Radio Mi Amigo has been on air from the Light Vessel LV18 for a few days now. Today I heard many programmes by Tony Currie. He is a competent broadcaster, but surely they could have more celebrity broadcasters on the station. There do not seem to be many jingles on the station, but I am grateful for the opportunity to listen on the Internet. Tony Currie interviewed John Ross Barnard today. John Ross Barnard seems to pop up on many RSL broadcasts. He used to be my head of department for a while at the BBC. He spoke of his work with Foreign Recordings as well.
This weekend I attended a meeting of the Reading International Radio Group. It was most interesting. We learnt about the politics and history of commercial radio, and also London pirate FM radio, and heard recordings from these stations.
Interesting to read about how useless DAB radio is in this country in the Daily Mail. If you missed the article here is a copy of the web page pasted here for convenience
Coming over loud and clear, our gripes over digital radio: Audiences condemn DAB because of poor quality signal that cuts out in the middle of programmes
Audiences have condemned DAB as a disaster because of poor signal
Public complained it cuts out in middle of broadcasts and is out of date
DAB had been heralded as less prone to interference than AM or FM
But household appliances including laptops and phones all interfere
By Katherine Rushton and Sam Creighton for the Daily Mail
Published: 23:52, 20 July 2015 | Updated: 11:24, 21 July 2015
It was supposed to be the technology that would transform the way we listen to the radio.But audiences condemned DAB – or Digital Audio Broadcasting – as a disaster yesterday because of the poor quality of the signal.
They complained that it cuts out in the middle of broadcasts, while others claim the technology is already out of date.
Audiences have condemned DAB – or Digital Audio Broadcasting – as a disaster because of the poor quality of the signal and how programmes cut out mid-broadcast due to being prone to interference Audiences have condemned DAB – or Digital Audio Broadcasting – as a disaster because of the poor quality of the signal and how programmes cut out mid-broadcast due to being prone to interference
A video demonstrating ‘why DAB digital radio is bad’
One even joked on Twitter that while we can now receive close-up photos of Pluto taken billions of miles away, he ‘still can’t get a good signal on DAB’.
DAB had been heralded as less prone to interference than AM or FM, but household appliances including microwave ovens, laptops, mobile phones and TVs have all been found to affect reception. Power lines and the weather can knock out digital signals, while signal strength can be reduced in built-up areas, in basements and inside buildings with thick stone or reinforced concrete walls.
The complaints about quality came as Culture Minister Ed Vaizey revealed yesterday that around 70 per cent of new cars now come with the controversial digital technology as standard.Critics said this means that almost a third of new vehicles still have analogue radios fitted, so drivers who want DAB radio must pay at least £50, and often hundreds of pounds, to have them replaced.
At the moment, many radio fans might think it better to stick with their analogue sets, which can tune to FM and AM stations. But they may not have a choice in the future if the BBC moves to DAB, or the Government orders a wholesale switchover, as expected.
Yesterday the lobby group Digital Radio UK hailed the uptake of DAB radios in cars as ‘great news for digital radio and for drivers’.
Laurence Harrison, a Digital Radio UK director, defended the cost to drivers of converting their car radios from analogue to DAB, telling Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘There is a cost but that cost is coming down and it is relatively easy to do.’
But Tony Collins, owner of Radio Jackie, an FM station in Surrey, said listeners were being forced to accept DAB against their wishes.
‘The consumer is being bulldozed into something they don’t want or need. Vested interests are pushing this forward because they have invested so much into it, but it should be a free choice,’ he said.
Mr Collins claimed these ‘vested interests’ – including the BBC and Arqiva, which provides the broadcasting infrastructure – were ‘pulling the wool over people’s eyes’ when it comes to sound quality.
‘People are being told the sound quality is better. The digital compression system being used in DAB was developed in the 1980s, but technology has pushed on at such a rate that the compression system is no longer valid. Often it doesn’t come up to FM quality.’
Radio 4 listeners appeared to agree. One wrote on Twitter: ‘My DAB is a disaster. It randomly cuts out for a couple of minutes or more at a time. Reception is very variable and it is not easy to tune.’
Another said he had been listening to Today on his DAB radio when the signal cut out.
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Tributes paid to radio journalist Emily Bull
KLFM journalist and former Star Cambridge News Editor Emily Bull has passed away after a short battle with Cancer.
Both stations have paid tribute to the IRN Newsreader of the Year Runner Up, as have friends and colleagues on social media, including Sky News’ Kay Burley.
Star Radio Cambridge will be paying tribute to Emily on-air at 8am Friday. The station writes: “We miss her voice bringing us the news, and miss her sparkling wit, and razor sharp personality in our lives. We are sure that all Star Radio listeners will join us in sending love and wishes to her family at this incredibly sad time” on Facebook.
Earlier this year, Emily was appointed as Community Editor at KLFM, enabling the station to work closer with local charities and not-for-profit organisations. At the time, she said: “KLFM’s Cash In the Community will bridge that gap and really help to make this part of the world a better place.”
Her recent tweets talk about her being in hospital, followed by a message saying how wonderful it was to wake up in her own bed in her own house.
She took a break from work in May ‘for the summer’ with the aim of returning to work, but was diagnosed shortly afterwards.
Darren Taylor, KLFM’s Managing Director told the Eastern Daily Press: “The team at KL.FM are deeply saddened at the news of the sudden death of our friend and former colleague Emily Bull.
“Emily joined KL.FM in 2013 from BBC radio and quickly established herself as one of the most popular and distinctive voices on the station. She had a great skill at being able to inject her personality into news bulletins.
“Her voice had a deeply rich sound, while her in-depth understanding of west Norfolk and the people that live here allowed her to connect with listeners on a personal level.
“Emily had the gravitas to deliver incredibly emotive stories but then seconds later she could make listeners laugh by delivering a deadpan one liner.
“In January of this year Emily was runner-up as IRN Newsreader of the Year…an accolade that was richly deserved.
“She will be sadly missed by all of us.”
Actor David Morrissey and film reviewer Robbie Collin will be covering Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo this week.
They’ll be guest presenting the Film Review Show, which returns to its regular 2 till 4pm slot, and marks David Morrissey’s fourth appearance on BBC Radio 5 live following his most recent appearance in April last year.
Speaking about his appearance on tomorrow’s programme David said: “Really looking forward to sitting in for Simon Mayo tomorrow. Reviewing some great films as well, including Inside Out, Southpaw and Maggie. Hope you can join us.”
On this week’s programme, David and Robbie will be joined by the actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who will be talking about his new film Southpaw, and the star of US sitcom Parks and Recreation Amy Poehler, who provides the voice of Joy in the new Disney Pixar animation Inside Out.
More than 2,000 guests attended Premier Christian Radio’s 20th anniversary celebration at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on Wednesday evening.
The event, which was broadcast live on Premier Christian Radio and via a webcast, included speeches from the Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres; Premier’s CEO Peter Kerridge; Premier’s founder, Peter Meadows; former chairman David Heron; along with Premier presenters including Pam Rhodes, John Pantry and Rick Easter.
Acting chairman of the Premier Christian Media Trust, Jonathan Alderton Ford, writing in the souvenir programme, said: “I believe Premier stands on the brink of another amazing 20 years. The advances in technology and the ability to reach people literally wherever they are, speaks right into the heart of some of the challenges we face in the 21st century as we see the changing shape of church and the new ways people are engaging with the Christian faith”.
The evening included drama and comedy sketches telling the story of Premier’s development over the last year performed by the Riding Lights Theatre Company, plus music and songs from Graham Kendrick and the All Souls’ Orchestra.
BBC Radio 2 will devote three days of programming to The Beatles and Elvis over the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of August.
The date marks the 50th anniversary of a meeting between Elvis Presley and The Beatles, and programmes will include a drama, a series of documentaries, special features and their music.
The weekend culminates in a drama, starring Tom Hughes as John Lennon, which is inspired by a secret meeting that took place in Elvis’s Bel Air mansion on August 27th 1965. No cameras, no recording equipment – and only those who were there really know what happened. ‘When Elvis Met The Beatles’ (Monday 31st August, 7pm) recreates that evening, bringing alive the story when they met exactly 50 years ago, inviting listeners to be a fly on the wall.
Tom Hughes from BBC Two drama ‘The Game’ plays John Lennon, alongside Kevin Mains as Elvis Presley.
Tom says: “It’s said that you shouldn’t meet your heroes, I’m not sure that’s true. John Lennon is a hero of mine. I’ll never have the chance to meet him, so playing him is the next best thing. I was delighted to be asked and I just hope that in some way I’ve done this great man justice.”
The drama is by Liverpool-based screenwriter and playwright, Jeff Young. “I was a big Beatles fan when I was younger but for this project, initially, I knew very little about the Elvis and Beatles meeting,” he said. “Then as I began researching the story, the strangeness of the meeting and the psychological dimensions, the dramatic opportunities became obvious. The larger than life characters involved, including Brian Epstein and Colonel Tom Parker, all set against a backdrop of corrupt American politics and the disastrous war in Vietnam, made for a strange and compelling narrative.”
He continues: “The piece that has emerged is a kind of fake documentary. Elvis’s life was an American Tragedy and the seeds of it are sown here in this meeting between the King and the pretenders to the throne. The Beatles were so young, bewildered and overwhelmed by their rapid rise to fame. In writing this drama I went back my old Beatles records and I became a Beatles fan, all over again.”
Other programmes across the weekend include:
Johnnie Walker Meets Priscilla Presley (Thursday 27th August, 6pm), an in-depth personal conversation in which Priscilla talks about meeting Elvis, his extraordinary music and film career, the ‘68 Comeback Special, the profound effect he had on her life, plus a brand new project involving Elvis recordings backed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Elvis’s Suitcase of 78s (Wednesday 26th August, 10pm), tells the story of Elvis Presley’s personal collection of 78 records.
There will also be Beatles and Elvis features within the network’s regular weekend shows including ‘Elaine Paige On Sunday’, ‘Sounds Of The 70s’, ‘The Radio 2 Arts Show’ and ‘America’s Greatest Hits’ with Paul Gambaccini, ‘Sunday Love Songs’ with Steve Wright, and Clare Teal; with ‘Sounds of The 60s’ and ‘Pick Of The Pops’ featuring the musical legends in their charts.
And on Bank Holiday Monday 31st August, from Sara Cox at Radio 2 Breakfast through to Simon Mayo at Drivetime, there will be an ‘Elvis Vs The Beatles’ countdown of the Top 50 best-selling songs in the UK, with Mayo playing the Number 1 track at the end of his show.
And in his Pop Master quiz, Ken Bruce (9.30am-12pm) will offer bonus rounds on The Beatles and Elvis.