Radio Newsbeat


No sooner had Regatta Radio stopped broadcasting, along came Red Sands Radio. Bob Le Roi with his RSL broadcast for Whitstable area is on 89.7 FM.  A good mix of old and new music.  Also commemorating the Red Sands forts which housed Radio Invicta. King and the successful middle of the road station Radio 390.

I also must spend some time listening into the shortwaves, and report my logs to the British DX club’s magazine Communication. Shortwave has become lade with many outputs of Radio China International, but occasionally there is a nice surprise if one does a scan of the bands.

News selected from the Radio Today Site:


Victoria Derbyshire joins BBC News channel


 Former BBC Radio 5 live presenter Victoria Derbyshire is joining BBC News channel to front a daily news and current affairs programme.


Victoria will be moving to the BBC News Channel after 16 years on BBC Radio 5 live to develop a television programme that will ‘feature exclusive interviews, agenda-setting discussion and audience debates – as well as the latest breaking and developing news’.

She started in local radio, joining BBC Radio 5 live in 1998 and in 2009 became the first presenter to broadcast a programme from Zimbabwe since the ban on foreign journalists reporting from the country.

Victoria said: “This is the TV programme I’ve always wanted to make. It will include the kind of broadcasting I love doing – original journalism, stories that affect the lives of our audience, exclusive interviews, viewer debates and big breaking news. It’s been a privilege to be able to build up such a strong relationship with the 5 live listeners over the last 16 years and I hope to be able to do the same with audiences in our new venture.”

Victoria has won a number of awards including multiple Radio Academy and Sony Gold awards, and she is the Radio Academy’s ‘Speech Broadcaster of the Year’ for 2014. Other awards include the Association of International Broadcasters, Amnesty, Mind, the Nick Clarke Award and the BBC’s Audio and Music Awards.

James Harding, Director of BBC News and Current Affairs, said: “Victoria has rightly won many awards for her ability to find the stories that matter in the lives of people in this country. We are very excited to bring her range of interests, determination to get to the bottom of the story, and her capacity to surprise, to a television audience.”

Sam Taylor, Controller of the BBC News Channel, added: “I’m really pleased Victoria is joining Britain’s most watched news channel, bringing her passion and nose for a story to the nine million viewers who watch us every week. Victoria’s reputation for news-making interviews and powerful human stories is second to none.

Posted on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 at 5:16 pm by .

Rony Robinson celebrates 30 radio years


BBC Radio Sheffield’s mid-morning presenter Rony Robinson is celebrating exactly 30 years to the day when he started his first daily show.

Yesterday he was surprised live on-air by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield who Rony thought was a guest. Instead Councillor Peter Rippon stopped the interview and said “This is not about me, you’ve been brought here under false pretences. On behalf of the citizens of Sheffield can we thank you for thirty brilliant years”.

He was then reunited with his former co-presenter Jenny Day who worked with Rony 23 years ago. She took over the programme and for the next hour invited in a succession of surprise guests.

The Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council said he arrived in the city 16-years ago. John Mothersole said: “My landlord told me I needed to know three things about Sheffield. Hendersons Relish, the Fat Cat Pub and Rony Robinson, and all three are absolutely brilliant. He holds us to account which sometimes can be a bit comfortable and asks questions people want asking. The one thing we need to know about Rony is he’s always for Sheffield.”

Martyn Weston, the Editor of BBC Radio Sheffield told RadioToday: “Rony is rooted in high principles and thrives on being on the radio for three-hours every day. He is a fine example of fairness, tenacity and impartiality. I’ve never met anyone who is so fiercely proud of where he lives and this shines through on-air.”

Rony was nominated for a Radio Academy Award this year as Speech Broadcaster and was up against Jane Garvey, Justine Webb, Victoria Derbyshire and Melvyn Bragg. He’s just been highly commended at the Yorkshire O2 Media Awards.

Former and current colleagues as well as friends arrived to mark his anniversary with a civic celebration in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour at the Sheffield Town Hall where he was presented with a radio themed cake, complete with branded BBC Radio Sheffield mug.

Posted on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 at 12:45 pm by .

kmfm listener finds 3 Grand in the Sand

kmfm’s 3 Grand in the Sand came to climax this weekend as listener Laura Hill won £3,000 cash with Garry and Emma on the Kent station.

The team took 10 finalists and their families to a secret location, a beach in Kent where they had buried £3000. 10 people were given a plot, and a spade and the digging began!

Although only one person won the £3000, every runner up was given a day trip to France and special upgrades whilst onboard.

Rob Wills Programme Manager told RadioToday: “We have some of the best beaches in the country and we love working with them! £3,000 for a family holiday will really make a difference to anyones life! Can’t wait to do it again next year”

The station ran this competition with support of the kmfm breakfast show sponsors P&O Ferries. See the video here.

Posted on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 at 2:06 pm by .


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