Since moving to the Thames Valley I have sampled first hand how poor DAB reception is outside London and the suburbs. The National multiplex with the BBC on it is not receivable at my location. My wi fi radio has come in very useful, so does the FM band as well.
News selected by the Waffler from the Radio Today Site
Radio Caroline and Manx Radio are joining forces in their 50th anniversary years.
For one week, they’ll celebrate “50 years on” with Caroline airing on Manx Radio. Caroline presenters Tom Lodge, Roger Gale, Mike Ahearn and Gord Cruise plus Tony Prince will all be heard.
Also, Chris William’s “Carnaby Street” programme will air from Radio Caroline’s newly restored radio broadcasting ship – the MV “Ross Revenge” on Saturday 15th November.
Radio Caroline will be broadcasting via Manx Radio from Monday 17th – Thursday 20th November (special programmes nightly on FM from 6-30-9pm) then an overnight relay of Radio Caroline Programmes on Manx Radio AM from midnight – 6am Monday 17th – Thurs 20th November.
The evening programmes will include documentaries, archive recordings and specially re-created programming featuring 60s music and nostalgia
BBC Asian Network has won three out of the four radio categories at the Asian Media Awards, with the fourth going to Asian Star 101.6.
The BBC Asian Network won Radio Station of the Year, whilst Tommy Sandhu scooped Best Radio Show and BBC Radio 4 presenter Anita Anand won Best Radio Presenter. Community station Asian Star 101.6 in Slough won Regional Station of the Year.
Bob Shennan, Controller, Asian Network, said: “Asian Network is a station that delivers a unique audience to the BBC and has an increasingly important role to play in shaping the way that the rest of the BBC reflects Asian Britain. This award is for the on-air talent that we have on the station, our super-talented production teams and of course to our loyal audience who provide us with so much content.”
In his acceptance speech, Mark Strippel, Head of Programmes, Asian Network said: “Whether through our journalism – with the Prime Minister on Nihal to Bobby Friction live from Belgrave Rd in Leicester last week for Diwali or Maher Zain live with Noreen Khan, it’s the strength of our connection with this audience that has driven growth over the past year. We see part of our role as uplifting British-Asian culture and delivering moments of real wonder.
“Britain is changing. Seven per cent of this country are now British-Asian. And in my 20 years of being involved in Asian Media I believe that we have never been better placed to give British-Asian culture, creativity, discussion and debate the prominence that it deserves today. I’d like to congratulate everyone on the Asian Network on this award.”
Asian Network presenter, Tommy Sandhu, said: “This is my first ever award of any kind for radio work … So it’s extra special! Plus it represents how hard my production team work. It was a real boost for all of us as it recognises everyone’s effort that goes in to making the show.”
Any Answers presenter, Anita Anand said: “I’m honoured to accept this award particularly in the face of such dazzling competition. I’m also delighted that Any Answers has been recognised. I’ve always felt this programme provides a vital shared space where politicians can hear the impact of their decisions on those they seek to lead. The voices are always passionate and sometimes express opinions they may find hard to hear, but MPs block them out at their peril. There has been much talk of a disconnect with politics of late – with some calling on the public not to vote. Men and women struggled, often risked their lives to give us a voice. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t be heard.”
Sunrise Radio has agreed a deal to sponsor the Imperial College’s Just Bollywood competition.
(From Waffler – glad to learn that the station is back on air)
The event, taking place next month, is London’s first ever inter-university Bollywood Fusion Dance Competition.
“London’s Asian community is young and growing with over 50% under the age of 40. They are an interesting mix of east meets west, however there is one thing which remains consistent and this is the love of Bollywood and the music it produces,” said Tony Lit, MD of Sunrise Radio 963/972.
“Bollywood influences style, fashion, dance and most importantly music. Sunrise Radio is committed to supporting young Asians in connecting or reconnecting with their culture and heritage and I have great pleasure in announcing Sunrise Radio’s sponsorship of the Imperial College London’s, first ever inter-university Bollywood Fusion Dance Competition, ‘Just Bollywood’ in December”.
Sudeep Biswas, Founder of Just Bollywood said “We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Sunrise Radio for its support towards the UK’s first ever inter-university Bollywood Fusion Dance competition, Just Bollywood. For years Sunrise Radio has reached out to households nationwide, and has played a pivotal role in the development of British Asian culture and heritage. By showing its support for Just Bollywood, Sunrise Radio has yet again shown its desire to encourage the work of the younger generations within the Asian community.”
British Asian singer-songwriter, rapper, beatboxer and record producer Jay Sean is to host a one-off drivetime show on Sunrise Radio.
He’ll present the programme tomorrow, Friday 31st October, with regular host Sonia Dutta.
Station Managing Director Tony Lit: “It’s great to have the super talented Jay Sean with us here at Sunrise. When he’s in the UK It’s always a pleasure to have him join us, a real treat for our listeners and his fans. The show is going to be really special Jay will be playing all his favourite Bollywood songs and Punjabi Desi Beats, with the lucky winners of this week’s Sunrise Jay Sean Competition getting to meet him, too.”
Sean is often referred to as a ‘one-man boy band’; he has topped charts in the UK, Europe, USA and Japan. Sean has also been a featured artist in several hits – ‘What Happened to Us’ by Australian R&B and soul singer Jessica Mauboy features Jay Sean reaching the top 20 on the Aria singles chart and was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association.
Sunrise Radio now broadcasts to LondonLed Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page is back at TeamRock Radio ahead of the release of the next set of Led Zeppelin’s re-mastered companion discs.
Whilst at the station, Jimmy alluded to a new project on his own whilst chatting with Nicky Horne. “It’s now time to be playing, I enjoying playing live and I want to get out there with a vehicle so I can bring some surprises to the party,” Jimmy said.
“And play some old favourites and some new favourites. I want to be seen to be playing, because at the moment nobody knows what I’m doing, so I need to manifest things.”
The one hour special will be broadcast on Friday 31st October from 6pm on Nicky Horne’s Classic Rock Magazine Show where Jimmy talks about album IIII and Houses of the Holy.
Nicky said: “He had a real twinkle in his eye when he teased the idea of going out on the road with a ‘new vehicle’, I reckon we are in for some big news from Mr Page next year.”
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