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 Selected News from the Radio Today site:

Be sure to listen to their regular podcast of news etc http://radiotoday.co.uk/podcast/

 

This year’s Christmas programmes on Magic Radio will include special shows by Olly Murs and Caroline Flack.

The pair will host Christmas morning on the Bauer station, plus a two hour show on New Year’s Eve, joining Idris Elba, Boyzone, Martin Kemp and Take That who are also part of the line-up.

The Christmas programmes kick off with Take That on Sunday 30th November between 1pm – 3pm ahead of ‘That Take Day’ on Monday 1st December, and Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp sits in for Rick Astley for the next two Sundays between 1pm- 3pm.

Olly Murs and Caroline Flack debut on Christmas morning from 10am-12pm on Thursday 25th December, produced by Wise Buddah. The pair will then be heard on Wednesday 31st December from 6pm- 8pm.

Commenting ahead of their joint radio debut Caroline Flack said: “We’re going to be accompanying families all over London as they get ready to celebrate Christmas and New Years Eve. Get your festive feel on the boil and join us”. Fellow presenter Olly Murs added, “If you’re not in your Christmas jumpers we’ll be disappointed”.

Throughout December, Magic Radio’s ‘Behind the Music’ slot, which broadcasts every Sunday from 6-8pm, will feature special spotlight shows and interviews with Boyzone who discuss new album ‘Dublin to Detroit’ as well as the one and only Idris Elba who gives the low down on his album ‘mi Mandela’.

The station goes national in January on Digital One.

Magic Content Director Liam Thompson told RadioToday: “We’re packing Christmas full of music and festive cheer alongside a refreshed schedule, top presenter names and brand new appointments to listen as we set ourselves to go National in the New Year.”

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Jazz FM introduces the Alpari Business Breakfast
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 Jazz FM has teamed up with global foreign exchange broker Alpari UK to create The Alpari Business Breakfast.

The new half hour show starts on Monday 1st December and marks the return to Jazz FM of Michael Wilson, the Global Business and Economics Editor of Arise TV and former Sky News Business Editor.

Airing weekdays at 6am, it features news-making guests, covers the daily business agenda and features the latest market news from Alpari UK’s market analysts.

The annual six-figure deal between Jazz FM and Alpari UK also includes business bulletins at strategic points through the day including lunchtime updates as the City takes a break and a round-up as the City closes featuring the latest market news.

The first week features jazz-loving former Chancellor Kenneth Clarke MP as special guest with his customary forthright opinions including his current take on George Osborne and the forthcoming Autumn Statement.

Jazz FM Content Director Nick Pitts told RadioToday: “This is a triple whammy for us. We’re delighted to have Michael Wilson back on Jazz FM; we welcome a new long-term content partner to the station in Alpari UK, plus we have a new unique programme for commercial radio.”

Alpari UK’s Chief Market Analyst James Hughes: “We’re really excited to be getting involved in this unique project alongside Jazz FM, and particularly the chance to discuss and dissect the latest financial and economic news. It offers us a different platform to take financial trading to a wider audience and really generate further interest and awareness.”

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New transmitters in Derby, Devon and Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire have been switched on offering more coverage of local radio on DAB.

Today, the addition of Chepping Wycombe and Hemel Hempstead to the four existing transmitters in the Three Counties will improve the coverage of the local multiplex in High Wycombe, Beaconsfield, Amersham, Watford, Kings Langley, Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted, along with sections of the M25 and M40 motorways.

It takes the indoor coverage of the Herts, Beds and Bucks multiplex from 67.69% (720,109) of households to 88.60% (915,600); and from 81.49% (1,205km) of major roads to 89.50% (1,324km).

Last week, Arqiva switched on a new transmitter for Now Digital East Midland’s Derbyshire multiplex. It adds to the single tx which was launched in the summer in Derby. The new transmitter is in Lichfield and brings local digital radio to around 200,000 more people – in South Derbyshire and into parts of Staffordshire.

BBC Radio Derby was promoting the extra coverage last week when one listener rang the station to say she was still having problems. So a report from the station, Martyn Williams, went to visit the listener in her home and tune in her DAB radio for her.

Arqiva’s Glyn Jones told RadioToday: “It’s great that another 200,000 listeners in the Derbyshire area can now tune into their local stations on a digital radio. And in lots of ways, Radio Derby helping an individual listener to tune in and hearing her reaction to the digital switch-on really brings home. Most weeks at the moment Arqiva is switching on a digital radio transmitter somewhere in the UK, and bringing even better radio to even more listeners.”

Holcombe Down near Teignmouth in south Devon improves coverage in the Teignmouth, Dawlish and Newton Abbot areas, and adds around 50,000 listeners to the local multiplex.

Two new transmitters at Okehampton and Barnstaple in north Devon improve coverage for those towns, and also add around 50,000 listeners to the area already served by the main Huntshaw Cross transmitter.

This month has also seen the local version of Smooth Radio in the East Midlands launch on the Derbyshire and Leicestershire multiplexes.

 

A new set of musical themes are on-air at BBC Radio 6 Music, supplied by London-based production company On The Sly.

The tracks build on the current themes which have been in use at the digital station for the last 12 months.

On The Sly Director, Chris Thorpe told RadioToday: “With new styles and genres of music, the evolution to keep pace with the playlist of 6 Music continues.

The company has just moved studio location from Covent Garden to Dean Street in London’s Soho, and are now supplying their branded song Intros and Outros service to new markets including KFM 98.1 ‘The Beat of Shanghai’ – a brand new station for China, playing the biggest western hits. Other new stations now airing the services include 106.1 Kiss FM Seattle (KBKS) and Live 95.5 Portland (KBFF) in the US. They join some of the biggest international stations such as 104.3 myFM Los Angeles (KBIG) and Nova Network Australia.Chris added: “Intros and Outros are growing their impact with new stations coming to us every month to brand the starts and ends of their hits in the style of the artists. We’re very excited to be part of bringing a whole new sound to Shanghai, Portland and Seattle.”

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Solid Gold GEM AM, home of a number of former commercial radio managers and presenters, is closing down this weekend.

The station, which has just celebrated two years of broadcasting by announcing three new presenters, will cease online streaming at midnight Sunday.

The commercial-free station has been talk of radio enthusiasts due to its name – taken from a former ILR in the East Midlands – and promotion of its slogan “radio like it used to be”. Presenters included Len Groat, Jenni Costello, Andy Marriott and Tony Mullins.

A post has been made on its website which says: “Sadly, this Sunday will be the last day of Solid Gold GEM AM – thank you for listening for the last 2 years.”

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Jeremy Vine has been caught speeding in Hyde Park.. on his bicycle.

The Radio 2 lunchtime phone-in host was doing 16 MPH in a 5 MPH zone. He posted a video of his incident, including getting stopped by the police, the social network Vine, and Twitter.

He said: “The moment I got stopped by police with a speed gun, checking cyclists today. They said speed limit in Hyde Park is 5mph and I was doing 16mph. I apologised. #LondonCycling”

When he got in to the Radio 2 studio and said he was radar-gunned at 16mph on my bicycle, his producer told him him was living on the edge! Colleague Chris Evans tweeted in response saying “Speeding Vine”.

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Sam Walker for drivetime on BBC Radio Manchester
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Sam Walker is taking over drivetime on BBC Radio Manchester from next February, replacing Phil Trow.

Sam first joined the station in 2006, and has recently been working at 5 live covering maternity for Anna Foster but will head back to the station not in her previous slot on mid-morning, but on drive.

This plus recent changes at the station means BBC Radio Manchester has an almost entirely new weekday schedule, with Allan Beswick leaving breakfast for the late show, Phil Trow swapping drivetime for breakfast and late show host Alison Butterworth moving to breakfast with Phil.

Sam says: “I’m really excited to be starting drive time on a station I’ve been part of for the best part of decade. And what a treat to be able to mix serious news with lighter items – all mixed in with some great music – roll on the New Year!”

BBC Radio Manchester Editor Kate Squire says: “Sam is a great signing for us on drive time, she’s full of life and fun, and our listeners know and love her, most recently from our mid-morning show- on drive there’s a great mix of news and music which will be right up Sam’s street.”

As well as working for BBC Radio Manchester, Sam hosted breakfast on Real Radio for eight months 2012, before which she was at Key 103 and Xfm.

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Steve Penk turns to podcasting for the future of radio
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Steve Penk has started his own podcast whilst saying the future for entertainment based content is podcasting.

“Who the hell wants to hear the same songs played over and over again?” Steve comments. “Commercial music radio in the UK is dying and it concerns me. The BBC appear to be the only ones getting it right,” he continued.

Steve says UK commercial radio has now become the dullest it’s ever been, and will be writing more thoughts in this week’s edition of eRADIO.

His podcast features his signature wind-up calls and are now starting to be available on iTunes.

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