Waffler:

Recently I got tired of listening to Smooth Radio and changed over to Radio 2.  It came to a grinding halt today when I switched on in the morning to find their religious music based programme.  Why does Radio 2 have to resort to a below the middle of the road format on the weekends?   Steve Wright does a superb show in the afternoons, he still speaks quickly, but seems less brash than he used to be. Graham Norton should move over and let a new announcer do the Saturday morning show……………….. in my opinion.

Smooth Radio had its top 500 over this weekend

From Radio Today

Troubled Sunrise Radio has rebranded its sister stations Buzz Radio and Kismat Radio to Sunrise Radio 2 and Sunrise Radio 3.

The main station has also changed, now being identified as Sunrise Radio 1 on 1458 AM.

Sunrise Radio 2 will play the Bollywood Top 40 in Greater London on 963 and 972 AM (previously known as Buzz, along with Liberty, Viva) and Sunrise Radio 3 (previously known as Kismat, Country 1035) will have Classic Hits and chat for Greater London.

The Sunrise Radio Group was subject to

Troubled Sunrise Radio has rebranded its sister stations Buzz Radio and Kismat Radio to Sunrise Radio 2 and Sunrise Radio 3.
The main station has also changed, now being identified as Sunrise Radio 1 on 1458 AM.

Sunrise Radio 2 will play the Bollywood Top 40 in Greater London on 963 and 972 AM (previously known as Buzz, along with Liberty, Viva) and Sunrise Radio 3 (previously known as Kismat, Country 1035) will have Classic Hits and chat for Greater London.

The Sunrise Radio Group was subject to Winding Up Petition in August, issued by HM Revenues and Customs, with 42 days given to settle a debt of £42,000. No further news was released.

 

Ed Vaizey’s digital switchover announcement this month is expected to include news of a second national digital radio multiplex being advertised by Ofcom.

 

Ed Vaizey’s digital switchover announcement this month is expected to include news of a second national digital radio multiplex being advertised by Ofcom.

A report in the Telegraph says the Government will admit digital radio has not taken off fast enough and maybe even provide funding to help improve DAB coverage.

RadioToday asked Ofcom if a second multiplex is on the cards, to which we were told: “Ofcom will consider advertising a second national radio multiplex licence in the event of a Government decision on radio switchover.”

Arqiva owns the only current national multiplex, Digital One, and Paul Eaton, Director of Digital Radio & Terrestrial Broadcast Development at the company said he’d welcome another multiplex: “We expect there will be several credible parties interested in bidding. It’s too early to say whether Arqiva would be one of them, but we are interested in the outcomes of these discussions.”

A second national multiplex was due to be launched by 4 Digital Group in 2008 but the lead investor Channel 4 handed the licence back to Ofcom. Rumours of the licence being re advertised re-surfaced in 2011 but didn’t amount to anything.

Last week the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries said there will be no switchover until listeners are ready.

 

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Robbie Vincent has been told he can’t record a final show on Jazz FM after he told station bosses he has decided to leave the station.

Robbie Vincent has been told he can’t record a final show on Jazz FM after he told station bosses he has decided to leave the station.

Robbie, who has been on Jazz FM for almost three years with a weekly show, announced his decision to leave the station on Twitter and Facebook this morning.

Robbie has told RadioToday.co.uk he’s leaving because he fears a ‘radio armageddon’ is on its way. “There will be news next week of further downgrading at the station,” he said.

Robbie continued: “Jazz FM has been such a difficult place to work at recently with it being so cash strapped. I offered to record a final show but management have declined my offer.”

The former Radio 1, Radio , Kiss and LBC presenter had already recorded his show, due to air this Sunday 1st December, before informing the station about leaving. This show will be broadcast as normal but Robbie is upset he won’t be able to say goodbye.

“I wanted to do the right thing and say goodbye to my loyal listeners properly,” he said. “December 8th was supposed to be my farewell show.”

A spokesperson for Jazz FM confirmed Robbie wasn’t given a ‘final’ show saying “this is generally accepted practice.”

They continued: “We’re very sad that Robbie has decided to leave Jazz FM. He is and always will be a legendary broadcaster and we’ll miss him here. Jeff Young will be replacing him with an extended programme full of the music that has fuelled both Robbie and Jeff for years and we look forward to this.”

Earlier this year, national DAB multiplex operator Arqiva advertised for anyone interested in running a replacement jazz station to come forward. In the meantime, Jazz FM has confirmed it will not be coming off DAB.

 

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