Radio Newsbeat

Waffler

Lovely story below about Jack FM. Essentially an automatic radio station with just one live presenter and news.  I remember years ago that Eagle in the South, used to have an automatic night time dj called something like Talon!

Just found this on the Internet – seems I am spot on with my reminiscence

 

Soft Rock Sexbots Are Kinda Hot, Kinda Creepy
6,4221

Charlie Jane Anders
Filed to: ANDROID DJS3/26/08 7:00pm
Soft Rock Sexbots Are Kinda Hot, Kinda Creepy
The Western suburbs of London were a fantastic place to be a sad android fetishist in the late 1990s. Adult contemporary radio stations in two cities, Slough and Guildford, developed Sorayama-esque android DJs, Twinkle and Talon, who wore silver bodysuits, silver hair and (in the case of Talon) a chrome bustier. Guildford’s Talon became so popular she did public appearances, endorsed Andrex facial tissue, and even had two backup dancers. And she also posed for some very bizarre cheescake (circuitcake?) photos, all in the name of connecting more people to Air Supply. Click through for more details and a gallery.

Talon was the wholesome mascot of 96.4 Eagle, the “adult contemporary” radio station in Guildford, England, DJing during the weekday overnight and Saturday afternoon slots. She seems to have spoken on the radio, judging from the photos of her on the microphone. Her predecessor Twinkle, by contrast, was voiced by a pre-recorded woman in Dallas with the cyber-sounding name of Pamela Steele. (Oh, and here’s Pamela voicing a “Manwich” commercial.)

Talon started out with a black bustier, but graduated to her chrome look eventually. She had two “minders,” Sophie and Gill, who also took turns being inside the costume. (Talon also had other “minders” who were more bouncer-y, in case someone got any ideas.) In some of the pictures, Sophie and Gill do a weird sort of dance routine, in which they seem to be worshipping their new android ruler, literally bending over backwards while she gestures over them.

The promo photos of the two androids range from the titillating to the seriously disturbing. I will refrain from pointing out that the exact midpoint of Guildford and Slough is the town of Staines.
The Western suburbs of London were a fantastic place to be a sad android fetishist in the late 1990s. Adult contemporary radio stations in two cities, Slough and Guildford, developed Sorayama-esque android DJs, Twinkle and Talon, who wore silver bodysuits, silver hair and (in the case of Talon) a chrome bustier. Guildford’s Talon became so popular she did public appearances, endorsed Andrex facial tissue, and even had two backup dancers. And she also posed for some very bizarre cheescake (circuitcake?) photos, all in the name of connecting more people to Air Supply. Click through for more details and a gallery.

Talon was the wholesome mascot of 96.4 Eagle, the “adult contemporary” radio station in Guildford, England, DJing during the weekday overnight and Saturday afternoon slots. She seems to have spoken on the radio, judging from the photos of her on the microphone. Her predecessor Twinkle, by contrast, was voiced by a pre-recorded woman in Dallas with the cyber-sounding name of Pamela Steele. (Oh, and here’s Pamela voicing a “Manwich” commercial.)

Talon started out with a black bustier, but graduated to her chrome look eventually. She had two “minders,” Sophie and Gill, who also took turns being inside the costume. (Talon also had other “minders” who were more bouncer-y, in case someone got any ideas.) In some of the pictures, Sophie and Gill do a weird sort of dance routine, in which they seem to be worshipping their new android ruler, literally bending over backwards while she gestures over them.

The promo photos of the two androids range from the titillating to the seriously disturbing. I will refrain from pointing out that the exact midpoint of Guildford and Slough is the town of Staines.

Selection of news from Radio Today Site

JACK listener names baby after radio station

JACK listener names baby after radio station

A 107 JACK fm Berkshire listener has named her baby after the radio station and breakfast show presenter Robin Banks.

Lisa Hudson and her husband Trevor spent a long time thinking about names for their son, but suddenly agreed on a name when they got in the car one day and saw the name JACK on the radio display.

When Lisa spoke to JACK’s Robin Banks on his breakfast show she told him; “You guys decided our boy’s name pretty quickly whilst we were driving to Cornwall. When we got in the car, Trevor had to listen to your show and he tuned in the car radio… The dashboard showed the radio tuned to “JACK fm Berkshire”: and we both said in unison, ‘How about Jack?’. Job done!”

And Jack’s middle name is ‘Robin’.

Robin Banks said; “We do some crazy stuff on the show but every so often it’s amazing to throw a normal, lovely story into the mix… being predictably unpredictable has always been my mantra. I’m so happy for Lisa and Trevor and we’ll be keeping an eye on Jack to make sure they’re dragging him up right”.

The DeLorean makes a few radio station visits

The DeLorean makes a few radio station visits

The DeLorean has been extra busy today, making visits to a number of radio stations and media related places.

Dave and Vanessa finished the Kingdom FM Breakfast Show today and joined in the BacktoFutureDay fun by filming a short clip with a DeLorean outside their studio.

After hearing how fanatical Dave and Vanessa are for the films, local listeners Donna and Dave Henderson from Glenrothes, offered to bring their DeLorean to the station.

Dave and Vanessa took the car for a spin around Fife and listeners detoured via the Kingdom FM building to get selfies with the car on the day that Marty McFly goes to the future.

Chris Evans also took to the driving seat in a Delorean today, and one arrived outside One Golden Square – where Magic took the opportunity to tweet this photo. Keith Lemon, who has filmed his own tribute to the Back to the Future films, was a guest on Radio X with Chris Moyles this morning too.

And there was a DeLorean at MediaCityUK too – home of BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio Manchester, RadioToday and many more radio companies including Ignite Jingles which took this photo.

See the video below from Dave and Vanessa, and email your time travelling stories to news@radiotoday.co.uk

Grimmy & Evans simulcast on Radio 1 & Radio 2

Grimmy & Evans simulcast on Radio 1 & Radio 2

BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2 simulcast this morning to announce the venue and acts for the BBC Music Awards 2015.

Just after 8.30am, Nick Grimshaw joined Chris Evans at BBC Radio 2 to make the joint broadcast – one of the few times the stations have broadcast the same output in recent times (they did the same for last year’s Music Awards announcement).

Nick started by saying Good Morning Radio 2 whilst Chris said Good Morning Radio 1. Words he’s not said for quite a while.

Chris asked Nick how X Factor was going whilst Nick asked about TFI Friday. They talked about being allowed to have drinks in the studio – which are allowed at Radio 2 but not at Radio 1.

Chris and Nick shared ‘big secrets’ to which Chris said he has a massive secret and his Radio 2 show but didn’t reveal any more info. Have a listen to the whole 10 minutes below.

Hosted by Chris Evans and Fearne Cotton, the live event will take place from 4-6pm in Birmingham on Thursday 10th December and will be broadcast the same evening on BBC One, Radio 1, Radio 2 and online. There will also be coverage of the Red Carpet arrivals, back stage gossip and exclusive interviews and sessions.

The line-up includes Ellie Goulding, Hozier, Jess Glynne, Little Mix, Mumford & Sons, OMI and One Direction.

Chris Evans says: “They’re back! We had such a blast last year so I can’t wait to get back on stage and relive this amazing musical year of 2015. The BBC Music Awards is the best night of the year and 2015 will be no exception as we celebrate the absolutely brilliant talent out there making the music that inspires us every single day.”

Fearne Cotton says: “What a line up! Seven top acts announced already and more to come. This year’s awards are already bursting at the seams with performances from some of the world’s greatest music acts, so I’m delighted to be heading to Birmingham to present the show.”

At the end of the broadcast, Nick joked he didn’t need to rush back as he’d pre-recorded the last hour of his show over at BBC Radio 1.

Bob Shennan, Controller Radio 2, 6 Music, Asian Network and Director BBC Music, says: “The BBC Music Awards recognise the outstanding stories in popular music from across the year, highlighting and honouring some extraordinary performers. Together they have created some of the most talked about musical moments of the year – from 1D’s imminent break to Jess Glynne’s fifth number one – the event gives our audiences the chance to reflect and enjoy them all.”

The Executive Producer for the BBC Music Awards is Guy Freeman. Visitbbc.co.uk/musicawards for full details.

BBC Music Jazz will run on digital radio, online and mobile from 2pm on November 12th to midnight on the 15th, together with the EFG London Jazz Festival. It will feature known presenters, performers, archives, live content from BBC Radio 3’s collaboration with EFG London Jazz Festival, and bespoke content from BBC Radios 2, 4, 6 and BBC Radio Scotland.

Jazz FM will offer access to their flagship programmes and rare archive recordings.

BBC Radio 3’s Geoffrey Smith and Jazz FM presenter Helen Mayhew will present the ‘50 Greatest Jazz Artists’. The programme will be broadcast daily on the pop-up station with audiences invited to vote for their favourite artist.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s