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Now I have got back into listening to DAB radio, albeit when in the kitchen, I find it rather disappointing that Smooth Extra has gone to a Christmas Format.  Maybe the 1st of December, but not now please!  Thankfully most other stations are not playing Christmas music yet.  On the Internet, and wi fi radio scene, there are stations that play back to back Christmas music all year round, needless to say I give those a miss.

Some interesting links from Hans Knot’s November Radio Report

This link leads to three pages of pictures of mainly men in Offshore Radio Teeshirts – interesting though! 

This link leads the start of Martin Van Der Ven’s Flickr photos which are all offshore radio related!

An interesting article also highlighted in Hans Knot’s Radio Report is this, about Mel Howard who was on Caroline but started off on Radio Scotland offshore in the 60s–pop-pirate-331921231.html




News selected from the Radio Today Site

Pete Morgan returns to Radio Stoke breakfast

BBC Radio Stoke is bringing back Pete Morgan to the weekday Breakfast show in the New Year.

Pete starts in January, replacing Stuart George and Charlotte Foster will move later in the day in the 4-6pm slot, whilst current drive presenter Tim Wedgwood will move to focus on digital multi-platform content.

Pete left Stoke to join BBC WM in 2012, after five years on the programme, during which time he won best breakfast show at the Gillards.

After starting out his career at Signal Radio, Pete was a presenter for Marcher Sound in Wrexham in the 90s before doing breakfast at Bournemouth station 2CR. He joined Galaxy 102.2 in 2001 to produce Dave Clarke’s breakfast show and then went on to spend five years producing Heart 100.7’s breakfast show with Ed James.

BBC Radio Stoke Managing Editor, Gary Andrews, said: “I am really excited that Pete has agreed to return. When I arrived, he had already agreed to move elsewhere and I was disappointed not to get chance to work with him for any length of time. That was nearly four years ago and I’m looking forward to hearing Pete re-establish the great relationship he had with our listeners. He has a great sense of humour and warmth. Alongside that he has the same interests as our listeners, but also the ability to challenge those in power.

Pete said: “This patch holds such special memories for me and, when I left, I always felt that my time with the people of Staffordshire and South Cheshire wasn’t quite finished. I decided that it was right to stop resisting the pull, and come back to BBC Radio Stoke”

Den Siegertsz (5-7am), Perry Spiller (10-1pm) and James Watt (1-4pm) will continue on their current weekday shows and are unaffected by the change.

BBC Radio Ulster’s 40th birthday celebrations will culminate in a special gala concert live from the Ulster Hall in Belfast.

The listener event on Monday 14 December will be presented by John Toal and Wendy Austin (pictured above) who will introduce a host of names from the worlds of music, arts, comedy, sport and news, together with the Ulster Orchestra.

The two-and-a-half hour gala concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Ulster.

Fergus Keeling, BBC Northern Ireland’s Head of Radio, says: “We have really enjoyed sharing our birthday year with our listeners and we’re delighted to be able to bring these celebrations to a conclusion with what promises to be a truly magical night in the Ulster Hall.”

Tickets to BBC Radio Ulster’s 40th Birthday Gala Concert are complimentary and will be allocated following a random draw. Ticket applications to this event can be made from today Tuesday 17 November at 9am until Monday 23 November at 5pm.

BBC Radio 2 has raised over five million pounds in aid of this year’s Children in Need, with a series of live auctions, text-in competitions and fundraising events.

The total figure of £5,715,167.57 was contributed to by presenters offering money can’t buy packages including Popmaster in your local pub with Ken Bruce and Be a radio presenter for the day with Steve Wright.

Chris Evans’s annual Carfest – an event that combines classic cars, live music and food while raising money for Children in Need – raised £1.7m.

Chris says: “What an incredible week it has been. It always blows me away how generous people are when it comes to Children in Need. The auction packages this year were incredibly sought-after and the response has been exceptional, so a huge thank you from me and everyone on the Radio 2 Breakfast team to all who took part in any activity and gave whatever they could for Children in Need across the week.”

Bob Shennan, Controller of BBC Radio 2, says: “Radio 2 listeners have done it again this year in helping to raise an outstanding amount of money for BBC Children in Need. Their fantastic contributions will make a huge difference to the lives of Britain’s underprivileged children.”

Chris Evans started off the auctions on Monday with The Ultimate Tennis Package – which raised £244,221. Tim Henman was on the show to announce a ‘money can’t buy’ tennis experience, featuring a tour of The Queen’s Club, a view of centre court from the commentary box at Wimbledon, and a knock about with some of the top names in tennis.

On Tuesday, Paula Radcliffe and Steve Cram joined the Breakfast Show team for The Magnificent Seven Marathon Package announcement – raising £271,943 – to run the London and New York Marathons. The winner will prepare for the race with a one-to-one session with Paula and Steve, plus Vassos Alexander from the Radio 2 Breakfast Show and Louise Minchin from BBC Breakfast will be looking after the winners at the New York Marathon.

The Dine and Disco – 10th Anniversary raised £1,295,769 on Wednesday, when Paul McCartney was confirmed to perform at the last ever event on 25 June next year at Chris Evans’s pub in Surrey. There will be food from Tom Kerridge, Mark Sargeant, Giorgio Locatelli and Natasha Evans, plus live music from McCartney.

There were four packages up for auction on Thursday, including Happy Christmas TFI and Happy New Year Top Gear: Tickets to the last TFI Friday of the year and the first Top Gear recordings, raising £360,194. There was also Famous Five Go Hyper To Hampshire: five classic car drivers and their co-drivers setting off from the piazza outside BBC New Broadcasting House and heading towards Lymington Yacht Haven – raising £195,829. Plus, a Festive Foodie Package – the chance for one lucky listener and three friends to attend a fabulous festive lunch hosted by Chris Evans and Alex Jones, raising £137,421, and 60 Go Bonkers to Brighton, with the top three bids joining the Breakfast team as part of The Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, on Sunday 6 November 2016. They will travel in three vintage buses driven by Chris Evans, Alex Jones and Ken Bruce – raising £131,500.

Sir Tom Hunter, also known as The White Knight, donated £1m to Chris’s Children in Need efforts and said: “Children in Need has always been close to our hearts, and it’s an absolute pleasure to help in our own small way. Listening to the bids coming in just shows how generous the great British public are.”

The prizes offered across Children in Need day on BBC Radio 2 included:

Saddle Up with Sara Cox
Allowing a listener and a friend to watch Sara Cox present Radio 2’s Breakfast Show. Afterwards, Sara will take the winners for a Mexican breakfast at Wahaca in Oxford Circus, London. From there they will make their way to the Ross Nye Riding Stables in Hyde Park for a sight-seeing horse ride around London’s famous Royal Park. Later that evening, they will take their place for the National Theatre’s award-winning production of War Horse.

Play Popmaster With The Popmeister In Your Pub
Presenter Ken Bruce and Lynn Bowles will bring UK radio’s most popular music quiz to your local pub. Radio 2 will provide the interval feast – sausage rolls and scotch eggs ahoy.

Vine’s Towering View Of London
The chance to see Jeremy Vine present his daily current affairs programme at Radio 2. After the show, Jeremy will take the winner for an exclusive tour of one of the capital’s most historic buildings – The Tower of London. Jeremy joins forces with Lord Dannatt, Constable of the Tower, to give a unique tour of the Queen’s House (not open to the public), followed by a private viewing of the Crown Jewels. Plus, later that evening, they will take their place as Lord Dannatt’s VIP guests for a very special event, a tradition dating back 700 years – The Ceremony of the Keys.

Be A Radio Presenter For The Day with Steve Wright
To be a member of the Steve Wright In The Afternoon Team for a day, alongside Steve, Tim, Bobbie and Janey in the Radio 2 studios. Watching how the show is put together, help read out that day’s Factoids, and even interview one of Steve’s star guests. The whole experience finishes with a bite to eat post-show with Steve and the team.

Simon’s Sous Chef
Simon Mayo invites the winner and a friend to be Drivetime’s sous chef for the day. Foodie Thursday’s Nigel Barden takes you into the kitchen of one of London’s best restaurants – the Michelin-starred David Moore at Pied à Terre. There they’ll enjoy a masterclass and become sous chef for the day, helping Nigel prepare everything needed for the Drivetime Show that evening. Simon and the team will sample the delights the winner spent the day cooking. After the show, they’ll head back to the restaurant with Simon and co to enjoy a well-deserved dinner.


Iain Lee and the BBC apologise for interview

BBC Three Counties Radio and Iain Lee have said sorry after complaints were received about an interview on homosexuality.

The conversation with Libby Powell, from campaign group Christian Concern on November 3rd got heated which ended up with Iain Lee saying prison worker Revd Barry Trayhorn was “obnoxious” and “poisonous”.

Trayhorn is taking his employer to a tribunal amid claims he was forced to resign for reading a Bible verse about homosexuality.

When Ms Powell said homophobia was a fear Mr Lee said it was a “cute answer” but homophobia was a “hatred of gays”.

The seven minute interview was at 6.15am on November 3rd, as the first item on Iain’s weekday breakfast show.

A statement from senior editorial staff told Premier Christian Radio: “The BBC – and Iain Lee himself – wish to apologise for any offence that may have been caused.” Iain Lee apologised on air and said: “Last week I interviewed the Revd Barry Trayhorn and solicitor Libby Powell about their understanding of biblical teaching on homosexuality.

“I want to make it clear that I apologise for any offence that may have been caused over the way I conducted the interviews.”

Smooth Christmas returns on national DAB radio

Global’s Christmas station Smooth Christmas is returning for 2015 on the national DAB channel occupied by Smooth Extra.

The station started life in 2011 under GMG Radio, and has broadcast most years since.

It’s back this Saturday from 10am with ‘Your Christmas Music Mix’ and has already started tweeted to let listeners know it will return.

Smooth Christmas will be the only all Christmas station broadcasting nationally on DAB, expected to cease on Boxing Day and return to Smooth Extra.

Global has also rebranded Heart TV to Heart Xmas for the festive season.


We’ve not heard of any other UK radio stations flipping to all-Christmas so far, but we’ll let you know when we do!






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.”

Here’s Shane O’Connor’s showreel:


Cameo departs 1Xtra after 10 years on-air


New changes at 1Xtra include a new future-facing RnB show with Jamz Supernova and the departure of Cameo.

Cameo has been at the station since 2004 and currently hosts the Tuesday 10pm till 1am show. This will be the new home of Jamz Supernova.

Also, Sian Anderson will be going on maternity leave this autumn, with grime DJ Logan Sama joining the station from 18 November to cover her Wednesday evening 10pm-1am show for the following three months.

Rhys Hughes, Head of Programmes for Radio 1 and 1Xtra, says: “I’m absolutely delighted that Jamz Supernova will be joining the 1Xtra specialist family with a three-hour programme dedicated to future RnB. I’m also very happy that Logan Sama is taking over the Grime reins while Sian Anderson is on maternity leave.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Cameo for his fantastic contribution to 1Xtra over the last decade and wish him all the best for the future.”

Jamz Supernova says: “I’m super excited to be joining the 1Xtra specialist line-up and I can’t wait to share three hours of my musical world on Tuesday nights.”

Logan Sama says: “After all the love and support the 1Xtra listeners have shown me for my SixtyMinutes residency, I am really excited to be keeping Sian Anderson’s show warm for her for the next couple of months. I will be bringing the full spectrum of this wonderful music called UK Grime to the station from foundation legends, bright young artists and innovative current producers.”

A new service from Capital Xtra has launched enabling listeners to skip songs on their iPhone app.

Capital Xtra is calling it skippable, and is similar to a number of streaming music services such as Spotify which allows you to play the next scheduled song on the station’s playlist.

Users are then taken away from the live station output and given a mix of songs and pre-recorded content until they decide to return to the live stream.

Chris Price, previously with and BBC Radio 1, has blogged about it, saying: “It might be a while before we hear Radio X’s Chris Moyles announcing: “This is the new Mumfords tune; we love it, but if you’re not a fan just skip it and we’ll see you back here in a few minutes”; but that appears to be the direction of travel, and there are smart people working hard on making it a reality. The likelihood is we’ll see this kind of functionality on non-hosted, era-based digital channels like Absolute’s ‘decades’ stations first.

Ofcom has given the go ahead for Radio City 2 and Radio City Talk to swap frequencies.

Both services will receive significant investment in local content with a re-invigorated schedule of local programming. Radio City 2 will move to 105.9FM with the Greatest Hits Format while Radio City Talk will move to 1548AM with an updated format. This will include a mix of local sport, news, talk and rock hits.

Ofcom decided the reduction volume of speech for Radio City Talk was outweighed by increases in the amount of local bespoke programming not shared with other stations. It also felt that playing rock hits, which is currently not available on any analogue service in the Liverpool area, is a change from soft pop which is also played by Radio City 2.


Nigel Farage to host radio programme on LBC
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Nigel Farage to host radio programme on LBC

Nigel Farage will head back to Leicester Square this weekend to host his own late-night show on LBC.

The leader of the UK Independence Party will be live on the Global news talk station this Sunday from 10pm to 1am, when he stands in for regular presenter Ian Collins to present the one-off programme.

Nigel Farage said: “Love me or hate me, I’ll be talking about the big issues of the day. Call up and come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough!”

James Rea, LBC’s managing editor, told RadioToday: “LBC has a long history of welcoming leaders and senior figures from across the political spectrum. Nigel is well known for being a straight talking politician. The combination of his opinionated and outspoken style together with the insightful questioning from our listeners will make his programme edge of your seat radio.”

Nigel Farage hosts a fortnightly phone in during Nick Ferrari’s breakfast show called ‘Phone Farage’.


Radio Cymru to celebrate 80 years in Bangor

Radio Cymru to celebrate 80 years in Bangor

Two artists will meet, compose, record, mix and release a new EP live during an overnight broadcast on Radio Cymru to celebrate 80 years of broadcasting.

Sŵnami, from Dolgellau, will be meeting with Bangor singer Casi at the BBC studios at Bryn Meirion late on Thursday afternoon, November 5, before working through the night – and through the early hours of the morning – in a Sesiwn Unnos (“One night session”) to work towards the release of a new EP with at least three songs by 9am on Friday, November 6.

The whole story will be featured in a special programme presented by Lisa Gwilym on the Friday evening on BBC Radio Cymru.

“I’m very lucky to be part of the project this time,” said Lisa. “We’re going to be awake all night, and by the time people wake up on Friday morning we will – hopefully – have an EP!

“I’m very much looking forward to this – and Sŵnami and Casi are very brave to accept the challenge.”

Sŵnami and Casi are two of a dozen artists who were part of the Horizons project during its first year. Horizons is a joint initiative with Arts Council Wales to develop new, independent contemporary music in Wales. Since then the two have gone from strength to strength, with Sŵnami releasing their debut album recently and Casi currently in the studio recording new material.

The Sesiwn Unnos format started in Bangor in 2010, led by the production team Gareth Iwan, Dyl Mei and Dwynwen Morgan, and this session will be one of the highlights of celebrations marking the 80th anniversary for the BBC in Bangor.

“There’s a lively tradition in Bangor of innovative broadcasting and I’m pleased to see that continuing today – as strong as ever,” said Ynyr Williams, Assistant Editor of Radio Cymru.

“Reflecting and promoting Wales’ musical talent is at the heart of what Radio Cymru does, and we will celebrate that in particular in November, with a week of diverse music including the Cerdd Dant Festival, the National Orchestra of Wales in Patagonia, the Young Farmers’ Eisteddfod and a host of other sessions and items.

“Radio Cymru is one of the most diverse radio stations in the world in terms of music – and it’s only on Radio Cymru that you’ll hear such a full range of Welsh music. And it’s great to be able to say we’ve been doing things like this in Bangor now for eighty years!

“Gardener Henry Lewis, a former BBC Bangor staff member who’s now 96, came into the studio recently to talk about his memories of working at Bryn Meirion from the 40s until the early 80s, and his memories were broadcast on the Dei Tomos programme on Sunday, October 25. We’ll be hearing a lot more about the history of this place during the first week of November, but Dei’s conversation with Henry is certainly one to look out for online.”



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