Radio Newsbeat


Our local radio stations have worked wonders giving details of local flooding, and relief operations. Also advice to motorists on jams and areas where roads have been blocked.

I can identify now with people’s comments about DAB Radio outside London.  There are very few “hotspots” that my Pure Radio will work in here!      Thank heavens for Wi Fi and Internet Radio.  This fortunately means that anything I mention on this site, well almost, anyone can listen to. This was not the case in 1999 when I was publishing the “Wireless Waffle” newsletter.


From Radio Today Site, news that appeals to me

Simon Ross departs Radio City breakfast


Simon Ross departs Radio City breakfast


Radio City’s breakfast show host Simon Ross is stepping down from the flagship show after five and a half years.

However, Simon announced on-air this morning that he’s moving to a new mid-morning show and has signed up the the company for a further two years.

The station’s Content Controller Chris Rick has today advertised for a new ‘Anchor’ to co-host the show along with Leanne Campbell.

Leanne, who is on maternity leave from co-hosting breakfast on cross-town rivals Juice FM, is said to be starting the new show with a yet-to-be-found Anchor in March.

Posted on Thursday, January 9th, 2014 at 19:29. (C) RadioToday


Nation Radio has been given permission to change its format from a modern rock station for 15-34 year olds to a male focussed, rock oriented music station.

The station will still promote local artists but won’t be restricted to appealing to one age group.

During the public consultation, 24 responses were received by Ofcom, the majority of which agreed with the changes. The regulator said: “The extent of the impact of the change on the character of service would be likely to be limited, given that the broadcaster would still be required to play rock music albeit with music tracks drawn from a wider rock repertoire. That said, the Committee recognised that the loss of the more specific ‘modern rock’ requirement would be a noticeable change felt by some listeners.”

Nation Radio says: “In short, since no other significant service in South Wales, other than Nation, has a rock music target nor attracts a predominantly male audience, this change cannot narrow the range of relevant independent radio services.”

The station says the amended format is evolution, not revolution and will continue to appeal to a similar target market, with its character grounded in a male-focused, rock led format.

The station was originally licensed as a brand extension for XFM London in 2007 but is now championing that all output is and will remain “Made in Wales”.

The new Format for Nation Radio will read as follows:


TeamRock Radio hires blues and roots boy


TeamRock Radio has hired well-known blues and roots figure Big Boy Bloater to hosts its Blues Magazine Show.

The programme airs each Saturday night 6pm till 8pm and this appointment gives Big Boy Bloater his first radio work.

The station says his first show will feature Jim Jones Revue Guitarist, Rupert Orton, talking about the band, his love of music and his alter-ego with ‘Not The Same Old Blues Crap’.

The show’s original host, former Nazareth guitarist Billy Rankin, is developing a new show which will be introduced to the station next month.

Moose, Head of Radio at TeamRock Radio told RadioToday: “It is great to attract someone of Bloater’s caliber to TeamRock Radio. I have no doubt that he will have our listeners mesmerized by his stories. This guy was meant to be on radio!”

Big Boy Bloater added: “I am absolutely thrilled to be joining TeamRock Radio. I’m looking forward to chatting to guests from all walks of the blues world – musicians, promoters, writers – all the people that make it happen, and of course I couldn’t be happier to promote the fantastic Blues Magazine. I’ll be picking tunes from my own collection as well as focusing on new talent and highlighting exciting events in the blues calendar. Bring it on!”

Posted on Thursday, January 9th, 2014 at 09:36. (C) RadioToday

Another Smooth Radio presenter has left the station this week, following Pat Sharp and Kid Jensen’s 

Another Smooth Radio presenter has left the station this week, following Pat Sharp and Kid Jensen’s sudden exit before Christmas.

Daryl Denham, who has been on weekend breakfast since Pat Sharp moved to weekdays a year ago, has already hosted his final show and been removed from the station’s website.

A Smooth Radio spokesperson told RadioToday: “We can confirm that Daryl Denham has left Smooth Radio – we’d like to thank him for his hard work on the station and wish him all the best for the future.”

From this weekend, the Saturday breakfast show will be presented by Emma B, in addition to her Sunday afternoon programme, while Gold’s Eamonn Kelly will be hosting the Sunday breakfast show. Eamonn previously hosted breakfast on Smooth Radio East Midlands before it went national in 2010.

Smooth Radio has recently came under the full control of Global Radio and is expected to re-launch later this year.

Naomi Kent gets breakfast on heat radio


 Media’s Heat Magazine radio station spin-off heat radio has hired Naomi Kent for breakfast.

Naomi has been working in commercial radio for over 10 years, from co-hosting breakfast at Leicester Sound to working at Inrix and more recently Radio Aire in Leeds.

Former breakfast presenter Fiona Sadler left to join Heart North West / North Wales to host drivetime.

The station says Naomi will have “an array of the juiciest celeb gossip, tales of cute animals, plus plenty more! Oh, and of course some spectacular tunes.”

Features on the show will include Record Of The Week, and next week’s is Katy B – Crying For No Reason.

heat radio is on a number DAB multiplexes around the UK including London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham along with Freeview.

Posted on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 at 17:00. (C) RadioToday



Broadcaster and radio owner Steve Penk has sold Oldham-based 96.2fm The Revolution to former Orion Media Managing Director Matt Ramsbottom.
Matt has set up a new company, Credible Media, after leaving Orion Media in the summer and will now run the station.

Steve Penk bought the station in 2008 and spent almost five years fronting the station’s breakfast show. He confirmed news of the sale to today.

“I can confirm we have finalised the negotiations and completed a deal with Credible Media this morning,” he said. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the team, past and present for their hard work and loyalty over the last 5 and a half years. I have enjoyed developing both the radio station and the brand through a tough financial period and will miss the staff, customers and listeners.”

Matt Ramsbottom told RadioToday: “I’d like to thank Steve and wish him all the best in the future. He is a highly experienced broadcaster, as well as a professional media owner – I’d personally like to hear him back on the radio very soon.

“Steve has been highly complimentary of The Revolution team and I’m looking forward to getting to know them over the forthcoming months.”

Steve has enjoyed a number of public highlights whilst running the station, including becoming a Reverend, telling listeners to listen to Xfm, helping to plan funerals for listeners and hiring Donny Osmond.

And of course there was that incident when a women caused havoc on the M60 when she threatened to jump off a motorway bridge. One listener complained when Van Halen was played by Penk after talking about the incident. The event was even discussed by Howard Stern who said Steve should be fired.


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