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Waffler:

I have had my second experience of an Android tablet screen breaking. They just do not cut the mustard when travelling with them.  Last time I dropped one on the floor, this time I was travelling and discovered it on opening up my bag. It still has a full display but no touch facility any more.

A few days ago I did a full scan on my second hand Sony DAB FM radio. To my amazement it took in the Hampshire and Berkshire multiplex including Jack FM. An achievement in the Thames Valley.

The news of the Radio Lancashire flood,  reminds me of the natural floods last year when Marlow FM’s studios were flooded by the River Thames!

Finally for those who do not know, Tony Prince has done an excellent series of documentaries on the history of the DJ.

Here are some that covered offshore pirates.  Thanks so much to Tony for these terrific programmes on You Tube

News selected from the Radio Today Site

BBC Radio Lancashire flooded and evacuated
Posted by Roy Martin

BBC Radio Lancashire flooded and evacuated

Staff and presenters at BBC Radio Lancashire were forced to play the back-up tape during the breakfast show today.

The Blackburn-based station had a flood and fire alarm just after 8.30am, and was on non-stop music for almost an hour, before switching to a feed of BBC Radio Manchester. Just before the 9.30 headlines Mike Sweeney on BBC Radio Manchester welcomed Lancashire listeners and encouraged them to take part in the show.

The station tweeted at 8.39am saying: “We will be back on air as soon as we can. Just waiting for the all clear to return to the building.” Later, a video was posted to the station’s Twitter account showing the morning staff outside the building.

A video, posted below, shows presenter Graham Liver and reporter Scott Read letting listeners know what’s happening.

Local programmes returned just before 10am.

More transmitters turned on for BBC Radio
Posted by RadioToday

More transmitters turned on for BBC Radio

The BBC has launched a further 16 national DAB transmitters Isle of Man, Ballycastle and Clitheroe.

The move brings the total number of transmitters to 335, serving more than 96 per cent of homes in total.

This is part of the current phase of national digital radio network expansion bringing a further two million people into coverage, increasing indoor coverage from 93 per cent to 97 per cent of homes by the end of 2015. The roll-out not only serves new areas but also improves coverage in areas already served.

The latest transmitters, launched in summer 2015, bringing coverage to over 71,000 homes in:

  • Lincoln
  • Leicester
  • Glossop
  • Dover, Deal and Hythe, Kent
  • Downham Market and Wisbech, Norfolk
  • Holywell, Bagillt and Flint, Flintshire
  • Skinningrove, North Yorkshire
  • Haverfordwest
  • Newcastle Emlyn
  • Wokingham and Bracknell
  • Barrow-in-Furness, Whalley and Clitheroe, Lancashire
  • Skegness, Ingoldmells and surrounding areas
  • Brixham, South Devon
  • Ramsey, Isle of Man
  • Ballycastle, north coast of Northern Ireland

Kieran Clifton, Director of Distribution & Business Development, says: “We are delighted to announce the continuing build-out of our next phase of coverage, giving more listeners the opportunity to enjoy the full range of national BBC radio services.”

Helen Boaden, Director of Radio, says: “It is fantastic that more listeners will be able to enjoy the full range of BBC services. Extending national DAB coverage is an important part of building a digital future for radio.”

Lyca Media calls time on Slough station

Lyca Media calls time on Slough station

Slough, Maidenhead & Windsor station Time 106.6 is being closed down by owners Lyca Media.

Time’s website currently says “We are currently working on something awesome and will be back soon. Stay tuned!” but RadioToday understands Lyca has decided to pull the plug on the station instead after problems with its transmitter site. Richard Linton hosted the last show today and the last song played just before 8pm was Star by Earth Wind and Fire as a tribute to the station’s original name.

The station is now in automation ahead of the transmitter being turned on Monday at midday. A closedown message says the station will endeavour to resume regular programmes in the future but needs to close down due to unforeseen circumstances with the transmitter and aerial.

Time 106.6 has had a troubled couple of years, with its parent company entering administration in January 2014 and being sold to Lyca Media a month later along with its sister stations for an estimated £2m.

The most recent RAJAR for the station gave the frequency its lowest ever and average hours, and 19,000 listeners in a TSA of 305,000.

Time 106.6 was re-awarded it licence in 2013 after competition from Asian Star.

The station launched as Star FM in 1993 on 101.6 FM but moved to a clearer frequency of 106.6 some years later. It was bought by London Media Company (owned by Sunrise) and rebranded to Time in 2006.

Five new comedy shows for BBC Radio 2
Posted by RadioToday

Five new comedy shows for BBC Radio 2

Five new comedy showcases, with a mixture of new and established talent, will air on BBC Radio 2 next month.

The programmes are produced by BBC Radio Comedy and Hat Trick Productions, and recorded in front of a live studio audience.

The five shows are Ankle Tag starring Elis James and Katy Wix, The Peterford Golf Club written by and starring Simon Farnaby, Barbara Nice by Janice Connolly, The Tim Vine Chat Show and The King’s Men starring Robert Webb and Terry Mynott.

Julia McKenzie, Acting Head of BBC Radio Comedy, says: “Radio 2 continues to nurture and support new comedy, and it is fantastic to be able to bring such a range of comedic talent and Showcases to the network.”

Lewis Carnie, Head of Programmes for BBC Radio 2, says: “I’m delighted to have a new raft of Comedy Showcases, it exemplifies Radio 2’s commitment to original and distinctive content. Radio 2 has been a valuable launch pad for new comedy in recent years, seeing the sitcom Miranda Hart’s Joke Shop go on to become the highly acclaimed Miranda series on BBC One, plus Matt Lucas’s And The Winner Is… commissioned for Radio 2, made into a BBC television series, The Matt Lucas Awards.”

The week of Radio 2 Comedy Showcases will culminate in the live final of the BBC New Comedy Award which will air during Radio 2’s Steve Wright in the Afternoon Show on Friday 20 November, hosted by Patrick Kielty.

The BBC last week launched ‘online first’ listening for selected speech-based programming from across BBC Radio. Each episode of the BBC Radio 2 Comedy Showcases 2015 will appear first from Monday 9 November on the station website and in the BBC iPlayer radio app before they go out on air (from Monday 16 November).

Funding now available for community radio
Posted by RadioToday

Funding now available for community radio

The Community Radio Fund 2015-16 second round is now open for grant applications.

The deadline to apply is 5pm on Wednesday 11 November, with decisions expected to be made by the Community Radio Fund Panel on 19 January 2016.

For this second round, a community radio station must be on-air by the time the Panel meets for its grant application to be considered.

The Fund was established to give grants to help fund the core costs of running community radio stations. While some of the activities undertaken by a station, such as training, may attract funding more easily than other types of activity, it is recognised that the essential core work involved in running a station is the most difficult for which to find funding.

There is no limit to how much can be applied for, however the Panel asks applicants to take note of previous grant awards for an indication of realistic award figures. Grants will be made as a single lump sum, and are to cover a one-year period only.

This is what the Community Radio Fund has been set up to provide help for. These core functions include:

• fundraising to support the station (e.g. grants, commercial funding)
• management
• administration
• financial management & reporting
• community outreach
• volunteer organisation and support

An application form and more details are available here.

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