If you ever find yourself bored with music radio, then try one of the BBC Local Radio Stations, or better still BBC Radio 4, there is plenty of variety on all of these.
I haven’t mentioned this before, that there are a lot of sites on the world wide web that allow you to tune a radio based in another country. Yes the radio is real, and you can input the frequency and listen. This site has alist of sites that have this facility http://websdr.org/ almost all are shortwave or am broadcasts. Some do not tune the whole radio spectrum but overall a bit of fun. Stick to your own radio, it may of course be easier? Just a bit of fun for you!
One shortwave favourite of mine was the Radio Sweden DX Show, here is an example on You Tube
If you have heard any strange broadcasts on shortwave and or are amongst those who haven’t here is a video that may help
Or here is a documentary about these stations
News selected from the Radio Today Site:
LBC has signed up the new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to host his own monthly show.
Speak To Sadiq will be broadcast live during LBC’s daytime programmes with Nick Ferrari (7am-10am), James O’Brien (10am-1pm), Shelagh Fogarty (1pm-4pm) and Iain Dale (4pm-7pm).
The first show was alongside James O’Brien today at 10am. LBC listeners were able to question the Mayor directly by phone, text, tweet or email, with no topic off limits. In addition to being available on LBC and lbc.co.uk, Speak To Sadiq can be watched on Facebook live.
James Rea, LBC’s managing editor, said: “With our listeners in the driving seat, LBC has a long history of holding people in power to account and they don’t hold back in tackling the issues that matter to them. After Ask Boris, Call Clegg and Phone Farage, our callers will have the opportunity to challenge the new Mayor directly and find out about his plans for London.”
Ofcom has today published a consultation on the methodology for reviewing the financial terms of the three national analogue commercial radio licences.
These licences, held by Classic FM, TalkSport and Absolute Radio are due to expire in 2018 and the consultation sets out the methodology that Ofcom proposes during the renewal process. Under the Broadcasting Act 1990 all three licences qualify for a further five year renewal, which means each licensee can apply to extend their licence rather than having to re-apply in an open competition.
The original licences were awarded by an auction but the renewal process means there won’t be any cash bids so Ofcom is required to set new financial terms for each licence. They’re proposing that the methodology used in 2010 is still broadly appropriate and will enable them to set fair and reasonable financial terms within the context of the current market environment.
Ofcom will take account of various information sources to reflect any uncertainties when valuing the licences, but also wants views through this consultation to find out if there are alternative ways to deal with the uncertainties. They want the views of stakeholders by 24th June and intend to issue a statement towards the end of July.
Radio show about community radio to launch
A radio programme highlighting and reporting on the community radio sector is launching next week.
The Third Sector with Dom Chambers will air each week on the radio station all about radio – inRadio.
The new programme will join the likes of the Student Radio Association on inRadio, which creates a one hour show each week reporting on news and activities from students themselves. inRadio also carries news from across the industry on the hour every hour, as well as joining in on industry initiatives such as the recent Local Radio Day.
Third Sector is a one-hour weekly show for anyone who is engaged with and passionate about community radio. Each week the show will highlight what is happening in the sector, profiling initiatives and upcoming events. It will generate all manner of features, from fundraising frolics to how to run a social enterprise. Features to include:
- Demonstrate how community radio makes a positive difference.
- Showcase quality entertaining and informative features.
- Sector news, eg.: conference and networking dates, awards, etc.
- Sharing best practice between community broadcasters
- Profile a station a week
The show will be produced by people on work experience at Somer Valley FM. Simona Botviciute is a journalism graduate from Cardiff, Georgia Butler combines feature-making for Somer Valley FM with being a Heart Angel. Technical production will be overseen by Luke Barnes. Host Dom Chambers has 25 years of broadcasting experience and a wide knowledge of community radio.
Contributions will be welcomed from community stations throughout the UK. The programme intends to work closely with representative organisations such as the Community Media Association, the Radio Hub and The Radio Academy to publicise the latest news and events. It will also provide a platform of interaction for the sector’s key stake holders such as Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Ofcom and the BBC. For more information and how you and your organisation can get involved email Simona on inRadioShow@SomerValleyFM.co.uk
Dom Chambers says: “I have often thought it would be great to have a radio programme that showcases all the brilliant things that come out of community broadcasting. With perfect timing, it is exciting that inRadio have come along with the ideal platform for this to launch and grow.”
inRadio’s founder Roy Martin adds: “inRadio is for the whole radio industry and it is fantastic the community sector will now be in the schedule.”
There are currently 238 community radio licenses on air right now in the UK. There are a further 27 licenses preparing to launch. Community radio is the only licensed radio sector that is expanding, with Ofcom expected to announce new licenses for several years to come.
You can hear Third Sector with Dom Chambers at 11am Tuesday, repeated Thursday at 1pm, Saturday at 9am and Sunday night/Monday morning at midnight.
London II multiplex owner Switchdigital is looking for radio broadcasters interested in having a DAB+ service in the capital to get in touch.
Using the efficiencies of DAB+ technology, Switchdigital, with assistance from its transmission partner Arqiva and Factum Radioscape, will create London’s first permanent stereo-quality DAB+ radio channel.
The creation of this channel follows the launches of the UK’s first national DAB+ radio services, Jazz FM, Magic Chilled and Fun Kids, earlier this year. A number of small scale multiplexes are also on DAB+.
Piers Collins, Director of Switchdigital, told RadioToday: “The London II multiplex covers 5.3 million households across London and the South East, and has the largest broadcast footprint of all the London multiplexes licensed by Ofcom. This new DAB+ slot provides a great opportunity for a fresh, distinctive radio service to reach this key market and exploit the growth of DAB+ compatible radio sets harnessed to the capacity efficiency benefits of the DAB+ standard.”
Further details of how to apply for this slot and other information on the London II multiplex are available at switchdigital.com.
The closing deadline for applications is 3pm on Friday 10th June 2016.
Switchdigital’s London II multiplex broadcasts the following stations:
- Absolute Radio 70s
- BBC Radio London
- Chris Country
- LBC London News
- Panjab Radio
- Radio Sputnik
- Sout Al Khaleej
- talkSPORT London
- The Arrow
- UCB 2
It uses a variety of transmitters including:
- Alexandra Palace
- Bluebell Hill
- BT Tower
- Colindale House
- Crystal Palace
- Harrow Weald
- Hemel Hempstead
- Hungry Hill
- Stoke d’Abernon
- Mount Vernon
- Richmond Hill
- Shooters Hill
- Zouches Farm