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BBC Radio 2 looks for an Artist in Residence

The search is on for the first ever BBC Radio 2 Artist in Residence.

The initiative is being held in association with digital arts organisation The Space and the judging panel includes Sir Peter Blake and Radio 2 Arts Show presenter Claudia Winkleman.

The prize is a golden pass to Radio 2 events for 12 months in return for a minimum of four artistic creations – Glastonbury 2015 being the first event the winner will have the option of attending. Artists working in any medium can be used – from poets to sculptors, painters to sound and/or multimedia artists – but there must be a digital aspect to the presentation of the work. The competition is open to professional artists – someone who derives half their income from creative endeavour.

The Space will provide a bursary of £15,000 and will separately cover all materials and expenses up to a maximum budget of £20,000. The artist’s work will be showcased on The Space and on the BBC Radio 2 website.

The judges will be looking for passion and knowledge of Radio 2’s output; suitability of the work for a mainstream audience; evidence of digital opportunities around the presentation of the work; and the ability to produce four works within the proposed budget.

The shortlisted artists will be invited to Radio 2 in London on 5 June 2015 to present their work to the panel and the closing date is midnight on Sunday 10 May. The result will be announced in The Radio 2 Arts Show on Friday 12 June.

The judges will be looking for passion and knowledge of Radio 2’s output; suitability of the work for a mainstream audience; evidence of digital opportunities around the presentation of the work; and the ability to produce four works within the proposed budget.

Claudia Winkleman comments: “I am absolutely thrilled that Radio 2 is going to have an artist in residence. It’s a fantastic opportunity for someone to receive proper mainstream exposure for their work to over 15 million listeners, and ‎I cannot wait to see who applies and what they do.”

Bob Shennan, Controller of BBC Radio 2 adds: “As the UK’s most popular radio station with 15.28m listeners, there’s an opportunity for Radio 2 to plays its part in Tony Hall’s vision to make the Arts accessible to everyone. I’m delighted to announce this exciting raft of new initiatives which enhance and complement our already distinctive programming schedule.”

 

Isle of Wight Radio celebrates 25 years
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Isle of Wight Radio celebrates 25 years

Isle of Wight Radio is celebrating a quarter of a century of broadcasting with major prize giveaways for its listeners and fundraising for good causes.

The station, which first began broadcasting on 15 April 1990, has the chance for listeners to win a silver Peugeot 208 Access, worth over £10,000.

Over the years, the station has helped charities to raise money for great causes and won a number of awards including being named the Arqiva UK’s Commercial Radio Station of the Year in 2012 and 2013. The station was also nominated on numerous occasions for the Radio Academy’s Station of the Year award for the South, and won in both 2011 and 2013.

Managing Director, Claire Willis told RadioToday: “We’re proud to be celebrating 25 years of the Island’s favourite radio station with our listeners by bringing them some exclusive chances to win throughout the next few months. It’s such a privilege to be celebrating this huge milestone and, as well as thanking our listeners, I’d also like to thank our loyal advertisers who continue to help the station thrive and grow and of course the incredible staff who make it all happen.”

Programme Director, Paul Topping added: “A huge thank you to all our listeners who’ve been a big part of our continued success. Thanks to them, we’ve maintained our position as the first choice of listening for Islanders and continue to provide compelling, entertaining and truly local radio. We’ve an exciting few months planned, including a chance to win a car and give a helping hand to our Island’s only hospice.”

Scott Mills covers for voiceless Nick Grimshaw

Scott Mills has announced the full line-up of Radio 1’s Big Weekend as he covered for Nick Grimshaw on breakfast who has lost his voice.

Nick tweeted last night to say he was ‘gutted’ he had to take the day off work today because he has ‘no voice’. Earlier in the day he said “I’ve lost my voice and it’s the most upsetting thing to happen to a man like me.”

Matt Edmondson is listed as covering for Scott Mills’ afternoon show today from 1pm till 4pm.

The Big Weekend is taking place in Norwich on May 23 and 24 – with Foo Fighters and Muse headlining the event. Other acts now confirmed are Florence + The Machine, are 5 Seconds Of Summer, David Guetta, Ben Howard, The Vaccines, Fall Out Boy, Charli XCX, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Rita Ora, George Ezra, Clean Bandit, Olly Murs and Imagine Dragons.

Ben Cooper, Controller, Radio 1 and 1Xtra says: “Radio 1’s Big Weekend will be fantastic – great music, great fun and a great location.”

The line-up for the BBC Introducing Stage will be announced in Huw Stephens’ show.

50,000 tickets for Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2015 were snapped up last month in 40 minutes, and as with previous years, the majority of tickets were reserved for those living in Norwich and the surrounding areas.

Radio 1’s Big Weekend is now in its 12th year and will be produced in partnership with Norwich City Council.

From the BBC site

From the Guardian Site

BBC brain teaser leaves even its own staff in a muddle

Radio 4’s John Humphrys issues a logic challenge – but Sarah Montague is forced to make a U-turn after she gives listeners the wrong answer

John Humphrys and Sarah Montague in the BBC Radio 4 Today studio: masterminding a muddle?
John Humphrys and Sarah Montague in the BBC Radio 4 Today studio: masterminding a muddle? Photograph: Karen Robinson for the Guardian

When is the solution to a logic puzzle illogical? When it’s given out on Radio 4’s Today programme, which offered its listeners a brain teaser to get the synapses working over the breakfast cereal.

Except when the big reveal was, er, revealed, it turned out to be the wrong answer.

John Humphrys issued the challenge at 7.30am on Thursday in his best Mastermind voice (this guy should host a quizshow). In case you missed it (it’s an old one, but a good one…)

There were three prisoners, one of whom was blind.

They were offered their freedom if they could succeed in the following game. Their jailer produced three white hats and two red hats and, in the dark, placed a hat on each prisoner.

The prisoners were then taken into the light where, except for the blind man, they could see one another (but they could not see the hat on their own head).

The game was for any prisoner to state correctly the colour of the hat he himself was wearing.

The jailer asked one of the men who could see if he knew, and the man said ‘no’.

Then the jailer asked the other man who could see if he knew, and his answer was ‘no’.

The blind man at this point correctly stated the colour hat he was wearing, winning the game and freedom for all three.

What colour hat was he wearing, and how did he know?

If you don’t want to know the answer, look away now. No, seriously, look away now.

Want to know now? Okay. Humphrys’ co-presenter Sarah Montague told listeners the blind prisoner must have been wearing a red hat, only to tweet a little bit later that no, in fact it was a white hat.

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