This weekend at a Sue Ryder sale in Nettlebed, I was fortunate to pick up a second hand Sony ICF SW40 radio. It was suprisingly inexpensive. It is great on the shortwaves from mid afternoon onwards, fine on medium and long wave. I have yet to discover how it performs on FM. FM in my area only extends to Heart FM and BBC Radio Berkshire, without a good outside aerial. In the garden I managed to get Magic from London, LBC, as well as the stations listed. More on this in due course no doubt
The Internet Archive have completely re-designed their site. It is a non profit organisation which accepts uploads of a variety of archival text, film, sound etc. Well worth a look, all the items on offer to listen to, or download, are now in small boxes with descriptive text below them. The search is greatly improved.
Google Earth Pro, the paid for service, has been made free of charge, well worth downloading and using. When I visited it and downloaded it, I thought I would be asked to pay for it. If you look carefully before downloading it these are the directions “Note: Google Earth Pro requires a licence key. If you do not have a key, use your email address and the key GEPFREE to sign in. http://www.google.com/earth/download/gep/agree.html#utm_campaign=en&utm_medium=et&utm_source=earth-en-home
Selected news from the Radio Today Site.
Helen Boaden picks her favourite radio moments
BBC Director of Radio Helen Boaden has chosen five highlights in radio over the last 12 months, all of which focus on the BBC.
Speaking at Radiodays Europe on Monday afternoon, Helen said each one of the developments highlights an issue – and opportunity – that makes working in radio right now more challenging and exciting than ever.
The five moments are NPR’s Serial podcast which aired on 4 Extra, Zane Lowe joining Apple Radio, the launch of Radio 1 iPlayer channel, the announcement of MyBBC and Radio 4’s adaptation of War & Peace.
Talking about Zane Lowe leaving for Apple, Helen says: “Zane was a long and loyal servant and we wish him all the best. We are also delighted to have the brilliant Annie Mac replacing him on Radio 1. This is my second choice because it neatly illustrates that we broadcasters aren’t the only ones aware of the power of radio.
“The global tech giants have woken up to its potential and Apple’s recruitment of one of the BBC’s best known music taste-makers was the first overtly competitive example of this intent.”
Helen went on to say we must always ensure our content is outstanding. “We should always consider our audiences above everything else. We have to play to our traditional strengths whilst seeking new ways of enhancing our listeners’ experiences. If we don’t, traditional radio broadcasters will start to wither on the vine.”
Read Helen’s full speech in this week’s edition of #eRADIO (sign up here for Wednesday delivery via email) and watch RadioTodayLive.com for live updates from Radiodays Europe.
Iggy Pop returns to 6 Music for weekly show
A new 7-9pm Friday night show has been created for Iggy Pop, pushing Tom Ravenscroft’s show to 9pm till midnight.
Iggy’s weekly show starts on April 10th, which also means the station will no longer be broadcasting 6 Mix.
He covered Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service slot while Jarvis took a year’s sabbatical in 2014, after his first appearance on the network in December 2013.
Iggy Pop says: “Having sat in for Jarvis Cocker last year on BBC Radio 6 Music, I found myself realising how good it was for me. I hope it was good for somebody else too. So I’m gonna do it again this year, on early Friday evenings; what we call in the USA the ‘happy hour’. It’s kind of an edgy point right at the end of the designated work week, and I’ll try to play quite a bit of music that’s new and stimulating mixed with very old classics from the blues and jazz masters of the 1920s through Fifties that are a little more moody. I’m gonna think of myself as a kind of atmospheric bartender. I’ll try to do my very best.”
Tom Ravenscroft says: “It’s great to have the creative freedom to explore music even more deeply in my new regular slot on 6 Music.”
Paul Rodgers, Head of Programmes for 6 Music, says: “In the recent RAJAR figures, Iggy had driven his Sunday afternoon show to a slot record of over 300k listeners. To welcome him back in a permanent slot on the network is a dream come true for me and our listeners, and we all look forward to hearing his eclectic musical selections each Friday evening. I’d also like to thank the 6 Mix team. We feel the time is right to make these changes to the Friday night schedule, but we still hope to work with the range of DJs that featured on that show elsewhere on 6 Music.”
Last year, Iggy Pop also delivered the fourth John Peel Lecture at the Radio Festival with a speech on the subject of ‘Free Music in a Capitalist Society’. John Peel was in fact the first DJ to play Iggy Pop as part of The Stooges on UK Radio – introducing listeners to their track Little Doll, from their eponymous debut album, on his show in August 1969.