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Trio of commercial signings for Sun FM

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UKRD’s Sunderland station Sun FM has made three new appointments in its sales department taking on former execs from rival stations.
Alan Geddes, who has 18 years experience in the region previously working with TFM, Metro, Century and TLRC joins as sales executive.

Kevin McAuley joins as key account director after 15 years radio working across Capital and Real Radio having previously been top company biller across GMG Radio group for nearly a decade.

And Steve Close joins as sponsorship, promotions and interactive account manager. He has been working in the area for almost 15 years across Century, Real and Capital.

Julian Carter, Managing Director of Sun FM told RadioToday: “UKRD has been voted the number 1 company to work for three years running, and it is all about the people-so we have recruited the best. Our commercial team is now 12 strong and one of the biggest in the North East, led by Nicola McIntosh, Sales Director.

“Currently the team are showing significant year on year growth and it is great to see the Sun shining brightly.”

Jingles: 46 years on-air for BBC Radio 1

Our slightly more geeky sister site,, has had a montage of old Radio 1 jingles posted by a forum user to celebrate the station’s 46th birthday today.

The station launched on September 30th 1967 along with BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4.

JingleMad member Geoff Barton said: :Today’s the anniversary of the launch of BBC Radio 1 in 1967. Here’s a montage of their early JAM/PAMS jingles that I put together many years ago.”

Tony Blackburn has been tweeting about the anniversary, saying: “Have a great day everyone and congratulations to Radio 1 Radio 2 Radio 3 and Radio 4 on your 46th Birthday today.


Sacked Star Radio presenter Micky Horswill has turned up on fellow UKRD station Sun FM in Sunderland.

He’ll be on-air each Friday night with a new show, talking about Sunderland AFC, upcoming games and interviews with guests and fans.

Micky will also be on-air each match-day at 10:30 looking ahead to the next game.

The former footballer says: “It’s great to be back in the radio station and have the backing of three of my good friends and former team mates Captain Bobby Kerr, Dick Malone and Ambassador for the club Jimmy Montgomery.

“I would like to say many thanks to Lancaster Toyota Wearside for sponsoring the show. It’s always nice to be back home and speak with the people of Sunderland who I know and love so much, I’m really looking forward to speaking to the public at this exciting time of change”.

Sun FM’s Managing Director Julian Carter added: ‘What a great time for us to get more involved with our civic partners SAFC’.

Radio 2 presenter Jo Whiley has announced that Paul McCartney is to perform an intimate concert for the station at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios.
The concert, which is part of Radio 2’s live music strand In Concert, will take place on Wednesday 16 October at 1pm and will be broadcast on Radio 2 later that evening at 8pm.

Jeff Smith, Head of Music BBC Radio 2 says: “Paul McCartney is a true music legend and we are extremely excited to have him as part of our In Concert line-up. The Radio 2 audience are in for a real treat and I’m sure this will be a concert to remember!”

The performance is being recorded and will be broadcast on the BBC Red Button from Thursday 7th November.

Blur frontman Damon Albarn makes his radio presenting debut this weekend, sitting in for Dermot O’Leary.

Radio 2 says he’ll be playing music from all over the world, and joined by the star of the new Nelson Mandela movie Idris Elba.

Other guests including Paul Simonon from The Clash, Ken Dodd and a Pentecostal Choir.

It’s the second time he’s been on BBC radio, having played Bull in Joe Orton’s “Up Against It”, a Radio 4 play about The Beatles broadcast in 1998, but it will be his first radio show.

A brand new news programme, Outside Source hosted by Ros Atkins, is to be broadcast across BBC international platforms including World Service Radio.

The BBC says the new show will link their global network of journalists with a worldwide audience using the latest in broadcast technology.

Broadcasting live from New Broadcasting House, the programme is launching initially on World Service Radio weekdays between 11am and 12pm GMT from October 28th. It is then planned to develop the format to provide audiences with a web, radio and TV experience.

The online roll-out will be followed by the TV offering, due early in 2014 – a half-hour programme on BBC World News, the BBC’s international 24-hour television news channel – broadcast in the early evening GMT.

Outside Source Editor Mark Sandell comments: “Outside Source is an exercise in open journalism. It aims to open up the news process and involve the audience in understanding the news. It will be technologically advanced and ambitious but also transparent and accessible. We want it to be ‘in the moment’ as we and the audience are discovering the news.”

Introducing the new programme, Ros Atkins says: “We are all incredibly excited about the new show. Such an innovative programme is only possible because of our new facilities here at Broadcasting House. While our starting point will be the expertise we have in the building, such as our language services and our bureaux teams, we’ll also be using social media and story communities to complement what we are discovering and to find out what our audience is making of the news. Outside Source will show we really are the world’s newsroom.”

The full Radio Festival schedule has been released, ahead of the annual event taking place in Salford Quays in two weeks.

Top guests include Helen Boaden, Director of BBC Radio making her first public speech since taking over and Ashley Tabor from Global Radio.

Bauer Media’s Dee Ford will be giving the ‘State of the Radio Union’ address and face tweeted questions from the audience and Radio 1′s Ben Cooper will be on stage too.

Other people appearing include Simpsons and Spinal Tap star Harry Shearer, Patrick Kielty, Jeremy Vine, Microsoft’s Paul Davies and Kevin Tillinghast of Wunderman, 5 live’s Jonathan Wall and talkSPORT’s Liam Fisher, Richard Bacon, Alan Yentob, Eleanor Oldroyd, Neil Fox and Andy Roberts.

The BBC 6 Music John Peel Lecture with 7digital will feature singer, songwriter, actress and presenter Charlotte Church.

Chris Burns, Chair of the Radio Festival, said: “The Radio Festival is the most highly anticipated event in the industry calendar and the line-up of talent and star names for this year will definitely not disappoint.

“Every week nine out of ten people listen to the radio and at this year’s Radio Festival we will be looking to inspire people to see whether it’s possible to get to a perfect ten.

“However, there have also been some difficult issues for the industry to face and the Festival will not shy away from discussing them with some of the sector’s most insightful commentators.

The Radio Festival will take place from Monday 14th October to Wednesday 16th October at The Lowry Theatre in Salford Quays.

See the full schedule here, and keep up-to-date with tweets and photos at RadioTodayLIVE with Arqiva.

The night before the Festival, RadioToday has organised a free “Pre-Fest Social” in MediaCityUK with ReelWorld. Click here for full details.


The soon-to-launch digital sports radio station in Scotland Eklipse Sports Radio has hired Bill Young as its programme controller.
Bill was previously with Real Radio Scotland and talkSPORT but has most recently been with CityBeat in Belfast as PC.

Director Spencer Pryor: “Thrilled, absolutely thrilled! Bill and his programming skills will make ESR the ‘Stuff of Legends’ in days to come. His experience, knowledge and skills as a broadcaster are second to none. He’s a great asset to have on board.”

The station will start testing this week and the full schedule will be announced soon. Eklipse Sports Radio will be broadcasting to central Scotland on DAB to a TSA of 2.7m.





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