I enjoyed listening to Radio Caroline North for the 28 days it was on air. A new station has started up on the Internet called the Radio Ship. I find it plays some interesting music, and includes voice tracks from a variety of offshore pirate stations. A new format started by Doug Wood I am told. I do find however that they play an Information jingle too much and it grinds on me. Tonight at 9pm (21.00 hrs GMT) they are playing middle of the road music and including jingles and voice overs from 390, 355 etc!
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1Xtra is to host a live music night in Glasgow the weekend before Radio 1′s Big Weekend, as part of the BBC’s year-long contribution to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Radio 1Xtra Live in Glasgow will showcase ‘the best urban music’ will take place on Saturday 17th May at the Riverside Museum.
The news was announced during MistaJam’s Saturday night Radio 1 and 1Xtra simulcast show at the weekend where the DJ led line-up for the night was also revealed. MistaJam is on the bill to DJ alongside fellow Radio 1 & 1Xtra Saturday night DJs, Charlie Sloth and DJ Target. Also, joining them on the main stage from the 1Xtra family will be DJ Semtex and CJ Beatz.
They’ll be joined by DJ Fresh, Duke Dumont and Breach, who between them, have been responsible for nine top 10 hits, including four number 1 singles. There will also be performances from special guests on the night.
MistaJam says: “Really looking forward to 1Xtra Live in Glasgow. The line-up is not only massive but also made up of artists I’ve had the pleasure of supporting on 1Xtra since the early days of their careers. Plus, the Glaswegian crowd really know how to party so it’s going to be the perfect way to start the summer!”
Jason Carter, Head of Live Music & Events, Popular music, says: “For the very first time we are adding to the excitement and build-up to Radio 1’s Big Weekend. With this amazing line up and event on the banks of the River Clyde, its promising to be a fantastic pre cursor to all of our events in Glasgow .”
DJ Fresh says: “I can’t wait to perform at 1Xtra Live in Glasgow where I’ll be road testing our new DJ show for the first time ever!”
Posted on Monday, April 21st, 2014 at 1:07 pm by Radio Today UK.
The winner of this year’s Demo Factor at the Student Radio Conference will take up his prize of a show on Absolute Radio 90s this weekend.
George Godfrey will be on-air Friday at 7pm hosting the Indie Disco – his prize for having the best demo played to a panel of radio experts, including Head of Presentation Paul Sylvester and presenter Vicki Blight.
George is head of music at Fly FM in Nottingham and has been working with Vicki to get his four hour show on-air. He says: “It’s definitely made me feel much more confident about my presenting. I wasn’t even expecting it to get played out, let alone win! I love the music Absolute Radio 90s plays and so this is brilliant.”
Absolute Radio’s Head of Presentation Paul Sylvester added: “George is a real talent. His demo was great and he’s the perfect example of why student radio continues to be one of the major ways of finding new talent. Absolute Radio’s committed to helping develop the next generation of presenters and producers and Demo Factor is a brilliant way of achieving this.”
A survey of 2000 UK adults to find out the nation’s favourite car entertainment has voted Nick Grimshaw as the most annoying DJ.
The Radio 1 presenter got 21% of the votes, followed by Radio 2′s Chris Evans on 16% and Sara Cox on 12%. Chris Moyles came in joint 4th with Steve Wright, even though the former hasn’t been on-air for the last 18 months.
But the most popular station to listen to whilst driving according to Truck Locater is BBC Radio 2, with 21% of the votes.
The survey also reports that 37% of people listen to the radio whilst in the car.
Other results include:
• Split by age, Radio One is the most popular for 18-34 year olds, the latter age groups choosing Radio 2.
• Chris Evans is the nation’s favourite DJ, with 17% of the overall vote.
• For 18-24 year olds, Nick Grimshaw wins the favourite DJ title with a quarter of the vote.
It was also found that the following artists are the people that would force UK people to turn off their car radios as soon as possible:
1. One Direction
2. Justin Bieber
4. Lady Gaga
5. Miley Cyrus
Posted on Monday, April 28th, 2014 at 11:33 am by Radio Today UK.
A new network initiative designed to increase the representation of women on air has been set up by the BBC.
Global Women in News, or GWiN for short, will represent women on-air and in senior editorial positions, and also support women in developing their careers in the BBC.
The BBC, already supporters of the Sound Women initiative which has hundreds of members and a number of training and networking events, will use GWin to focus on both personal and business learning and development for women within the organisation.
Its aim is to help women build networks across the division, the BBC and the industry. GWiN will be dedicated to enhancing the BBC work environment with the goal of attracting, developing and recognizing women at all levels and grades.
Global Women in News can be contacted via GWiN@bbc.co.uk.
Posted on Monday, April 28th, 2014 at 12:25 pm by Radio Today UK.
Planet Rock has a new sound from Contraband Media, consisting of new musical themed stagers and idents featuring guitars, feedback and white noise.
“The brief was to produce a sound that captured both the on-stage and in-studio essence of a Rock band. A distinct sound not heard on UK Radio was required, so traditional Jingles were a ‘no go.’ The team used authentic Rock sounds, dirty atmospherics, white noise, ear piercing feedback and screaming guitars to achieve this,” said Adam Burgess, Contraband Media Director.
On top of these themes, Contraband Media also produced a bespoke Sound Design and ID package for the Bauer Media station.
Ric Blaxill, Music And Content Director at Planet Rock said: “Planet Rock has never had a traditional Jingle package. So when we decided to introduce some new Imaging to air, it was a challenge to maintain and develop the distinct sonic identity the station has.
“We wanted to create Rock music landscapes using authentic sounds of instruments and the recording studio atmosphere. The themes had to capture the true essence of Rock music!”
Adam added: “It was a thrill to work with the talented team at Planet Rock. Plus it was great excuse to plug in the ‘Red Special’, a beautiful replica of the famous guitar wielded but the legendary Queen axeman, Brian May. As you can imagine, when you’re creating audio for such an exciting brand it often doesn’t feel like work at all”.
Posted on Monday, April 28th, 2014 at 3:44 pm by Radio Today UK.
Bauer Media Group’s Magic 105.4 and Absolute Radio brands are to partner the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards in 2014 to support the Best Live Act Award.
The Award is a public vote to find the Best Live Act of the last 12 months and includes 10 artists chosen by a panel of 37 music industry experts. The panel were given a list of the 100 most searched for music acts on ticketmaster.co.uk and made their choices from that list.
Listeners of Absolute Radio and Magic 105.4 and O2 and Ticketmaster customers are set to have the final say for their Best Live Act from the shortlisted artists.
The partnership will see the radio stations promote the top 10 Best Live Act Artists with on-air live reads pushing to online for listeners to cast their votes on the Nordoff Robbins website.
Commenting on the partnership, MD for Bauer Radio (London) Steve Parkinson said, “Nordoff Robbins do amazing work, and we are very happy to support this – as well as something else our listeners are very passionate about – live music. May the best live act win!”
Previous winners have included Sir Paul McCartney in 2011, McFly in 2012 and One Direction in 2013 – with over 23, 378 members of the public engaging with the iniatieive and casting their vote.
Posted on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 at 12:27 pm by Radio Today UK.
Mark Mardell is the new the presenter of Radio 4′s The World This Weekend and The World At One on Fridays.
He is currently North America Editor for the corporation and is taking over from Shaun Ley. Shaun will remain on the team but also expand on his regular appearances on BBC World News, Hardtalk, and other World Service output as well as across the BBC’s TV news channels.
Prior to his five-year stint as North America Editor, Mark was the BBC’s first Europe Editor. Earlier, he worked for the BBC at Westminster for over 10 years, including a role as Chief Political correspondent.
Mark says: “I am delighted and very excited to be presenting one of Radio 4’s most important news programmes helping define both the British political conversation and reporting on the huge changes going in the world.”