Some radio news to kick off the Jubilee Bank Holiday off with a bang!
Not as many posts from me at present, in the process of packing and sorting to move home.
From the Radio Today site
Exciting news about an Olympics DAB station with pirate djs on board!
Tony Prince joins Olympics DAB station
May 31st, 2012 7:46 am | By Roy Martin
Former pirate radio DJ Tony Prince will be part of the schedule when International Radio Festival launches this summer.
The temporary station will broadcast on DAB in London from July 20th to August 12th, via the Switchdigital multiplex.
The station will broadcast from a bus and include guest appearances from Tony Blackburn, Ed ‘Stewpot’ Stewart and Emperor Rosko.
Its base will be the House of Switzerland, the official Swiss hospitality centre at the Olympic Games, and feature programming from radio legend Tony Prince, Kerrang! and Q Radio’s Danielle Perry and Karen P, founder of Folded Wing who produce radio content for stations as varied as Radio 1, NME Radio and Roundhouse Radio.
There will be shows from Ministry of Sound Radio, Hoxton FM, Camp Bestival and Montreux Jazz Festival plus reports on events at the House of Switzerland, live music sessions and a wealth of interviews with athletes, celebrities and authorities from the worlds of music and fashion, offering an insight into their musical tastes, their opinions about the Games and its host city, London.
The converted bus/studio will also be open to the public. Founders of the IRF, Miguel Alvarez & Darryl von Däniken, said: “We are really excited to be bringing Londoners a taste of Switzerland with special showcases of both Swiss and British music radio shows, festivals, bands, personalities, athletes and celebrities. We welcome the opportunity of being able to broadcast across the Olympic city of London.”
TFM breakfast show presenters Wayne Allen and Amy McConnell hosted their show live from a bed in Stockton-on-Tees this morning.
The duo ‘wanted an extra couple of hours lie-in’ ahead of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations this weekend, so bosses arranged for them to do the show from a bed on the street.
We’re told the team from the Bauer Teesside station stopped traffic on Portrack Lane as thousands of listeners drove past o their way to work. They were giving out ‘Jubilee bacon sandwiches’ – and one listener even won a meet-and-greet with Coldplay at their Sunderland concert next week.
Wayne told RadioToday.co.uk: “With the extra-long weekend coming up, getting a lie in and doing my show from a bed fit for a king was just brilliant. I’ve never heard so many horns honking at me! It was fantastic seeing our listeners wind-down their windows and hearing TFM Radio coming out of their car speakers!”
LBC covers Jubilee pageant from on high
June 1st, 2012 3:08 pm | By Stuart Clarkson
Global Radio’s LBC 97.3 is doing a world exclusive broadcast from Europe’s tallest building to cover this weekend’s Diamond Jubilee flotilla on the River Thames.
The station will broadcast from new skyscraper The Shard at London Bridge, which is due to open next month.
LBC’s coverage, sponsored by The Times, will feature a five-hour live broadcast on Sunday hosted from ten locations across London by presenters including James Whale, Iain Dale, Petrie Hosken and Emma Barnett.
Ofcom awards three more community licences
June 1st, 2012 12:56 pm | By Stuart Clarkson | Leave a comment
Ofcom has given community radio licences to Plymouth Community Radio in Devon, The Hub in Cornwall and An Radio in the Hebrides.
It brings the number of licences handed out in the sector to 254.
Plymouth Community Radio will serve the community of Plymouth, and “specifically aim to provide a voice to minority and disadvantaged communities, and a platform for the music and arts communities.”
The Hub will “provide a service to people who live and work in the central south Cornwall area” (including the Roseland Peninsula).
An Radio/An Rèidio will serve the whole community over a wide area in the Scottish Outer Hebrides (Berneray, North Uist, Baleshare, Grimsay, Benbecula, South Uist and Eriskay).
Licences are awarded for a five-year period.
Ofcom also says it considered three further applications but decided not to award licences to Radio Inverness (Inverness), Riviera FM (Torbay) and The Beach (Christchurch).
James Rea, Managing Editor of LBC 97.3, said: “The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is another major moment for London in 2012 and LBC 97.3 will be at the heart of it. We’ll aim to capture the mood of millions as well as give a unique insight from our birds-eye vantage point at Europe’s tallest building – The Shard.”
At 310 metres and pyramid-shaped, The Shard is the second-highest free-standing structure in the UK – it’s just 20 metres shorter than the Emley Moor transmitter in Yorkshire.
BBC Radio 5 live is to air a special programme this weekend hearing memories from a range of people who have met the Queen during her 60-year reign.
Created by independent production company Made In Manchester, the documentary has no presenter and airs as part of the station’s Diamond Jubilee coverage.
‘The Day I Met The Queen’ hears from people as diverse as Prime Minister David Cameron and stars of Coronation Street, as well as war veterans and young children.
In some instances people talk about how meeting the Queen changed their lives while many admit to being impressed by her sense of duty.
Each era of the Queen’s reign is represented with contributions from 1966 World Cup goal scorer Sir Geoff Hurst, 1977 Wimbledon Champion Virginia Wade, Falklands War veteran Simon Weston and relatives of the victims of the 9/11 atrocity.
Other well known contributors include Everton footballer and Australia international Tim Cahill, adventurer Ben Fogle, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Coronation Street veterans William Roache and Jean Alexander.
The programme – produced by Ashley Byrne and Ian McCormick and Executive Produced by Phil Collinge – goes out on Sunday at 6pm.
Ashley says: “It’s been really interesting making this programme and it’s particularly wonderful to have spoken to people who were really moved by meeting Her Majesty. People like the victim of the Aberfan disaster or the dad of the 9/11 victim who talked to the Queen when she visited Ground Zero. It’s also lovely to hear recollections from the late Corrie star Betty Driver about meeting the Queen when she visited The Street in 1982.”
Made In Manchester previously produced a documentary called The Day I Met Bobby Robson, which used the same format and aired last year on 5 live.
6 Music’s Paul Rodgers joins Radio 2
May 31st, 2012 11:55 pm | By Roy Martin | Leave a comment
BBC Radio 2 has appointed Paul Rodgers as Acting Head of Programmes to cover Lewis Carnie’s temporary move into a TV job.
Rodgers is currently Editor of 6 Music and has previously produced Radio 2 shows including Steve Wright, Johnnie Walker and Bob Harris.
Carnie is taking on a role as Head of Special Projects within the BBC’s Entertainment Television department, working on new entertainment formats and the Children in Need programmes.
Paul has been with 6 Music since 2008, and recently helped the digital service picked up Station of the Year prizes at both the Music Week Awards and Sony Radio Academy Awards. He has also headed up the BBC’s radio team at Glastonbury and brought presenters including Cerys Matthews, Jarvis Cocker and Huey Morgan to 6 Music.
Bob Shennan, Controller, BBC Radio 2, Radio 6 Music, Asian Network and Popular Music, said: “Paul has done a wonderful job at 6 Music. He has a great track record in programme making and he’ll be a real asset at Radio 2.”
Tamsin Curnow is to be the new Editor of BBC Somerset.
She will move from BBC Radio Bristol where she is currently News Editor.
Tamsin is originally from West Cornwall and started her career on the Falmouth Packet as an editorial assistant. She joined BBC Radio as a Broadcast Journalist in 2001, reporting, producing, presenting and reading bulletins, before moving to BBC Radio Kent then BBC Radio 5 Live where she worked on the Breakfast programme and as a newsreader. She joined BBC Radio Bristol in November 2010.
Commenting on her appointment, Tamsin said: “I’m very proud to be joining the team at BBC Somerset. As a West Country girl, I already know what a fantastic part of the world it is – and as a keen cricket fan I can’t wait to be a regular at the County Ground! I started my BBC career in Local Radio and feel really passionate about the close relationship which stations have with their audience – and this is particularly true of BBC Somerset, which has its listeners at the heart of everything it does.
“I’m looking forward to building on the success the team have had covering big news stories and local issues – something which was clearly recognised when it was nominated for Station of the Year at the Sony Awards. I’m thrilled to be part of it, and really looking forward to starting as soon as possible.”
Welcoming Tamsin to her new role, Lucio Mesquita, Head of the BBC in the West, said: “Tamsin’s wealth of experience in local and national journalism and passion for radio make her an ideal choice for this key role leading the team at BBC Somerset. I am delighted to have her on board and am looking forward to working with her.”
Tamsin takes over from Jess Rudkin, who recently left Somerset to take over as Editor of BBC Radio Northampton.
GaydarRadio goes non-stop for jubilee
June 1st, 2012 12:52 am | By Stuart Clarkson | Leave a comment
Digital station GaydarRadio is running an advert-free weekend of non-stop music to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.
Branded as ‘Club Nation Diamond’, the changed programming starts at 6pm Saturday and runs for 60 hours until 6am on Tuesday 5th June.
The station – which broadcasts on DAB in London and Sussex – has got the special show sponsored by the Bear Pride 2012 jubilee weekend event organised by XXL, a men-only club based on London’s South Bank.
We’re told the Gaydar Radio weekend output will feature mixes from 60 different DJs – including David Guetta, Aviici, Calvin Harris, Yolanda B Cool and Fatboy Slim.
Robin Crowley, programme controller at GaydarRadio, told RadioToday.co.uk: “For a commercial radio station to run 60 hours of solid music omitting traditional spot advertising and any DJ interludes is practically unheard of, but GaydarRadio is different! Yet again, we’re able to offer our listeners something unique which will help them to celebrate the Queen’s 60 year reign.”