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A cable theft at The Bay’s transmitter site in Ulverston meant the station’s three transmitters were on back-up for over 24hrs.

thebayIt appears the studio to transmitter link, between Lancaster and Ulverston was down, meaning the station could still be heard online but not on 96.9, 102.3 or 103.2 FM.

The incident happened on Monday and the latest update from the station (Wednesday afternoon) says they are still having issues.

All competitions, including the no-repeat 9-to-5 had to be suspended as the back-up tape played the same songs in the same order all day Tuesday.

The Bay said transmission problems were caused “by thieves following a 500 pair cable theft.

“Please bear with us…we’ll be back to normal with Great Music and Local News across The Bay as soon as we can,” the station posted on Facebook.

Update on transmission problems. One set of 200 pair cable and another 400 pair cable stolen from Dalton in Furness. 180 metres of each needed to be replaced before we can get back on air. The Bay crew and Arqiva are in Ulverston trying to get everything back to normal asap. Thanks for your patience from all at The Bay.


13/06/2013 – 20:53 |

As Kerrang! 105.2 enters it’s final full day of FM broadcasting, RadioToday brings you details of the digital-only Kerrang! Radio.

kerrangradioA new schedule will kick in from Monday, with current drive-time host Kate Lawler taking over Breakfast.

Kate said: “This is a brave new dawn for Kerrang! Radio and I can’t wait to kick-start listeners’ week days with a rock and roll wakeup call! The whole team is really excited about the awesome new line-up for the station – believe me we are all gonna be ready to rock from June 17th!”

Jake Thomson will do middays and Loz Guest will host afternoon ‘drive’ 2-6pm whilst Johnny Doom will present the evening show from 7pm. Johnny will also present a weekend dose of the Rock n Roll Years on Sundays 10am-2pm where he will play songs from one particular year over the past four decades.

Other parts of the new schedule includes Alex Baker presenting two regular shows – The Unsigned Show (Sundays 7pm-10pm) and The Alex Baker Show (Saturdays 2pm-6pm).

The Kerrang! Chart with Dan Hudson will air each Saturdays 10am-2pm and Klub Kerrang! with Katie Parsons will be broadcast on Saturdays 7pm-10pm.

Ric Blaxill, Music and Content Director, Kerrang! Radio, said: “We’re really proud to reveal this fantastic new presenter line-up for Kerrang! It’s just what fans are looking for – great rock music delivered by much loved, well-known, funny and passionate DJs.”

The changes to Kerrang!, available on DAB and online, see it come more into line with the artists featured in Kerrang! magazine – from Paramore, Biffy Clyro, and Frank Turner to Don Broco, 30 Seconds To Mars, and Muse.

Kerrang!’s 105.2 frequency in the West Midlands will be a simulcast of Planet Rockfrom London from Friday afternoon.

Rock Dog and the Rocking Horse do not feature in the new schedule.


The Mayor of London Boris Johnson is joining LBC with his own phone-in show, following in the footsteps of Nick Clegg.

630lbcThe deputy PM already has a weekly show, Thursday mornings during the last hour of Nick Ferrari’s breakfast show. Now Boris Johnson will do the same but on a monthly basis, on a Tuesday.

“The great thing about being on LBC 97.3 is that you get to hear what people are really talking about, said Boris.

“Nothing is off limits as Nick Ferrari and his band of fellow assassins, LBC 97.3’s loyal London listeners, attempt to expose every pound spent, every promise made and I say ‘Quite right.’ If it matters to Londoners, I want to hear about it.”

Global Radio’s Director of Broadcasting Richard Park said: “LBC 97.3 delivers yet another exclusive, agenda-setting programme as we welcome Boris Johnson to the station for his first monthly address and phone-in. This is going to be appointment-to-listen radio for London at its best.”

Ask Boris starts on Tuesday 2nd July from 9am.


12/06/2013 – 16:24 | 

Juice FM has named the winner of their competition “the Juice Recruit” who will co-present the breakfast show on a temporary basis.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATwenty-six year old Nina Roberts will work alongside Adam and Chambo while regular host Leanne Campbell is on maternity leave.

Nina, who works in the marketing department of the Roy Castle Cancer Research Foundation, made it through an eight week public audition process.

Programme Controller Mark Kaye judged the competition: “Nina really impressed us and it was important for us to give this opportunity to a Juice FM listener and more importantly a local girl with a bubbly personality who we felt could wake up Liverpool with breakfast presenter Adam Weighell.”

Nina Roberts said: “I’m in shock, I can’t believe I won! The competition was fun and I’m looking forward to working with Adam every morning on Juice FM breakfast.


Long-serving popular BBC radio announcer and newsreader Rory Morrison has died at the age of 48 after a long battle with Cancer.

Photo: BBC

Photo: BBC

Rory started his radio career at BBC local radio in Leeds, York and Cleveland before joining Radio 4 as a continuity announcer.

In 2008 he wrote an emotional article in the Daily Mail explaining his battle with Cancer – a rare type of Lymphoma.

His Twitter profile describes his as “Radio Four announcer and newsreader. Married to Nik with 2 lovely kids and Max the Spaniel.”

The station’s controller Gwyneth Williams told the BBC he was respected for his intelligence, integrity and complete professionalism and that he had been at the heart of Radio 4 for many years.


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