I am surprised how much fresh radio news has come up in the past few days!

Sorry to learn that a breakfast DJ has died of a heart attack at 55.  I count my lucky stars that I survived my heart attack, thanks again to Watford General Hospital and Harefield Hospital for all their hard work.  I can now sympathise with everyone who takes tablets, each one comes with side effects, some welcome and others not so welcome

 

From the Radio Today Site

Too many commercials, radio listeners say
24/08/2012 –

A new Ofcom report reveals the thoughts of listeners to commercial radio.

More than one in five say there’s more advertising and programme sponsorships on air than they’re happy with, with a further 59% saying they wouldn’t want any more than there is already.

The findings are part of Ofcom’s annual survey of consumer attitudes towards broadcasting, which charts the changing public opinion towards media issues.

The research also finds that for local news, a small majority say that TV is their main source (53%), with 15% selecting newspapers, 10% radio and 6% the internet. Commercial radio listeners are more likely than BBC radio listeners to say they relied on the radio for coverage of local news (38% vs 31%), travel/weather (41% vs 34%), information about events/the community (32% vs 24%), and emergencies such as snow and floods (35% vs 39%).

Radio is seen as the second most impartial news source (52%), down from 57% in 2010, and behind television (59%). Ofcom suggests that the decrease could be related to a general decline in trust in the media following the past year’s events, with TV and radio taking the brunt of the decline, as other media were already likely to be seen as less impartial.

Regional differences are also highlighted by the report, with radio remaining particularly strong in Northern Ireland, where one-fifth (21%) of respondents say that their main media source for their nation’s news is radio, compared to 8% of respondents from Wales and 5% of respondents from Scotland.

Meanwhile, just 2% of radio listeners said they’d heard something on the radio that they found offensive in the last 12 months.

And now.. a radio show about the radio
24/08/2012

Trevor Dann and John Ryan have teamed up to produce a special programme on 5 live all about radio.

The three hour show, which will air on Bank Holiday Monday* will chat with the oldest and youngest presenters, visit the UK’s smallest station and showcase new voices and talent in the growing podcast industry.

It’ll be hosted by podcasters Helen Zaltzman and Olly Mann on BBC Radio 5 live between 1 and 4pm.

Jonathan Wall Deputy Controller of BBC Radio 5 live says: “Helen and Olly are reknowned for finding the creative, innovative and the down -right surprising from across radio and the download world. Required Listening brings a selection of the best from across the globe. It’s a great celebration of radio in all its forms.”

On the programme we’ll hear from foodies like The Hungry Cyclist and cakeordeathcooking. We’ll meet the fanatics behind the Flaps Podcast (it’s for pilots) and 99% Invisible (it’s about design). And we’ll find out why nerds are cool from Girlgeeks.com.

There’ll be an investigation of partisan football sites including Arsenal’s Arsecast and Bradford City’s Bantams Banter. We’ll meet the whistleblowing air hostess who calls herself Betty In The Sky With A Suitcase and we’ll enjoy dozens of other examples of creative radio from all over the cyberspace.

Trevor Dann is the former Chief Executive of the Radio Academy, secretary of the Radio Independents Group and Visiting Professor of Radio at the University of Lincoln, and John Ryan is ex managing editor of BBC Radio Manchester and now runs indie 2zy.

*Just “Monday” if you’re in Scotland..

Smooth Radio presenters head to Smooth 70s
22/08/2012

A handful of Smooth Radio presenters will be heard on Smooth 70s for the first time this Bank Holiday Monday.

They’re heading over to their digital sister service to count down the Top 70 of the 70s, being broadcast from midday till 5pm.

Normally presenter free, the station will accommodate Mark Goodier, Carlos, Lynn Parsons, Andy Peebles and Kid Jensen as they reveal who is the most voted song of the 70s.

But in case you don’t want to wait till Monday, we can reveal Abba’s Dancing Queen gets the top spot.

Mark Goodier said; “Abba have had staggering longevity since their creation 40 years ago, and this listener survey proves they’ve never been more popular while the eclectic mix of music in ‘TOP 70 OF THE 70s’ reflects listeners openness to a vast array of different genres of music.

“From Minnie Ripperton’s timeless ‘Loving You’ at No.70 to Abba’s now anthemic ‘Dancing Queen’ at No.1, this survey is overflowing with true classics and will make a great soundtrack to anyone’s Bank Holiday Monday.”

Smooth 70s is the only national 70s radio station, despite Absolute 70s claiming to be the only 70s radio station in the UK. It is available nationally on Digital One and online.

The Phantom of The Bay to be let loose
21/08/2012 –

CN Group station The Bay is bringing back its popular Phantom of The Bay competition.

The station gave away over £15,000 last time it ran the promotion, whichasks listeners to track down a character in a fugitive/renegade style manhunt.
Managing Director of The Bay, Bill Johnston, told RadioToday.co.uk: “The Phantom of The Bay is returning to The Bay area and we’ve got thousands of pounds up for grabs! So many people are talking about it already, phoning up the presenters on air and commenting online excited about The Phantom of The Bay’s return. But they need to remember to trust no one and ask
everyone: Are you The Phantom of The Bay?”

The Bay’s Breakfast presenter, Danny Matthews, also added: “Everyone is asking me who The Phantom of The Bay is and I’m in the dark as much as everyone else! I have no idea and am as curious as all of our listeners. The Phantom of The Bay could be anyone. The key thing is to ask everyone you suspect and ask the all important question: Are You The Phantom of The Bay? – because if you don’t say it, we won’t pay it!!”

The Phantom of The Bay returns on The Bay from Bank Holiday Monday 27th August with the first clue on ‘The Bay Breakfast.’

Special Magic programmes for music label
20/08/2012

Bauer Media’s Magic network is to celebrate 40 years of Philadelphia International Records.

Presenter Keith Martin will broadcast two shows dedicated to the label this weekend, which was set up in 1971 by writer/producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.

Throughout the August Bank Holiday weekend Keith has secured a rare interview with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff the pioneers of the iconic label and will be playing the classic songs from P.I.R.

On Saturday 25th August Steppin’Out 6 -10pm will play the dance floor grooves and Sunday 26th Soulful Sunday 7 -10pm will be dedicated to the mellow songs from the label. Keith also has a copy of 40th Anniversary 10CD Box Set to be won, and Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff will also be choosing 10 of their personal favourites from the collection.

“Being a fan of PIR as a youngster I am delighted to have Mr Gamble & Mr Huff on the show and for Magic to be involved with this special celebration of the label, said Keith.”

P.I.R. has brought a collection of quality songs from the artist’s like Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, The O’Jays, Jean Carne, McFadden & Whitehead, The Jones Girls, Billy Paul, The Three Degrees, Archie bell & The Drells, The Jacksons, The Trammps, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, The intruders, The House Band MFSB and more.

Scouts and Guides get their own station
20/08/2012

A radio station has started broadcasting for a week on FM for the Essex International Jamboree.

Jam FM, on 107.2 in Chelmsford, will cover the event which attracts over seven thousand Scouts and Guides from 20 countries.

The main presenters will be made up of Scouts and Guides who all have a keen interest in media, most having studied it at college or university. For a large section of the day, the on-air participants are aged between 10 and 18.

For the “Let Us Entertain You” (LUEY) show the participants get the chance to plan their show, selecting the music they wish to play and working out what they are going to talk about. Assisted by a couple of the presenters this is then turned into a twenty minute show and presented live across the airwaves.

Scott Robinson, Jam FM station manager, said: “It’s been a long time in the making, and allot of hard work, but I have a fantastic team who I’m really chuffed to be working with!”

Jam FM presenter Dave in the Jam FM studio

Jam FM presenter Dave in the Jam FM studio
Presenter Kayleigh Poacher added “Jam FM is going to be great because it gets the voices of Scouts and Guides on the radio station made for them. Our Let Us Entertain You show sees a team of completely different young people from all walks of life with different personalities and interests coming together to create each show… so in the space of 20 minutes absolutely anything can happen!! It’s exciting, it’s enjoyable and most of all, it’s Scouts and Guides doing what they do best – having an insane amount of fun!!”

Swindon FM presenter Ron Travolta dies
15/08/2012 –

Ron Travolta, Swindon 105.5FM’s breakfast presenter has died at the age of 55.

He suffered a heart attack yesterday morning and passed away shortly afterwards in hospital.

Ron, whose real name was Ron Inglis was a well-known DJ in the town, would have been celebrating his birthday today too – with his fiancée and two children.

Fellow presenter Trevor Smith told us: “Ron sadly passed away suddenly – he had been with the station from the outset and played a pivitol role is setting up the station and also ran all of the technical side of the station.”

His wife-to-be Shirley, who is station manager of Swindon 105.5FM led the tributes to him: “He was just larger than life,” Shirley told the Swindon Advertiser. “He was very passionate and dedicated to what he did – if he said he would do something he would always do it right. I think he tried to hide it but he was a big softie inside.

“I didn’t think I would marry again but I think trust is a very important thing and Ron was also a friend. He would always make me laugh.

“It would have been his birthday today too and I had bought him a Manchester City shirt with Ron and number one on the back – he was mad about them. It’s sad he will never see it now.

“He will be sorely missed by everyone.”

From the Digital Spy Site

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Children in Need digital radio available for pre-order
Published Friday, Aug 24 2012, 14:58 BST | By Andrew Laughlin
A radio specially designed for Children in Need has today (August 24) become available for pre-order.

The Tivoli Audio Model 10+ Children in Need has been designed by David Hampson of Cardiff, who entered a competition launched by Radio 4’s Today programme in July.

Children In Need digital radio

© BBC

The Design-a-Radio contest was inspired by the BBC’s move to its newly-refurbished Broadcasting House at Portland Place, the original home of the Children in Need programme.

Hampson’s design features coloured curves on the radio side panels that are intended to replicate the perspective view of looking up at Broadcasting House.

“The front display face on the radio echoes two of the features of the original Broadcasting House, the clock face surround and the roof aerial, but keeping these details reasonably simple and uncluttered,” Hampson explained.

“The curves on the side panels of the radio are based on the perspective view of the new building when looking up from the new courtyard.”

Children In Need digital radio

© BBC

He added: “On the right side panel the light blue represents daybreak over the still-darkened building, with the two lit windows showing that journalists on the early shift are already hard at work.

“These curved shapes also pay reference to radio and sound waves and the complex patterns that they form. The different colours of the veneer panel are a modern take on the marquetry detailing on traditional radio cabinet design; the different shades of blue giving it a crisp contemporary feel.”

Tivoli has produced a limited run of the devices and they are now available for pre-order via http://www.tivoliaudio.co.uk/cin/ or over the phone, with a view to delivery in October.

The Tivoli Audio Model 10+ BBC Children in Need radio costs £199, with £50 from each set going to Children in Need. Tivoli will take no profits from sales of the sets.

Children In Need digital radio

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