Radio Newsbeat


Hello again, just seen the ITV programme about Kenny Everett. Very well put together and entertaining as well.  You have 26 more days to see the programme “The World According to Kenny Everett”

In case you miss the above programme, here is an earlier ITV programme titled “The Unforgettable Kenny Everett”

It is a great pity that Jack FM is being rebranded as Sam FM, but it seems it will still be a similar format, see the news below.

This time I wish to remind you of the excellent BBC Comedy programme Round the Horne. They had some great characters on it as well.

Julian and Sandy

My friends and I loved the show and made up our own songs and sang them in the playground. We did not realise that the words used by Syd Rumpo were innuendo laden. Our form master asked us to stop saying the word splod, which I think we invented ourselves!

Wikipedia sums Round the Horne up like this:Round the Horne is a BBC Radio comedy programme that was transmitted in four series of weekly episodes from 1965 until 1968. The series was created by Barry Took and Marty Feldman, with others contributing to later series after Feldman returned to performing, and starred Kenneth Horne, with Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick, Betty Marsden and Bill Pertwee. The show’s announcer was Douglas Smith and from time to time he took part in the sketches. It had musical interludes by close harmony singing group the Fraser Hayes Four, and accompaniment by the big band of Edwin Braden (“the great, ‘airy fool” according to Kenneth Williams), known as Edwin Braden and the Hornblowers. The band were nominally the BBC Radio Orchestra but were never billed as such. In the fourth series, all the musical duties were performed by the smaller Max Harris Group. Took and the cast had worked on the predecessor series Beyond Our Ken. The name is a pun on the nautical phrase for sailing around Cape Horn.

If you are really keen to hear some episodes visit the Internet Archive



Selected News from the Radio Today Site

Julia Hartley-Brewer and Larry Lamb are both leaving Global’s national speech station LBC.

Weekday afternoon presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer has been with the station for almost four years and said goodbye to listeners this afternoon. Former EastEnders and Gavin and Stacey actor and presenter Larry Lamb presented LBC’s Sunday morning show from 11am-2pm.

An LBC spokesperson confirmed the changes to RadioToday, saying: “We can confirm both Julia Hartley-Brewer and Larry Lamb will be leaving LBC. We would like to thank them for all of their hard work and commitment and wish them all the best for the future. We will announce LBC’s new schedule shortly.”

Julia Hartley-Brewer said: “After almost four years in the hot seat hosting three hours of talk radio every single weekday I’m leaving LBC today. It’s been an honour and a pleasure to work at LBC with so many talented and brilliant people both on air and off air and I will miss everyone here. I want to say a big thank you, especially to my amazing producer Rachel, who makes it all happen, but most of all I will miss the amazing LBC listeners who call in every day of the year to share their opinions, stories and personal experiences. I am so proud to have been a part of LBC, thank you for listening.”

Larry Lamb said: “After two fantastic years with LBC, I have come to feel part of the family. It’s sadly time to say goodbye, for a while anyway, as I join the cast of New Tricks on BBC1. But don’t worry I hope to be back one day. Thanks to everyone who has made the whole experience such a joy!”

Larry leaves at the end of this month.

Replacement presenters have not yet been announced but information is expected shortly.

Celador Radio is dropping the JACK fm brand and renaming its three current JACK stations to Sam FM from next week.

The stations based in Southampton, Bristol and Swindon will rebrand on Wednesday 1st April – and Celador says they’ve been planning the change for the last six months.

It leaves just two JACK fm stations remaining in the UK – in Oxford and Reading – following JACK FM Hertfordshire’schange to Bob FM last year.

Earlier this week, Oxis Media announced it had acquired the brand rights for JACK FM across the UK and Europe.

Celador says the new Sam FM brand will have the same music mix, presenters, features, production and jokes as JACK fm. Actor and comedian Gareth Hale, one half of Hale and Pace, will be the Sam FM station voice.

Celador Radio Chairman Paul Smith said: “We have been considering for some time taking control of our own brand as opposed to franchising a name, which has consistently caused confusion with the two UK Jack stations not under our ownership. We have had great success with our three Jack stations and look forward to them developing further and achieving yet greater success as Sam FM.”

As well as the three Sam FM stations, Celador owns and operates licences as The Breeze, Fire Radio and Palm FM across the south of England.

One Direction, Demi Lovato, Little Mix and Maisie Williams are to present Christmas Day shows on BBC Radio 1.

From 1-7pm, they’ll host Radio 1’s Superstar Playlist – hour long shows presented and curated by the singers – featuring their favourite tracks, including a few Christmas favourites.

Radio 1’s Superstar Playlist schedule:

1-2pm: Radio 1’s Superstar Playlist with One Direction

2-3pm: Radio 1’s Superstar Playlist with Demi Lovato

3-4pm: Radio 1’s Superstar Playlist with Troye Sivan

4-5pm: Radio 1’s Superstar Playlist with Little Mix

5-6pm: Radio 1’s Superstar Playlist with Maisie Williams

6-7pm: Radio 1’s Superstar Playlist with The Vamps

One Direction say: “The best present this Christmas will be coming round to Alice Levine¹s and sharing the day with the Radio 1 listeners.”

The Vamps say: “We’re so excited to give the BBC Radio 1 DJ’s a run for their money by taking over the decks on Christmas Day playing our favourite choooons and chatting about reeeally important things like snow, turkey vs beef debate and presents. Come party with us at 6pm. The playlist is mega!”

Rhys Hughes, Head of Programmes, Radio 1 and 1Xtra said: “I’m absolutely delighted to announce such a stellar line up for Radio 1 on Christmas day. Along with the Christmas No.1 on The Official Chart with Greg James, it should be a great listen, bringing the nation together on Christmas Day.”

Prior to ‘Radio 1’s Superstar Playlist’, for the first time ever on a Friday, Greg James will be announcing the Christmas Number 1 live on The Official Chart (10am-1pm). This will be the first time the Christmas Number 1 has been announced on a Friday since moving from its Sunday slot, and Greg’s first time announcing it. The three-hour show will include a look back at all of the Christmas Number 1’s since the year 2000 and the Official Christmas Chart, helping listeners celebrate the family festivities.

Greg James says: “It’s the biggest chart of the year, and it’s worth delaying my entire family’s Christmas celebrations for! I love being the Official Chart host, and I’m so excited that I’ll be announcing the Christmas Number 1 live on Christmas Day.”

Listeners at home will be able to enjoy the show live on Radio 1, via mobile and the BBC iPlayer Radio app.



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