Radio Newsbeat


I was “tuning around on my wi fi radio” yesterday and caught the Tony Blackburn show in the afternoon on Kent basedradio station KNFM. It was interesting hearing Tony play a variety of music from today and yesterday.

Jazz FM has become a radio station that we have on first thing in the morning. It is a real treat on a Sundayaround 9am to hear Robbie Vincent. Robbie was commenting on his last show that the station had a brand new studio and he was finding it difficult to get used to. He asked listeners how they would feel if someone took their tools away, eg like a plumber with no tools, or a milkman asked to do his milk round without any milk. His show is very authorative with regards the music, with plenty of Robbie Vincent chat as I have described, interview with starts and some good jazz andsoul. Peter Young also does a show on Jazz FM. I have it on DAB in the hall and DAB in the front room. We areblessed with reasonable DAB reception here but many people complain they get no reception at all. If I had thechoice now, I would buy an Internet radio as opposed to DAB, the selection of stations is generally rather poor in my opinion.  I remember that BBC Radio London had a music show by Robbie on FM only and in the late 60s I did not have FM.  I bought a cheap battery operated tuner from Henry’s Radio on Edgware Road and was able to listen to his early shows.


You Tube have all of the Cruisin’ record series on line, great programmes of rock and roll from 1955 up until 1970. Here is a sample of one such recording which will lead you to the entire series.


Radio News selected from the Radio Today Site

Marlow FM continues on-air.. underwater

Community radio station Marlow FM is continuing normal programmes despite being 14 inches below the water line ofthe River Thames.

Flood water has surrounded the building which the station is broadcast from and they currently have two petrol driven pumps sucking the river water out faster than it comes in.

“If these pumps fail we will be taken off air within minutes,” the station tells us.

Presenters are currently having to use Waders and Wellingtons to reach the studio. If the river rises any more there is the possibility that the site will be devoid of power and the station will have to resort to emergency programming with the transmitter powered by generator.

The station has informed Ofcom of the situation as a precaution. Tim Ashburner says “we’re all being terribly British about this and are pulling together in true Christmas spirit to keep MFM on air. However in light of the possibility of this happening again in the future we will have to look at relocating the transmitter elsewhere.”

Marlow FM covers Marlow and the surrounding area, including parts of High Wycombe, Loudwater, Flackwell Heath,

Bourne End, Cookham and Hurley.

OBE award for Classic FM’s Darren Henley

Classic FM Managing Director Darren Henley has been awarded an OBE for services to Music, in the 2013 New Year Honours.

Darren started at the station when it launched 20 years ago as a journalist and overnight newsreader having

previously worked at Invicta FM in 1989. He worked his way up to MD in 2006 and remembers his time at the station in a special feature written for Radio Today in September.

He has picked up three Gold Sony Radio Academy Awards, four Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards and one Classical BRIT Award.

He told “I’m really very chuffed. For me, it’s the icing on the cake as we round off Classic FM’s 20th birthday year.”

Ashley Tabor, Global Radio’s Founder & Executive President, told Radio Today: “Darren’s vision and dedication have been instrumental in Classic FM’s growth and success over the last 20 years. Our many congratulations go to him for this well deserved honour.”

Also honoured is Fran Nevrkla, Chair of Phonographic Performance Limited for services to the British Music Industry. Fran is a big supporter of radio and as a fellow of the Radio Academy, he often addresses the radio industry at official events.

“I am thrilled about this honour which makes me feel very proud,” said Fran. “I consider it a great privilege that my adopted country, the United Kingdom, has given me recognition for achievements over the years in an industry that contributes a great deal and in so many ways.”

He was chief executive of PPL for a decade until the end of last year, but remains as Chairman.

Elsewhere, Tommy Millar from BBC Radio Ulster is awarded an MBE for services to Pipe Band Music and Larry Mayers gets an OBE for services to broadcasting. BBC broadcaster Torin Douglas is also recognised for his services to the community.

Non radio announcements in the list this year include a knighthood for Bradley Wiggins, and CBEs for Jess Ennis and Kate Bush.

Kiss FM appears on national Digital One
27/12/2012 – 06:02 | 14 Comments

London-based Kiss FM UK has appeared on the national Digital One DAB multiplex, as Smooth Xmas ceased transmission for a second year.

Kiss, which is already available via a number of local digital multiplexes across the country in stereo, is transmitting in mono nationwide at 80 kbps.

Smooth Xmas, which was at the same quality, was only on-air for two months in the run-up to Christmas for the second time. Last year it morphed into Smooth 70s which is still transmitting.

Kiss FM UK is made up of Kiss 100 London, Kiss 101 in South Wales and the West, and Kiss 105-108 in the East of England. The same output is networked across all three (previously separate) FM stations after the Digital Economy Act allowed regional stations to combine if they provided a national version.

If the move is permanent, it means Kiss will appear twice on DAB sets in areas where the station is carried locally, including Birmingham, Exeter & Torbay, Cambridge, Manchester, South Yorkshire, Swindon, Tyne & Wear, Berkshire & North Hampshire, Coventry, Essex, Leeds, Peterborough, Stoke & Stafford, Cornwall, Humberside, Liverpool, Norwich, Teesside, West Yorkshire, Wolverhampton and London.

Digital One’s website says Kiss is testing at the moment, and an announcement is expected in the first quarter of 2013.

Sony winners Beryl & Betty leave radio

Eighty six year old Beryl Renwick and Ninety one year old Betty Smith will host their final show on Christmas Day just seven months after winning a Sony Gold.

Their final show, which will see them host an hour long special with producer David Reeves, will air between 1pm and 2pm on BBC Radio Humberside. The three have not broadcast together since the summer due to Betty’s health, which has prompted the decision to make one final show.

‘The very fact that these girls say what they like about whatever they want gave the programme a unique voice and a strong connection to an audience of all ages,’ Reeves told the BBC’s Ariel.

‘Beryl and Betty are the embodiment of the idea that it’s best to be yourself on the radio,’ he said. ‘As much as I thought I was getting the best out of them – they too were getting the best out of me, allowing me to create something truly special.’

The pensioners stole the show at the 2012 Sony Radio Academy Awards, winning Best Entertainment Programme ahead of fellow nominees Adam & Joe at BBC Radio 6 Music and Absolute Radio’s Frank Skinner.


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