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Hadley, Kershaw & Decker join Absolute 80s
June 20th, 2012 6:12 am
80s singers Tony Hadley, Nik Kershaw and Carol Decker have all signed up to present shows for Absolute Radio’s digital station playing music from the decade.

Former Spandau Ballet frontman Hadley will host an 80s Party on Saturday nights from 21st July, while Kershaw joins the station for a month to present an hour each Sunday evening through July.
T’Pau lead signer Carol Decker takes charge of the ‘80s Rewind Preview show’ on Friday 17th August 7-11pm, where we’re told she’ll look forward to the Rewind Festival in Henley-on-Thames that weekend, playing music from and interviewing some of the artists who’ll be appearing.

Tony Hadley said: “It’s really exciting to be back on the radio with ‘Tony Hadley’s 80s Party’ especially as I’m already a big fan of Absolute 80s. Expect some revealing stories, some fun and some great music!”

Absolute Radio’s Content Director, Tony Moorey told “Three big shows with three 80s stars loved by our listeners. It’s great to be expanding Absolute 80s’ schedule with talent that contributed some of the biggest hits of the decade.”

BBC Trust: Radio 1 fails to meet targets
June 20th, 2012 2:05 pm
Radio 1′s core audience is still too old, despite changes made to output following a change of wording in the station’s service licence three years ago.

The BBC Trust says the median age of listeners to Radio 1 is 30 – but it is supposed to be aimed at 15 to 29 year olds.
Presenters like Chris Moyles, Scott Mills, Zane Lowe, Trevor Nelson, Vernon Kay, Pete Tong, Sara Cox, Edith Bowman and Tim Westwood are over 30 – but Radio 1 always argued that the shows that they create are targeted at a younger audience and the age of the presenter has no impact on that.

The BBC Trust said: “Our aim that Radio 1 focuses more clearly on a young target audience so that its median age is within the target age group is still outstanding, although work is under way to address this issue. The median age has remained constant since our review completed in 2009 although, due to a change in Rajar methodology, it stands at 30, rather than 29, so just outside the target age group of 15 to 29-year-olds.”

Since Ben Cooper’s appointment as Radio 1 Controller in October, he has brought in younger presenters such as Jameela Jamil to do a Sunday night show and Gemma Cairney from 1Xtra to host weekend mornings. He also moved Greg James to drivetime with Scott Mills taking over Greg’s afternoon show.

The comments from the BBC Trust come in a progress report on the Trust’s service licence reviews.

The report also highlights that, in the cases of Radio 3 and Radio 4, the ‘availability of RAJAR data only on a quarterly basis makes assessing progress of radio stations against desired outcomes fairly slow’. Radio 5 live’s service licence review was only completed in January 2012 so the BBC Trust says it will check on progress later this year.

Police helps IOW Radio during chaos
June 26th, 2012 10:35 am | 2 Comments
During the recent travel chaos on the Isle of Wight, the local commercial radio station had a police officer giving live updates for listeners.

Isle of Wight Radio welcomed the co-operation and have been thanked by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police.

The police officer had direct links to all emergency services and communications channels, instantly informing listeners with updates.

On Thursday and Friday, 56,000 festival goers and many more local residents were caught up in queues of up to eight hours. Schools were forced to close, local residents missed funerals and one family missed their son’s wedding. Isle of Wight Radio switched over to its emergency-planning mode, normally reserved for heavy snow, and provided non-stop coverage, help and support to both residents and visitors caught in the chaos.

Isle of Wight Festival organisers and council officials also provided regular updates and, over the course of the day, the station took over 1,000 telephone calls from listeners along with hundreds of texts and emails.

Inspector Paul Savill from Hampshire Constabulary’s Event Planning Team said: “Keeping the public informed with reliable information is a vital task when the community is faced with challenging circumstances in adverse weather. Isle of Wight Radio provides an exemplary service to the community as a trusted timely source of news. Police would like to thank the radio station for the opportunity to work more closely together in broadcasting accurate advice live to tens of thousands of listeners. This co-operation helped to keep residents and visitors safe and on the move at the end of the Isle of Wight Festival.”

Isle of Wight Radio Listener Caryn March from East Cowes posted on the Isle of Wight Councils Facebook Page: “IOW Radio have been the most active in ensuring us islanders know what is going on, we have known more than the festival goers. Tune in to 102 or 107 to listen or go to their website.”
Greg James eyes up Radio 1 Breakfast
June 23rd, 2012 11:58 pm

BBC Radio 1 drive-time host Greg James says he would like to host the breakfast show on the station.

But he doesn’t want his colleague and friend Chris Moyles to get the sack.

He told the Mirror newspaper he’d be mad not to want to do it at some point: “It’s the flagship show and the one the rest of the station sort of follows.”

The paper’s sources say he is next in line to take over – maybe when Moyles’ curent contract ends in 2014. Greg says: “Me and Chris hang out, everyone at the station gets on well really. It can be competitive, secretly, but not in a destructive way.

“I’ve been honest in saying I’d like to do it – but that really doesn’t mean I want to see Chris sacked tomorrow.

“It is competitive, but then it should be – I should be pressured to be as good as I can be every day because there’s always someone else who wants to do it.

“I keep a diary at the end of each year and write about the good things that have happened during the year – I’m starting to sound like Adrian b****y Mole or something now aren’t I? But it’s just a bit of a thing I do.”

Tributes paid to former BBC Radio 2 host
June 26th, 2012 12:16 am
The former Radio 2 broadcaster Don Durbridge has died in Spain after a short illness. He was seventy three.

Don first broadcast to the nation in 1955 at the age of sixteen as co-host of the BBC Light Programme’s Younger Generation.

In 1974, he joined the Light Programme’s successor, BBC Radio 2, as a continuity announcer and newsreader and was also a regular cover presenter stepping into the shoes of Terry Wogan, Jimmy Young and Ed Stewart as well as hosting such iconic shows as Family Favourites, Friday Night is Music Night, Night Ride and Sport on 2.

He also worked for many years for the forces’ radio service, BFBS, including at the Munich Olympics in 1972 where he secured a worldwide scoop – an exclusive interview with the swimmer Mark Spitz, who’d won an, unprecedented at the time, seven gold medals at the Games.

Born in Glasgow in 1939 and raised in south London, Don’s adopted home was ‘the beautiful county of county of Kent’ as he called it. In 1984, he was part of the launch team for the county’s very first commercial radio station, Invicta Sound. In the late eighties and early nineties he worked for BBC Radio Kent as presenter of the nostalgia music show, Remember When, and was also the matchday announcer at Gillingham Football Club.

After a short time living and working in Malta, he returned to the UK in 1997 and found himself back amongst the golden oldies doing what he enjoyed most when he joined Saga’s new national digital service, Primetime Radio, where he hosted the late night show, ‘In Mellow Mood’.

When Primetime ceased broadcasting in 2006, Don emigrated to Spain. His final radio stop was with REM FM (now Talk Radio Europe) where he presented weekend shows with a mix of music, chat and celebrity guests as diverse as Max Bygraves and Ken Clarke.

He is survived by his first wife, Yvonne, who lives in Kent, and also leaves a daughter, Moira, and a grandson, Teddy, who live in Derbyshire.

Ronnie Wood welcomes Sir Paul McCartney
June 26th, 2012 7:08 am | Leave a comment
Absolute Classic Rock will welcome Sir Paul McCartney as a guest on The Ronnie Wood Show.

The interview was first broadcast yesterday on Sky Arts but will form part of a special show with Ronnie on Sunday 29th July.

The two rock and pop legends will unite for a specially recorded one off episode of the critically acclaimed music show, produced by Somethin’ Else.

Sir Paul will join Ronnie in his chat and music show where they will be jamming together, playing tracks, discussing their rock and roll histories and talking about the music they love.

The Ronnie Wood Show is a televised version of his radio programme on Absolute Classic Rock which began on the channel in February. It is the first series that Ronnie has ever done on television, which Absolute Radio claims to be a success for the channel, with The Independent proclaiming Ronnie as: “The Old master at the heart of the renaissance at Sky Arts.”

“What an extraordinary coup to have these two musical giants appearing together on the show,” comments James Hunt, Channel Director of Sky Arts. “Both men have the most astonishing wealth of stories and experiences and this is just the most thrilling climax to an incredible series. No doubt our customers will find this a complete joy to watch. ”

Wood has selected a playlist for his Absolute Classic Rock show, which he will discuss with McCartney.



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