Radio and Technical Newsbeat

Waffler:

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I accidentally dropped my android tablet and the screen smashed. The unit boots up but no display appears. It was a 10 inch version so I hope to be able to get a 7 inch model soon. The main problem that you may be aware of is the small size of the internal hard drives on phones and android tablets.  It does seem now that a lot of people have Ipads, now those are large and I wonder how durable they are?

Does anyone know a free Google App that will save audio recordings to the sd card, as opposed to the internal card?

Radio in Bermuda is interesting.  I have been sampling it all this week.

Wikipedia saves me from outlining the stations available, and updates me on a few points I have not seen so far.

There are four main broadcasting companies in Bermuda: LTT Broadcasting Co. Ltd. (Irie), The Bermuda Broadcasting Company Ltd. (ZFB/ZBM)(not to be confused with BBC London), DeFontes Broadcasting (VSB) & Inter-Island Communications Ltd. (Hott/Magic).

The BBC owns four with the call signs of 2 with ZFB and two with the call signs ZBM. VSB owns 4 radio stations with the VSB callsign. One of BBC’s popular stations include Power 95 (94.9). It plays mostly hip hop, R&B, and reggae. It has been popular over the years, until competition from Hott 107.5 began. DeFontes’ main station is Mix 106.1 (VSB-FM). The station plays a variety of music, although mostly adult contemporary and top 40.

The recent change of LTT Broadcasting’s Jazz format and frequency from 98.1 to 98.3 in November 2010 to Roots and Classic Reggae (www.irie.bm) has shifted audience from Power 94.9 and Hott 107.5 to place overall second in the market in the broad 18-54 demographic based on research from Research Innovations Ltd in February 2011.

In April 2004 2 FM licenses were assigned to each Inter-Island Communications and LTT Broadcasting Co. Ltd.. Inter-Island Communications operates Hott 107.5 FM, which plays a mixture of R&B, hip hop, reggae and some gospel. Overnight Hott 107.5 FM became the number one radio station in Bermuda. The Programme Director and part owner for the station was Elroy RC Smith, formerly of WGCI-FM of Chicago, Illinois, who is widely respected as one of the top PD in America. He has since departed from the station. Inter-Island Communications Ltd. launched its Adult Contemporary station, MAGIC 102.7 FM in February, 2007. Reggae star Collie Buddz (real name: Collin Harper) & his brother Matthew Harper started “Vibe 103” on March 30, 2012, under the corporate name of Harper Digital.

The Government of Bermuda‘s Maritime Operations Centre has also set up a shortwave radio station in 2007 (call-sign: ZBR), [1]

The Government of Bermuda also operates a radio station at 1610 AM / 100.1 FM to broadcast emergency information, such as hurricane watches and warnings.

American satellite radio is also available.

Organized by frequency, the stations are listed below:

From the Radio Today Site:

Newsreader Alan Dedicoat to exit BBC Radio 2
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Newsreader Alan Dedicoat to exit BBC Radio 2

BBC Radio 2 continuity announcer and newsreader Alan Dedicoat is leaving BBC Radio 2 after 28 years.

Alan joined the BBC in 1979 at Radio Birmingham before moving to BBC Radio Devon in 1983. He then went straight to Radio 2 in London and over the years has read the news on Wake Up to Wogan, Vanessa Feltz, Sarah Kennedy and this week he will read his last bulletins on his current shift, from 10am to 5pm.

He leaves this Friday, and speaks to Trevor Dann on The RadioToday Programmetomorrow where the 60 year old says he’s getting old and ready to take a break, although he’ll carry on voicing the Lottery and Strictly. Listen out for it tomorrow atRadioToday.co.uk/podcast.

 

Absolute Radio, Classic FM and talkSPORT will all get an automatic five year licence extension following a Government consultation.

The three national commercial stations, plus around 60 local stations will not need to re-apply for their licences when they expire, as is usually the case.

The Government says the benefits of allowing further renewals at this time outweigh any potential benefits of stations re-competing for licenses, with no commitment of a digital switchover looking likely in the near future.

Ed Vaizey, Minister for the Digital Economy, said: “We believe this important change will continue to support the whole of commercial radio and provide the necessary stability for the sector as a whole as it moves towards a digital future.

“The Government’s consultation found that there is widespread support for the renewal of existing analogue commercial radio licences without re-advertising.

“The Government therefore will amend the relevant legislation to give Ofcom, who manage the licencing process, the powers to allow certain analogue commercial radio licences to be renewed for a further five-year period.”

The results of the consultation by the Government says ‘We believe a renewal period of this length will drive momentum in the continued transition to digital radio, and provide commercial radio with the stability it needs to support this transition’.

 

 

The Jazz FM Awards make a comeback for 2015

The Jazz FM Awards make a comeback for 2015

Digital station Jazz FM is holding its awards for the second time, honouring those that have made an exceptional contribution to Jazz, Blues and Soul.

 

Hugh Masekela, who will get a Lifetime Achievement Award, will perform with Larry Willis at the event on June 10th, in the Great Halls at Vinopolis, London Bridge.

The Jazz FM Awards 2015, produced by Serious, will present eleven awards to honour musicians and performers that have made an exceptional contribution within the worlds of Jazz, Blues and Soul. The categories are confirmed as:

• Breakthrough Act
• Instrumentalist of the Year
• Album of the Year
• Jazz Innovation of the Year
• Live Experience of the Year
• UK Jazz Act of the Year
• International Jazz Artist of the Year
• Blues Artist of the Year
• Soul Artist of the Year
• Vocalist of the Year
• Lifetime Achievement – to be presented to Hugh Masekela

Jazz FM Chairman Richard Wheatly said: “We’re proud to be celebrating 25 years of Jazz FM at this year’s Awards which recognise the best musicians and performers. The evening is set to be a fantastic occasion, bringing together the jazz world’s finest with Hugh Masekela headlining what will be an unforgettable night.”

The first event took place in 2013, and the winners were:

• UK Jazz Artist – Neil Cowley Trio
• International Jazz Artist – Kurt Elling
• Cutting Edge Award For Jazz Innovation – Robert Glasper
• Album – John Surman: Saltash Bells
• Jazz Media – Jazzwise
• Best UK Newcomer – Beats & Pieces Big Band
• UK Vocalist – Carleen Anderson
• UK Instrumentalist – Nathaniel Facey
• Live UK Shows -Gregory Porter
• Best UK Jazz Venue – Ronnie Scott’s
• Lifetime Achievement – Ahmad Jamal
• Gold Award for Outstanding Contribution to Jazz – Ramsey Lewis

 

Victoria Derbyshire’s new television programme, which starts on April 7th, will be simulcast on 5 live over the coming weeks.

The show, which will be broadcast online, on BBC News Channel and BBC Two each weekday morning, will be live from Newcastle from a special election debate on the economy on April 7th.

It’ll be on-air from 10am till 11am, cutting in to Adrian Chiles’ daily show.

The show will also be simulcast for an hour on April 27th and for two hours on Monday 4th May.

Victoria was at 5 live for 16 years before leaving last September to take up “a brilliant opportunity too good to turn down.”

 

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