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Ofcom gives out £250k to community radio
06/03/2013 – 13:48 | 1 Comment

Grants totalling £249,639 have been given out by Ofcom to 16 community radio stations, with 29 applicants being rejected in the latest round.

Ofcom says the average grant in this second round was £15,602 with the size of award ranging from £9,880 to £27,428.

ofcomThe highest amount was given to Oldham Community Radio for a project to create a resource to help the sector to improve its training and revenue from training.

The lowest amount was for two part time posts at Flame in Birkenhead, a part time programme manager and part time technical manager, both being paid just under £5,000 each.

In giving out the money from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Ofcom notes proposals for posts to promote long-term financial security and which could become self-sustaining were favoured by the Panel, rather than applications for other support posts, even if they were considered core station functions.

Applications for the next round will be invited on April 9th 2013 with a closing date of May 8th.

Ex-Gaydar team join new online stations
06/03/2013

Three new online radio stations are set to launch in the next few months, with former GaydarRadio PC Robin Crowley in charge.

Jemm Radio, a new brand from the online advertising network, has hired Robin Crowley as Managing Director to oversee the launch of Jemm Radio One, Two and Three.

jemmThe presenter line up on Jemm One includes DJ Phil Marriott who will manage music output and present the 5pm to 9pm slot including Dance Nation on weekends.

Presenter and Head of Content Neil Sexton presents the Breakfast slot on Jemm One, alongside his former GaydarRadio breakfast co-host Debbie Ryan. Their NDebz morning show debuts on Jemm One at 7am on April 3.

Jemm Two music programming will be led by music producer Matt Smith, part of the electro dance duo Fly, Frankie, Fly who are currently working on their second album.

Jemm Three music programming is headed by Stephen Beeny, former editor of GaydarNation.

Robin Crowley: “Three highly distinctive and authentic music led radio networks which are each driven by audience interactivity and user generated content. Jemm One brings back to air the unique talent and sound that made GaydarRadio a Sony award-winning network.

“Jemm Two will focus on current and unsigned bands and new British talent and Jemm Three serves those audiences who are propelling the big, bouncy West End and Broadway fan bases. Think Glee meets Book of Mormon and you have the UK’s first ever radio network dedicated to the world of contemporary musicals.”

Each network will offer limited ad spots, sponsorship and promotions, real time online display advertising and pre-rolls.

Jemm Radio is aiming for 20,000 UK listeners per day over the first 12 weeks, listening for an average 30 minutes per day.

The stations will broadcast from purpose built studios at Jemm’s UK offices in West London, producing 504 hours of original programming a week.

Jemm CEO Matt Whaley said: “With our knowledge of real time bidding, creating our own inventory to maximise the best opportunities for advertisers is a natural progression for Jemm Media Group. Combining our technical, advertising and content knowledge will be exciting for both the advertiser and the consumer.”

LBC 97.3′s evening show presenter Iain Dale will replace James Whale at drivetime 4-8pm on the London-based talk station.

Clive Bull will then takeover the evening show, Monday to Thursday 8pm till 10pm.

Iain Dale is happy with the promotion: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have been asked to present LBC 97.3’s Drivetime show, after two and a half years with the station. These are big shoes to fill.

“The new show is going to be a real mix of the big stories and interviews, but the constant thread throughout will be our callers. They’re the ones with the stories, as I know from my evening show. I want the Drivetime show to both lead and reflect London’s agenda and the priorities of Londoners. I can’t wait to get started.”

James Rea, LBC 97.3’s Managing Editor said: “LBC 97.3 has always been home to some of the country’s best broadcasters and I know that Iain and Clive will help drive the station forward in this, our 40th birthday year.”

RadioToday announced the departure of James Whale on Monday evening.

After five years at LBC 97.3, afternoon drive presenter James Whale is leaving the station after his contract was not renewed.

jameswhalelbcRadioToday confirmed the news of his departure Monday evening on Twitter, which was followed by James tweeting the reason for his sudden exit.

James tweeted: “I can confirm that @lbc973 have not renewed my contract. Proud to have been part of the team that gave them the highest rateings for 20 years”

Speaking to RadioToday, James said: “LBC don’t want to renew my contract because they want to take the show in a different direction. I didn’t get chance to say goodbye, and I think after Danny Baker you probably don’t.

“I’ve enjoyed my time there and I wish them luck in the future”.

A spokesperson for LBC 97.3 said: “We can confirm that James Whale has left LBC 97.3 at the end of his contract. We would like to thank him for all his hard work and commitment on the drive time programme and we wish him all the best for the future.”

The three-times Sony Award winner joined the London talk station in August 2008 as a cover jock before being signed up for drivetime in September 2008.

Prior to LBC he was at talkSPORT for 13 years but was let go for suggesting to listeners that they vote for Boris Johnson just before the London mayoral election in 2008. The station was fined £20,000 because James “seriously breached the due impartiality rules at the time of an election”.

This year’s Radiodays Europe event in Berlin is expected to be the biggest yet with over 1000 participants from 50 countries involved.

And despite a much larger venue than last year, the event from 17-19 March is almost sold out two weeks ahead of the event, with only a handful of tickets left on sale.

radiodayseuropeAnders Held, one of the Project Managers of Radiodays Europe said: “We are excited about the fabulous interest from the radio community in coming to Radiodays Europe to share ideas and experiences. This fits with our theme ‘Sharing Radio’s Future.

“We strongly believe that radio has a future in this multimedia world and that Radiodays Europe can act as a focus for the radio industry and a platform from which radio shows how important it remains.

“Sharing Radio´s Future” is also about discussing ways to work together, when appropriate.”

For the first time this year, participants are coming from Brazil, Korea and India.

Follow coverage of the event with @RadioTodayLive and online at radiotoday.co.uk/live sponsored by Arqiva.

The Bay marks 20 years of broadcasting
04/03/2013 – 12:55 | 3 Comments

March 1st saw CN-Group station The Bay celebrate 20 years of broadcasting to North Lancashire and South Cumbria.

The day started off with a listener winning £1575 on an accumulating cash pot competition prize which has been running since last October, followed by an acoustic set from Toploader live at The Bay’s Lancaster studios.

Recently back together and touring the country, the band called in to Darren Milby’s Drivetime show, en route to their gig at Kendal’s Brewery Arts Centre. They chatted to Darren and performed live on air.

The Bay first went on air on Monday 1st March 1993 with a classic hits format and a line-up including Carl Greenwood, Kenni James and Mike Shaft.

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