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Great to learn that Caesar the Geezer will be back on the radio soon ……….. he was one of my all time favourite DJs.   All this and much more news selected by my from the Radio Today site

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Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd has joined Jazz FM to host a weekly Blues show.

The Blues Mobile with Elwood Blues is sponsored by Virgin Holidays, part of a deal negotiated by Manning Gottlieb OMD, and broadcast each Sunday 2-4pm.

The weekly blues bible takes audiences through the history of the blues through to the present day, with the latest in blues news with albums from established artists and the upcoming blues stars of tomorrow.

Each week Elwood Blues will invite a guest onto the show and Jazz FM’s Mike Vitti will take people on a musical tour round the states with programme partners Virgin Holidays, from the mid west to the deep south and everywhere in between.

The show will be supported online with competitions to win all-inclusive trips to a range of US blues-inspired destinations including Chicago, New Orleans and Las Vegas. Upcoming guests include Ruthie Foster this year’s winner of the Blues Music Award trophy for Best Female Traditional Blues Singer, and many more.

Virgin Holidays is a great brand fit with Jazz FM,” says Jo Coltman, Head of Sales, Jazz FM. “Our listeners love to travel and share many cultural trends with Virgin’s up market traveler. I am also hugely excited about bringing screen legend Dan Aykroyd to our UK radio audience for the first time – a move which illustrates Jazz FM’s commitment to pushing programming boundaries and producing innovative content.”

6 Music host Jon Holmes will be presenting Saturday mornings on BBC Radio 2 this summer, covering Graham Norton.

The show, called the Jon Holmes Situation, starts on July 21st for two weeks, but then takes a break during the Olympic programmes returning on August 18th.

His current show on 6 Music is broadcast at the same time-slot so a handful of guest presenters will cover for him, including writer and broadcaster Andrew Collins.

On 2, he’ll have a different guest each week, with Penelope Keith, Nerys Hughes, Sue Pollard and Linda Robson lined up so far. We’re told regular features on the programme will include the Ken Bruce Master Quiz in which pop stars will have to answer questions about Ken Bruce, Toddler Pops in which Jon invites listeners to identify the tune as played by a two-year-old child on a toy glockenspiel and Band I Found On MySpace Or… where a listener battles against a studio guest in a game of names. And in His Busker’s Voice slot, Jon will showcase brand new music talent in a series of live sessions.

Jon told RadioToday.co.uk: “I love both radio and also, coincidentally, the number ’2′ so this is in many ways a perfect fit for me. Think of me as the summer supply teacher for Mr Norton’s class, which means, like any supply teacher, I won’t have a clue where you’re up to with your reading and literacy, so instead we’ll just mess about and play games.”

Former Talk Radio UK phone-in host Caesar The Geezer is returning to the air with Sittingbourne’s new radio station.

He’ll be on community station SFM Radio after it launches this Thursday.

Caesar, aka Chris Rogers was well known the 80s and 90s as Caesar The Geezer/Caesar The Boogieman, with a late night show on Invicta FM, Essex FM and early breakfast on Kiss London, before moving to Talk Radio for its launch in 1995.

SFM Radio will be opened by both The Mayor Of Swale, Cllr Pat Sandle and local MP Gordon Henderson pushing the switch at midday on Thursday 26th July.

Other presenters on the station include Nick Berry on weekday Breakfast and Pete Flynn on Drivetime.

Smooth Radio has hired sports media specialist Jonny Gould to anchor its extended breakfast sports bulletins during the Olympics.

Jonny will be reunited with breakfast presenter Simon Bates from Monday – more than 15 years after they first broadcast together on talkSPORT.

Group Programme Director John Simons told RadioToday.co.uk: “Jonny’s a great talent and I’m delighted he will be joining Simon in the studio for breakfast, delivering extended sports bulletins to the Smooth audience during the greatest sporting event on Earth.”

Jonny is currently CEO at Sportsmedia Broadcasting Ltd. He’s also on Extra Time on talkSPORT and as a Saturday Sport pundit on Sky News.

Pirate FM flies the Cornish Olympic flag
July 30th, 2012 5:51 pm | Leave a comment

The Cornish flag can be flown at the Olympics, thanks to Pirate FM.

Spectators can only wave flags from participating countries, along with those of England, Scotland and Wales. But after Pirate FM intervened organisers say they will make an exception for the flag of St Piran.

After hearing about its importance, heritage and the proud tradition that it represents in the Duchy a spokesperson for LOCOG told the radio station: “It shouldn’t be a problem.”

Supporters will be able to cheer on members of Team GB, including competitors from Cornwall, so long as the flag is not bigger than 2m x 1m, the same rule which is applied to all other flags. Organisers say this is to ensure that the view of other members of the crowd is not interrupted.

Earlier this year during the jubilee celebrations the Queen’s barge flew the Cornish flag, thanks to a Cornishman being involved in its preparation. Olympic fans in Redruth told the station: “The Olympics are where people express their nationality and support their teams. Why shouldn’t the Cornish wave their flags if there is a Cornish athlete out there?”

Another added: “Certainly with the sailing it would be nice to see it.” Ben Ainslie is one of the Duchy’s brightest medal hopes, having secured three gold medals in the past.

Pirate FM’s newly appointed Programme Controller Neil Caddy said: “We are looking forward to cheering on Cornish competitors including Helen Glover, Wendy Houvenaghel and of course Ben Ainslie. We’re pleased that we will be able to do it under the banner of the St Piran’s flag – recognised by Cornish people the world over. We’ll be looking out for it in the crowds over the coming weeks.”

Cornish campaigner and author Mike Chappell said: “I was elated quite honestly. I think this is a real success for the Duchy of Cornwall and for all of us that recognise that the flag of St Piran has been adopted as something that is very close to our hearts. It is a Cornish icon really.

“It is our flag and it will be a great day to see those that are from Cornwall participating in the Olympics to be able to wave their St Piran’s flags with pride

Planet Rock boss says “I’m no fat cat”
July 1st, 2012 2:47 pm | Leave a comment

An open letter from Planet Rock CEO Malcolm Bluemel says the station has been criticised for offering subscription-based content.

Malcolm says he is mortified by the abuse and comments – and that if he was a fat cat he would have not spent £3m of his own money keeping the station running.

“For the last four years I have worked my backside off to keep this station going,” he said. “It has, during that time, cost me personally £1,000 a day (yes, I have spent every penny I’ve worked all my life for), to get up at 5.45 in the morning and travel to London, to agonise over playlists and deal with all the compliance and contractual issues that go with running a small business these days.

“I’m told that we have a passionate audience who love the station but as soon as I try anything to ease the tremendous losses I get abused by a minority of that said audience.”

In his letter, posted on the Planet Rock website, he points out the station is still available free of charge 24 hours a day and the additional content is there for people to purchase or not as they choose.

“I am not a fat cat. If I was I would have kept my money in my pocket, stayed at home with my wife and children and been 3 million pounds better off. The team at Planet Rock remain dedicated to providing our listeners the highest quality service possible both on and off air and will continue to do so.”

The station announced on June 11th that is was planning to charge £5 a month for a VIP club, which will provide listeners with extra ad-free programmes and content online.

At the time, Malcolm was quite open about offering the service to help the station survive. He said: “The world is changing and Planet Rock has to change with it. We are asking our family of listeners to help us make that change and secure the future of their favourite radio station.”

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.

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