, Miguel, Stormzy and Natalie La Rose performed in Leeds.
Now in its ninth year, 1Xtra Live will bring acts to Echo Arena Liverpool for the station’s biggest night of the year.
A.Dot, BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ says: “This year has been a big year for urban music and with a crowd like Liverpool, 1Xtra Live is set to be one of the biggest nights of the year.”
Ben Cooper, Controller, Radio 1 and 1Xtra says: “The energy and excitement of ten thousand fans, the hottest UK artists and the biggest international acts, will make 1Xtra Live one of the best gigs of the year. We know there is a massive appetite for new music in Liverpool so we knew we had to bring our biggest event to the city.”
Radio Mi Amigo, based on the light vessel LV18 on Harwich Quay, has celebrated over 50 years of offshore radio with a nine day broadcast.
The station attracted 35 DJs and presenters from Scotland, Ireland and England, including Roger ‘Twiggy’ Day, Tony Prince, Alan ‘Neddy’ Turner, John Ross-Barnard and Emperor Rosko. The schedule also included Enda Caldwell, Sally Moon, Stephanie Hirst and Programme Director Tony Currie.
This tribute to the offshore pirate radio stations celebrated the likes of Radio Caroline, Radio London and several others that appeared off the coast of Harwich in the 1960s.
The annual event is a fundraiser for the Pharos Trust charity, which owns and maintains the ship.
This year, the station could be heard on FM in the Harwich area, on the internet and on shortwave. It claimed to attract an audience of 20,000 for the mix of music, interviews, news, chat and surprise guests – including sixties stars Sylvan, Clare Mills and Katch22.
BBC Essex presenter and Harwich resident, Liana Bridges went out and about during the sea festival to interview the master of HMS Pickle and local business folk. Guest newsreaders were Sybil Fennell (Classic FM), and Charles Nove (BBC). Every opportunity was taken to promote the Harwich area, which has recently been awarded assisted area status, in terms of business and tourism regeneration.
Tony Currie told RadioToday: “It’s been a roller coaster of a fortnight. We’ve had laughter (lots), tears (a good few), exhilaration, frustration, thrills and fears. Throughout it all, we’ve kept out promise to bring the very best radio that we believe we can deliver to the community in Harwich and beyond.”
Station Manager and LV18 Trustee, Tony O’Neil, added, “We are delighted with this year’s broadcast which has attracted many visitors to the town to meet the DJ’s. This would not have been possible without the support of local business advertisers and the input of 60 people, including broadcast professionals and local volunteers, who were in involved in the project, each giving their time and expertise free of charge to help enable this exciting annual event.”
Paul Turvey, Radio Mi Amigo Public Relations manager said: “We were delighted to hear from listeners throughout the broadcast, many of whom were in the Tendring area. We are also grateful to the many businesses that sponsored Radio Mi Amigo, their support enabled the broadcast to be a success.”
Radio Mi Amigo will be continuing as a radio stream via its website.
Roger ‘Twiggy’ Day
John Ross-Barnard in the studio
L-R: Scott Ross, Norah Barnes, Chris Baird, Tony Currie, Sylvan, Dave Rogers, Enda Caldwell & Alan Turner”
Weekend schedule changes at BBC Radio 5 live
Changes ahead of the new football season on 5 live include new presenting roles for Jermaine Jenas and Jason Mohammad.
Jermaine Jenas presents The Friday Football Social alongside Darren Fletcher, previewing all fixtures and talking points ahead of the weekend of football. The first instalment kicks off on Friday 26 August. Darren takes over from Dan Walker who has moved to BBC Breakfast.
On Saturdays, BBC Radio Wales mid morning presenter and Final Score TV presenter Jason Mohammad will hotfoot it to the 606 chair alongside Robbie Savage whilst Ian Wright and Kelly Cates will be at the helm to present the Sunday edition.
In addition to live commentary, 5 live Sport continues during the week with Mark Chapman, Eleanor Oldroyd, Mark Pougatch and Kelly Cates alongside Caroline Barker and George Riley.
Football correspondent, John Murray leads the Radio 5 live team with commentary from Alan Green and Ian Dennis alongside pundits Danny Mills, Robbie Savage, Mark Lawrenson, Martin Keown, Kevin Kilbane, John Hartson, Pat Nevin, Steve Claridge, Danny Murphy, Jermaine Jenas, Chris Waddle, Chris Sutton and Jimmy Armfield.
talkSPORT signs more international rights deals
talkSPORT has secured a number of new international rights deals that extend the broadcaster’s existing Premier League offering across China, Mexico, Bahrain and Nigeria.
As global audio partner of the Premier League, talkSPORT controls an exclusive package of international audio rights until 2019, allowing the station to broadcast official live commentary of all 380 Premier League matches in any language to listeners around the world, outside of the UK and Republic of Ireland.
This partnership has meant that talkSPORT has been able to work with their current Australian partner EON Sports Radio to take the Premier League into China, where the games will be broadcast in Mandarin.
talkSPORT has also secured a new digital rights deal with the Mexican website Sopitas.com which, for the first time, will give listeners in Mexico access to all games in their native Spanish language. Founded in 2005 by Francisco Alanis, Sopitas.com has become a destination for a young and influential audience, reaching more than 7million people each month. This digital rights deal is a first for talkSPORT in Mexico, and the first time that residents of the country will have access to live audio of the Premier League since the 2013/14 season.
talkSPORT has also forged a relationship with new sports radio brand, Sport Radio Arabia, which will offer live Premier League commentary in Bahrain for the first time. Sport Radio Arabia will be broadcasting two Premier League games in Arabic each week, with three in English across a multi-platform offering which allows listening on the radio, online and via the Sport Radio Arabia app.
Finally, talkSPORT has also introduced a new broadcast partner in Nigeria, Megalectrics, which has launched a new sport and news focused radio station, Lagos Talks 91.3FM, for which the Premier League will play a key role.
Jimmy Buckland, Director of International for talkSPORT, said: “Football is adored by millions all around the globe and we are delighted that we can continue to extend talkSPORT’s coverage of live PL across China, Nigeria, Mexico and Bahrain through our international broadcast partners.
“Our international offering continues to grow rapidly and our relationship with the Premier League has already been successfully extended to 2019, so we look forward to increasing our global footprint and reaching many more passionate football fans across the forthcoming seasons.”
Jazz FM goes presenter-free late at night
A new schedule at Jazz FM sees Helen Mayhew move on from Dinner Jazz and Clare Anderson’s Late Lounge come to an end.
Clare will continue to be heard on the station though, as she takes over as station voice, whilst Helen moves to other shows. She’ll host True Brit each Thursday at 6pm, whilst also creating a new Friday night programme – Late Night Jazz.
Dinner Jazz will be hosted by Mark Walker from today, whilst 10pm till 6am weekdays will be non-stop Jazz, Soul and Blues.
Elsewhere, The Sarah Ward Collection will air each Sunday at 7pm whilst Funky Sensation returns with John Osborne Saturdays at 6pm.
Also, the station is promoting new talent with Ruth Fisher presenting The Performance Series on Monday nights at 6pm in addition to her Full Circle programme and Radio Academy 30-Under-30 recipient, Chris Gilvear moves from overnights to the weekend breakfast slot.
Content Director Nick Pitts said: “Our new schedule gives our audience more of what they want. It’s great to be able to give Helen and Sarah the opportunity to freely select the greatest music from their substantial collections with their new programmes, whilst promoting new presenting talent, which can only help build on our recent RAJAR success. Having Helen, Chris and Jez spearheading our specialist output, we have weekend late nights that really are appointments to listen”
He continued “I’ve been wanting Funky Sensation permanently back on air for some time and we have big plans for it. Every time the brand gets an outing – either on air or at a live party night – it gets a phenomenal response, and having John with his club night heritage at the helm gives the programme real credibility”.
Key 103 under fire for letting Chelsea go
The departure of Chelsea Norris from Key 103’s breakfast show is causing a stir with listeners and media in Manchester.
The Manchester Evening News has published numerous articles on her sudden exit, forcing owners Bauer Media to issue a statement confirming that Key 103 is not renewing Chelsea’s contract.
It has been reported that Chelsea took the decision to leave almost immediately, rather than wait till the end of her contract next year. She has been at the station for 11 years and recently returned from maternity leave.
The statement from Bauer says: “Key 103 decided not to renew Chelsea’s contract beyond its expiry date. The station told her of its decision in a timely and transparent manner and honoured the contract in full.
“Chelsea was not told to leave within weeks of her return from her maternity leave. Nor was her departure in any way connected to her maternity leave and Chelsea left at a date of her choice. She was not let go with immediate effect. The station continues to wish Chelsea every future success.”
Chelsea has received hundreds of good will messages from listeners via social media, but has not made any comment on the situation since her emotional last show. Chelsea told listeners on July 26th: “I’ve worked for Key 103 on the breakfast show for 11 years and I’ve got to say it’s been amazing. Been to and seen some great places and met some inspirational people along the way. However sometimes change is necessary and I wanted to tell you that I’m leaving – and Thursday will be my last show.
“I want to thank everyone here at Castle Quay – and for listening and sharing your lives with me all these years. I will miss talking to you but on the plus side I get to see Minnie more and do other bits.”
Chelsea moved to Key 103 to join co-host Mike Toolan in 2005 after 4 years at Century, where she’d been a newsreader for both Tony Horne and Darren Proctor. Key 103 has continuously lost listeners for the last two years, dropping from 660,000 weekly reach in Q1, 2014 to 342,000 in Q2, 2016.