Scala Radio – and Simon Mayo

I have just picked up this story from the Daily Telegraph

Simon Mayo announces new classical radio station becoming the latest presenter to defect from the BBC

Simon Mayo sits in a chair
Simon Mayo will host a drivetime show on new classical music radio station, Scala Credit: Marco Vittur/Scala

21 January 2019 • 7:19pm

Simon Mayo has announced the launch of a new classical radio station, becoming the latest presenter to defect from the BBC.

Scala Radio is billing itself as “a brand-new classical entertainment radio station, offering classical music for modern life,” and has picked up Mayo after he left his Radio 2 drivetime show just before Christmas.

The popular DJ joins Chris Evans in turning his back on the BBC, with the latter returning to his “spiritual home” of Virgin Radio.

52-year-old Evans was the second highest-earning star at the BBC, taking home between £1.6 million and £1,669,999 for his Radio 2 Breakfast show. 

He previously hosted the Virgin Breakfast Show from 1997 to 2001, and had his first broadcast back at the station yesterday morning.

Chris Evans in his studio at the News building fo his first Virgin Radio breakfast show.
Chris Evans rejoined Virgin radio and hosted their breakfast show on Monday Credit: Dan Charity / The Sun

In a statement released after Evans left the Radio 2 studio, he said: “In many ways Virgin Radio is my spiritual home. I see nothing but exciting and groundbreaking opportunities ahead.

“In a medium that is changing so quickly on a daily basis, the potential for growth is unprecedented.

“Our plan is, to give it all we’ve got, see where we can get to and have the most possible fun along the way. It makes me smile every time I think about it.”

Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson described the appointment as a “major coup”.

Commenting on the launch of Scala radio, Simon Mayo said: “There are hundreds of radio stations playing rock and pop, and only two classical music stations – until now. We’re different because we’re going all out to entertain, laugh with the listeners, and have a good time. Some of it will be familiar, some new and exciting but all timeless, beautiful and all absolutely relevant to today”.

Drum and bass DJ Goldie will host ‘Goldie’s Classic Life,’ which will feature classical music mixes, alongside a narration of his own journey into classical music, explaining how it inspires him to write, perform and paint – as well as introducing listeners to exciting new classical artists.

Launching on the 4th of March 2019, the station will also feature topical shows covering the influence of classical music in gaming, mindfulness and special guest weekly round ups. The sound of the station has been created with modern bespoke scores recorded by The City of Prague Philharmonic.


Radio Newsbeat

Wireless waffler

The Wonderful Radio London Internet Station owned by Garry Stevens is now broadcasting on a new stream with a bit rate of 192kbs, it is well worth listening to as well. Lots of good 60s music and sixties jingles, and occasional clips of the Radio London DJs speaking. take liste n.pls off the end if you want to put the link into your Internet Radio.

Here are few Radio Videos off You Tube you may like to view

Now the stations are on land – there is no plank for a drunken dj to walk!

The Irish Kiss Fm – a documentary about the station in 2010 and some videos of other Irish Pirates then

Just a minute is a long running BBC series and if you haven’t listened recently I recommend you do!

Radio News selected from the Radio Today Site

Radio Caroline presenter and former British Forces Broadcasting Services manager Chris Sully is the new Managing Director of Manx Radio.

Chris has had a 28-year career with BFBS, having held station management roles in Belize, Cyprus, Germany, Northern Ireland, The Falkland Islands and the United Kingdom.

Bill Mummery, Chairman of Manx Radio, told RadioToday: “I am very pleased to announce that the Board have identified Chris Sully as the new MD for Manx Radio.

“He joins us at a pivotal time in the development of Public Service Broadcasting and the Nation’s Station. With this appointment we go into 2019 well-equipped for the challenges and opportunities that the year presents.

In his leisure time, he has, for a number of years, supported in a voluntary role Radio Caroline as a presenter and is well-known to its listeners under the pseudonym Chris Pearson.

“We look forward to him joining the Manx Radio team.”

“We look forward to him joining the Manx Radio team.”

Former Radio 1 and BBC Radio Manchester presenter Dianne Oxberry has died aged 51, after recently being diagnosed with cancer.

News of Dianne’s death was announced by BBC North West, where she has been the main regional TV weather presenter for the past 23 years.

In the early 90s, she was a household name across the UK for her role on the Radio 1 breakfast show alongside Simon Mayo and also as a presenter on the summer 1991 series of Saturday morning kids TV show ‘The 8.15 From Manchester’ on BBC One.

She had started at the BBC as a personal assistant at Radio 2, before a move to Radio 1 where her first on-air role was on Steve Wright In The Afternoon. She later moved to breakfast, joining Simon Mayo and newsreader Rod McKenzie.

Picture from @tompearson

The move to Manchester for TV work saw Dianne meet her future husband, a BBC cameraman. She then re-trained as a Met Office forecaster and moved into regional broadcasting as a weather presenter with BBC North West across television and radio outlets from 1995. She went on to also present the lunchtime show on BBC Radio Manchester in 2002 before a move to breakfast where she co-hosted with Eamonn O’Neal.

Anne Bulford, the BBC’s Deputy Director-General, has decided to leave the BBC in the spring of 2019 to pursue a portfolio of non-executive roles.

The Director-General and the BBC Board have thanked her for her work since 2013.

As Deputy Director-General, Anne was responsible for all the finance, HR, legal, risk and technology (design and engineering) functions of the BBC. In addition she managed strategy, marketing and audience activities, as well as serving on the board of Children in Need.

Anne also works on the board for the Army, University College London, the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Ministry of Justice.

The BBC says it will set out the next steps for her post in due course.

BBC Director-General, Tony Hall, says: “Anne has been an inspirational leader. She has brought real insight and determination in bringing change to the BBC. Her achievements at the BBC are many – she has ensured the BBC continues to innovate and deliver hugely popular services to the public. She has vastly improved the BBC’s efficiency to industry-leading levels. She has led a transformation in the BBC’s working practices.

“Anne leaves the BBC a stronger organisation than the one she joined six years ago. She has been a first-class colleague and an absolute pleasure to work with. I wish her every success for the future.”

Anne Bulford says: “It’s been an honour to be the first woman Deputy Director-General of the BBC and I’m proud of what we’ve achieved since 2013. The BBC is an amazing organisation, with so many talented people. I feel I’m leaving the BBC in a stronger position and I’d like to thank Tony, my colleagues and especially all my teams for their contribution and hard work.”

Radio By Deezer is a new free app launched on the Android platform providing access to 30,000 radio stations worldwide.

Whilst similar to TuneIn and other apps providing access to radio stations on smartphones, Radio By Deezer will users can ‘like’ any song they hear from the radio and immediately add to their ‘Favourite Tracks’ library within ‘Radio By Deezer’.

Olivier Miljeu, Product Manager of Radio By Deezer, commented: “Radio fans deserve an experience tailored to their exact needs. Our easy to use app provides fast access to their favourite stations, all with an undisturbed, ad-free, listening experience. Gone are the days of thinking it’s too late to get the song you just heard on the radio, and now with just a quick tap you can add it straight to your library!”

BBC Radio 2 has announced the full team for the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, with former Radio 1 breakfast newsreader Tina Daheley joining the station.

She’s added to the previously announced line-up of travel presenter Richie Anderson and sports presenter Mike Williams.

Zoe says: “I am thrilled to be joined by such a talented trio in the form of Richie, Tina and Mike. Now this top team are ready for Monday, we can’t wait for people to hear the show!”

Tina presented Newsbeat on Radio 1 as well as reading the breakfast news with Nick Grimshaw until last year – and before that was the sports news presenter on the Chris Moyles breakfast show. More recently she’s been presenting on BBC Breakfast, the Victoria Derbyshire TV show, Crimewatch and the main BBC News at Six and News at Ten.

Tina says “After ten years and three consecutive breakfast shows on Radio 1/1Xtra I swore I’d never do it again. But being asked to take over from my news idol and broadcasting legend Moira Stuart on the biggest Breakfast Show in the UK with the first female host in its history, it was an offer I couldn’t turn down! I can’t wait to start working with Zoe.”

Richie Anderson joins from BBC WM and says: “It’s an absolute dream come true to be joining The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show and work with Zoe and the rest of the amazingly talented team. In the practice shows we’ve done we’ve really bounced off each other and had such a laugh and I can’t wait for the rest of the country to join our little gang! I know my tummy will be doing cartwheels on the morning of the first show, I just can’t wait to get started now.”

Mike Williams has been at BBC Sport since 2011, and has worked across 5 live, the World Service, Asian Network and Radio 1. He was also on the Radio Academy’s 30 Under 30 list back in 2012, alongside new breakfast show colleague Graham Albans and names including Emma Barnett, Dave Masterman and Sam Jackson. Mike says: “In the late 90s, I used to get up early every Saturday morning to watch Zoe present Live & Kicking, so it’s now pretty mind-blowing to be joining her team on the brand new Zoe Ball Breakfast Show. This is a genuine dream job on the biggest show in the country and I can’t wait to bring the sports news to millions of listeners every morning.”

Carol Kirkwood will continue doing the weather as she has done on the Chris Evans breakfast show.

Helen Thomas, Head of Content Commissioning, Radio 2, says: “It’s wonderful that Tina Daheley will be bringing her news presenting expertise to The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, joining Mike, Richie, Carol and of course Zoe to launch what I know will be an incredible show next week.”

BBC Radio 2’s new breakfast show started this morning with Zoe Ball welcoming listeners old and new to the programme and the new team.

Zoe’s first song was Respect by Aretha Franklin just after 6.30am on Monday.

Her team includes Richie Anderson on travel, Mike Williams on sport, weather with Carol Kirkwood, news with Tina Daheley and a daily Pause For Thought.

Zoe says: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be following in the giant footsteps of Chris Evans as the host of the Radio 2 Breakfast Show. To be the first woman to present this very special show is both an honour and privilege.

“Believe me, I’m not underestimating the enormity of the task, to follow not one but two of my broadcasting idols, into such a well-loved show is somewhat daunting but I hope, in the same way that Chris made this show his own after taking over from the wonderful Sir Terry Wogan, that with a top team alongside me, I can bring the fabulous Radio 2 audience a show they want to wake up to.”

It’s a big day for the station with new programmes during the day and into the evening. Sara Cox hosts her first permanent drive-time show from 5pm till 7pm. On moving into the new slot Sara says: “I’ve been proud to be part of the Radio 2 family for a few years now and the opportunity to present such a big show… playing fantastic music and hopefully making people smile as they cook tea or head home after a day’s graft – is the icing on what is already a very brilliant cake.

“I’m beyond chuffed to be given this role and to directly quote my mum on hearing the good news, it is indeed ‘fandabbyruddydozy’.”

Zoe’s first guest: John Cleese

Former drive co-host Jo Whiley is moving to evenings, and starts her new show today as well. Jo says: “I’m very much looking forward to hosting a new show for a new year which will have music at the very heart of it as well as guests and live sessions. Dream show, actually. Can’t wait!”

Jo will be on from 7pm till 9pm, with specialist programmes following at 9pm each night and Trevor Nelson’s new Rhythm Nation, also starting tonight.

Trevor says: “To present eight hours a week of the music I love on BBC Radio 2 is a dream come true for me. I’ll be introducing tracks from some soul stars of the future as well as playing some of my favourite songs from the past 50 years of dance music, from Motown to the present day. Bring it on!”

Trevor previously presented Rhythm Nation on Radio 2 on Saturday nights (8pm-10pm).

78 rpm Talk

I was introduced to 78rpm records by my Father. He had inherited some of my late Great Uncle’s records, and had a sizeable collection of material of his own. We had a wind up record player that played the 78’s. My brother and I initially were too young to understand, and used to put our toy soldiers on the turntable that could be turned on slow or fast. To our delight some soldiers would stay on the turntable and others fall into the bowels of record player, that acted as a loudspeaker. It was something like this.

This article has been inspired by a visit to my local Oxfam Book and Music shop, where I browsed through the 78rpm discs there and took some pictures of the labels of some. Before I add the pictures of the record labels I will paste in an explanation of the format of 78rpm records from

Any flat disc record, made between about 1898 and the late 1950s and playing at a speed around 78 revolutions per minute is called a “78” by collectors. The materials of which discs were made and with which they were coated were also various; shellac eventually became the commonest material. Generally 78s are made of a brittle material which uses a shellac resin (thus their other name is shellac records). During and after World War II when shellac supplies were extremely limited, some 78 rpm records were pressed in vinyl instead of shellac (wax), particularly the six-minute 12″ 78 rpm records produced by V-Disc for distribution to US troops in World War II.

78s come in a variety of sizes, the most common being 10 inch (25 cm) and 12 inch (30 cm) diameter, and these were originally sold in either paper or card covers, generally with a circular cut out allowing the record label to be seen. Since most 78 rpm discs were issued in paper sleeves with no additional accompanying materials, relatively limited information is provided by the items themselves.

Earliest speeds of rotation varied widely, but by 1910 most records were recorded at about 78 to 80 rpm. In 1925, 78.26 rpm was chosen as a standard for motorized phonographs, because it was suitable for most existing records, and was easily achieved using a standard 3600-rpm motor and 46-tooth gear (78.26 = 3600/46). Thus these records became known as 78s (or “seventy-eights”). This term did not come into use until after World War II when a need developed to distinguish the 78 from other newer disc record formats. Earlier they were just called records, or when there was a need to distinguish them from cylinders, disc records.

The durations of 78 RPM recordings is about three to five minutes per side, depending on the disc size: 12″: ca. four to five minutes 10″: ca. three minutes

As late as the 1970s, some children’s records were released at the 78 rpm speed.

The older 78 format continued to be mass produced alongside the newer formats into the 1950s, but had faded from the scene by 1955.

Recording techniques

Before 1925, all 78s were recorded by means of the artist singing or speaking into a horn, the power of their voice directly vibrating the recording stylus and thus cutting the wax of the master disc. Collectors call these discs “acoustic” recordings.

The acoustical era: 1877–1925

The earliest methods of sound recording are described as “acoustical” and employ only mechanical means for both recording and playback. The sounds to be preserved are directed into a large horn, which at its tapered end is connected to a cutting stylus. In response to the vibrations of air in the horn, the stylus cuts a spiral groove in the thick wax coating of a cylinder or disc, rotated steadily by means of a crank. The cutting process creates variations in the groove analogous to the varying frequency and amplitude of the vibrations; the stylus moves up and down in “hill-and-dale” or “vertical cut” recording and from side to side in “lateral cut” recording.

Acoustical recording never yielded high fidelity, its dynamic range was limited.

[By the 1910s] flat discs were the predominant medium for sound recording.

Edison’s Diamond Discs were available 1910 in 7, 10, 12, 14, 16, and 21 inch formats. They were played at around 78 rpm and contained up to 8 minutes of sound. The disc was made of an early plastic known as Amberol, which “gave it little surface noise and superb clarity, [but] was incompatible with any other system. It employed a vertical, rather than lateral cut, groove and could not be played on any other machine.”

Recording and playing speeds ranged from 72 to 86 rpm before the standard settled at 78 (though Columbia, for example, issued 80 rpm discs for some time after 1920).

The electrical era: 1925–47

Electrical recording was first used in 1925. After about 1925, 78s were recorded by the artist singing or speaking into a microphone and amplifier which then cut the master record. This allowed a wider range of sound to be recorded. Records recorded by this process are called “electrical” recordings. Collectors can identify these discs by either by listening or by means of small marks in the record surface close to the label.

The first electrical recording was issued in 1925.

By around 1920 lateral cut recording was the norm; a less exacting technique than vertical cut, it produced a level of fidelity adequate to the standard of the equipment the general public could afford to buy.

The physical format of electrical recordings remained the same as that of the many acoustical ones utilizing the lateral cut technique.

The term “electrical recording” is normally used in contradistinction to “acoustical recording” (in the preceding era) and “magnetic tape recording” and “microgroove recording” (in the succeeding era) the term “electrical recording” is not customarily used after the introduction of magnetic tape in 1947.

In electrical recording the sounds to be preserved are gathered by a transducer (a microphone) and the vibrations converted into an analogously varying electrical signal, which is amplified and applied to another transducer (a stylus), which cuts a spiral groove in a waxed or (later) lacquered disc.

Hill-and-dale [vertical cut] recording: A term applied to a sound-recording technique in which, in both recording and playback, the stylus moves up and down in the spiral groove on a cylinder or disc.

Vertical cut recording: A term applied to a sound-recording technique that utilizes variations in the depth of the spiral groove on a cylinder or disc.

Lateral cut recording: A term applied to a sound-recording technique in which, in both recording and playback, the stylus moves from side to side in the spiral groove on a disc.

78 RPM sets

Many 78 RPM sets, particularly electrical sets, were issued in up to three side couplings: ° Manual side ° Slide automatic ° Drop automatic

In a hypothetical set comprising four records, the alignment of the sides would have been: ° Manual: 1/2, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8 ° Slide automatic: 1/5, 2/6, 3/7, 4/8 ° Drop automatic: 1/8, 2/7, 3/6, 4/5

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Finally some examples of 78rpm recordings I have selected from You Tube. In a way 78rpm discs were excellent sound quality, because they ran at a fast speed.  Unfortunately the surface noise as the stylus, or needle as they were, would wear the record as well over time.  

I used to find Sandy Powell records rather mystifying, but this one would possibly never be allowed nowadays. My father must have has some later pressings because the 1930s discs were much smaller than the ones Dad had.

Pictorial Musings

Memories of the summer the Henley Regatta – a photographer caught in the act of taking a photo of a rowing crew!

Lovely memories of the summer here with a man taking pictures of Henley Regatta crowds on his camera/mobile phone

A  massive grass snake I met up with on a footpath in Sardinia this Summer.

Some pictures of the wild flowers growing in Sardinia

A radio tower near Henley on Thames, possibly relaying BBC Radio Berkshire on 94.6 FM ?

A bread and butter pudding I made in the oven recently!  Great British puddings.   Below is a video which shows you how to make one. I don’t cut my bread into triangles,  I cut them into rectangular lengths, also cut off the crusts. I also use 3 eggs !

I was amused by this – two of my favourite people at their best!

A brave attempt at broadcasting by Paul Harris and investors. Capital Radio with actuality on this video!  The station had an all female crew to maintain the ship!

Radio North Sea was real treat in the 70s – a video here celebrates the station and its history.

We were really chuffed when Radio Caroline returned in 1983 with a massive signal.  Ronan O’Rahilly had brought us Free Radio broadcasts since the 60s. Ronan is not at all well now, and I wish him well.

Now Radio Caroline is legally broadcasting on 1kw of power in Suffolk – it is also available on the Internet in good quality audio as well!  The 1kw from Orfordness pumps out a good signal outside its licenced target, Suffolk.

Finally some comedy for you

My Father’s Favourite back in the day, and he also makes me chuckle. Tommy Cooper!

Until next time good bye!

Tim Berners Lee inventor of the Internet speaks……………….

This caught my interest on the Microsoft Page –

a screen shot of Lawrence Kudlow in a suit and tie: Sir Tim was speaking at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon© AP Sir Tim was speaking at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon Sir Tim Berners-Lee has launched a “Magna Carta for the web”, warning that tech giants must change their ways to save the online world from the dangerous forces they have unleashed.

Sir Tim, who invented the World Wide Web in 1989, called for a “revolution” in how the internet is regulated and monetised in order to stem abuse, political polarisation and fake news.

The 63-year-old was speaking at the Web Summit in Lisbon to launch a new “contract for the web” which asks internet companies to uphold a set of principles such as protecting privacy and being transparent about their algorithms.

Facebook and Google have backed the contract, which will be agreed in detail next year, despite both companies being mentioned by its creator as examples of how “the web we know and love” is under threat.

Sir Tim said: “For the first 15 years, most people just expected the web to do great things. They thought ‘there’ll be good and bad, that is humanity, but if you connect humanity with technology, great things will happen….

“What could go wrong? Well, duh: all kinds of things have gone wrong since. We have fake news, we have problems with privacy, we have problems with abuse of personal data, we have people being profiled in a way that they can be manipulated by clever ads.”

Sir Tim, who developed the Web as a “side project” while working at the Cern research laboratory in Switzerland in the Eighties, has become increasingly vocal about what he sees as a perversion of his original vision.

He recently warned that tech giants such as Amazon and Google may have to be broken up in order to prevent them from amassing too much power, and has launched a project to decentralise data storage.

“I am disappointed with the current state of the Web. We have lost the feeling of individual empowerment and to a certain extent also I think the optimism has cracked,” he told Reuters.

World Wide Web's Inventor and Web Foundation's Founding Director Tim Berners-Lee speaks during the Web Summit 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal on November 5, 2018.© Getty World Wide Web’s Inventor and Web Foundation’s Founding Director Tim Berners-Lee speaks during the Web Summit 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal on November 5, 2018. The new contract has been developed by the World Wide Web Foundation, which Sir Tim founded, to mark the imminent moment at which half of the world’s population will be online. Other supporters include Richard Branson, Gordon Brown, the French government and the cybersecurity firm Cloudflare.

A key goal is to expand cheap internet into the third world

Radio Newsbeat


I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Peter Young’s family. He was a fine broadcaster with a very individual style.  He introduced me to the very many facets of Soul and Jazz music in my adult life. 

I successfully updated my Windows 10 operating system last night.  The early versions of the October update deleted peoples personal date, so the update for the general public was postponed until this problem had been solved.

I have recently discovered some excellent podcasts which cover technology matters


Also one I found on the Frontier Silicon radio portal.  Which is very excellent indeed 

Finally words of praise for the new Doctor Who series – some great stories and also more action and special effects than we have enjoyed for some time plus the very attractive regeneration of the Doctor 


News selected from the Radio Today Site

BBC Sounds officially launched at London event

BBC Sounds has been officially launched at an event at London’s Tate Modern, with the Director-General promising that the new offering would support a ‘whole new generation of talent’.

The corporation’s new app and online platform launches with 20 new podcasts, 40 playlists curated by artists and the BBC’s music experts, and more than 100 hours of classic BBC comedy and drama from the archives.

It also provides live and on demand access to BBC radio stations (replacing BBC iPlayer Radio), and for the first time also showcases a back-catalogue of non-BBC podcasts including award-winning series such as Griefcast and Beef and Dairy Network.

The launch event on Tuesday night saw a who’s who of BBC network radio turn out, including Greg James, Dotty, Steve Wright, Sara Cox, Ken Bruce, Jeremy Vine, Graham Norton, Claudia Winkleman, Tony Blackburn, Bob Harris and more. There were also performances by Nile Rodgers, Craig David, Tom Grennan, Mabel and the cast of Radio 4’s Dead Ringers.

BBC Director-General Tony Hall said: “Radio is a unique and precious part of our lives and we’re innovating to secure its future for generations to come. BBC Sounds is a standalone , and standout, destination bringing the best of everything we do in audio into one place. It allows us all to experiment – to explore new music, stories and ideas – to play with form and content. And it’s going to support a whole new generation of talent.”

James Purnell, Director of Radio and Education, added: “BBC Sounds will bring you all our audio, at the touch of a button. We’ll do the hard work of finding the right mix, podcast or radio programme for you. It’s the start of an adventure – we’ll learn from our audiences to keep improving what Sounds offers, so we can bring the best to everyone.”

Bob Shennan, Director of Radio and Music, said: “BBC Radio has always been brilliant at reinventing itself and BBC Sounds is the next chapter in that great tradition. We make the best radio, podcasts and offer the best music curation in the world and through BBC Sounds we can ensure more people than ever can enjoy that when and how they want.”

Inside the app, Mcasso composed the new BBC Sounds Sting.

Mcasso producers worked with the team at BBC Creative to compose a contemporary, human sounding musical sting, created to lie at the heart of the audio content the BBC provides.

Mcasso Composer Dave Reynaud modified a real ultrasound Heartbeat, and added reverse Piano and Percussive elements for the sting, with the aim to quite literally provide the BBC Sounds heartbeat.

Specially-curated music mixes include ‘Throwback Thursday’ and ‘Beats and Bars’ from 1Xtra, Radio 1’s ‘Break Up Soundtrack’, ‘Classical Fix’ from Radio 3 and a ‘Match of the Day’ mix created by footballers and managers. There are also celebrity curators including Nile Rodgers, Kylie Minogue and Craig David putting together playlists of their favourite songs in ‘The Takeover’

New podcasts released to co-incide with the launch of BBC Sounds include ‘Live Lounge Uncovered’ from Radio 1 and ‘Don’t Tell Me The Score’ hosted by sports journalist Simon Mundie, a Radio 4 Today Programme daily spin-off called ‘Beyond Today’ presented by Tina Daheley and Matthew Price, Rylan Clark-Neal’s ‘Step Back in Time’ looking at pop culture from the 70s, 80s and 90s, and one using BBC Radio Sport archive material called ‘Replay with Colin Murray’. There’ll also be a companion podcast to BBC One drama Eastenders.

There are new episodes of popular BBC podcasts coming with BBC Sounds too – such as Evil Genius with Russel Kane, Colin Murray’s Radio 2 show Blood On The Tracks and the ARIA-winning best new show You, Me and the Big C.

BBC Sounds is available online at and can be downloaded for iOS, Android and Amazon.

Here are a few podcasts available on BBC Sounds that we’ve picked out here at RadioToday that people working in the radio industry might enjoy…

The PopMaster Podcast
BBC Radio 2
Monday – Friday | Available November 2018
The PopMaster Podcast is a daily download of the hugely popular music quiz from Ken Bruce’s midmorning show on BBC Radio 2. The much loved slot features two listeners who each answer 10 questions on pop music from the past 50 years. The winner then has to name three UK single chart hits by a certain artist in ‘Three in Ten’. Alongside the quiz, it will also feature exclusive chat from Ken recorded especially for the podcast.

BBC Radio 5 Live
50 Episodes | Available November 2018
It is ninety years after the first football commentary was broadcast on BBC radio and Colin Murray delves deep into the BBC Sport archives to uncover classic moments in sporting history. Classic commentaries featured on Replay include the likes of Ali v Foreman in The Rumble In The Jungle in 1974, Celtic beating Inter Milan in 1967 to become the first British team to win the European Cup, Andy Murray winning Wimbledon in 2013, James Hunt becoming the Formula One world champion in 1976 and Jessica Ennis winning gold at London 2012. Colin Murray also rediscovers interviews with legendary names from the world of sport, such as Bill Shankly, Mary Peters, Seve Ballesteros and Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins.

Beyond Today
BBC Radio 4
New episodes Monday – Friday
In a world of non-stop news and sound bite social media, the BBC’s topical news podcast Beyond Today takes listeners to the heart of a single story every day. Born out of Today – Radio 4’s flagship news programme – and recasting news reporting for the on-demand world, alternate hosts Tina Daheley and Matthew Price and a team of younger journalists are on a daily mission to explore the right story, the right question with the right people to answer it. The 15-20 minute intelligent briefing will delve into a big news story with those who know it best. Aimed at anyone interested in making sense of what is happening in the world around us, Beyond Today will be available around 5pm every weekday.

BBC Radio 5 Live
Available November 2018
BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show host and cricket geek Greg James, Test cricket’s most successful fast bowler Jimmy Anderson, and Maccabee’s guitarist Felix White take an alternative look at cricket in BBC Radio 5 Live’s popular podcast. Tailenders takes a sideways look at the game, mixing humour, music, puns, stories and general mischievousness. And now, the unruly threesome is taking the hit podcast live for the first time. This December Greg, Jimmy and Felix will record an instalment of Tailenders live at the BBC Radio Theatre. Expect a variety of well-known guests, cricket-themed chat, lots of singing and some mild mayhem.

Live Lounge Uncovered
12 Episodes | Available November 2018
BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge is one of the world’s most famous live music showcases. In this new companion podcast, listeners will follow the evolution of different cover versions performed in the Live Lounge through the eyes of the artist or band that are performing it. The podcast, hosted by BBC Music Introducing presenter Abbie McCarthy, will take listeners behind the scenes to hear the artists as they debate which track to cover, what elements they want to play with, deconstruct what made the song great in the first place, and follow them as they experiment with their reinterpretation.

You, Me, and The Big C
BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Rachael Bland died in early September from breast cancer after sharing her experience of living with cancer on her chart-topping podcast, You, Me, and The Big C. Now, just as she wanted them to, Rachael’s co-presenters Deborah James and Lauren Mahon are honouring their friend in the best way they know how – continuing the conversation about cancer with a new podcast series. You, Me, and The Big C was crowned Best New Show/Podcast at the Audio and Radio Industry Awards (ARIAs) earlier this month, which Rachael’s husband, Steve accepted on her behalf. It was also named best podcast the Northern Blog Awards at the end of September. The new series returns later this year to talk about life after Rachael, the profound impact she had on the world, and the next chapter for those still living with cancer.

Bauer’s Radio Forth tackles loneliness issues

Radio Forth is revisiting their ‘Take The Time’ campaign celebrating Befriending Week as they continue their work to combat loneliness across Scotland.

‘Take the Time’, in association with The Befriending Networks, has garnered support from over 1200 people across Scotland who have signed up to become a befriender and the charity have hired another employee to deal with demand generated by the project.

Since inception in February 2018, ‘Take the Time’ has investigated the issue of loneliness across Scotland. Showcasing their experiences on air, the station has highlighted to listeners the extent of the problem across the country, calling for volunteers to be a part of the solution by signing up to become a befriender.

John Dickson (79) and Shelley O’Reilly (35) from Edinburgh have been brought together through the scheme. Shelly was alerted to the campaign through listening to Radio Forth and was paired with widower John through the charity Cyrenians in June.

John Dickson, beneficiary of Take the Time, on their pairing said: “It is something to look forward to, it’s just good to have company. I never realised how many people are on their own until my wife died. As soon as we got together we felt quite comfortable. We never stop talking, I probably talk too much!”

Shelley O’Reilly, John’s befriender added: “We clicked right away, we got on really well. It was a perfect match for us. We meet up once or twice a week, we chat, we go for dinner or meet up for a coffee. We’ve also been on a nice drive to Peebles, that was fun. We chat about everything, from politics to Love Island!”


Tributes paid to Jazz FM presenter Peter Young

Former Capital FM and Jazz FM presenter Peter Young, known affectionately as PY, has died from diabetes.

Peter stepped down from his show at Jazz FM in July 2017 due to ill health after 27 years on the station.

Jazz FM posted a tribute to him on Friday afternoon: “We are very sad to announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague Peter Young. A true Jazz FM and UK broadcasting legend who will be missed by all of us here.” A tribute audio package was played during Jazz FM’s slot at the International Radio Festival in Malta.

Peter was one of the original presenters on Jazz FM when in launched in London in 1990, along side Jez Nelson, Gilles Peterson and Chris Phillips. He’s well known for his Soul Cellar programme which launched on Capital in 1979, and he previously hosted Drive on Radio Mercury when it started in 1984.

His friends and colleague, including Jeff Young, Chris Philips, Mike Chadwick, Lynn Parsons and Andy Jacobs have paid tribute on social media.

Heart extra Xmas returns for festive season

Christmas radio stations are

starting to reappear for 2018, including Global’s Heart extra Xmas service.

Heart extra Xmas is available nationally on digital radio, and replaces Heart extra till December 26th.

Global says: “It’s the UK’s biggest national radio station devoted entirely to playing the best festive hits all the way through until midnight on Boxing Day (December 26th)! Get ready to turn up the festive feel good!”

UKRD’s Christmas stations launched on November 1st: Eagle Christmas, KL.FM Christmas, Pirate FM Christmas, Mix Christmas, Spire FM Christmas, Stray FM Christmas, Wessex FM Christmas, Yorkshire Coast Radio Christmas, plus Mince Pie FM in York and Christmas Spirit in West Sussex.

In addition, Wireless spin-off stations Signal Christmas, Wave Christmas and Pulse Christmas are returning on DAB, along with new online Christmas services for Peak FM, Radio Wave, Signal 107, Wish FM, Wire FM, Tower FM and U105 from November 16th.


Sara Cox to host Drivetime show on BBC Radio 2

BBC Radio 2’s Sara Cox is moving to the Drivetime show in the new year, replacing Simon Mayo and Jo Whiley.

Trevor Nelson will also move around the schedule from weekends to weeknights, bagging Sara’s current 10pm till midnight slot Monday to Thursday.

Sara said: “I’ve been proud to be part of the Radio 2 family for a few years now and the opportunity to present such a big show as Drivetime – playing fantastic music and hopefully making people smile as they cook tea or head home after a day’s graft – is the icing on what is already a very brilliant cake. I’m beyond chuffed to be given this role and to directly quote my mum on hearing the good news, it is indeed ‘fandabbyruddydozy’.”

Trevor will now move his Rhythm Nation show from Saturday nights to each Monday – Thursday night from 10pm – midnight. The show will continue to play Soul, R ‘n’ B, Dance, Disco and Reggae to celebrate the end of the day and liven up weekday nights.

“To present eight hours a week of the music I love on BBC Radio 2 is a dream come true for me,” says Trevor. “I’ll be introducing tracks from some soul stars of the future, as well as playing some of my favourite songs from the past 50 years of dance music, from Motown to the present day. Bring it on!”

Lewis Carnie, Head of Radio 2 said: “Sara is hugely popular with the Radio 2 audience and I have every confidence that she’ll make the new Drivetime show her very own. Trevor is one of the leading lights in soul music in the UK, and he’ll bring his curated blend of music to Monday to Thursday nights, which I know our listeners will love. With Zoe Ball at Breakfast and Jo Whiley from 7-9pm each weekday, 2019 looks to be an extremely exciting year for Radio 2.”

Sara joined BBC Radio 1 in 1999 to present a Saturday lunchtime show, moving on the following year to present the Radio 1 Breakfast Show until December 2003. Over the next 11 years, Sara presented various shows on the network, including the weekday afternoon show, a Saturday and Sunday weekend afternoon show and weekday mornings.

Sara covered various shows on Radio 2 from June 2011, and landed her own show on the network in 2013 by launching Sounds of the 80s, which she presented until earlier this year. Sara also fronted the show’s BBC Red Button specials featuring interviews with 80s musicians. Sara began presenting her 10pm-midnight show on the station in May 2018 and has also covered for Chris Evans on the Breakfast Show in recent years. In 2017, Sara raised a £1,242,624 for Comic Relief by taking part in a non-stop 24-hour Dance Challenge to 80s music, live from Wogan House.

Trevor kicked off his radio career at pirate station Kiss in 1985, transferring to Saturday nights on BBC Radio 1 in 1996 to present the first ever national R’n’B show, The Rhythm Nation, for 17 years. Trevor also joined BBC Radio 1Xtra in 2007 to present the Breakfast Show, then the 10am-1pm weekday show until November 2016, when he moved to weekends 4-7pm.

Trevor made his Radio 2 debut in 2008 by presenting a weekly Wednesday night soul show and in July 2016, he launched Rhythm Nation on Saturday evenings. Trevor has also covered for Ken Bruce. Trevor has won a variety of plaudits including four MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards and an MBE for services to the community following his work as an ambassador for the Millennium Volunteers. In 2010 he received a Gold Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sony Radio Academy Awards for his services to broadcasting.

Trevor will continue to present on BBC Radio 1 Xtra, Saturday and Sunday 4 – 7pm.

Sara takes over from Jo Whiley and Simon Mayo who currently present each weekday, and follows the announcement that Simon Mayo will be leaving Radio 2, and Jo Whiley will be launching a new Monday – Thursday show from 7-9pm.

BBC Radio 2 tells RadioToday they will announce who will host the Saturday night 8-10pm slot in due course.