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Waffler

Many happy returns to Tony Blackburn for reaching 50 years of presenting radio programmes – you are a national treasure! I am also chuffed that he is doing quite few programmes on BBC Radio Berkshire, my local station.

From the Radio Today site (selections by the Waffler)

Ofcom has received five ‘declarations of intent’ to apply for the commercial radio AM licence for Greater London held by Sunrise Radio.

It means the licence, using the 963AM and 972AM frequencies, will be fully re-advertised by the regulator on 5th August.

Declarations of intent have been received from the following companies:

• Asian FX Ltd
• London Air Radio Ltd
• Lyca Media II Ltd
• Sabras Radio Ltd
• Sunrise Radio (London) Ltd

Each of the five has paid over £80,000 to Ofcom to register their intent, comprising a £14,500 application fee and a deposit of £66,700 which will be refundable upon receipt of a valid application.

This re-advertisement will be open to all applicants and is not limited to the companies who have submitted a declaration of intent to apply.

Sunrise moved from 1458 in London when the licence was bought out from administrators earlier this year.

Sally Traffic departs Radio 2 Drivetime

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UPDATE: Apologies, Sally isn’t leaving Radio 2 altogether, but moving to a new role. More details to follow

Sally Boazman, known to millions as Sally Traffic on BBC Radio 2, is taking the next exit from the Simon Mayo Drivetime show.

She’s been at the station since 1999, when it first wanted a dedicated traffic reporter. Sally worked with Johnnie Walker, Steve Wright, Jeremy Vine and Chris Evans over the years.

Before that Sally was at AA Roadwatch and London Weekend TV, and was also Chief Travel Reporter for BBC GLR.

Radio 2 presenter Simon Mayo has blogged about her departure from his show, saying: “Sally has decided to call it a day at the travel desk after 15 years of hard slog and devotion to the M25.

“Afternoons will not be the same! What will I do without someone to find an innuendo in every sentence? Who can match the throaty appeal of the trucker’s pal? (she’s snorting at that one obviously) Even from afar I always thought Sal had one of the best voices on the radio and it has been great to have her on the team (stop it Sally). How can we mark her retirement? What tribute can the show pay? Why, SALLY TRAFFIC oldies of course. What greater honour…”

KISS, which is now broadcasting across the UK on digital radio, is releasing its second compilation album of 2014.

KISSTORY 2014: THE BEST OLD SKOOL & ANTHEMS is full of the songs played by the station each weekday at 11am.

Sony Music have ensured advertorial support for the release across Channel 4, ITV, Sky 1, Sky Comedy and Comedy Central. A wider Bauer Media campaign will see a promotional radio campaign across a number of Passion and Place Portfolio stations in addition to adverts in heat magazine. Competitions to win albums will run on KISS FM UK, while the CD will feature at the station’s forthcoming KISSTORY events in London on 23rd and Bristol on 24th August.

Andy Roberts, Group Programme Director at KISS FM UK said: “To launch a second album within a year is a reaction to the overwhelmingly positive feedback we’ve had. KISSTORY tunes are the DNA that built the KISS FM UK we know today and we’re dedicated to growing the brand and feeding the demand from our consumers.”

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