Radio Newsbeat


A very good programme tonight on Absolute Radio 60s.  Colin Blunstone being interviewed on his experiences in the 60s, with his favourite tracks played as well.

Wireless from Age Concern play some good music, but although I am over 60, I find the spoken inserts rather patronising.

Tony Dibben seems to do nearly all the breakfast show on Gold, not sure if some are voice tracked, he does involve listeners in phone comments.

News of a new book by Emperor Rosko, a digital update on his DJ Book. £3.99 well worth a look – link to Amazon for the rather expensive original book at  the base of the article.

To buy the pdf book please follow this link

Total Rock has been test transmitting on DAB in London, and also appears to be on the National Multiplex.  The Rock there is not to my taste, sometimes almost Kerrang Style.

Selected from the Radio Today Site

Audio from Paula White presenting her last show on BBC Radio Stoke after “a couple of drinks” has been circulating online after it appeared on Radiofail.

She started her last show at 1pm Friday afternoon but 30 minutes later she was replaced after listeners presumed she was drunk. One text from a listener said “Paula you sound drunk” to which Paula replied “I’m not drunk, I’ve had a couple of drinks I’m not drunk” followed by a long laugh.

Because it was her last show Paula said she’s not playing the songs she’s suppose to play but will take requests because she’s having a party.

Computer equipment failed to work which led to moments of silence and filling.

After 30 minutes fellow presenter Dan Siegertsz appeared after a song saying Paula was not quite feeling well so took the rest of the afternoon off.

A BBC Spokesperson told “Paula White was unable to continue on-air yesterday as she was under par. Fortunately Denholm Siergertz was on hand to take over the show and listeners were able to enjoy the usual lively mix of chat and local news.

We can confirm that this was Paula’s last show in the afternoon weekday slot on BBC Radio Stoke.“

( Waffler – Here is a link to the radio fail site

BBC Radio 2 morning presenter Ken Bruce has signed a new three-year contract with the station, keeping him there till he’s 65.

Ken told the Mirror newspaper he’s far too young to think about retiring, and how much he has a great time going in to work every day.

“If it wasn’t fun the audience wouldn’t like it and I would know to try something else. Anyway, I’m far too young to think about retiring,” he said.

Ken started at BBC Radio 2 in 1982 as a stand-in presenter and recent rumours suggested Simon Mayo was due to takeover the mid-morning show from Ken which he has presented continuously since 1992.

Before joining Radio 2, he was a staff announcer in his native Scotland for Radio 4 Scotland and BBC Radio Scotland.

LBC 97.3′s newest recruit is Love and Marriage actor Larry Lamb who’ll present a new weekend show on the Global Radio station.

Lamb, who’s also been in Eastenders and Gavin & Stacey, will start his new show this Sunday from 10am till 1pm

Larry Lamb said: “I’m delighted to be joining LBC 97.3′s Sunday line up. Looking forward to striking up conversations with the audience. Listen in and watch out!”

Global Radio’s Director of Broadcasting Richard Park said: “We are thrilled to welcome Larry to the LBC 97.3 team. He has a massive passion for radio and this, combined with his down-to-earth and punchy style, will make him a hit with our listeners.”

Chris and his sports reporter Vassos will be putting the focus on the brass section of the orchestra. Vassos will attempt to learn to play a trombone. In this picture they are limbering up trying out their trumpeting skills.

Chris said: “Never one to blow my own trumpet, instead – for Radio 2’s 2DAY – my sports guru Vassos will be attempting to learn the trombone. And I’m sure he’ll be top brass!”

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the world’s longest running orchestral music show ‘Friday Night is Music Night’, so this year’s 2Day celebrates the orchestra and its instruments, culminating in a Friday Night Is Music Night Gala concert at the Hackney Empire in London.

Throughout the day, Radio 2 explores the impact of orchestral instruments across a wide range of music, from pop to jazz, from folk to classical. Each show, from Chris Evans to Simon Mayo is themed around a different section of the orchestra and features special guests, orchestral moments some unlikely live music performances.

Amazing Radio will be back on DAB in the London area exactly a year after transmissions on the national Digital One multiplex ended.

The new music station is also taking space on DAB in Dublin as part of its international expansion plans which includes time-shifted streams for US time zones.

“We’re back, not yet nationally in the UK, although we hope to get there one day,” Matt Jamison, Amazing Radio Programme Director told RadioToday.

“We were sad to come off DAB, but we kept going online and on mobile Apps, increasing our audience and improving our output every month. Now we’re back, bigger and hopefully better, broadcasting in London and the south-east initially on the D2 DAB multiplex”.

The station will be back on-air on May 13th after playing Birdsong as a test – a nod to the channel it replaced when transmissions first started nationally in 2009.

Amazing Beats and Amazing Chill will also commence streaming via the station’s website.

“Getting back on the air is the first step of a major expansion of amazing” says Amazing Media parent company founder CEO Paul Campbell.

“We have expanded all our operations, from the B2B music delivery service Amazing Instore which gives musicians new revenue chances and reduces costs for retailers, to sessions and gigs in venues large and small -small music pubs to the Royal Albert Hall. Next, we go transatlantic, with a major launch in the USA scheduled for later in 2013.

“We have some very exciting and unexpected things to announce then. It’s all part of our promise to help new and emerging musicians get discovered and make money in a fair and ethical way. We’re sorry we could not persuade Arqiva to let us back nationally on Digital One, but we will keep serving new music lovers, in more places than ever, in the years to come”.

The BBC Radio Journalism Apprenticeship Scheme has opened up for applicants hoping for a career in speech radio at the corporation.

The scheme has six positions available for a paid apprenticeship in BBC Radio Production, and is encouraging anyone who has a passion for speech radio to apply.

The BBC Radio Journalism Apprenticeship Scheme combines training and study at Lambeth College in London with work placements in the radio production teams, offering training in every aspect of radio journalism, from how to create accurate, clear, and balanced reports, to how to write for radio, the web, and social media.

The apprenticeship and work placements will be for 2 years, starting this September (2013) and ending in September 2015.

The experience gives all the skills and knowledge needed to gain an Advanced Apprenticeship in Journalism (Level 3) and an NCTJ diploma in BBC Radio Production.

The application process opened on May 6th and will close on the 20th May


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