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Waffler commentary

It is a pity that Chris Evans has two weeks off, I do not find Richard Madeley to be a very stimulating broadcaster.  Maybe he is there for the ladies?   Chris seems to be on overdrive on television as well now, so perhaps he does need a rest.  Will he end up doing the Eurovision contest on TV like Wogan used to in future?

Mushroom FM re-run their old programmes rather than doing back to back music like other internet stations.  I realised this when listening to a programme today and they made reference to New Years Eve programmes.

From Radio Today site

Robin Galloway joins Clyde 1

Former Real Radio Scotland breakfast presenter Robin Galloway is joining Glasgow’s Clyde 1 to present the drivetime show.

Robin left the GMG station across the city last year, following an off-air office prank which backfired and saw the suspension then departure of the presenter and his producer.

TLRC makes profit with UKRD

Radio Today can exclusively report that The Local Radio Company has made a profit after the first year of ownership by UKRD.

Previously, TLRC had operating losses running at over £2m per annum but has now a profit of over £400,000 in the first full trading year since its acquisition.

    Real Radio Wales goes national

    GMG Radio has launched Wales’ first national commercial radio station this morning, with the additional of North and Mid-Wales to the South Wales based Real Radio.

    Singer Sir Tom Jones launched the station nationally, followed by breakfast presenters Jagger and Woody. 

    Smooth start for Simon Bates

    Smooth Radio‘s long-awaited breakfast show presenter Simon Bates hosted his first show on the station this morning.

    The national station launched in the summer but had to wait for Simon to leave his previous position at Classic FM before securing their choice of breakfast presenter.  

    Reaction to Capital FM UK

    The change of Galaxy to Capital and the end of heritage radio brands such as Red Dragon and Trent FM has not gone unnoticed by listeners.

    Twitter and Facebook has been full of comments, some negative, about the arrival of “The UK’s Number One Hit Music Station”  

      Capital FM expands in the UK

      The Capital FM brand has been rolled out to eight further regions of the UK today, spelling the end of the Galaxy network, Red Dragon FM, Leicester Sound, Ram FM and Trent FM.

      Local late-breakfast shows started in each region at 10am whilst Capital FM London continues as normal, pending all stations joining together at 1pm.

      From the papers

      DJ Simon Bates still in tune with Wolverhampton

      Monday 3rd January 2011, 8:34PM GMT.

      DJ Simon Bates still in tune with Wolverhampton
      West Midlands radio legend Simon Bates is bringing back his famed Our Tune slot when he launches his new breakfast show tomorrow. He talks to Mark Andrews.

      It was an ordinary day in 1964, but it was one Simon Bates will never forget.
      After an afternoon at Wolverhampton’s Gaumont Cinema, the teenager stopped off at a record shop in the town.
      “It was in the old arcade, where the Mander Centre is now,” he says, recalling the day he bought his first record.
      “It was I Feel Fine by the Beatles. I remember being quite worried about taking it home. It would have cost something like seven shillings, and I remember guarding it very closely on the bus back.”
      It was this record which started his lifelong love of music, a passion which has seen him become one of the most instantly recognisable voices in radio. In a career spanning more than 40 years, the farm boy from Tong, near Albrighton, has achieved the unique feat of broadcasting on BBC Radios 1, 2, 3 and 4, as well spending the last 13 years on Classic FM.
      But it was Our Tune, the melancholy slot on Radio 1 where he would tell a listener’s moving personal story, which he will always be associated with. And the slot, which dealt with tales of tragedy and joy during its 13-year run from 1980 to 1993, will be making a comeback when Simon launches his new breakfast show on Smooth Radio tomorrow.
      Simon, now 63, was born in Birmingham, and after a few years in Suffolk, he and his mother went to live with his grandparents on the family farm in Tong.
      Simon, who was seven at the time of moving, remembers music being an important part of the household from an early age, with the radiogram taking centre stage in the lounge.
      “We were very sophisticated, we had a record player combined with a VHF radio,” he says. “I think my grandmother got it from Beatties, it was in a walnut case, which she used to polish a lot. It had all the family photographs on top of it, it was that important.”
      He found life difficult at preparatory school, and says he grew into a nervous, bashful teenager with a love of the radio and theatre.
      “I think most people in radio or television are very shy,” he says. “That’s why they go on there, it is their way of overcoming it.”
      Saturdays were always special for the young Simon, with the theatre and cinemas of Wolverhampton opening up an exciting new world to the quiet, retiring schoolboy.
      “In those days there used to be the Clifton, the ABC and the Gaumont cinema, and I used to go to the Grand to see the Saturday matinees in the days of the Derek Salberg Repertory Company. I used to go with my grandmother, she loved the theatre.”
      His first taste of working in the media actually came at the Express & Star offices in Queen Street, where he did a spot of work experience.
      “In those days you didn’t go on a week’s placement, but I was invited to come in and write a few short stories – which most probably ended up on the spike,” he remembers.
      “I’ve always been a pedant about language, I hate it when people talk about the ‘train station’ – of course it should be the ‘railway station’, how can it be the ‘train station’ when the trains are not there all the time? Another one is ‘meanwhile’, don’t get me started on that.”
      “But in all honesty, I didn’t have any idea about what I wanted to do. I’ve just been lucky, I just stumbled into it.”
      He moved to New Zealand after finishing his A-levels – “I saw myself as a bit of a hippy, and that was what hippies did” – and it was a chance meeting with a radio executive Down Under that saw him take his first tentative steps into broadcasting.
      He returned to Britain in 1971 to join Radio 4, where he spent three years before switching to Radio 2.
      He joined Radio 1 in 1976, and there were plenty of adventures along the way. There was the time he had to deal with a fire which broke out in a bin live on the air, there was the show he presented while suffering from concussion following a car crash. On another show he was heard screaming in agony during an accident on a charity ski race.
      He says his most embarrassing moment was not the time when Clint Eastwood had to fix his tape recorder before he could do an interview, but rather the time he collapsed on the floor following an interview with Robert de Niro.
      “I was just lying there, writhing at his feet, unable to get up and saying ‘No, no, no, don’t worry about it, happens all the time guv’nor.’
      “I felt like an idiot with Eastwood, but he went to enormous trouble to relax me. Robert de Niro must have thought he was dealing with an absolute maniac.”
      He still regularly returns to the West Midlands to visit his mother who still lives in the area, although he was a little surprised to find the bus station had gone during his last trip to Wolverhampton.
      “The last time, nobody told me the bus station had all changed. I got off at the railway station, and it had all gone. I didn’t know where to go.”
      * The Simon Bates Breakfast Show will be on from 6am until 10am on Smooth Radio, starting tomorrow.

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      From Radio Netherlands Media Network Blog

      French company makes ’smart’ car radio for Internet Age

      French mobile technology firm Parrot yesterday showed off a “smart” car radio that can find cheap fuel, free parking, and speed traps while taking music requests and placing phone calls. The Asteroid in-dash receiver will be available in Europe by the end of March and the company is working to get it to the United States by the middle of this year, according to project manager Hocine Belkhoudja.
      Parrot is in Las Vegas to show off Asteroid at a major Consumer Electronics show that officially opens tomorrow. Asteroid has USB ports for MP3 players, GPS devices, and the types of 3G network wireless Internet service keys that people use for laptop computers.
      The 3G keys link the radios to the Web, enabling applications to access online services or data and allowing motorists to use the radio to make hands-free telephone calls, according to Mr Belkhoudja. “You can listen to all the radio in the world on the Web,” he said. “You can search for coffee or restaurants nearby, gas stations with the lowest prices or free parking.” The radios can also provide maps and driving routes.
      Parrot tailored a version of open-source Android mobile operating software for Asteroid to handle a host of software applications. Music features on the radios include taking spoken requests for specific songs or artists, with the device scouring connected devices and the Internet for tunes.
      Parrot did not reveal the price it would charge, but Mr Belkhoudja promised it would be “very impressive.” Parrot also demonstrated a touch-screen, dash-mounted version of Asteroid that it is working on as a “next step” but would not discuss when it might come to market.
      (Source: AFP)

       From the Digital Spy Site

      Radio 1: ‘Takeover is a bold statement’

      Tuesday, January 4 2011, 15:38 GMT

      By Mayer Nissim, Senior Entertainment Reporter
      BBC Radio 1 logo

      Radio 1’s head of music George Ergatoudis has claimed that the station’s ‘Daytime Takeover’ is a bold statement.

      As part of the project, the station’s night-time DJs including Zane Lowe, Annie Mac, Nick Grimshaw and Huw Stephens will take charge of prime time slots.

      Ergatoudis said: “There is a risk. What we normally do in the daytime is a balancing act. We really carefully balance the exciting, the innovative and the new alongside the popular and successful. If you get that balance right, you get 11 million people tuning in every week.

      “The big pull for me is that if radio is going to survive long-term, new music is a really important unique selling point. Radio is the single most important place people discover it.

      “At Radio 1, we sell, and sell hard, the fact that we’re about new music. Radio 1 takes those risks, unlike commercial radio, which wants to be as risk-averse as possible. We hang our hat on that. You’ve got to stand for something in order to cut through and mean anything these days.”

      Asked if the project was an indicator of the lack of cutting-edge knowledge of the regular presenters, Ergatoudis replied: “No, not at all. What the mainstream presenters are incredibly skilled at is introducing music in a careful, measured way.

      “This is about making a bold statement. This is where we’re at: we’re about breaking new music [and] for five days our specialist champions are taking over.”

      BBC Radio 3 brings Mozart to the Tube

      Tuesday, January 4 2011, 17:08 GMT

      By Andrew Laughlin, Technology Reporter
      Tube train leaving a station

      London commuters returning to work this morning after the Christmas break were greeted by a special busking event to coincide with BBC Radio 3’s The Genius of Mozart season.

      Members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra were among the musicians performing works by the acclaimed composer at Underground stations across London, including Canary Wharf, Bank, Waterloo and Liverpool Street.

      The special event was organised in partnership with Transport for London and the Rhythm of London programme, which aims to increase opportunities for young people to participate in music.

      Over the first 12 days of the year, Radio 3 will play nothing but Mozart-related material, including recordings, documentaries, live performances and a dramatisation of his life. The season follows similar celebrations of Beethoven and Bach.

      “There is no doubting Mozart’s prodigious talent, as this radio season attests,” said Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London.

      “The familiarity of so much of his magnificent music may surprise some travellers, but what better way to brighten up the daily commute, especially on the first day back after the holidays. As another musical genius said it is truly ‘sweet sunshine’.”

      Roger Wright, the controller of BBC Radio 3, said: “Mozart was a prolific genius and his music is hugely attractive so we hope that new listeners will join Radio 3 on air, online and even on the Underground for what promises to be a truly entertaining 12 days.”

      London Underground strategy and commercial director Richard Parry added: “I’m sure customers will enjoy this musical welcome back to work after their festive break.

      “Our licensed buskers brighten up the journey for tens of thousands of Tube customers every day, so this is a great way to start the New Year.”


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