Radio Newsbeat

Here is my latest selection of radio news, from the Radio Today News Site

Tony Horne joins community radio station
26/09/2012 – 21:23
Former Metro Radio breakfast presenter Tony Horne is to join Newcastle community radio station NE1fm for a weekly show each Saturday morning.

Tony is currently hosting a networked mid-morning show, weekdays on Wish FM, Tower FM and Wire FM in the North West, but made his mark on North East radio over the last couple of decades. He left Metro over a year ago without explanation. It was later announced that the station had signed Capital FM’s breakfast duo Steve and Karen.
Tony is modest about his new show: “The last fifteen months have taught me many things. Above all though, there is no doubt that the people of the North East want to hear the Tony Horne Radio Show back on the air.”
Tony added: “I have nothing left to achieve in the North East market place but it’s clear it needs a rocket up its backside.”
Kev Atkinson, from the management team of NE1fm 102.5, commented: “It’s great to have such an experienced and talented broadcaster on-board. Besides from offering his iconic Tony Horne Radio Show to a local audience once again, he’ll also be complimenting our training programme and helping to develop the next generation of radio talent in the North East, a traditionally very tough place to get an opportunity in radio.”
Individuals interested in volunteering at NE1fm, like Tony will be from October, can get involved all year-round in both on-air and off-air capacities. More information is available via the station’s website.

Presenter hosts show from a traffic jam
27/09/2012 –
Magic 1152 breakfast presenter Anna Foster found herself broadcasting her entire show from her car after getting stuck in a jam at 5am.

Anna set off from her County Durham home at 4.30am for the 30 mile drive to work but with a mile of her journey to go she found herself grid locked on the normally deserted Askew Road in Gateshead.
With her 6am live on air time approaching she made a desperate call to station bosses to explain her predicament, as she explained: “I was starting to panic and to be honest it was a throw away suggestion to my boss that i could do the show from my car using my mobile phone. He agreed and hoping my battery would last the four hours we went live from what must have been the region’s biggest jam.
“There were hundreds of unlucky people stuck in the queue so I also had a live audience and some unusual ‘studio’ guests including Postmen and Police officers telling me their flood tales. There was a great spirit amongst the people and the hours flew by. I was convinced the jam would start moving but I finished my show drenched through at 10am in exactly the same place as where I had stopped at 5am.
“It was a surreal experience and I doubt I will ever do anything like this again. I had loads of texts and tweets from listeners saying how much they enjoyed the show and really felt they were at the centre of all the action. It just goes to show with a bit of determination and a decent phone battery anything is possible.”

Olly Murs to cover Jamie on Heart London
27/09/2012 –
Singer Olly Murs is to host the breakfast show on Heart London with Harriet Scott – but for one day only whilst Jamie takes the day off.

He’s also performing an intimate gig for the station next month, which will be the first of three Love Music Live events with Tetley Tea.
Olly will sing at the music venue Under The Bridge on Friday 12th October in front of Heart listeners and guests. The announcement follows previous Love Music Live events, which have featured artists such as Robbie Williams and Michael Bublé.
Heart’s Love Music Live with Tetley Tea will be promoted across all 18 Heart regional stations, with tickets being given away online and on-air.
Global Radio’s Director of Broadcasting Richard Park said: “Heart’s Love Music Live gives our listeners a once-in-a-lifetime experience, as they enjoy an exclusive performance from some of the world’s biggest artists. We’re thrilled to announce our new series of gigs, launching with a real Heart favourite, Olly Murs.”

5 live’s Aasmah Mir to leave the station
28/09/2012 – 11:27
One of BBC Radio 5 live’s longest serving presenters Aasmah Mir is leaving the station to explore other opportunities.

She’s been there over a decade and has presented virtually every news programme on the station, most recently co-presenting Drive with Peter Allen.
In an email to staff this morning, controller Adrian Van-Klaveren said: “I’m sorry to tell you that Aasmah Mir has decided to leave 5 live in early November at the end of her current contract.
“I know you’ll join me in thanking her for all she’s done for the station and wishing her the very best for the future. We’ll announce her successor as the permanent co-presenter of Drive in due course.
Aasmah said: “5 live has been my family and my home for the past 11 years and I will really miss my colleagues. The time is right, though, to start the next chapter in my broadcasting career. I leave behind incredibly fond memories of my time on air here. Most notably, I will miss working with Peter. Who will get his tea now? Our time together has brought record RAJARS and two Sony Golds – if it’s good to leave at the top then I feel like I’m doing that today. I want to thank 5Live for all the good times. There have been many of them. It’s a station staffed by some of the very best in the business and I wish everyone continued success.”

Aasmah announced the news herself on Twitter last night:

Rock FM advertise alternative breakfast
30/09/2012 – 18:55 | 4 Comments
Rock FM has been giving away free bacon rolls to anyone re-tuning from Radio 1, following the departure of Chris Moyles.

Promotional staff have been out across Lancashire on busy roads in key towns where there were queues of listeners driving to school and work. Message boards saying “Bite into a new breakfast show – Hywel & Jamie’s Breakfast Adventure – Monday to Friday 6am – 10am” were displayed.
So what have you been doing to entice listeners from BBC Radio 1 since Chris Moyles left? Send us your news and photos to news@radiotoday.co.uk and we’ll feature them in an upcoming edition of eRADIO.
Rock FM is owned by Bauer Media, broadcasting from Preston and serving Lancashire.

Voice-overs battle it out to win contract
01/10/2012 – 07:01 |
Four budding voiceovers are battling to win a year’s contract with a talent agency, in a competition organised by the Earshot Creative Review podcast.

Hundreds of entries to the Hobsons Voicesearch 2012 have been narrowed down to a shortlist of four. They are Mark Hulmes from Southend-on-Sea, Sefa Nkyi from South East London, Jumoke Ogunkoya, originally from Nigeria and now living in Milton Keynes and Scott Frazer from Newcastle upon Tyne.
They now face three challenges run to decide the winner – the first is a “narrative read” for a BBC Four Shakespeare trailer, with BBC Cross-trails producer James Stodd. The results can be heard on this month’s Earshot podcast. The candidates will go on to voice a commercial script at Global Radio, and a package of sweepers for student radio at Reelworld.
Their efforts will be judged by Steve Martin, editor of Earshot Creative, Ann Dawsons, client service manager at Hobsons, Jo McCrostie, head of creative at Global Radio and Clare Bowen, head of creative development at the Radio Advertising Bureau. The winner receives a twelve-month professional artist representation contract with Hobsons.

Capital and Radio 1 jocks to host SRAs
01/10/2012 – 08:04
The 2012 Student Radio Awards will be hosted by Capital FM and BBC Radio 1′s breakfast presenters Dave Berry and Nick Grimshaw.

The announcement of the two heavyweight hosts follows the news that both Global Radio and BBC Radio 1 are supporting the event this year – to be held once again at London’s indigO2. The pair will be assisted by BBC Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney and Capital FMs Pandora who will be roving around the venue, chatting to the crowds, getting to all the backstage gossip and seeking the reactions of the winners as their results are announced.
Nick Grimshaw said: “I’m super excited to be co-hosting the Student Radio Awards with Dave – student radio was my first taste of broadcasting and the first place I got to bang on about what I had for lunch!”
Dave Berry added: “It’s a pleasure to be on hosting duties at the prestigious Student Radio awards, I’m not only looking forward to helping inspire the next generation of radio talent but of course also stealing all their idea’s for the Capital breakfast show”
Annie Mac, who hosted the event last year with Scott Mills, is continuing as Chair of the awards and nomination parties will be held regionally on October 10th.
A Student Radio Awards spokesperson told RadioToday.co.uk: “The SRA is delighted that the radio industry continues supporting student radio, recognising the talent and creativity that will go on to sustain the industry for years to come. This year’s awards received over 500 entries, from student radio stations across the UK – all competing in thirteen categories, plus The Kevin Greening Award for Creativity, awarded in Kevin’s memory for unique on air creativity and exceptional execution of innovative radio.”
It’s taking place on Thursday, November 8th and you can see full coverage at Radio Today Live.

Classic FM interviews its jingle creator
01/10/2012 – 14:04
As part of its 20th birthday celebrations, presenter Tim Lihoreau has interviewed David Arnold – composer of the station’s jingle package and melody which is still on-air today.

In the video David talks about how he got in to creating radio imaging – originally for Essex FM in 1981 when he offered his services to the station. He ended up making the jingles for the station. He went on to create the signature tune for Classic FM which he’s been composing and arranging since it’s launch in 1992.
“Its success is all thanks to the melody,” David says. “The memorable tune has been recorded by top classical artists like the Swingle Singers, Royal Philharmonic, Bryn Terfel, and Lesley Garrett, among others.
“Its stayed there for 20 years, so it must be quite a good tune!”

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