I have been listening for some time in the shower to Radio Jackie, which comes from South West London. It was of course a pirate station with humble beginnings, and then turned into a 24 hour pirate station on land. I used to receive it on am in North West London. It relaunched as a replacement for the ailing station for South West London, and bought it out for a token sum and ever since broadcasts legally. Since then they have been broadcasting on 107.8 fm from the Tolworth Tower in Southe West London. It comes in extremely well in my area of North West London. They have lively broadcasters, and tend to play one oldie and then a current tune. It sounds so different to other local radio stations. Keep up the good work Jackie!
If you would like to read more about the station, and even listen to it online here a link http://www.radiojackie.com/
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Chris North exits Wise Buddah for a break
Wise Buddah’s Director Chris North has decided to leave the independent production company after 12 years to take some time out.
Chris is currently Director of Talent and Deputy MD.
He said: “My time at Wise Buddah has been fantastic, allowing me to work with some incredibly talented people. I am – and always will be – extremely proud of all that we have achieved as a company.
“I may return to management again at some point but I want to step away from being a company director, and head of department. 12 years is a long time and after having taken a month off recently, I have come to the decision a longer break is needed. We looked at the practicalities of my taking this and returning, but bearing in mind the companies needs and my own, all concerned agreed this was the best solution.
I wish all in the company every success”. Wise Buddah Managing Director, Dave Holt said.
“I will be sorry to see him go, Chris leaves us after a fantastic spell building Wise Buddah’s Talent agency into one of the most exciting around with a very strong roster and brilliant team behind them.”
Chris joined Wise Buddah in 2000 from the Radio Academy. He moved to Wise Buddah Talent in 2001 as an agent and became head of talent in 2006. He helped Wise Buddah Talent pick up a 2007 Sony Gold for the Best Internet Programme Award.
Global Radio’s LBC 97.3 has issued an on-air apology for broadcasting a piece of news about Chelsea Football Club which wasn’t true.
The apology came during the James Whale show on Thursday after the station said Chelsea Football Club and club owner Mr Roman Abramovich owed £593,000 to the Metropolitan Police on Tuesday.
The LBC apology said: “On this show on Tuesday we criticised Chelsea Football Club and Mr Roman Abramovich, who we stated owe £593,000 to the Metropolitan Police in respect of match-day policing.
Now, this statement, I’m afraid, was false and it has been confirmed to us that Chelsea have paid in full all amounts owed to the police.
Club financing of match-day policing reflects the law nationally on the policing of events such as sports matches, music festivals and so on.
We apologise unreservedly to Chelsea Football Club and Mr Abramovich for any offence caused by our broadcast.”
Absolute Radio and Expedia have teamed up to give away vouchers of £1,000 to listeners taking part in a daily on-air competition.
It begins on The Frank Skinner Show on Saturday where listeners will hear in-show credits for Expedia.co.uk which will also feature in Frank’s podcast.
Then on Monday, Hometime presenter Geoff Lloyd will be joined each day by a waiter from a different country who will invoke memories of summer holidays. A Spanish waiter will be his guest one day, a Greek or French waiter another day, and they will recite lists of holiday memories (a pedalo, paella, sun screen, deck-chair etc) The first two callers through to the studio will each be given a contrasting list of items, and whoever recalls the most will win a £1,000 Expedia.co.uk voucher.
Absolute Radio’s In-Stream Ad service will target logged-in listeners during the show with bespoke messaging such as ‘Click now for your chance to enter into the competition to win, thanks to Expedia’. By clicking on the banner, the user will be taken to the online promotional splash page.
Bauer Media’s group-wide radio charity Cash for Kids has raised over £11m for charity in the last 12 months, beating last year’s efforts by 14%.
The Mission Christmas campaign, a nation-wide fundraiser in aid of local children and young people suffering from neglect and poverty, distributed over £6.8million over the Christmas period. Each station was at the heart of local fundraising activities which enabled fundraisers to distribute cash, toys and gifts to over 250,000 children.
Sir Cliff Richard, Dame Helen Mirren and Ant & Dec offered support to the Mission Christmas appeal which featured across the ‘Place’ portfolio of Bauer Radio stations including Magic 105.4, Key 103 and Metro Radio.
Dee Ford, Group Managing Director Radio, Bauer Media: “We are extremely proud of our Cash For Kids charities which surpassed all expectations and broke all previous fundraising records.
Kat Knapp, Head of Promotions for Absolute Radio said, “Expedia is a fantastic brand that we’ve worked with in the past and it’s great to have them back. The promotion during January is perfectly timed to encourage Absolute Radio’s listeners to sample their holiday ideas and drive incremental holiday bookings for Expedia.co.uk
Nevis Radio is to surrender its commercial radio licence after winning a community radio licence to serve the Fort William area.
The small station has been on-air and privetly owned since 1992 and currently broadcasts on four frequencies in the Western Highlands.
Its licence award today is part of six groups being granted a licence to broadcast, and one rejection.
The new stations are: K-Town FM in Kinglassie and surrounding area, KYFM in Kirkcaldy, Irvine Beat FM in North Ayrshire, Keith Community Radio in Moray and Deveron FM in Banff and Macduff.
K-Town FM will provide a community radio service catering for the people of the former mining communities of Kinglassie and surrounding towns and villages.
KYFM will serve the town of Kirkcaldy and surrounding areas in Fife.
Irvine Beat FM will serve people in the Fullarton, Harbourside, Redburn, Vineburgh and Castlepark areas of Irvine. The station output will have a particular emphasis placed on the improving the health and general well-being of the residents.
Keith Community Radio will provide a service for people who live in Moray. And Deveron FM will broadcast a community radio service for the population of Banff, Macduff and surrounding areas.
Liverpool’s Juice FM is to be the official radio partner of the 2013 John Smith’s Grand National Festival, taking place at Aintree Racecourse.
The partnership will see Juice host the Juice FM Stage, where artists including The Saturdays will perform on the Grand Opening Day, and the Juice FM Party Zone on the day of the Grand National on the Saturday of the meeting.
Juice FM Station Director, Graham Sarath said: “The Grand National, like Juice, is a Liverpool institution and the biggest event in the sporting and social calendar for the city. To be Official Radio Partner of the festival is fantastic for Juice and I’m really looking forward to working with the team at Aintree and having a bit of fun on air in both the build up and at the festival itself.”
John Baker, Regional Director of Jockey Club Racecourses said: “I’m delighted to be able to confirm this relationship with such an important radio station for Liverpool. We wanted to add something new to the race experience across all three days and together with The Saturdays on Grand Opening Day we see Juice FM as the perfect station to do just that.”
The event takes place from Thursday 4th to Saturday 6th April 2013.
More management exit Real and Smooth Radio as Group Head of News Christian Spooner takes up the position of News Editor at BBC Radio Merseyside.
Christian has been with the group for over a decade, having joined Real Radio Yorkshire when it launched in 2002 as Deputy News Editor.
He became North West News Editor in 2007 before taking taking up his current role in 2012.
Christian will take over as News Editor at BBC Radio Merseyside in April, replacing Lee Bennion.
Christian Spooner told RadioToday.co.uk: “I’ve spent a wonderful decade with Real and Smooth and it’s been a privilege to work with the best news team in commercial radio. We have consistently raised the bar in radio journalism which has been recognised with a cabinet full of awards.”
Real and Smooth Radio Group Programme Director John Simons said: “Over the past 10 years Christian has played a significant role in shaping the editorial sound of our stations. His high standards and keen news sense have ensured Real and Smooth have provided some of the most compelling news programming in broadcasting, recognised by the industry with many wins in the Sony’s, Arqiva’s, IRN and New York Festivals. We wish him every success in his future role.”
Since being bought by Global Radio in June 2012, several management have left the company either by choice or through redundancy, including Chief Executive Stuart Taylor, Real Radio’s Brand Director Mark Matthews, Group Head of Marketing Helen Dickinson, Real Radio Wales’ Managing Director Tony Dowling and Group Commercial Director Jonathan Gillespie.
Steve Wright’s pre-recorded Sunday Love Songs programme has breached BBC Trust guidelines on accuracy and interacting with the audience.
Steve was heard saying listeners could get in contact with the show ‘anytime’, which has lead to a complaint when one person realised the show was not live.
The complaintant said that some callers who had been encouraged to make requests would be wasting their efforts, as were some who listened in hoping to hear their letters read out and songs played.
The programme is recorded on a Friday, with the playlist finalised on a Thursday.
After this, Radio 2 changed the messages on the request lines to make it clear but the Trust said these did not go far enough to make it clear requests wouldn’t make the next show.
A spokeswoman for the station told the Telegraph: “In light of the Trust’s findings on clarity for people leaving dedications for the programme, we have revised the wording in order to ensure the process is absolutely clear for listeners.”
Radio 2 in Holland have a new jingle package produced by Wise Buddah in London, just months after re-branding Radio 2 in the UK.
The team was tasked to create a package that sounded fresh and contemporary whilst maintaining the core musical identity of one of the country’s largest public radio stations.
Radio 2’s Music Manager, Arjan de Ruiter said: “At Wise Buddah they understood how to give Radio 2 the sound of ‘today’, without losing the unique identity of Radio 2.
“Working with them was a real pleasure. They caught the sound of Radio 2 extremely well in our new package. They really understood what we were looking for from the original demo to the final delivery.”
Wise Buddah’s Paul Plant told RadioToday.co.uk: “Dutch radio is such an exciting place for us right now and it was great working with Arjan and everyone at Radio 2. We also worked with a new Dutch vocalist which is always a pleasure!.
“We put a lot of effort into the original pitch and were really delighted when they called us to give us the go ahead to make the package!”