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bbc handbook ad 1928

Waffler:  I thought you may be interested in seeing an advert from the 1928 BBC Yearbook.  In the days when DAB+ is being speculated about, it seems quite appropriate that a radio with no external aerial would need advertising in the 1920’s.  Maybe one of the first ferrite rod aerials?  On the other hand some of the old valve radios we found on dumps as children, had a wire aerial inside the cabinet.

I recently obtained a second hand Sony DAB form a local charity outdoor sale.  The radio was not on display with the rest of the radios and electrical things.  An old chap in a toy cowboy hat was trying to tune it in, inside the indoor area which held TVs etc!   I asked him if it was  for sale, thinking he was a punter like me.  He said he tried to sell it to a lady for £10.  I made an offer for it and he was pleased with it, saying you’ll be lucky if you receive anything in on it where I lived.  I know that FM is dodgy here and needs a good aerial, and DAB is no good on the national multiplex.  Tested FM first and only got BBC Radio Berkshire, attached a crocodile clip attached to wire and did not get many other stations!    Then DAB, and no signal there.  The aerial appears to be a normal telescopic.  I took the wire off the telescopic aerial and I now have a good range of stations on DAB.  It can be affected by aircraft and dishwasher and microwave.   A good sound as well.  The volume it can pack out is unbelievable, and not advisable to use!   It fits the bread bin I store it on very well!

The sale also had this Ferguson gem for £4.  Cabinet complete ruined, possibly been in a damp atmosphere for years?

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BBC Radio 3 creates two new World Records
Posted by Roy Martin

BBC Radio 3 creates two new World Records

BBC Radio 3 has established two new Guinness World Records with the world premiere live broadcast of Max Richter’s SLEEP live from Wellcome Collection.

Over the weekend, the station created the two world record titles with the world premiere live broadcast of Max Richter’s SLEEP live from Wellcome Collection. The broadcast now holds two brand new world records for the longest broadcast of a single piece of music and longest live broadcast of a single piece of music, certified by Guinness World Records.

Composer Max Richter, together with a small ensemble of musicians and a singer, performed his new piece SLEEP, a ‘lullaby for a frenetic world’ throughout the night for eight continuous hours. Performing in the Reading Room at Wellcome Collection to a slumbering audience in camp beds for the first time, SLEEP was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 to sleeping listeners across the country.

Composed in consultation with American neuroscientist David Eagleman, the piece is meant to be heard whilst sleeping and is thought to be one of the longest single pieces of music ever recorded. The broadcast of SLEEP formed part of BBC Radio 3 and Wellcome Collection’s Why Music? weekend, a series of programmes with leading scientists, neuroscientists, psychologists and psychiatrists investigating what makes music part of being human.

BBC Radio 3 Controller Alan Davey said: “BBC Radio 3 is not afraid to be bold and distinctive in the way it presents new music. To establish two new world records with one broadcast overnight is a shining example of what makes us so unique. It’s rare a controller wills his audience to sleep, but I hope Radio 3 listeners enjoyed slowing down to Max Richter’s SLEEP. I’m keen for BBC Radio 3 to continue to explore its ‘slow radio’ credentials, with our broadcasts of full length music and drama offering audiences time out to experience and consider works of art properly in this frenetic world. I’m grateful to Max Richter for working with us on this great project.”

Ronan Keating to host The Magic of Christmas
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Ronan Keating to host The Magic of Christmas

Bauer Media is heading to the London Palladium to put on its first “Magic of Christmas” night.

The festive evening will be hosted by Ronan Keating and feature a 12 piece band plus a number of Magic artists.

James Morrison returns following a four year hiatus to perform, along with singer songwriter and West End’er Beverley Knight, Magic Radio presenter Kim Wilde, British country duo The Shires, London born singer Andreya Triana and Britain’s Got Talent finalists Jack Pack with more to be announced.

Magic Radios’ listeners will also be encouraged to get involved with the show by sending in their uplifting and emotive Christmas stories, with a selection of winning entrants being invited to hear theirs feature within the show.

The event takes place on November 29th.

The Arrow replaced by Smooth Extra on Sky
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The Arrow replaced by Smooth Extra on Sky

Global has removed rock radio station The Arrow from Sky’s EPG and replaced it with Smooth Extra.

The Arrow appeared on channel 0146 last year when Real Radio Wales, the previous occupant, became Heart Wales. Now the channel is carrying the programmes of Global’s spin-off channel Smooth Extra with ‘Your Refreshing Music Mix’.

Smooth Radio continues to occupy the channel 0128, meaning both stations are now available via satellite, although Smooth Extra is mostly a simulcast of Smooth Radio London.

We’ve asked Global for a reason for the switch and will update this story should we hear back.

The Arrow is now only available on DAB in London after disappearing from a number of platforms over the years.

New season of programming on BBC Radio 3
Posted by RadioToday

New season of programming on BBC Radio 3

BBC Radio 3 Controller Alan Davey has unveiled a raft of new commissions.

The station recently announced it is working with Jazz FM on a new pop-up jazz music station to cover the London Jazz Festival, and will offer a number of new initiatives including the launch of BBC Introducing Classical for composers and performers.

Alan Davey said: “We are more than a radio station; we are a radio station, a digital service, a collection of some of the finest orchestras and choral groups in the world and we’re an internationally renowned classical music festival, The BBC Proms.

“It’s part of what makes us so distinctive and which wouldn’t be possible without the licence fee. We are a whole universe of high quality culture. We operate in classical music, culture, jazz and world/roots music. We are utterly unique, a cultural institution and part of the cultural ecology of the UK.”

Other highlights include:

  • A season of new music in the New Year featuring the world premiere of Stockhausen’s electroacoustic Hymnen in 4.0 surround sound
  • Radio 3 to work with BASCA on a diversity in composition seminar day
  • An Arthur Miller Season featuring David Suchet and Zoë Wanamaker (pictured above with Howard Davies) reunited in Death of Salesman, Alfred Molina in A View From A Bridge, essays on Miller from Richard Eyre, Margot Leicester, Ron Hutchinson, David Thacker and Tony Kushner
  • A Northern Lights Season featuring new commission for Emily Hall inspired by one of the most northerly parts of the UK, Unst; a new drama about Sibelius starring Tim Pigott-Smith, and playwright Rebecca Lenkiwicz to adapt newly commissioned plays from Denmark, Iceland and Sweden
  • Harriet Walter to curate a season of Drama On 3 for first time
  • 10th anniversary year of Free Thinking Festival line-up includes Juliet Stevenson, Forward Poetry Prize winner Claudia Rankine, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Peggy Seeger, Joanne Harris and Sheila Hancock
  • Alan Bennett to appear on Private Passions
  • First new production on radio of Tom Stoppard’s Artist Descending A Staircase since its premiere 43 years ago on Radio 3
  • BBC Concert Orchestra to celebrate 40 years of the Oliviers conducted by Principal Conductor Keith Lockhart, featuring Maria Friedman performing and directing alongside Daniel Evans, Adrian Lester and David Thaxton
  • Ilan Volkov to extend contract as Principal Guest Conductor of the Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • New Generation Artists 2015 line-up announced
Chris Evans late again for Radio 2 breakfast
Posted by Roy Martin

Chris Evans late again for Radio 2 breakfast

If there’s one problem with presenting Britain’s biggest breakfast radio show, it’s everyone knowing if you turn up late.

It happened to Chris Evans again this morning – he appeared at 7am, 30 minutes after the show starts. Vanessa Feltz once again covered for him, in a similar fashion to how she covered last time Chris was late – in January.

Last time Chris offered no explanation about his late arrival, but today he blamed correcting his clock to the right time, and parents evening which took place last night.

“Where were you on the day at school when you learned the 24 hour clock?” Vanessa said after playing a couple of songs in a row after the 6.30am headlines.

Chris joined the show after the 7am news after listening to Vanessa on the way in. “That was a nice lie in” he said, going on to dedicate the show to anyone who’s ever changed their morning alarm for the right new time but in the PM instead of the AM.

TFI Friday returns this week on Channel 4 with guests including U2 and Take That.

RadioToday’s Stuart Clarkson asked Chris how he’s planning on juggling all his new jobs, with TFI Friday and Top Gear to record. He said even though he has more stuff to do, it’s all jobs he wants to do.

Portsmouth DAB gets The RedTrain Express
Posted by Roy Martin

Portsmouth DAB gets The RedTrain Express

The RedTrain Express, a radio service from The Jazz UK, has launched on the small-scale DAB trial in Portsmouth.

The station – one of three jazz streams available via has been an online stream until now and has been testing in the area for the last seven days. The Jazz is not connected to the former GCap Media station of the same name.

Owners describe the station as: a predominantly 21st Century Jazz radio station – which will include some music that is very rarely played on UK radio. Each day features a fusion hour – where jazz gets loud; specialist “challenging” jazz hours along with well-known artists such as Annie Lennox, Jamie Cullum, Amy Winehouse.

The Jazz UK is owned & operated by Ian Starling. Ian has over 20 years broadcast on radio stations around the South West of England – including Lantern FM, South Hams Radio, Palm FM, Exeter FM and also Pirate FM.

The Portsmouth DAB minimux is home to a number of unique services including ANGELextra, 100% HITS Triple and Chris Country.

Posted by Marty McFly

Little Mix reduce Jackie O to tears on KIIS
The pranks between Kyle and Jackie O on KIIS 1065 in Sydney continue with the help of girl group Little Mix.

Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O were interviewing the band but Jackie didn’t know Kyle had planned a wind-up in advance. It all appeared to kick off when Little Mixer Jade Thirlwall didn’t like a question about Justin Bieber.

Jade ended up walking out of the studio much to the surprise of Jackie O. When they returned, tears of relief set in.

The prank was in return for previous tricks played on Kyle, including this (apparent) phone call to the President of the United States.

Watch the interview for yourself below.


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