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There will be an RSL soon from Harwich on the LV18, namely Radio Mi Amigo, celebrating 50 years of offshore radio.  It will also be on the Internet. Great compare to early days of RSL which were literally restricted to the area the station transmitted to, which was low-powered.

The QuikHitz format outline in one of the stories seems a rather daft format, playing only half a song, Surely if listener’s get bored they should tune away from the station, and the station needs to improve its output?

News selected from the Radio Today Site

Former Capital FM breakfast presenter Chris Tarrant admitted he’d have struggled to start a career on FM if things were the way they are now, during his hey-day.

“There just wouldn’t have been a job for me twenty years ago in the way radio is now,” he told Sir John Madejski, on the weekly radio show “Round at Sir John’s” on Reading-based 107 JACK fm Berkshire.

The television and radio entertainer also took a dig at networking and tightly controlled programming, saying that he hated “the completely stylised shape of so much modern radio. It’s not radio.”

Tarrant hosted the Breakfast show on Capital in London for 17 years, building an audience of more than a million and a half listeners, amid much publicised rivalries with the likes of Chris Evans and Steve Wright.

He praised his former morning show nemesis, calling him “Quite good now.”

Despite his positive review, he couldn’t quite resist getting in a final dig; “I really got into the radio wars. I loved stuffing Chris Evans! He’s grown up a lot. A lot of the excessive stuff was done to get headlines. I kind of miss the sort of irresponsible Chris actually. I think he’s a bit too squeaky Radio 2 now.”

New breakfast show for Radio Yorkshire

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Darren Harper has replaced Trevor Thomas at breakfast from today as Radio Yorkshire ‘changes direction’.

Sam Brydges, the new Head of Broadcasting and Communications at the DAB station says a new playlist of classic hits and Yorkshire acts will cater for a sport-friendly audience ahead of the new football season.

He said: “I want to place on record my thanks to Trevor Thomas for his work at breakfast since launch. This change in direction means more sport, particularly at breakfast and we felt Darren was the right man for the job going forward.”

Darren said: “I am delighted to be back at breakfast. I am looking forward to building the show along with my team of regular co-hosts and plenty of guests from the world of sport and entertainment.”

More pirate radio celebrations in Essex

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A pirate radio museum has popped up in Clacton, as Radio Mi Amigo gets ready to broadcast from Harwich.

Ray Anderson has opened the Anarchy on the Airwaves exhibition just yards away near from where the Radio Caroline pirate ship Mi Amigo was moored off the Essex coast as broadcasting started in March 1964.

And from August 14th for four days, Radio Mi Amigo will be on-air on 106.8 FM and online from Harwich from Lightvessel LV18 at lv18.org.

Presenters on the station will include Tony Currie, Enda Caldwell, Bart Selfie, Neon Nancy, Keith Skues, Garry Lee, Roger Day, Kenny Tosh and more.

Both events are the final series of celebrations of 50 years since the pirate radio stations started in the UK.

In other related news, Radio Caroline’s last ship the MV Ross Revenge has found a new home in the River Blackwater. The ship was active with radio programmes from 1983 to 1990. A message on the Radio Caroline website said: “Our radio ship Ross Revenge has moved at last! The MV Ross Revenge is now at her new home, moored on the River Blackwater near Bradwell.”

 

Quickhitz format on its way to the UK?

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A radio format by Sparknet Communications, the company behind JACK fm, says its new Quickhitz format is heading to the UK this year.

The format promises twice as many songs per hour by cutting songs in half so listeners don’t get bored. It launched in September last year in the US, and has just been unveiled in Canada for the first time at Calgary radio station 90.3 AMP on Friday and vice-president of brands and networks at Sparknet Communications Hillary Hommy says a lot of people can’t detect the music has been edited.

Sparknet says the format can’t be copied because it’s a patent-protected format, and promises “never more than three minutes of commercials”.

The last remaining MXR regional DAB multiplex is to close in ten months time, Ofcom has confirmed.

Four other regional multiplexes operated by MXR have closed over the last couple of years, with no official confirmation on the future of the Yorkshire set-up. But the licence has not been renewed, meaning stations on the multiplex with either have to move to alternative local multiplexes, or fall silent before June 29th 2015.

MXR Yorkshire carries Heart, Capital, Gold, Smooth, UCB Gospel, UCB Inspirational and XFM, plus Radio Yorkshire – the digital-only station from Leeds which has just announced a new breakfast show and a new direction.

It is expected the Global Radio services will move to local multiplexes in the area.

MXR is owned by Global Radio and Arqiva. A spokesperson for Global Radio told RadioToday.co.uk: “The industry (commercial and BBC) has agreed that the best way forward for digital roll out and to speed up coverage, the focus should be on local and national multiplexes. Therefore there is reducing demand for carriage on regional multiplexes.”

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