In my new location in Oxfordshire DAB reception is not as hot as it was in NW London. The ironic thing is that the BBC stations burble all the time, and BBC Bershire is STATION UNAVAILABLE. Radio Berkshire is the nearest to us, and we cannot even receive BBC Radio Oxford. People told me that we were lucky receiving all the multiplexes in London, now I can see what they meant!
Radio News selected from the Radio Today Site
BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey are planning a week of guest presenters for the afternoon show, branding the week as hosted by radio legends.
The 12pm till 4pm slot will be hosted by Ed Stewart, Anna Raeburn, David Hamilton, Piers Bishop and Graeme Dene.
BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey Assistant Editor Mark Carter told us: “We’ve a track record of employing some of the great radio names such as Graham Dene and David Hamilton. The week ahead is an opportunity to celebrate them and welcome some other big names back to the airwaves too. Most of us have grown up with Ed Stewart on the radio and Anna Raeburn’s phone-ins were a must-listen. It was also important for us to mark the history of our own service and Piers Bishop was the obvious choice.”
Here’s the info from the station:
MONDAY – ED STEWART: Ed locally and was one of the original team of presenters on Radio 1, perhaps best remembered for his weekend show – Junior Choice. He is also known for his long stint at Radio 2, his presenting of Crackerjack on BBC1 and his work for local commercial station Radio Mercury.
TUESDAY – ANNA RAEBURN: Anna was known for her late night problem phone-in show on Capital Radio, called Anna And The Doc. A prominent contributor on both TV and radio, Anna has been the recipient of Sony awards for her work and was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in December 2006.
WEDNESDAY – DAVID HAMILTON: David lives on the Sussex/Surrey border. He presented shows on both BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2, before moving into the commercial sector, including a long stint on Capital Gold. His television appearances include Top of the Pops and the quiz show All Clued Up.
THURSDAY – PIERS BISHOP: The name might not be a familiar one outside of Sussex, but Piers is a local broadcasting legend. He was the first voice to be heard on BBC Radio Sussex, when the station began countywide broadcasting in 1983. Piers was back with us last year for our 30th anniversary celebrations and can’t wait to get back behind the mic.
FRIDAY – GRAHAM DENE: A week of radio legends wouldn’t be complete without our very own Graham Dene, who presents with us each Saturday lunchtime from 12-2. He became well-known in the London area as Capital Radio’s breakfast presenter in the 1970s and 1980s, before moving to Virgin Radio, followed by Magic and Smooth. To round up the week, he’ll double head a special edition of our show, alongside regular Friday host Joe Talbot.
Graham Dene added: “I’m thrilled to be part of the Radio Legends week. I’m loving life at the BBC and it’s a delight to share this special week with some friends and former colleagues.”
Two new radio shows for Tony Blackburn
Tony Blackburn, who presents on six different radio stations, is to start two new radio programmes on BBC Radio Berkshire and BBC 3CR.
The two shows will be on-air at the same time, Sunday 9am till 11am. On BBC Berkshire he’ll be playing “the best from the 60s 70s and 80s” whilst on BBC 3CR, a station he’s been covering on recently, he’ll start a new soul show.
The former pirate radio broadcaster and Radio 1 host tweeted the news this morning, also saying he’s got “some more exciting news to come in the next few days to do with the 50th anniversary of my broadcasting”
So, we work out that Tony’s radio schedule looks a little like this at the moment:
BBC Berkshire: Friday 10am and NEW Sunday 9-11am from July 6th
BBC Radio 2: Saturday 1-3pm
BBC 3CR: NEW Sunday 9-11am
BBC London: Sunday 12-3pm
kmfm: Sunday 4pm-7pm
Magic (AM): Sunday 4pm-7pm
Absolute Radio is embarking on 15 weeks of concert ticket giveaways over the summer festival season under the strapline of “We’ll take you there”
The station heads backstage at The Calling Festival on the 28th and 29th of June for artist interviews and exclusive content gathering, while listeners will be given the chance to win special weekend passes to see the likes of Aerosmith and Stevie Wonder.
Absolute will once again return to Cornbury Music Festival where it programmes and present the ‘Absolute Radio Comedy stage’. Pete Donaldson will be giving away tickets on his evening show in the build-up and will also be on-site to interview the stars. And the Bauer station is also an official radio partner at Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park and will take special focus with ticket giveaways for Arcade Fire on 3rd July, Black Sabbath on 4th July and Neil Young on 12th July.
Absolute 80s returns with the Lets Rock festival series, with programming and ticket giveaways set across Cookham, Bristol, Leeds and Southampton dates. An hour-long feature on the digital station will combine backstage interviews and music highlights from the ultimate 80s festival series.
The Absolute Radio Christian O’Connell Breakfast show will then drive the station’s ticket giveaway promotion to fifteen weeks of tickets as they offer listeners a way into the V, Reading and Leeds festivals.
Absolute Radio’s Content Director Tony Moorey said: “Our live music strategy in a nutshell is all about increasing listening numbers and hours. We want our listeners to tune in and to tune in for longer by offering them an unrivalled live radio music experience by bringing stage sets from the biggest artists, exclusive backstage interviews and added-value video content. We continue to break our own records as our ticket giveaway promotion moves into its fifteenth week.”
Manchester-based LGB&T radio station Gaydio is to broadcast on DAB in Scotland for the first time this summer, via a pop-up DAB channel.
The station will broadcast across Central Scotland (including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Paisley & Stirling) from 14th July to 31st August. The station will broadcast throughout the Pride Glasgow festival, taking place on 19th July and the Commonwealth Games.
Toby Whitehouse, Station Director said “Gaydio is already available online throughout the UK and with almost half of the population now owning a DAB Radio, it’s the perfect time for us to make the station as easily available as we are at other parts of the UK. Gaydio will continue to broadcast on DAB across London & Sussex and FM in Manchester – meaning around 20 million people will be able to access the station through their DAB or FM radios.”
Alastair Smith, Chief Executive of Pride Glasgow expressed his excitement at Gaydio launching in Scotland in time for Pride Glasgow, saying that “It’s great that Gaydio will not only be available in cars and on radios across central Scotland, but it means that there is a unique opportunity for people to be part of it.”
Heart, Capital and Smooth operator Global Radio has promoted two board members to officer positions.
Mike Gordon, currently Managing Director of Commercial, will become Chief Commercial Officer, whilst Will Harding, currently Group Strategy & Development Director, is promoted to the role of Chief Strategy Officer.
Global says Mike’s promotion is made in recognition of his contribution to the business since joining in 2008, not only in creating a multi award winning Sales Team but also in helping to grow Global’s commercial revenues, both nationally and locally.
Meanwhile Will Harding has been at Global since its inception and the company says he has played an instrumental role in many of Global’s biggest and most important strategic decisions.
Stephen Miron, Group CEO of Global commented: “One of the great strengths of Global is the talent of the people within the company. We always try to ensure that our structure reflects the needs and requirements of the business today, and also the opportunities that lie ahead. Both Mike and Will have played a critical role in Global’s success and these promotions recognise their importance to our future.”
BBC Radio Lancashire’s 30s to 60s music show Unforgettable is starting on BBC Radio Manchester this evening.
The show, which plays requests each Sunday afternoon live in Lancashire, will not be a repeat or syndicated show, but a separate live show made just for Manchester.
Presenter Gerald Jackson started the show originally on Radio Manchester (GMR) from 2000 to 2003, then took a break before re-appearing on Radio Lancashire in 2007. He told RadioToday: “Delighted that the show is returning to its original home on BBC Radio Manchester and we’ve responded directly to the wishes of the audience thanks to the ‘phone in that Kate (editor Kate Squire) did a few weeks ago. It’s also a request programme, so I’m looking forward to getting plenty of suggestion for musical memories and nostalgia every week.”
The programmes web page says it plays “big bands, ballads, top singers, songs and stars from the 30s to the 60s.”
Gerald has awarded outstanding contribution to BBC Local Radio in the Gillards last year.
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman is joining LBC for a regular phone-in with Iain Dale.
Harriet has signed up for three shows, in July, September and October this year during Iain’s show between 7pm and 8pm.
The deputy Leader announced the news on LBC this evening and said: “I’m delighted to be taking part in a regular phone-in with Iain Dale on LBC – the station which refreshes parts of the country other stations cannot reach. LBC opens up the airwaves to people all over the country and lets them question and challenge politicians of all parties.”
James Rea, Managing Editor at LBC told RadioToday: “Harriet is the latest signing in our line up of political leaders, joining Nick Clegg and Boris Johnson, taking calls from LBC listeners. LBC puts listeners at the heart of its shows giving them a platform to drive debate, express opinions and share stories. We will continue to invite senior politicians and people in authority onto our shows for our listeners to hold to account.”
Later this month, on Wednesday June 25 at 7:30pm, LBC will host a live event with the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. The State of London Debate is the Mayor’s annual opportunity to discuss the future direction of the capital directly with Londoners.