Radio Newsbeat

I have been enjoying Gold on DAB now for several weeks now.

It is good to hear so many old tunes without any dj announcements. The only reason for this is that  the station has not been the same since the original presenters left it.  It is good to hear Randall Lee Rose on some of the links though.  I normally listen when I am cooking in the kitchen, it cuts through the noise that the extractor fan makes.

My favourite platform for listening to radio remains wi fi.  I can.emember a time before broadband when wi fi was painful to listen to with many drop outs in a programme

I have been sorting out my radio recordings I made in Turkey and Croatia.  I found the Croatian stations easier to identify from lists off the worldwide web, and listening to the mp3s.  Turkey is slightly more difficult. The Turks seem to have a complicated alphabet. We went to a lovely Roman site in Side.  They pronounced it as “See day” Probably not the best example. According to Wikipedia:

The letters of the Turkish alphabet are:

Capital letters
Lower case letters
a b c ç d e f g ğ h ı i j k l m n o ö p r s ş t u ü v y z

Of these 29 letters, eight are vowels (A, E, I, İ, O, Ö, U, Ü); the 21 others are consonants.

The letters Q, W, and X of the ISO basic Latin alphabet do not occur in the Turkish alphabet (replacements for these letters are K, V and KS), while dotted and dotless I are distinct letters in Turkish so that “i” does not become “I” when capitalized.

Turkish also uses a, i and u with the circumflex:

  • â for /aː/ and/or to indicate that the consonant before â is palatalized
  • î for /iː/ (no palatalization implied)
  • û for /uː/ and/or to indicate palatalization.

If you are looking for pdf files which feature radio try these links I have found recently


Crystal Radio Circuits — 40 articles (pdf )

Technical books online

Also if you are interested in listening to very old cylinder recordings, this recent site will be of interest to you

10,000 wax cylinders digititzed and free to download / Boing Boing



News selected from the Radio Today Site

Alex Dyke in Breach for breastfeeding comments
Posted by Roy Martin

Alex Dyke in Breach for breastfeeding comments

BBC Radio Solent’s Alex Dyke has been branded as “shocking”, “sexist” and “disgusting” after Ofcom found his programme in Breach of the Broadcasting Code.

A total of 45 complaints were made to Ofcom, which said Alex Dyke was extremely offensive about breastfeeding, women who breastfeed, and those who support it. Complainants considered Alex Dyke to have been “shocking”, “sexist” and “disgusting”.

Quotes from the show in question in August appear below.

BBC Radio Solent suspended the presenter for almost a week after two complaints were received at the station and a local petition called for him to be sacked. When returning to air, Alex repeated his apology for any offence caused in addition to the station’s earlier apology.

The BBC accepted that “even within the context of the [Alex Dyke] show’s normal format and the expectations of regular listeners, Alex Dyke’s comments went beyond what was acceptable”.

Ofcom said Alex’s comments had the potential to cause considerable offence and noted the various steps taken by the BBC, including the apologies which were broadcast on air, but still found the programme in Breach of Rule 2.3 of the Code.

The BBC Trust Executive also investigated the programme. They said:

“Trustees considered that phone-in programmes were a valuable forum for connecting with audiences, they tapped in to the likely topics of conversation and allowed the BBC to engage with audiences. Trustees acknowledged that presenters had editorial freedom about the choice of subjects they discussed and considerable leeway to provoke opinion, for example, they could choose to use humour, exaggeration and play devil’s advocate. Trustees considered all these devices were well understood and accepted by audiences.

“However in this instance, they considered the comments stepped significantly beyond what would have been deemed acceptable by listeners. They noted inparticular repeated derogatory stereotypical comments about the appearance of the kind of women who might breastfeed. Trustees also considered the treatment of one caller in particular was derogatory.

“The Committee considered this was a serious breach of the Editorial Guidelines for Harm and Offence and for Fairness, Contributors and Consent.”

Here’s what happened on August 12th:

At the beginning of this particular programme, the presenter, Alex Dyke, introduced the discussion topic of breastfeeding as follows:

“I’ve got one of those taboo subjects I want to talk about. There’s kind of stuff that particularly in this day and age guys should say but I’m going to tell you what guys are thinking. Okay? There’s this kind of stuff. There’s stuff that we should be saying, particularly as a broadcaster – it is 2015 – but there’s the stuff that guys are really thinking: Ladies, Mums, we don’t like breastfeeding in public. We don’t honestly, we don’t. Something in the paper about this today, and, funnily enough, I experienced this yesterday. Er, mother who breastfeeds her son and her friend’s child, she sparked a firestorm on the internet. There is a picture here, it’s in most of the tabloids today. It is seen as a special bond between mother and baby, but this breastfeeding picture has sparked a frenzy online and divided opinion across the world. For the photograph doesn’t just portray a woman breastfeeding her 16 month-old son, she’s also at the same time, breastfeeding her friend’s 18 monthold boy. Now, yesterday I was on a bus, and there was a lady on this bus – she was quite a big girl – she had a toddler with her, a baby, some shopping stuff and she starts to breastfeed her baby on the bus. I didn’t know where to look. She’s putting me in an embarrassing situation. I didn’t really realise what was going on, I thought she was just cuddling her baby. Then I looked over and I realised what was going on and I wanted to look away but the bus was packed. There was nowhere else to look. Breastfeeding’s unnatural. I mean, I know it’s natural, but it’s kind of unnatural. It’s the kind of thing that should be done in a quiet and private nursery. We don’t want it in public, do we, fellas, come on?”

Alex Dyke discussed the issue of breastfeeding with several listeners who contacted the programme by telephone. He also made a number of references to breastfeeding in public, including the following:

“[Breastfeeding] was OK in the Stone Age when we knew no better. And people didn’t have their own teeth. When we didn’t have washrooms”;


“[Breastfeeding]’s not a great look”.


“You wouldn’t get your yummy mummies doing [breastfeeding]”.


“Men don’t like it, they don’t like it in public”.

Alex Dyke also referred to women who breastfed in public as: “history teachers, geography teachers”; “librarian-types with moustaches”; “Brownie pack leaders”; and “earth mothers… the ones with moustaches, the ones who work in libraries, the ones who wear hessian”.

In addition, the presenter suggested that breastfeeding women might wear “breastfeeding signs” around their necks or breastfeeding “hats”. He also labelled men who support breastfeeding in public as being “wimps who are scared of their wives”.

Alex Dyke broadcast the following apology on 13 August 2015, the day after the original programme: “Yesterday on the show I spoke about breastfeeding. The comments I made during the programme were unacceptable and I would like to apologise for any offence caused”.

The presenter broadcast the following second apology a week later on 20 August 2015, when he returned to presenting the programme following a suspension:

“On Wednesday’s show last week I made comments which, on reflection, were comments which were misguided, ill-judged and showed a lack of understanding and empathy with women who breastfeed. I have had time away from my radio show, and had space to think about what I said. I’d like to once again say I’m sorry for any offence these remarks caused, and know they were unacceptable. I have read many of the points of view sent to me and I’ve learnt a lot from the many conversations I’ve had in the last few days. Today is not the right time to revisit the topic, but it is something we will do at some point in the future.”

BBC Music Jazz launches on DAB – November 12, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UK)

Presenter Nihal heads to Wembley Stadium
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Presenter Nihal heads to Wembley Stadium

Nihal is presenting a special programme on BBC Asian Network from Wembley Stadium this Friday morning.

The show coincides with a visit by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, who will be addressing an audience from across the UK from the venue.

The special programme will explore India’s relationship with the UK, the treatment of religious minorities in the country, as well as feature interviews with some of the acts and artists taking part.

The former BBC Radio 1 presenter has hosted the morning show on BBC Asian Network each weekday since 2012.

Classic FM hosts Regent St Lights switch-on
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Classic FM hosts Regent St Lights switch-on

 Classic FM presenters Myleene Klass and Aled Jones are hosting the Regent Street Lights switch on this Sunday.

The event will see special guests including Darcey Bussell, Laura Wright and Alison Balsom.

Darcey, the Strictly Come Dancing judge and former prima ballerina, will pull the switch at approximately 6.30pm to launch Christmas across the capital.

Darcey said: “I am honoured to be invited to switch on the world famous Regent Street Lights. It promises to be a spectacular evening as we celebrate the start of Christmas in London. A time to get together and to think of others.”

Myleene Klass added: “Classic FM is the home of Christmas music, so Aled and I are really looking forward to officially launching the festive season on one of the world’s most famous shopping streets. London, let the countdown begin!”

Annie Walker, Director of the Regent Street Association said: ” We’re delighted to announce our new partnership with Classic FM, Jo Malone London and ACT Lighting Design for the Regent Street Christmas Lights. The Regent Street annual switch-on is the highlight of our year, marking the start of the festive season in the West End. It’s been an exciting year with fantastic retailers joining the shopping street, including fragrance brand Jo Malone London and more flagship stores set to open in 2016.”

New breakfast duo at BBC Coventry and Warwickshire


Trish Adudu and Jo Tidman are taking over the breakfast show on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, replacing Shane O’Connor.

Shane has been on the morning show for five years and posted this short message on his Facebook fan page today: “So long and thanks for all the fish ……”

Trish Adudu won Best Programme Presenter at the internal BBC Local Radio Awards just last week for her work on the station, and will be partnered with Jo Tidman – a newsreader and presenter at BBC WM.

Trish Adudu said: “I’m totally thrilled to be given the opportunity to present the breakfast show on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire. It’s a huge challenge and different to anything I’ve done before, because it’s right here in my home city.”

Jo Tidman added: “I am delighted to be returning to my roots and proud to be part of the new Coventry and Warwickshire breakfast show. I know Trish well and can’t wait to get going.”

Paul Marriott is covering on the show till the new year.

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire’s Managing Editor, Andrew Bowman, said: “I am really excited to announce our new line-up. Trish and Jo are award winning presenters and journalists who will be putting their heart and soul into the programme. Trish is from Coventry and Jo from Warwickshire, so we can expect some lively discussions as well as expert local knowledge.”

David Jennings, Head of Regional and Local Programmes for BBC West Midlands said: “I am pleased that these two talented presenters will
be together in one show. We think the combination of personalities will appeal to our listeners across the patch. We’d like to thank Shane for his work on the breakfast show, and we wish him well for the future.”

BBC Radio 4 has today confirmed that the broadcasts of the BBC Reith Lectures with Professor Stephen Hawking have been postponed.

In a statement, the BBC says: “Unfortunately Thursday’s recording of the BBC Reith Lectures with Professor Stephen Hawking is no longer going ahead as he is unwell. We are postponing the broadcast of the lectures on Radio 4 and are liaising with Professor Hawking and his team about the next steps once he is better.”

Professor Hawking was set to record the lectures this Thursday 12 November in London and they were due to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 starting on Tuesday 24 November.


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