Tony Prince

From the Blackpool Gazette, minus pictures.

From Elvis to Elton in 50 years and DJ Tony Prince is still making waves in music world
In a world where your friendly home installed artificial intelligence app can throw out a tune from your favourite artist in seconds – it is hard to imagine a time when the sounds of pop icons were seemingly ‘banned’ from British shores.
By Nicola Jaques
Sunday, 21st March 2021, 1:17 pm


DJ Tony Prince, founder of United DJ Radio
But in the mid-sixties- the era of the rock and roll revolution – for the youngsters to satisfy their musical appetite (over and above the six hours allowed by ‘Auntie’ a week) it was with the help of a merry band of ‘pirates.’

A group of rebellious, rock-loving disc jockeys strategically coasting on boats in international waters – and thus out of British authorities’ legal reach.

At their peak pirate radio stations like Radio Caroline – the first off the UK- hit audiences of 20 million listeners.

It was a returned favour from fellow pirate and friend Tony Blackburn that would land Lancashire lad Tony Prince his first DJ stint ‘offshore’ and the rest is history.

A history that was partially retold in the 2009 Richard Curtis film ‘The Boat That Rocked’ (later renamed Pirate Radio)

Tony, 76, who founded United DJs Radio station three years ago says: “I’d got Tony Blackburn a slot on Discs-a-Go-Go (a weekly pop music programme in the 1960s), in return he introduced me to the Radio Caroline programme boss.

“The pirate days taught us how to be radio DJs, we worked with Americans, Canadians and Australians who showed us the ropes.

“When the Labour Government brought in the law to stop us, it was either the newly launched BBC Radio One or the long standing night-time favourite Radio Luxembourg.”

Radio Caroline, founded by Irish man Ronan O’Rahilly in 1964, was broadcast from the ship Mi Amigo. It would help launch the careers of a host of future radio stars. And despite the

Tony Prince with childhood friend Barbara Churm holidaying in Blackpool
Tony Prince with childhood friend Barbara Churm holidaying in Blackpool
Marine Broadcasting Offences Act passed in 1967 to shut pirate radio down, the music had made its mark, paving the way for modern commercial radio.

After two years with Radio Caroline Oldham-born Tony jumped ship to Radio Luxembourg, the birth place of the modern chart show.

He picks up the story, “I stayed 17 years with Luxy, eight as programme director.

“I flew to the Grand Duchy on April 1,1968 as part of a new team of live broadcasters including Paul Burnett, Noel Edmonds, Dave ’Kid’ Jensen and Mark Wesley.”

Tony Prince celebrating success of his friend and Blackpool musician John Rossall

The radio station also welcomed the likes of Mike Read, Neil Fox and Peter Powell.

Tony recalls, “Luxembourg was very conservative until we arrived and of course the groups, singers and their record pluggers queued to get out there for interviews.

“The thing was they couldn’t leave until the following day’s flights so this led to some of the most outrageous nights imaginable.

“Queen brought their first album out and played it to hear our opinion. Elton John came clubbing with us and fell asleep in the club’s huge speakers.

“Two CBS record pluggers came out one time and hijacked Kid Jensen and I, as we returned to the radio station, which was situated in a dark park. We were chased around the park by two gorillas.

“Then there was the time when, out of monotony, Noel Edmonds decided to create a murder set in the apartment he shared with Kid.


“My wife Christine was the dead body covered in ketchup. Kid finished his show at midnight and it was already a bit hairy walking home passing a cemetery. He nearly had a heart attack.”

The DJs at that time were as famous as the music acts themselves and Tony says the fame of that era was surreal but moreso the opportunity for a rock and roll die-hard like himself to be in the company of some of music history’s biggest legends.

He says, “During my time at 208 I became the first DJ to interview Elvis one-to-one in his Vegas dressing room – twice! Colonel Parker even allowed me to go on stage in 1973 and introduce him.

“I toured with The Osmonds, David Essex, The Hollies and even worked for Paul McCartney every year when he staged Buddy Holly Week (Paul published Buddy’s tunes).

“But my greatest adventure was when I toured Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic).

“Christine came with me, it was like Beatlemania, that’s how important Luxembourg was to the kids in the East under their Communist regimes.”

But it was on Lancashire soil, in his childhood, his love for rock and roll was first planted and which set the scene for an extraordinary music career.

“I was an only child, we came from Oldham and Blackpool was on the holiday agenda at least twice a year.

“I have carried one memory with me throughout my life from the summer of 1956 so I’d be 12. My parents loved pub life, getting to Blackpool in my dad’s Vauxhall Velox was a trial for me.

“The journey took us via Rochdale, Bury and Preston and I think they stopped at every pub until they closed at 2.30pm

“They smoked and the sulphur smell from matches mixed with the numerous packets of crisps and bottles of fizz, guaranteed I’d have two or three sick-stops.

“But the memory is of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers song ‘I’m not a Juvenile Delinquent’.

“The Seaview Hotel was across the road from an arcade with a jukebox, I heard the tune constantly during our two week Oldham Wakes.

“There is no doubt it seeded my love for rock n roll as I read my Dandy, Beano and played with my cowboys and Indians whilst my parents were doing a pub crawl down the prom.”

Tony, who would launch the remix label Disco Mix Club in the 1980s, began as a singer and musician in his teens – his DJing job soon eclipsed his singing career and earned him more money.

He says, “I went to Oldham Art School, mixing with other Elvis fans and my fate was sealed when my main Christmas gift was a guitar. 1956 – 58 were incredibly influential years for me and so was Butlins Pwllheli – one year I sang with the resident band Rory Storm and the Hurricanes.

“The drummer had encouraged me to enter the weekly talent contest, I came second but more importantly I met some lads from Oldham who were forming a group.

“ I sang with The Jasons for two years which led to a job fronting a Top Rank big band.

“And that led to me being offered the DJ job which was when I turned pro. I started playing DJ mixes in 1981 long before clubs in Britain and European clubs stopped DJs talking after every record.

“This led to my idea for a DJ subscription club where DJs could buy the pre-recorded mixes and remixes.”

Disco Mix Club (DMC) began in February 1983 and is still going today staging the World DJ Championships, which this year will feature 11 DJ contests across 2021.

“Our Radio Station United DJ Radio is three-years-old on April 2 – I felt traditional radio in the UK and Europe had become predictable and many of my colleagues had been side-lined by tight playlists and charts which reflected today’s kids music.

“In other words the 40+ demographic had been pushed away from radio’s music policy.

“The station has an incredible following – the artists who are ignored on the national Download Charts now have a new lease of life and actually mingle with our listeners on our Facebook pages, it’s such a thrill to see this happening.

And his thoughts of the music dominating those charts today?

“It’s simple, kids buy what they like. We bought rock n roll, they buy Ariana Grande and good luck to them.

“We were the first teenage generation to be free to enjoy ourselves by parents who had lived through the horrors of world wars.

“The kids of today have had to endure Covid so I admire how they are adapting to the new world in which they are consumers.

“DMC still attends to young hip-hop and DJ fans, there’s plenty room for everyone and anyone can make music these days if they so wish.”

For United DJ Radio visit https://www.uniteddj.com/

I was listening to the radio — The Retirement Life

An interesting post from a blog which looks at musical tastes and retirement! Good to read someone else’s views

Time is a funny thing. I found myself listening to the radio. This was actually what started my thinking process, ”I found myself listening to the radio”. It doesn’t sound like an odd thing to say, does it? And yet, I asked myself, knowing what the answer was all along, “Will this too be a […]

I was listening to the radio — The Retirement Life

A sad and cute dog item from the Pawsworld site

Dog Dumped In A Garbage Truck Finds Loving Family He Deserves

March 5, 2021053074

The world will only begin to change when we understand that animals have the same right to life as everyone else. It is in our hands to make sure that we provide them with all the benefits they need so that they can grow, develop, and live a long and enjoyable life.

However, reality is different and every day we come across stories that show how wicked some people can be. They do not spare any effort when it comes to hurting their furry friends.

The dog was at the bottom of a garbage dump.

There are many dogs that must suffer the worst situations after being abandoned. It is well known that the streets are not a safe place for them, much less if they are just starting out in life.

Amidst the desperation to survive, they eat almost anything to avoid starvation.

The dumps become one of the most frequented places by the furry ones who come in the hope of finding something to relieve their hunger.

This is how a little puppy was almost buried in the garbage bags while looking for something to eat. Its small size compared to the huge debris that surrounded it made it difficult to get out.

It wasn’t until a group of volunteers noticed his plight and quickly stepped in to provide all the help the dog needed .

If help hadn’t been received in time, it is possible that the cub would have died.

In the video you can see that the dog was at the bottom of the trash. The rescuers had to dig to get to him.

The local rescue organization took him to their facility, where they provided him with all the medical care he needed.

His rescue reminds us that in the right hands anything is possible.

After a series of examinations, the veterinarian determined that his health was quite stable. He had no serious injuries or illnesses to worry about.

For the first time in a long time, he drank clean water.

We had to give him some vitamins and vaccines so that he could grow up as a strong and healthy puppy.

The fate of this beautiful puppy has slowly and satisfyingly begun to change. He has gone from being almost buried in a garbage dump to living in a foster home, where he is receiving all the care he needs for his recovery.

He is still receiving treatment and all the love he deserves.

We are sure he will find the loving family he deserves.

Thanks to the quick action of the rescuers, today this puppy is enjoying a better quality of life. It shows us that the good guys are more and united we can make the change we want to see. Share and fill the world with good stories.

Source: Zoorprendente

Flippant Friday…… Lockdown Humour — DAVID OAKES – IMAGES.

A great web post to cheer us all up!

Possibly, like many other folk, I have been spending some lockdown moments sorting through boxes and files.  One of those boxes, has some of my Post Card Collection….. I say collection but in truth they are not that well organised (is catalogued the right word ?).  Nor am I getting very far, spending far too […]

Flippant Friday…… Lockdown Humour — DAVID OAKES – IMAGES.

Boom Radio – how the home studio system works

I found this article online and it is very interesting – confirms how this radio station works – Waffler 05.03.21

HOW WE BUILT IT: BOOM RADIO’S HOME BROADCASTING SETUP

By Kevin Hilton4 March 2021

Boom Radio, which launched last month, is thought to be the first UK station without a central studio facility. Kevin Hilton found out how the presenters are broadcasting entirely from home.

Graham Dene with RØDE NT-USB mic

Boom Radio: First UK station to be broadcast entirely from home

A name often says a lot about something. Boom Radio, which went on air in the UK on 14th February, is a new music and talk station for Baby Boomers (people born between 1946 and 1963/64). What the name doesn’t say – but the presenters do – is that it is being broadcast from the DJs’ homes, not a traditional studio centre.

While broadcasting from home is not new – it dates back to the 1970s and became easier during the 90s thanks to connection technologies such as ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) – the coronavirus crisis has made it a necessity rather than an option. Boom Radio has taken the idea further to become what is believed to be the first national UK radio station without a central studios building.

On air the station is targeting the 60+ audience, which founders Phil Riley – a radio executive (Chrysalis Radio and Orion Media) – and David Lloyd, who has worked variously as a presenter, programme controller and managing director, saw as abandoned by most stations but which still wanted to hear not only the music they grew up with but also contemporary artists.

To develop the necessary technical platform, Riley and Lloyd called on Quentin Howard, who has launched in the region of 32 radio stations over his time with GWR Group (which owned Classic FM), the Digital One DAB multiplex operator and BFBS.

“Phil Riley asked me how would we set it up technically and I suggested not having an office or studios,” Howard comments.

“Instead, we would do it in the cloud and rely on somebody else’s racks room, with all the presenters working from home.”

Boom Radio equipment package for presenter Les Ross

Home setup: Boom Radio equipment package for presenter Les Ross

As a start, Howard and Lloyd looked into suitable playout systems and what equipment the presenters would need at home.

“Some of the major vendors had to rush to get remote kit working when Covid changed everything,” Howard says. “We didn’t want just remote voice tracking, so we talked to most of the manufacturers about whether we could host their equipment on someone else’s system in the cloud.”

Voice tracking is an established practice in radio, allowing presenters to record links in advance of broadcast. The show is ‘assembled’ on playout, with the automation playing in the presenter’s voice and corresponding music. Howard was looking for something beyond this, so several demo systems were tested with, in Howard’s description, “me and David playing DJ”.

Decisions also had to be made regarding advertising billing and the traffic system, which schedules and manages commercials. “We talked to software people and it became clear that the best option was to let someone run that for us as a service, because it would cost less than employing people to do it in-house,” Howard says.

“Phil Riley asked me how would we set it up technically and I suggested not having an office or studios. Instead, we would do it in the cloud and rely on somebody else’s racks room, with all the presenters working from home,” Quentin Howard

Boom Radio selected RCS Sound Software for not only automation and music scheduling but also management of advertisement playout and audio distribution. The station is using Zetta2Go, the remote, browser-based version of RCS’ automation system, for presenters to build programmes with the GSelector music scheduler. These systems run on servers at RCS’ premises in Godalming, Surrey, which hosts the ‘radio station as a service’.

Howard explains that Zetta2Go was chosen partly because it has the ability to be “absolutely live” if necessary. The majority of Boom Radio’s output is pre-recorded, although not in the same way as many stations.

“It is mainly voice tracking,” Howard acknowledges, “but not in the ‘That was’, ‘This is’ style that is common now. We want the presenters to talk to the listeners and get their personality across. They are voice tracking but they can do it very close to broadcast, as if live. One presenter is doing half an hour in advance, while others are recording a day before.”

Anna Raeburn

Anna Raeburn

Presenters are able to react to any messages that come in on email or social media, as well as going through the newspapers. News comes in live on the hour from IRN (Independent Radio News branded as Sky News), with regular weather round-ups dropped in after the bulletins. All the presenters are radio veterans and include Graham Dene (Capital Radio’s breakfast host in the 80s), David Hamilton (BBC Radios 1 and 2), Jane Markham (Classic FM), Nicky Horne (Capital), Roger ‘Twiggy’ Day (Radio Caroline), Anna Raeburn (Capital’s agony aunt) and David Lloyd himself.

A few had home studios but for the majority Howard put together an equipment package to get on air and connect with Boom Radio’s infrastructure. “I researched what kit was about because it had been quite a long time since I’d built a radio station,” he admits. “I didn’t want to say, ‘This is what I did in 1990’. I was in the nice position of buying and testing a lot of equipment.”

The starting point for any radio personality is the voice, making the choice of microphone crucial. USB microphones have proved immensely popular for podcasting, YouTube videos and gaming; they have shifted into mainstream broadcasting as home working became the norm. Howard’s tests and resulted in two main choices: the RØDE NT-USB and the Blue Yeti.

Blue Yeti product shot

Blue Yeti microphone

These are Boom Radio’s “reference mics” but offer different features for presenters with differing requirements and technical skills. “The NT-USB has a nice big diaphragm, with a headphone input and large knobs for adjustments,” Howard comments. “I thought about how to explain what to do to a presenter over the phone and it really should be ‘You turn that big knob either up or down’. Graham Dene is using the NT-USB because he wants to adjust the volume depending on what he is doing. The Blue Yeti doesn’t have that level of control, which suits other presenters.”

A few other mics are in the mix – the Thomann t.bones SC420/430 and Audio-Technica AT2020 – but the primary consideration, apart from ease of use and good quality, was for all models to perform well in what Howard describes as “less good acoustic conditions”. While the equipment package sent out to the presenters included a piece of acoustic foam to prevent ‘bounce’, Howard knew the mics would be used in vastly different environments. “I took them into various rooms in my house to simulate differing technical conditions,” he says. “Some of our presenters live in Spain, in traditional villas with a lot of stonework. Which is why I selected mics with the nicest, tightest cardioid patterns so they only picked up the voice and not the sound of the room.”

Also included in the equipment package are XLR to USB interfaces – Mackie, Behringer, M Audio, Steinberger or Focusrite units – and laptops for the automation software, which is accessed through a Chrome browser. “They’re fairly basic but they’re doing only one job,” Howard explains. “The idea is that everything is launched with one click and there’s the radio station in front of you. We wanted it to be as simple as Googling or email. The connection is over WiFi or IP and before going on air we tested things like broadband speed and how far the computer was from the router.”

Boom Radio logo

Boom Radio: All the presenters are radio veterans

All recording and programme assembly is done directly into Zetta. Howard says he has the capability to adjust levels if necessary, but this is not an instantaneous process. Boom Radio broadcasts on small-scale DAB multiplexes in London, Portsmouth, Glasgow, Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham. It is also available nationally through internet radio (TuneIn), as well as the RadioPlayer streaming app and smartspeakers (Alexa and Google Nest).

Listeners have a choice of bit rates for streaming, but Howard says 128kb/s MP3 is turning out to be the default. “We have 48k HE AAC for mobile users to keep data to a minimum, 64kAAC, which is popular on apps, and 128 AAC has just been added,” he explains. “I’m also looking at a 320 AAC or FLAC stream, because a high proportion of our listeners have Sonos, which illustrates that Baby Boomers take their audio seriously and have disposable income for audio systems.”

Quentin Howard acknowledges that a super high-quality stream “isn’t a given yet”, partly due to streaming costs, although it could be made available through Boom Radio’s Listener Club. Another sign that the more mature radio listener is not one to be overlooked.

RTE to Cut DAB broadasts!

RTÉ to cease radio transmission on DAB network
Updated / Tuesday, 2 Mar 2021 10:33

By Sinéad Crowley
News Correspondent

RTÉ is to cease transmission of its radio services on the Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) network on 31 March.

However, its digital radio services, RTÉ Gold, RTÉ 2XM, RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, RTÉ Pulse, and RTÉjr Radio, will remain available on other platforms.

In a statement, the broadcaster said the move to cease DAB transmission was driven by three main factors – the fact that DAB was the least utilised platform in Ireland; that RTÉ is the only Irish broadcaster on the DAB system, and cost avoidance.

A public information campaign will be held to show customers how they can continue to access the digital stations.

In 2019, RTÉ had announced that its digital radio services would cease transmission as part of cost cutting measures.

However, although the DAB service will stop in March, the stations will now still be available on other platforms.

The broadcaster said this is due to the value audiences still derive from them.

The latest JNLR report, Radio in a Digital World, compiled by Ipsos/ MRBI, found that while 8% of the population in Ireland (330,000 people) are accessing radio stations via digital means, the smallest number in this cohort opt for DAB.

According to the report, just under 5% of adults in Ireland listen to radio via a mobile device, 2% listen on a PC, around 1.5% listen on a smart speaker, 0.6% listen on a TV set and 0.5% DAB. 77% of adults in Ireland listen to radio on FM.

For details on how to continue to listen to RTÉ digital radio services visit http://www.rte.ie/keeplistening

Hobbies: Men’s Magazine, 1931. Photography, radio building, adventures and danger! — Wistful Nostalgia.

I hope you enjoy my pick of other blogs – this is a great post about radio and other aspects of men’s hobbies

I acquired the above magazine recently. It still has the design sheet enclosed to make the grand piano cigarette box. I bet a few fellas back in 1931 impressed a few of their visitors when they offered them a cigarette! Since I’m hopeless at carpentry and don’t know anyone who is good at it I […]

Hobbies: Men’s Magazine, 1931. Photography, radio building, adventures and danger! — Wistful Nostalgia.

Military Radio – Armed Forces Network — Pacific Paratrooper

Be sure to read this post in full – shows how radio still plays a big part in supporting troops

1943 ‘G.I. Jive’ sheet music by Johnny Mercer ARMED FORCES NETWORK Although American Forces Network Radio has officially been on the air for 60 years, listeners began tuning in at the end of World War I. A Navy lieutenant in France broadcasted information and live entertainment to troops accompanying President Wilson to the 1919 Paris […]

Military Radio – Armed Forces Network — Pacific Paratrooper

Radio Newsbeat

Waffler

I enjoyed three days of listening to Boom Radio, and now just dip into it. The presenter that I don’t care for much is Jane Markham, and I believe that she was on Radio 1 once as well.

I continue to enjoy listening to the end of Paul Burrell’s breakfast programme on United DJs, and a chunk of Bob Lawrence. Bob is a very accomplished broadcaster and constantly comes up with my favourite tunes, and his comments are amusing and thought provoking as well.

If you haven’t had a chance to read Gordon Bathgate’s history of radio, I am 3/4 through this and thoroughly enjoying it https://www.amazon.co.uk/Radio-Broadcasting-Airwaves-Gordon-Bathgate/dp/1526769409

I can also recommend Last Train to Hilversum which I read a while back. It is concerned with the history of radio as well. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Train-Hilversum-journey-search/dp/1408890003/ref=pd_sbs_1?pd_rd_w=uwvyL&pf_rd_p=2baf907a-26b6-4a72-ad45-764b225a15ea&pf_rd_r=W3K1KR87X88MHTATB2PN&pd_rd_r=e0173c57-590e-4b0c-822b-ca21f5345267&pd_rd_wg=kTdzu&pd_rd_i=1408890003&psc=1

It is good to be back posting on this blog again, I lost my mojo an bit during the lockdowns, but was in fact listening into radio as usual.

In closing if you are looking for a good shortwave, FM and AM radio at a bargain price then try this model. It picks up Caroline in Henley on Thames, and the set can be turned so that it cuts out interference from electrical things and PCs etc!

At the moment this radio is cheaper on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/XHDATA-Portable-Digital-External-Rechargeable/dp/B077Z2P28F

Selected from the Radio Today site

Trickstar Radio relaunches and joins more DAB muxes

Trickstar Radio is being relaunched with new programmes, app/website with on-demand shows and extra coverage across the South of England.

The revamp also includes brand new studios, in partnership & powered by Funktion One.

The underground Hip Hop, electronic and dance music station will also be added to Arqiva DAB multiplexes in South Hampshire and Sussex to reach more audience in addition to being on the Brighton Small Scale DAB mux.

Trickstar Radio has also secured and scheduled periods of FM broadcast to coincide with the station’s presence at large scale long period events such as Boomtown, Glastonbury & Ultra Music Festival, in addition to large international music conferences, such as ADE and The WMC.

More details on the station and the growth plans will be at trickstarradio.com.

BBC Radio Sussex and BBC Radio Surrey have launched a new initiative called #CrawleyTogether, looking in-depth at the issues faced by the West Sussex town of Crawley.

Crawley has been one of the hardest hit casualties of the Covid 19 pandemic and through #CrawleyTogether, the local BBC radio stations are adopting a Crawley street and in the months ahead, presenter Allison Ferns will be checking in with the people living there to hear their stories.

The stations will also be linking up with a range of community groups to shine a spotlight on help available from food-banks to job centres, and on the day of the launch they featured a selection of music showcased from Crawley musicians courtesy of BBC Introducing.

Alongside the coverage on BBC Radio Sussex and BBC Radio Surrey, #CrawleyTogether is also being supported by BBC South East Today and across local BBC social media. The initiative has also received the backing of the town’s MP Henry Smith, as well as local newspaper – The Crawley Observer.

Acting Managing Editor Mark Carter commented: “Crawley and the surrounding area has been dramatically affected by the pandemic, not least by the huge reduction in flights in and out of Gatwick Airport.

“Both BBC Radio Sussex and BBC Radio Surrey cover news from Crawley and in the weeks and months ahead we want to shine a spotlight on the issues faced by local people. #CrawleyTogether will be a listening ear but we also want to offer as much practical help as we possibly can.”

Virgin Radio Anthems, Virgin Radio Chilled and Virgin Radio Groove are having some changes made to their schedules next month.

Jez Welham, Sean Goldsmith and Matt Brown join the team whilst Chris Brooks, Rich Williams and Dave Kelly take over new slots.

Sean Goldsmith joins from Bauer’s Greatest Hits Radio and will join Virgin Radio Chilled to present weekday evenings from 6pm.

Children’s author Matt Brown, who previously worked for Capital, Heart and Magic, will present Virgin Radio Chilled’s weekends from 2pm- 6pm.

Former KISS FM and Capital XTRA presenter Jez Welham (in the photo above) will join Virgin Radio Groove to present on Saturday and Sunday from 2pm – 6pm.

Meanwhile on Virgin Radio Groove, Bam moves from 6pm-10pm to 10am- 2pm, with Chris Brooks taking over the weekend Breakfast slot at 6am. Rich Williams and Dave Kelly will move to weekdays at 2pm and 6pm respectively.

All stations will keep the Chris Evans Breakfast show from 630am till 10am weekdays.

Speaking about the schedule changes, Mike Cass, Virgin Radio Content Director said: “We’re thrilled to have such talented broadcasters like Jez Welham, Sean Goldsmith and Matt Brown join our excellent team – they will each bring an energy that our listeners will love.

“Our stations have been a go-to place for great music for every mood from essential chill out listening to getting your groove on. We know how important great music is and I’m super excited to welcome Jez, Sean and Matt to the Virgin Radio family .”

The full line up from March 1st is below:

Virgin Radio Anthems

Monday – Friday

630am The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky
10am Sam Pinkham
2pm Nick Jackson
6pm Ben Jones (Friday, Danny Cox)

Saturday

6am Paul Hayes
10am Danny Cox
2pm Nick Jackson
6pm Sean Goldsmith

Sunday

6am Paul Hayes
10am Danny Cox
2pm Rich Williams
6pm Ben Jones

Virgin Radio Chilled

Monday – Friday

630am The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky
10am Stu Elmore
2pm Eddy Temple-Morris
6pm Sean Goldsmith

Saturday

6am James Merritt
10am Stu Elmore
2pm Matt Brown
6pm Amy Voce

Sunday

6am James Merritt
10am Christian Williams
2pm Matt Brown
6pm Amy Voce

Virgin Radio Groove

Monday – Friday

630am The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky
10am Bam
2pm Rich Williams
6pm Dave Kelly

Saturday

6am Chris Brooks
10am Michael Underwood
2pm Jez Welham
6pm Gina McKie

Sunday

6am Chris Brooks
10am Michael Underwood
2pm Jez Welham
6pm Gina McKie

BBC Radio 3 will mark International Women’s Day with 24-hours of special programming which puts the work of female composers in the spotlight.

As part of this, the station has commissioned two new works which receive their world premiere performances as part of the celebration.

Film composer, vocalist and educator Ella Jarman-Pinto has set a text by the poet Jo Brandon for soprano Nazan Fikret and pianist Rebecca Cohen which explores the emotional impact of the pandemic on women, in a piece called Plango: A Cure Lament. It gets its world premiere performance in the drive-time programme In Tune.

Radio 3’s Lunchtime Concert at the Wigmore Hall, featuring pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, premieres a new composition by English composer and violinist Natalie Klouda, titled Nightscapes 2020, the work is an ode to the ‘nights-in’ that 2020 brought to Natalie’s world.

All week, from 8th March, Radio 3’s Breakfast spotlights the music of five women whose work has not been heard before on Radio 3, while Composer of the Week explores the life and work of twentieth-century British composer and pianist Ruth Gipps.

A week of Afternoon Concerts celebrates female creativity with a series of live and pre-recorded performances from the BBC Orchestras and Choirs of music by women spanning 300 years and traversing the globe. Across the week, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Singers and Ulster Orchestra perform works by composers including Elizabeth Maconchy, Judith Weir, Eleanor Alberga, Grace Williams and Linda Catlin Smith.

Programmes such as Essential Classics, Early Music Show and Through the Night will also exclusively feature music by women on International Women’s Day itself, while Free Thinking looks at ideas about girlhood, Words & Music explores the theme of women walking alone and Sound Of Cinema explores film scores by women from the past and the present.

Radio 3’s The Essay strand takes Virginia Woolfe’s idea of Shakespeare’s Sister and unearths the treatment of often overlooked female siblings of five well-known creative historical figures, including the sister of Mozart – Maria Anna Mozart – whose life as a musician was brought to an abrupt halt by her father, and one of the first African American film directors – Madame E Toussaint Welcome – the sister of Harlem renaissance photographer James Van Der Zee.

Alan Davey controller of BBC Radio 3 says: “Music by women is a regular part of the mix of music on BBC Radio 3 every day, but International Women’s Day gives us a chance to put the spotlight on the work of female composers in a particular way and to showcase a huge range of music. This includes hidden gems of the past, music that has become much-loved and familiar today, and we are also proud to have commissioned brand-new creative talents for the future.”

Phil Riley and David Lloyd’s radio station, Boom Radio, has officially launched with breakfast host Graham Dene welcoming listeners at 10am.

The first song? All you need is Love by The Beatles.

The service is aiming to attract half a million listeners using digital-only transmission, starting off with DAB multiplexes in London, Glasgow, Birmingham, Bristol and Portsmouth.

Former Capital breakfast presenter Graham Dene is joined on the line-up by former colleagues Nicky Horne – and the person who hosted Capital’s first ever programme in 1973 – David Symonds.

Also on the roster announced in January are David Hamilton, Jane Markham and Les Ross. 70s Magpie TV host Jenny Hanley hosts a weekend show alongside Kid Jensen, and Anna Raeburn.

The Boom Radio team enjoyed a pre-launch zoom call last night to celebrate.

Phil Riley said: “We need only look at recent headlines to see that Boomers, a loyal radio audience, feel increasingly ignored and disenfranchised by the current stations and programming available to them.

“This generation are the original tastemakers and influencers, and we recognised that they are calling out for something that better meets their needs, and delivers the right mix of content.

“We saw this gap getting bigger and so Boom Radio was created. Since then, we’ve lined up some legendary radio names, many of whom are like us wanting something to get stuck into something ‘pre-tirement’, and what better way to do that than launch a national station from home in a global pandemic?

“We’re proud of what we’ve achieved with presenters, partners and everyone involved in getting us up and running across the country. Testing is in the final stages before this weekend, and we can’t wait to see what Boomers think.”

David Lloyd added: “We set out to deliver something special with Boom Radio that resonates with Boomers. It’s been an incredible journey over the last year to get us in a position to launch and deliver on this vision.

“With a presenter line up that many Boomers will recognise, alongside an eclectic mix of music, we know we’re meeting a very real need.”

Boom Radio’s full presenter list:

Graham Dene – Former Capital, Smooth and BBC local radio, Virgin, Magic
David Hamilton – Radio 1 and 2 and many commercial stations
Nicky Horne – Capital, Radio 1, 2, Classic FM, Virgin, Jazz FM
Diana Luke – BBC local, The Superstation, commercial radio in Yorkshire
Jenny Hanley – TV host – including Magpie in the 70s
Kid Jensen – Radio Luxembourg, Radio 1, Gold, Capital, Heart
Anna Raeburn – from Anna and the Doc in the ’70s on Capital and LBC
Les Ross – Long standing breakfast legend in Birmingham on BRMB
Andy Marriott – East Midlands name from Trent, Leicester Sound, BBC local and TV announcer
Jane Markham – Radio 1, Classic, Saga
Graham Torrington – The hit music network and BBC local radio
Roger Day – ’60s pirate radio, Piccadilly launch presenter in Manchester, BRMB, Invicta in Kent, BBC local
Bill Bingham – Velvet voiced – from Radio City, Radio 1, Radio 4, Melody
Rod Whiting – Lincs FM, BBC Radio Lincs
David Lloyd – Radio Trent (Nottingham), Leicester Sound, Lincs FM, Century (East Mids), Saga Radio (East Mids), BBC local radio
Dave Jamieson – Radio Clyde, BRMB, Mercia, Viking, Tees
David Symonds – Luxembourg, Light Programme – and first ever programme on Capital Radio as it launched in London in 1973

Mucky Business going on at Premier Christian Radio
Loaded September
Premier Christian Radio has launched a new podcast called A Mucky Business with Tim Farron, which looks at the challenges of being a Christian in the public sphere.

In each episode, Tim Farron speaks to a guest about how they came to faith and how their beliefs impact their political and personal life and whether they have had to make compromises in their career or family life.

It will air on the radio station at 5pm on Tuesdays, repeated at 2:30pm on Fridays, and be uploaded to all the usual podcast places.

Each episode also features Tim sharing his thoughts on topics such as Bishops in the House of Lords, free speech, asylum seekers and the vaccine.

The show’s producer, newsreader and broadcast journalist Cara Bentley, said: “Not many people know that a group of MPs from different political parties all meet up over Zoom and do a Bible study together every week. A Mucky Business basically captures that vibe and puts it on air. Hearing politicians put their differences aside to talk about the bigger picture is encouraging.”