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Waffler:  Caroline Flashback does play an excellent choice of oldies, but other than the odd show, it does not feel special enough to stay tune in for longer than an hour or so. 

Windows 10 will be along in July, if you see a windows logo on the bottom bar of your pc, you qualify for a free update. I updated from Windows 8 to 8.1  and have never regretted it, other than the fact that my scanner became obsolete. I will let  you know how I get on with Windows 10.

Recently my AVG anti virus licence ran out, so I installed the free version of Zonealarm Internet Security. This slowed my laptop down to a snails pace.  I now run a new version of AVG and everything is back to normal.

News selected from the Radio Today Site:

Out of the 32.5 million cars on the UK’s roads, five million of them (15.4%) now have digital radio installed.

Here are some stats from Digital Radio UK:

  • 90% of cars which have digital radio have DAB fitted as standard or as an option
  • Total digital listening in car is 16%
  • 10% of cars with digital radio are a result of converting existing analogue in car radio systems to receive digital radio

Lots of progress has been made in recent years – in the last five the percentage of new cars with digital radio as standard has increased from 5% in March 2010 to 65% in March 2015.

But we still have a long way to go as 27.5 million cars don’t have any form of digital radio included.

Drivers are using a range of solutions including fitting replacement digital radios and digital radio adaptors while some are accessing digital radio by integrating their smartphones for use in the car.

Car conversion has been limited to date by the relatively high price of in car adaptors available in car dealers and aftermarket retailers which can cost as much as £350. Research conducted by the AA has indicated that drivers are resistant to paying over £100 to convert their cars to receive digital radio.

Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, says: “ It’s great news that 5 million cars now come with digital radio providing drivers with the full range of radio available today.”

Ford Ennals, CEO of Digital Radio UK, says: “Drivers are getting digital radio in their cars so they can listen to their favourite digital only stations which they enjoy at home. As new cars move towards 100% with digital radio and the new generation of affordable adaptors become widely available we will see an acceleration in car conversion.“

Lincs FM presenters become Butlins Redcoats
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Lincs FM presenters become Butlins Redcoats

It’s Show Time for Lincs FM presenters Rob Hammond (breakfast), Ross Garrigan (evenings) and John Marshall (daytime) as they train up to become Redcoats for Butlins.

At the Lincolnshire Show this year, the three presenters will be shining their shoes and limbering up their muscles as they take to the stage to perform a unique routine.

Over the next few weeks, listeners will hear them being put through their paces at the Redcoat academy in Skegness. They’ll be learning the fundamentals of being Redcoats, including donning the famous attire and heading out into the Butlins Skegness resort to liaise with holiday makers.

They will then perform two dances live on stage across both days of the Lincolnshire Show on the 24th and 25th June.

Director of Programming Sean Dunderdale told RadioToday: “Both Lincs FM and Butlins are trusted, well-known brands, and Butlins are rightly protective over who can, actually, wear one of their famous Red Coats. It will be a real honour for Rob, John and Ross, to walk onto our stage at the Lincolnshire Show in the unique uniform – so the pressure’s really on to make sure they get it right.”

New weekly comedy show for Radio Yorkshire
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New weekly comedy show for Radio Yorkshire

Radio Yorkshire, which last week got its first RAJAR at 71,000 weekly listeners, has a new comedy show for 2015.

The Ross and Josh Show started this week with a Bank Holiday Special between 12pm and 3pm on Monday. The programme will then run every Saturday morning and Sunday evening from the weekend of June 6th.

The show is presented by comedians Ross Brierley and Josh Sadler who have built up a following around Leeds and the rest of Yorkshire as stand ups and with their “The Not So Late Show”.

Ross says: “The show will be bringing red hot chat, special guests and generally daft behaviour to Radio Yorkshire and we’ll be enjoying every second. Our experience in the world of stand-up comedy and our live talk show will hopefully stand us in good stead when it comes to spouting hilarious nonsense on a Saturday morning.

“We hope to bring the spirit of chaos from our live shows to the airwaves and some wonderful guests on the show, including our good friend Baby John, and a healthy smattering of the North’s finest stand-up comedians.”

Josh added: “You need 400g of self raising flour, two tablespoons of baking soda and …. sorry, what was this for again? I’ll be channelling my broadcasting hero, Italian TV Chef Gennaro Contaldo as best I can and …. you know, that sort of stuff.”

Radio Yorkshire’s Director of Broadcasting Sam Brydges said: “A move into radio comedy is something we’ve been thinking about for a while. Ross and Josh’s brand of humour will be perfect for our audience. I laughed anyway.”

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On a visit to Sun FM’s breakfast show this week, girl band Little Mix sang their new single Back Magic outside the radio studio.

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Stations in the West unite for BBC Music Day

The BBC’s local stations and community radio stations in and around Bristol are coming together for BBC Music Day.

A concert from 3pm till 4pm at Bristol’s Colston Hall will simulcast on BBC Radio Bristol, BBC Radio Gloucestershire, BBC Somerset and BBC Wiltshire along with three community radio stations in the West Country: Somer Valley FM, Bradley Stoke Radio and Bristol Community FM.

BBC Radio 3 will also broadcast live from the performance, which involves around 200 children from the Bristol Youth Choir and the Open Youth Orchestra, from 3:30 till 3:45pm.

BBC Music Day is a nationwide celebration of music with the aim of connecting communities and generations. It will feature live music events and performances across the country, with broadcasts on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC 6 Music, Asian Network, BBC Local Radio, BBC Breakfast, BBC One’s The One Show and online at

Stephanie Marshall, Head of Regional and Local Programmes for BBC West, says: “It’s great to see so many young performers coming together and sharing their love of music and it’s also a wonderful opportunity to share this marvellous event with as many people as we can – and maybe even reach some new audiences through our digital platforms.

“There’ll be live visual streaming – via the Periscope app – of a signing choir, some lovely films of members of the Paraorchestra on Facebook – and we’ll even tweet every minute during the performance. Everyone can join in!”

For more details on events on radio during Music Day, see here.

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Radio 1 back in Ibiza for 20th anniversary

BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac has announced plans for Radio 1 Ibiza 20 – a weekend of dance music that will take place this summer to celebrate Radio 1’s 20th anniversary of broadcasting shows and hosting events in Ibiza.

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Live jingles singers took part in Chris Evans’ breakfast show this morning as the winner of Radio 2’s 500 Words competition was announced.

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A new show called Lancashire Out Loud has started on BBC Radio Lancashire looking for amateur comedy scriptwriters and stand-up comedians.

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