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Radio Seagull on 1395 was heard in Canada!
December 9th, 2011 – 15:08 UTC
by Andy Sennitt.

Dutch broadcaster Radio Seagull says that it received over 600 reports sent from all over the world for its recent test transmissions on 1395 kHz. The station ran an on air promotion that it would give away a CD to the person who lived the furthest away and could hear the transmissions on 1395, and a CD to a lucky winner drawn from the hat from all those that entered. Those lucky winners were Alan Willie in Canada as the furthest away listener & Daniel Wächter from Germany as the lucky dip winner.

(Source: Radio Seagull website)

Radiocommunications Agency gets tougher on pirates
December 8th, 2011 – 11:39 UTC
by Andy Sennitt.

As of mid-December, Radiocommunications Agency Netherlands will increase the penalty for illegal use of the FM band to a maximum of €45,000. Also over the Christmas period, additional inspectors will be employed to prevent nuisance from radio pirates.

The penalty will vary from case to case depending on the severity of the offence. This is determined by the degree of interference that the pirate transmitter causes to legitimate broadcasts. Besides the higher penalty, the Radiocommunications Agency will adopt a policy of giving the offender a one hour warning to switch off the transmitter. If the offender fails to comply, an inspector will officially report the violation, and the offender will consequently risk a penalty.

The Radiocommunications Agency has recently noticed a change in the type of radio piracy, which has moved away from so-called “attic pirates” (hobbyists), and now increasingly involves larger pirates operating in conjunction with music events. They use powerful transmitters with higher antenna masts, which means they can cover a wider area and can cause more disruption. The Radiocommunications Agency also sees an increase in the number of mobile masts that can be controlled remotely from a studio. This type of mast is often used in broadcasts from restaurants, party tents and marquees.

(Source: Radiocommunications Agency Netherlands)

From the Radio Today Site

live to air special on year in radio

A 2-hour radio programme to be broadcast on BBC Radio 5 live on Christmas day will look back at the highlights of 2011 across our industry.

It’s being hosted by Radio 4 Woman’s Hour presenter Jane Garvey and Key 103 breakfast host Mike Toolan who makes his BBC debut.

There will also be contributions on the programme from BBC Radio Nottingham presenter Frances Finn and former Radio Academy Chief Executive Trevor Dann, who until last month was the regular host of the RadioTalk podcast. Trevor’s production firm, Trevor Dann’s Company, is producing the show.

We’re told guests booked so far include presenters Chris Evans, Jeremy Vine and Simon Mayo, radio bosses Tim Davie, Clive Dickens and Moz Dee and industry commentators Emma Barnett, Gillian Reynolds, John Plunkett, Matt Deegan and James Cridland.

Trevor Dann told “It’s a terrific example of brave commissioning by 5Live, a two hour celebration of the best in UK radio, BBC and commercial, from 2011. 5 live spends a lot of time discussing TV, newspapers, films, books etc. Now it takes a look an impartial look at radio. We think this is the first time the BBC has commissioned a programme featuring both BBC and commercial programmes, national and local.”

The Radio Review of 2011 airs on Christmas Day night 7-9pm and is repeated on Boxing Day morning at 5am. The producer is Ben Green, best known as producer of The Guardian’s Media Talk and Football Weekly podcasts – and is a TDC production.
Published on Thursday, December 8th, 2011 at 7:38 am

Black Cat Radio runs St Neots RSL

A station led by BBC local radio presenter Tony Gillham is going live on FM in the Cambridgeshire town of St Neots this week as part of an attempt to get a full-time community radio licence in the next round of Ofcom licensing.

Black Cat Radio, which missed out to Huntingdon Community Radio in the last set of licence awards for the area, is launching a month-long RSL on Thursday (1st December).

Tony has worked at countless stations during thirty-odd years in radio – including Chiltern, Mercia, Orwell, Broadland, GWR, Classic Gold and several BBC Local Radio stations – including BBC Radio Cambridgeshire where he still does a weekend ‘Gillham Gold’ show.

He told us: “The aim of Black Cat Radio is uniquely to provide a full service for St Neots and nearby parts of Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. There’s an amazing amount of enthusiasm to get involved. We have a cross section of people from students to the arts.”

Among those presenting shows on the station are Mark Hansard, Graham Hughes and Pete Revell, who previously worked at local stations Hereward, Chiltern and Classic Gold. Tony Gillham will do the station’s weekday breakfast show.

It’s understood the station are in talks about going on the North Cambridgeshire/Peterborough DAB multiplex full time from early 2012.

Tony previously ran Black Cat Radio RSLs from his home in Buckden near St Neots – with a story about his transmitter having previously enabled us to use the smutty headline ‘Objection to BBC DJ’s erection’. The station has now moved into new studios in Huntingdon Street, St Neots.
Published on Monday, November 28th, 2011 at 10:13 pm

This article was written by Stuart Clarkson. Stuart is the Editor of Radio Today. You can follow him on Twitter @stuartclarkson or email If you have any news or information which may be of interest to the radio industry, please contact us via

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