Radio Newsbeat

Waffler:

Hope that you had a great Christmas, and the New Year.

I heard of yet another person who received a digital radio for Christmas, no signal.  When I lived near London in the suburbs superb reception. In rural parts of Oxfordshire – yuk nothing but burbling, or no signal at all.

News selected from the Radio Today site:

 

Global’s latest radio station, Smooth Extra, made a low-key launch overnight replacing Smooth Christmas.

 The festive station signed off by wishing listeners a Happy New Year, followed by its final ad break and the midnight news. The first song on Smooth Extra was Dream a Little Dream by Mama Cass.

Global has not yet unveiled details of the new station’s format, with the exception of the strap line “Your Refreshing Music Mix” to match Smooth Radio’s “Your Relaxing Music Mix”.

Artists so far resemble those played on the main Smooth Radio output, including Carpenters, Elton John, Four Tops, ABBA and Billy Joel.   The station is getting ready for its full launch on January 5th 2015.

 

Mix96 is dropping the station playlist for a few hours and allowing presenters to actually choose the music they play on their programmes on Monday.

The station’s most recent recruit, Wes Venn will host a four hour morning show accompanied by his Dad, Bob. Wes and Bob will both be choosing the music for the show without any interference from management.

Wes said: “Dad is really looking forward to co-hosting the show with me on Monday and the mix of music is going to be great with Dad and I choosing songs in rotation. We’re even giving the listener the chance to decide whose song they would rather hear… Mine or my dad’s! Stick that in your variety pipe and smoke it!”

Nathan Cooper will also present a four hour show entitled ‘Legends of Friars’ which will celebrate Aylesbury’s local music club which since its conception in 1969 has hosted the likes of Queen, David Bowie, Genesis and The Police.

Mix96 Programme Controller, Darren Scott told RadioToday: “We’re all really excited about this presenter takeover day on Mix96. The presenters have been given the flexibility to do whatever they want with their four hour show. Break some rules, tell some stories and really have fun with it! I’m really proud of what they’ve come up with.”

 

Classic FM’s composer-in-residence and weekend presenter Howard Goodall is leaving the station after six years on-air.

He joined in 2008 as Saturday afternoon presenter and won a Radio Academy Bronze award for ‘Saturday Night at the Movies with Howard Goodall’ this year.

The man behind the music of tv shows such as Blackadder and The Vicar of Dibley says he will has a busy year ahead. “After six wonderful years at Classic FM, I have decided to hang up my headphones and step down from broadcasting to concentrate on my composing.” Howard told RadioToday.

“2015 will be an incredibly busy year for me, with the stage musical Bend It Like Beckham opening in the West End in the spring being just one of my major projects. Classic FM is a truly unique, friendly and innovative station and I wish the whole team at Global every success for the future.”

A Classic FM spokesperson added: “We would like to thank him for all his hard work, enthusiasm and contributions to Classic FM, both as presenter of Saturday Night at the Movies and as our Composer-in-Residence. We wish him the very best. We will announce our plans for 2015 in due course.”

 

Mix96 is dropping the station playlist for a few hours and allowing presenters to actually choose the music they play on their programmes on Monday.

The station’s most recent recruit, Wes Venn will host a four hour morning show accompanied by his Dad, Bob. Wes and Bob will both be choosing the music for the show without any interference from management.

Wes said: “Dad is really looking forward to co-hosting the show with me on Monday and the mix of music is going to be great with Dad and I choosing songs in rotation. We’re even giving the listener the chance to decide whose song they would rather hear… Mine or my dad’s! Stick that in your variety pipe and smoke it!”

Nathan Cooper will also present a four hour show entitled ‘Legends of Friars’ which will celebrate Aylesbury’s local music club which since its conception in 1969 has hosted the likes of Queen, David Bowie, Genesis and The Police.

Mix96 Programme Controller, Darren Scott told RadioToday: “We’re all really excited about this presenter takeover day on Mix96. The presenters have been given the flexibility to do whatever they want with their four hour show. Break some rules, tell some stories and really have fun with it! I’m really proud of what they’ve come up with.”

 

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