Radio Newsbeat

An explosive start to Monday, somebody set a van alight outside our house at 2am in the morning.  Fortunately no loss of life or damage to the property or my internet connection.  A big thanks to whoever called the Fire Brigade as they were in attendance when we woke to two large explosions.  It is a rare one off event but we will be grateful to live off a main road in future.

Now for radio news selected by me

From Radio Today

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!”

Essex community radio station Gateway 97.8 has been given a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The award for the organisation is equivalent of an individual being given an MBE and recognises the contribution made by a group of volunteers to their local community.

Only 112 groups across the UK have been given the honour, overseen by the Office for Civil Society, in the Cabinet Office. Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, said: “It gives me great pleasure to congratulate all this year’s winners of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The work of our volunteers makes a huge difference right across society, and they are an inspiration to others to get involved and make their own positive impact.”

Speaking about the Basildon radio station, the Lord Lieutenant of Essex Lord Petre said: “Gateway Community Radio are fitting winners of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services. Although they started in 1999 they have had to overcome a number of obstacles to become an established and valued community radio station for Basildon and Thurrock. Gateway is led by three directors, two of whom are the founders and the station is run entirely by around 200 volunteers. Working for Gateway provides a volunteer experience for the young and not so young to develop skills, gain confidence and make a useful contribution to the community. In addition, Gateway provides educational and training programmes, enabling many young people to gain qualifications, provides local road-shows and a good and balanced local information service to the wider community. Gateway provides an exceptional community service.”

The station will get a certificate signed by The Queen and a commemorative crystal – both will be presented at a ceremony at a later date by the Lord Lieutenant. Representatives from Gateway will also be invited to a Royal Garden Party.

I will complete this news at a later date – I have more packing and sorting to do for our move
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