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I have recently upgraded my laptop to Windows 8, it is a superb operating system, well that is my opinion.  It runs on two levels, it starts up like  android tablet with apps to click, and download. The only fault I can see, it that there is no way of searching the microsoft app store.  Anyway, reason for mentioning this is that I have finally got a version of Tune in Radio that works. I can see what people say about this app it is terrific. Back to Windows 8, it works first as a form of tablet, I do not have a touch screen and have had no problems in adjusting to it and I am 60 plus!  Then if you click on the pane situated with all the apps, l which in my case shows it is a Fujitsu desktop you can use it just like Windows 7.

 

Smooth Radio is great in the mornings. Simon Bates at Breakfast with the deep brown voice, then Lyn Parsons during the morning.  Lyn is a great broadcaster, a delight to hear a female broadcaster. Having said that also admire Vanessa Feltz and Jo Wiley.

Selected news from Radio Today

 

23/07/2013 – 15:30 |

Absolute Radio has come out on top in a recent research report looking for the most creative brand for planners, with Bauer 6th and Global Radio in 8th place.

The report Industry View 2013 was produced by specialist research company Work Research and paints a picture of how media brands are viewed using data from agencies, industry thought leaders and media planners.

When asked to rate the media brands in terms of how they respond to briefs and the quality of their creative and strategic ideas, the respondents put Absolute Radio at the top for the second year running, ahead of Google in second place, Bauer (6th) and Global Radio (8th).

The report also found that Absolute Radio’s perception within the marketplace for servicing and profile has also improved, up from 7th in the UK to 3rd, just behind Google and The Telegraph.

Absolute Radio’s Commercial Director Simon Kilby said: “These are spectacular results for our business. To maintain our position as one of the most creative and strategic-thinking brands whilst also improving our reputation for profile, servicing and relevance is something that makes us very proud.”

The results were based on the answers given from key staff at agencies and planners including Havas Media, Mediacom, MEC, Starcom Mediavest, Zenith Optimedia, Phd, Carat, OMD, Mindshare and Initiative.

One of the BBC’s most recognisable voices, James Alexander Gordon, is retiring from reading the weekly classified football results on 5 live.

The announcement was made in a series of tweets by Head of BBC Sports News and BBC Radio Sport Richard Burgess. He said: I’m very sorry to announce James Alexander Gordon is to retire from reading the classified football results on BBC radio.

“James recently underwent surgery to remove his larynx after contracting cancer. Sadly his voice is now not strong enough to broadcast. Surgery was successful, but James has decided “with great sorrow” to give up “the most exciting part of my career, the classified results.

“We are all desperately sad at this news – 5pm on Saturdays will never be the same again without JAG’s warm, familiar voice.”

The 77 year old has been reading the results since 1973 at the BBC and was heard each Saturday afternoon on BBC Radio 5 live.

Former BBC Radio 1 senior producer Chris Johnson is joining Southern Cross Austereo as Digital Content and Product Director.

The Melbourne-based role will see him reporting to former Absolute Radio boss Clive Dickens, who is now Director of Digital and Innovation at the broadcaster.

He has most recently been working at kidspot.com.au as Head of Product & Operations.

The company says Chris will focus on propelling SCA forward in the quickly evolving digital space, and ingrain the company’s digital content and product strategy across all elements of the multi-platform business.

Clive Dickens told RadioToday: “I am thrilled that Chris Johnson has agreed to lead our Digital Content Team. His unique experience of Broadcast Radio within the Digital Team at the BBC and targeted consumer media at Kidspot as part News Corp Australia will be a great asset to SCA.”

Chris said: “I’m really excited to be joining the digital team at SCA. This place has phenomenal brands, talent and ambition and I’m looking forward to helping continue the tradition of creating world-leading digital content and developing services that audiences love.”

Whilst at BBC Radio 1, Chris created digital products and content across desktop and mobile platforms, having started at the corporation as a web developer in 2006 after completing Masters Degree in Computer Science.

Former BBC Radio 1 senior producer Chris Johnson is joining Southern Cross Austereo as Digital Content and Product Director.

The Melbourne-based role will see him reporting to former Absolute Radio boss Clive Dickens, who is now Director of Digital and Innovation at the broadcaster.

He has most recently been working at kidspot.com.au as Head of Product & Operations.

The company says Chris will focus on propelling SCA forward in the quickly evolving digital space, and ingrain the company’s digital content and product strategy across all elements of the multi-platform business.

Clive Dickens told RadioToday: “I am thrilled that Chris Johnson has agreed to lead our Digital Content Team. His unique experience of Broadcast Radio within the Digital Team at the BBC and targeted consumer media at Kidspot as part News Corp Australia will be a great asset to SCA.”

Chris said: “I’m really excited to be joining the digital team at SCA. This place has phenomenal brands, talent and ambition and I’m looking forward to helping continue the tradition of creating world-leading digital content and developing services that audiences love.”

Whilst at BBC Radio 1, Chris created digital products and content across desktop and mobile platforms, having started at the corporation as a web developer in 2006 after completing Masters Degree in Computer Science.

Juice FM’s Dave Monk has been appointed Group Creative Manager for all of UTVMedia GB’s thirteen local stations.

The role means he will oversee the creative teams at each of the local stations, a key part in both the management and the direction of the writing and production talent. He will report to the ILR Group Sales Director, Michael Dobson.

Dave has 24 years experience in the radio industry, working at stations across the North West including UTV’s Juice FM, Wish FM, Wire FM, Tower FM and Radio Wave, plus Smooth, Real Radio and Radio City. He was the creative manager for Radio City, IRG and The Wireless Group. He also taught at Liverpool Media Academy and developed and delivered courses of his own.

Dave Monk told RadioToday: “I’m really looking forward to bringing all my skills to this new role – I know the radio industry inside out and believe that we have some incredible talent here at UTV so my ambitions are high. I can’t wait to get started and push things further forward.”

Michael Dobson, ILR Group Sales Director, said: “I’m really proud of the creative teams that we have in place, and having someone as experienced as Dave Monk leading our creative writing and production facility can only make things even stronger.”

 

The final David Jacobs Collection will be broadcast on Sunday 4th August as the 87 year old presenter steps down from his weekly show on Radio 2.

The legendary radio presenter has been hosting the Sunday night show since 1998 but will step back from regular presenting duties for health reasons.

But David’s not leaving completely, as future special programmes are planned for later in the year.

He said: “Over the past two years Radio 2 has given me time to be treated for liver cancer and Parkinson’s Disease. My Producer, Alan Boyd, has been a tower of strength in so many ways and I thank him profusely. We shared a love of so many records and wonderful music.

“I will not stop collecting but my sadness will be that I cannot share them with all my loyal listeners. But rest assured, I will be back from time to time.”

Bob Shennan, Controller of Radio 2, 6 Music and Asian Network, said: “It’s a word that is overused, but David Jacobs is truly a unique broadcaster. He has been an integral part of the BBC for so many years and is loved by his listeners and Radio 2 colleagues alike. Since 1998 he has embodied the sound of Sunday evenings and I am already looking forward to his special programmes later in the year.”

Born in 1926, David joined the Royal Navy after leaving school. It was during this time that he made his first broadcast on a programme called Navy Mixture. When demobilised after the war, he joined the BBC as an announcer and newsreader. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including being admitted to Radio Academy Hall of Fame in 2005. And in 1996 David was honoured with a CBE.

David was voted Britain’s Top Disc Jockey for six years, both for the BBC and Radio Luxembourg. He was the Variety Club of Great Britain TV Personality of the Year in 1960 and BBC Radio Personality of the Year in 1975. In 1984, he received the Sony Gold Award for his outstanding contribution to radio over the years and was subsequently admitted to the Sony Hall of Fame. He has also received the Richard Martin Award for exceptional service in the cause of animal welfare and is well known for his devotion to charitable causes.

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His many radio credits include Housewives Choice, Pick Of The Pops, Any Questions Any Answers? (ran for 17 years), Melodies For You (ran for 12 years), Journey Into Space, and a daily lunchtime programme on Radio 2.

His numerous television credits include Juke Box Jury, Saturday Night With David Jacobs, Come Dancing, What’s My Line?, and Eurovision Song Contest. David is also the author of Jacobs Ladder, the best-seller Caroline, and Any Questions? with Michael Bowen.

Details of the programme which will be broadcast from Sunday 11 August will be announced shortly.

 

 

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