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Ed Doolan to cut hours at WM

08:09PM, 22 Feb 2011

BBC WM lunchtime presenter Ed Doolan has told listeners he’s planing to step down from hosting a daily show later this year.

MistaJam show turns dubstep

07:51PM, 22 Feb 2011

Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s weekly show presented by MistaJam is to become a dedicated showcase for everything new in the world of dubstep and bass.

Aire launches £30k wedding

11:19PM, 21 Feb 2011

Bauer’s Leeds station Radio Aire is celebrating its upcoming 30th birthday with a £30,000 wedding giveaway.

Perth FM merges with Heartland

11:07PM, 21 Feb 2011

Scottish radio station Perth FM has been taken over by the owners of neighbouring Heartland FM and both stations merged.

Rising Stars of 2011 wanted

10:57PM, 21 Feb 2011

The organisers of this year’s Sony Radio Academy Awards have opened the entries for the Rising Star Award 2011.

Garrison starts 10th station

03:46PM, 21 Feb 2011

Army broadcaster Garrison Radio has launched a service in Woodbridge, Suffolk – meaning it now reaches 10 different bases in the UK.

Breaches for two more stations

12:37PM, 21 Feb 2011

Two more community radio stations – Brick FM in Scotland and OnFM in Hammersmith – have had breaches recorded against their licences by Ofcom.

Jack and Glide match strangers

12:03PM, 21 Feb 2011

Oxford radio stations Jack FM and Glide FM are running a ‘2 Strangers and a Wedding’ competition to find a pair of listeners willing to get married having never met before.

Radio Festival dates announced

11:13AM, 21 Feb 2011

The dates for the annual radio industry festival have been announced, once again taking place in Salford Quays.

BBC Derby celebrates 40 years

06:35PM, 20 Feb 2011

Tours behind the scenes of the BBC’s headquarters in Derby are being offered to help celebrate the 40th birthday of BBC Radio Derby.
From the Guardian Newspaper Site

Radio review: Radio 2

Holiday cover has stepped in at Radio 2 – and Vanessa Feltz clearly had first-day nerves covering for Jeremy Vine
  • Elisabeth Mahoney
    • The Guardian, Tuesday 22 February 2011  
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  • vanessa feltz
    Vanessa Feltz . . . now officially deputises for Jeremy Vine on Radio 2. Photograph: BBC Half-term holiday cover has arrived at Radio 2 with Zoe Ball in for Ken Bruce, Vanessa Feltz (below) covering for Jeremy Vine, and Chris Tarrant keeping Steve Wright’s seat warm. A few minutes into Tarrant’s exuberant show, a listener emailed – as Wright’s correspondents always do – that it was a “great show”. This amused Tarrant. “We’ve only done two tunes,” he chuckled.There was more at stake for Feltz than the others, given that she now officially deputises for Vine, and it’s a higher profile gig than her early morning show. That has settled in nicely, but it’s necessarily a quieter, smoother slot than the lunchtime swoop through four topics (hospital food; Libya; cost of raising children; alcohol licensing) with guests, callers and music.By the second hour she was in her stride, but the first half of the programme rather had the life sucked out of it. Her introduction to the topics of the day was oddly stilted, and her usually fluid vocabulary felt heavy-handed. “Did you consider it a penance rather than sustenance?” she asked a caller talking about hospital food, leaving him flustered. Vine has the knack of sounding as if he’s just having a good old natter with callers, and Feltz does this well on her BBC Lond

    Behind the scenes with the BBC 1Xtra playlist

    The power of Radio 1’s younger, cooler sister station is mirrored in the burgeoning success of UK urban talent. But how much of that is down to the democratic process behind their playlist?
    Radio 1Xtra
    MistaJam, Ronnie Herel and Cameo debate the merits or otherwise of Flo Rida. Photograph: Rhodri Jones/guardian.co.uk/music “I thought we’d have KFC,” someone murmurs. With Domino’s pizzas and MacBooks at the ready, the makeup of the far-from-glam third-floor boardroom at 1Xtra’s London HQ isn’t necessarily what you’d expect from the UK’s most influential urban playlist meeting taking place. “Anyone for a cup of tea?” asks MistaJam, a DJ who also has a slot over at Radio 1. With the milk and two sugars sorted, it’s down to business, even if it feels like the relaxed kind of business you’d engage in at the student union.With a weekly listenership of 816,000 and urban music frequently making up for near-on 50% of the UK singles chart, 1Xtra is the first port of call for anything R&B, hip-hop, grime, reggae or dubstep related. If you’re a plugger with an urban offering looking to the holy grail (otherwise known as the Radio 1 playlist), the approval of sister station 1Xtra is crucial to you. More often than not, it’s their hits of today that become Radio 1’s hits of tomorrow. Jessie J, Wiz Khalifa, Tinchy Stryder, and Chipmunk are all trump cards that demonstrate 1Xtra’s unwavering reputation for giving both major label and unsigned acts the platform they need.Playlist meetings are usually shrouded in mystery because they are the place where new tracks can be made or broken before they’ve even hit the airwaves. Once the panel has sat down to decide the list for that week, no plugger, manager, record label exec or payola (I kid, I kid) is going to make a difference. But that’s the power 1Xtra – and their playlist meeting – now has. MistaJam, Ronnie Herel, CameoThe station began broadcasting in August 2002 and is home to world-class DJs and genre leaders including Tim Westwood, Trevor Nelson, MistaJam and Semtex, many of whom have grown hand in hand with the UK’s urban industries.”Gyptian’s Hold Yuh would be a great example of that,” explains Ryan Newman, 1Xtra’s music systems assistant, otherwise known as the “information wizard” of the team who comes armed with stats. “One of our specialist DJs had been playing it for a few weeks then raised it up the list when he saw its potential as a hit … seven months later it charted at No 16 and it was on the 1Xtra playlist for a record 30 weeks.”That’s not to say they don’t make mistakes though. “You can’t get it right every time,” Austin Daboh, 1Xtra’s music manager (and a rising star of the radio industry in his own right) says, laughing. “I’d like to add,” chips in MistaJam, “that I bought Kid Cudi’s Day & Nite and the Skream remix of La Roux to the table but they didn’t make the list at first.”Taking charge of the weekly Tuesday meeting, it’s Daboh and his small team (Newman and Anna Nathanson, music producer) who make the ultimate decisions. “We have a pre-meeting with our longlist and filter out music that might be too new or we know just isn’t right, then at midday it becomes like a steering committee. After that we re-group and decide.”What makes the 1Xtra playlist meetings unique is the inclusion of DJs; other stations opt solely for production staff. While you will find the odd producer present, it’s currently the turn of MistaJam, Twin B, Sarah Jane Crawford, Seani B, Cameo and Ronnie Herel to settle the scores. “We switch up the DJs every six months or so,” says Daboh. “We like to keep it fresh and we let them put forward a track each week that may have come to their attention – they’re specialists after all.”And it turns out the process itself isn’t all that different to hanging out in the student union either, albeit far more democratic. Loading up the first track, Mavado’s Star Boy, the group is quick to conclude that it’s too early for the playlist. Next in line it’s Jodie Connor feat Tinchy Stryder and the track Bring It. Despite vying for interest with pizza, Brit awards gossip and Twitter, Jodie Connor looks a likely addition to this week’s playlist. Flo Rida isn’t so lucky. Despite the stats proving past success, no one’s sold on the need to playlist the track. Allow five minutes for Flo Rida jokes. With Wretch 32’s Unorthodox up for discussion, it’s time for Twin B to leave the room. As a stakeholder in Levels Entertainment, Wretch’s record label home, the BBC rules come into play. But even with Twin B at a safe distance it’s clear
    From Radio Netherlands Media Blog

    New shortwave service to be launched

    Taiwan-based PCJ Media has announced the creation of a new international shortwave radio service with targeted programming to Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia/Pacific. PCJ sees an opportunity to fill a void being left by large publicly funded broadcasters.In the last few months a number of well-respected international broadcasters have annnounced that they will drop their shortwave transmissions to these regions in favour of internet and podcasts. To fill this void, PCJ’s new service would broadcast in five languages, with programming targeted to the audiences of those specific languages. New distribution platforms such as the internet will also be used.The five language groups which PCJ Radio would target are:

    • Farsi – Middle East
    • Mandarin – China
    • Spanish – Latin America
    • Ukrainian/Russian – Eastern Europe
    • English – to regions mentioned above

    Launch date TBA. For more information please contact Keith Perron at PCJ Media.ar this is going to be another hit for the latest MC to break the charts. As a homegrown artist, Wretch isn’t in the minority he used to be either – currently over 45% of all music played on 1Xtra is from the UK.As the two-hour session draws to a close, equally promising is the revelation that the word “bollocks” was only deemed necessary on one occasion: “You have to be honest though,” concludes MistaJam, “and sometimes only that word really fits.”

    on show. Presumably it was just first-day nerves.


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