Here are some more selected radio news items.
Slightly off topic a few days ago my mobile phone keyboard and screen display went wrong. Alcatel phones are no longer top of the pops with me, the phone is only about 18 months old. I have got a Nokia on order with a better camera.
From the Radio Today Site
Comedy football commentaries for Absolute
June 11th, 2012 2:18 pm
Absolute Radio are supplementing their deal to broadcast Euro 2012 commentaries on the England and Ireland matches with an alternative commentary option on digital radio.
Comedians including Dave Gorman and Jason Byrne will join the commentary teams for Absolute Radio 90s.
Alun Cochrane and Andy Zaltzman are covering tonight’s England v France match, while Mark Watson does the England-Sweden game on Friday and Dave Gorman commentates on the final group match against hosts Ukraine next Tuesday.
Paul Sylvester – Absolute Radio’s Head of Presentation said: “It’s a childhood dream to become a football commentator and in what’s a radio first we’re giving some of Britain’s best comedians the chance to do just that – combining two of our core pillars – football and comedy.”
Absolute Radio has also today launched its marketing campaign for the ‘proper’ commentaries it is offering of the England and Ireland matches at Euro 2012 – plus fixtures in the later stages – fronted by Ian Wright. The campaign uses digital outdoor media across London to promote the only FM coverage of the tournament on Absolute’s 105.8FM frequency. Text on the digital adverts will change each week to promote an updated marketing message.
Clare Baker – Absolute Radio’s Marketing Director said. “This marketing campaign signals our intention to drive the Rock ‘N’ Roll Football brand into the Euro’s and beyond.”
BBC Radio 3 returns to Latitude Festival
June 16th, 2012 10:56 pm
Late Junction, BBC Radio 3’s late-night music show, will once again curate a stage in the Lavish Lounge of Latitude Festival this year.
Presenter DJ Max Reinhardt will host the gig along with various guests.
The station tells us performance highlights including a rare solo set from Stereolab lead-singer, Laetitia Sadier, contemporary classical violinist Aisha Orazbayeva, the hi-energy sound of Congolese soukous and rap from Baloji, and rising star of English folk song, Sam Lee with his six-piece band.
The Radio 3 stage will be bigger than last year and will feature more hand-picked performances from artists spanning jazz, folk, contemporary classical and even the sounds of coffee preparation made into music. Highlights from the stage will be broadcast in Late Junction on BBC Radio 3 Tuesday 17th – Thursday 19th July.
For the first time, Late Junction will also host DJs providing genre-bending sets. On Friday night, composer and producer Mira Calix returns to DJ, on Saturday night Late Junction presenter Nick Luscombe takes to the decks and on Sunday night Ed Handley from celebrated duo, Plaid, takes centre stage.
Tony Cheevers, Editor of Late Junction, said: “BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction is delighted to be back in the woods again, with a bigger stage and an even more diverse line-up, showcasing incredible talent both new and established to bring a distinctive mix of sounds to the festival.”
Tags: bbc, bbc radio 3
Sting backs Amazing Radio DAB return
June 15th, 2012 12:17 pm
Sting has thrown his support behind a campaign to save digital radio station Amazing Radio, after it ended broadcasts on DAB last month.
The Newcastle-based station went online only in mid-May after a contractual dispute with Digital One multiplex owners Arqiva.
Since then a group of campaigners have been trying to bring it back onto the air so that it can continue to support new musicians trying to make a name for themselves. Some of those involved include members of the group behind a successful attempt to save BBC Radio 6 Music from a similar fate two years ago.
Former Police musician Sting said: “For some years now I have wondered what shape the music industry might take. How would young musicians and songwriters forge a career? – How might they build an audience? It’s great to see that Amazing, a company from my home town already with a global reach, is showing a way forward with a music-led solution which seems both fair to musicians and helps build that audience.”
Paul Campbell, Amazing Radio CEO, told us: “It’s awesome that Sting has joined the growing number of people supporting amazing’s mission to help new musicians find an audience. Amazing Radio resonates with those with an insight into the future of broadcasting and the music industries.”
Radio Today understands that the dispute between Amazing Radio and Digital One centered around payment terms for bandwidth on the national commercial radio multiplex. Arqiva has since advertised for interested parties to take over Amazing’s space.
Tesco buys online radio service for £11m
June 15th, 2012 10:47 pm
Tesco has bought WE7, the digital music platform which offers free personalised radio stations online.
It’s part of the supermarket’s strategy to offer customers new ways of accessing digital entertainment.
Tesco paid £10.8m for the website, which has a library of 11 million tracks and lets users listen to their own music selection for free, mixed with adverts.
GMG Radio recently partnered with the site to launch various “extra” radio stations including Smooth Soul and Real Radio Top 40.
Tesco plans to launch additional digital music services from the WE7 platform in the coming months.
BBC Radio Kent teaches foreign languages
June 14th, 2012 10:10 pm
BBC Radio Kent afternoon show presenter Pat Marsh has been helping locals in the county brush up on their language skills ready for an influx of visitors for this summer’s Olympics.
The show has teamed up the Visit Kent tourist board to get listeners learning a range of phrases in different languages over the last six weeks.
Along with producer and co-host Laura Earl, Pat has been welcoming volunteer ‘Kent Greeters’ into the studio in Tunbridge Wells each Monday afternoon to pass on top tips to avoid offending international visitors coming into the country via Kent for the games this summer.
Even the jingles and traffic and travel information was translated into French, Spanish, Chinese, Dutch and Arabic!
Pat said: “The pride and enthusiasm that the Kent Greeters brought to our listeners, was incredibly infectious. They made me realise just how easy it is for us all to share our passion for Kent, with visitors from overseas.”
Paul Leaper, managing editor for BBC Radio Kent, added :“It was a pleasure to welcome in a selection of Kent Greeters to hear for ourselves their knowledge and enthusiasm for our great county. The Olympics and post-Olympic period are important times to make visitors especially welcome and now BBC Radio Kent’s listeners have had the chance to hear first-hand what our visitors can expect over the coming months.”
Mark George, Digital Director at Tesco, said “Customers and technology together are transforming the way we listen to music. Tesco is already one of the UK’s largest retailers of CDs; this move will help us offer a greater choice for the growing number of customers who want to access music instantly on any device, whenever and wherever they want. WE7 has a great team and a good technology platform from which we can launch a range of digital music services in the future.”
Steve Purdham, CEO of WE7 said “We are very excited by the prospect of teaming up with Tesco. With its loyal customer base, numerous marketing channels and international reach, we believe Tesco is the perfect partner to bring WE7’s music services to a wider audience. Tesco has been an innovator in entertainment retailing for many years and we look forward to continuing this innovation digitally.”
Tesco has bought a 91% stake in WE7 and will purchase the remaining shares within a period of weeks.
Beryl and Betty do Radio Academy Q&A
June 13th, 2012 12:04 pm
Sony Award winning Beryl and Betty from BBC Radio Humberside are taking part in an event hosted by the Yorkshire branch of the Radio Academy next week.
The duo – who last month became the oldest ever winners of a Sony Gold when they won in the Entertainment category – will be in conversation with their producer David Reeves and will take questions from the audience.
The event, which has a ‘tea party’ theme, takes place next Wednesday (20th June) at FRUIT bar in Hull from 6.30pm. We’re told there’ll be free tea, coffee, cupcakes and scones – but the bar will be open if you want something stronger!
The session with Beryl and Betty will be followed by a quiz night, hosted by Capital FM Yorkshire breakfast presenter Simon Hirst, where stations from across Yorkshire can compete against each other in a number of radio rounds.
Radio Academy Branch chair Scott Myers told us: “Beryl & Betty were a highlight of this years Sony Awards. They aren’t typical radio people but that’s perhaps why they are so brilliant. They are expertly steered by their producer and co-presenter David Reeves, who will be hosting this audience with them. After that, Hirsty’s got his legendary quiz! Zip up your anoraks for the jingle round…”
The event is free for Radio Academy members and £10 for non-members. Find out more on the Radio Academy website.
Andy Parfitt to speak at RadioCentre event
June 13th, 2012 3:09 pm
Former Radio 1 Controller Andy Parfitt is among the line-up for this year’s RadioCentre members’ conference next month.
The Vice President of Marketing Services at Sony Music Entertainment, Fred Bolza, will also speak at the event on 4th July alongside Parfitt, who now works for ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi.
The conference looks at the ‘evolution of the commercial radio industry and how it continues to reinvent itself in the face of a multiplatform future’, and will be chaired by Classic FM and Heart presenter Margherita Taylor.
Other speakers include the BBC’s Brett Spencer, who works on digital and interactive content for Radio 2 and 6 Music, and Kiss Programme Director Andy Roberts, who won the Sony Gold for Station Programmer of the Year at last month’s Radio Academy Awards. There will also be a ‘Radio Hub’ exhibition for delegates.
Andrew Harrison, CEO of RadioCentre, said: “Radio has continued to hold its own in terms of listeners and impact in an ever changing media landscape, but that doesn’t mean we should be complacent. This year’s conference will look at some of the challenges we face, and how we can work collaboratively to secure radio’s on-going success story.”
The conference is free for RadioCentre members only, so representatives from commercial stations who are signed up to the organisation can attend simply by booking a place with RadioCentre. Companies including UKRD and UTV Media are not members of RadioCentre, but most other groups are. It takes place in the same venue as the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards, which follow the conference on 4th July.
Faithfull and Rodigan join BBC 6 Music
June 13th, 2012 5:35 pm
Sixties singer Marianne Faithfull and reggae DJ David Rodigan are to present four shows each for digital station BBC Radio 6 Music.
The programmes, titled ‘A Month of Sundays’, will feature music from their own record collections and will see them share their musical influences with the audience.
Rodigan is in the middle of a 13-week series for Radio 2 following his debut on the network last summer. He also won the Sony Gold for Best Specialist Music Programme at last month’s awards. The former Capital and Kiss DJ will do Sunday afternoons 4-6pm from 5th August on 6 Music. He said: “The four shows will celebrate Jamaica’s rich musical diversity stretching back over the past 50 years of independence and bring a distinctively cool, reggae one drop flavour to Sundays in August.”
Marianne Faithfull will host the four show before Rodigan, starting on Sunday 8th July in the same timeslot. She said: “I was honoured to be asked to present my own series of programmes for BBC Radio 6 Music, especially as I can indulge myself by playing some of my most favourite records across a variety of genres including jazz and blues.”
Paul Rodgers, Head of BBC Radio 6 Music, said: “It is fantastic to have such legendary talent sharing their expert knowledge and passion for music on A Month Of Sundays guaranteeing listeners an incredibly diverse musical experience.”
The shows fill the slot in the weekend schedule normally taken by Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service, which will be back on air on 6 Music on 8th September. 6 Music won the Station of the Year prize at last month’s Sony Radio Academy Awards.
John Myers to leave Radio Academy
June 14th, 2012 9:10 am
EXCLUSIVE: Radio Academy Chief Executive John Myers is to leave his role at the end of this month, to focus on a ‘personal project’ within the media industry.
He has been doing the job, which includes overseeing the Sony Radio Academy Awards and Radio Festival, since April 2011.
It’s understood Myers will be announcing further details of his upcoming project in the next few weeks.
John took over from Trevor Dann, who left the organisation in November 2010 to focus on independent production commissions including Radio 2′s Sounds of the 20th Century.
Alongside his work a the Radio Academy, Myers has also recently carried out a review of BBC Local Radio for the BBC Trust which was published earlier this year. Before joining the Academy he conducted a similar review of the BBC’s network music radio stations.
Under John’s tenure, the Radio Academy produced its first ‘sold out’ Radio Festival and brought management of the Sony Awards in-house for the first time in the event’s 30-year history. He has also regularly presented the Academy’s RadioTalk podcast and launched a scheme to recognise young talent in the industry through the ’30 under 30′ list.
John Myers said: “I promised The Radio Academy that I would serve a year and, in reality, I have undertaken slightly longer than that. It’s been a hugely successful year and I am pleased to have played a part in securing its future and ensuring the two key focus points are well-managed. Furthermore, I wanted to give something back to the industry I love and having done that, it’s time to move on to something else.”
Ashley Tabor, Chair of The Radio Academy, said: “John leaves The Radio Academy in terrific shape and he has achieved significant success in a very short space of time. The Academy took ownership of the Sony Radio Academy Awards, which was a huge task that John delivered brilliantly and, similarly, the annual Radio Festival was the best yet. He leaves the Academy in a very secure position and we’re grateful to him for his leadership and hard work promoting The Radio Academy across both the BBC and the independent sector.”
Myers was formerly the CEO of GMG Radio, which he ran between 2000 and 2009. He also currently presents weekend shows for Spanish station Spectrum FM and hospital station Radio Tyneside, which John is the Chairman of. He appears on air as ‘John Morgan’ – the name he used while presenting at stations including Century Radio and Real Radio in the 90s and 00s.
Radio Production Award nominations out
June 14th, 2012 12:01 pm
The nominations have been announced for this year’s Radio Production awards.
Now in their third year and organised by The Radio Academy and the Radio Independents Group, the awards recognise the work of UK-based radio and audio producers, and are open to independents, freelancers and programme-makers working across BBC, commercial, community, student and hospital radio, as well as those in digital companies making online radio and podcasts.
There’s a new category this year – Producer of the Year – with the winner being selected by a committee of judges based on the best of all the entries.
The awards will be handed out on 12th July at a ceremony in London hosted by Jon Holmes.
John Myers, Chief Executive of The Radio Academy, said: “There is a huge wealth of talent within radio production and these awards recognise the very best. The Radio Production Awards are different because they celebrate the unsung heroes behind the scenes who ensure the exceptional output of radio stations across the country.
“I would like to congratulate everyone nominated – you are all stars and, as a former radio presenter myself, your work should not go unnoticed or unrecognised.”
Mike Hally, Chair of the Radio Independents Group, said: “It’s great to see these awards coming around for the third time already and going from strength to strength, with a plethora of new names joining more established ones on the list of nominees. In difficult economic times, for radio as much as any other sector, it’sreassuring to see such a range of talent represented here and to know that, in terms of quality at least, radio is thriving.”
2012 Radio Production Award nominees
BEST DOCUMENTARY/FEATURE MAKER
Simon Jacobs – Unique
Rebecca Maxted – Wise Buddah Creative
BEST ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCER
Simon Buschenfeld – Heart Network
Jon Holmes – Unusual Productions
Frank Stirling – Unique
BEST MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCER
Sue Clark – Sue Clark Productions
Claire Neal – Somethin’ Else
Jenny Nelson – Absolute Radio
BEST LIVE MUSIC PRODUCER/ENGINEER
Danny Evans – Absolute Radio
Russell Finch – Somethin’ Else
Dean Woodcock – Absolute Radio
BEST ONLINE CREATOR
Mary Colwell – Curlew Media
Mark Newman – Flaps Podcast
Dave Pickering – Getting Better Acquainted
BEST MULTI PLATFORM CREATOR
Rowan Collinson – Somethin’ Else
Heather Davies – Unusual Productions
David Kenny – Absolute Radio
BEST DRAMA/READINGS PRODUCER
Philip Anderson-Dyer – The Bunbury Banter Theatre Company
Rosalind Ayres – Jarvis & Ayres Productions
Mary Colwell – Curlew Media
Rose De Larrabeiti – Whistledown Productions
Leo Hornak – BBC World Service
Colin McNulty – Whistledown Productions
Ed Baxter – Resonance FM
John Cameron McIntosh – BBC Essex
Jonathan Young – talkSPORT (UTV Radio)
BEST SOUND DESIGNER
Dave Dodd – Whistledown Productions
Ben Neidle – Noise Fusion
Mark Pittam – TBI Media
Producer of the Year & Indie of the Year will be announced at the awards ceremony next month.