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Sorry for the faux pas over the Sandy Powell item from You Tube, it is now correct.  My father did not have all 80 plus editions of his records/radio show that are on You Tube, he did have the Policeman and Burglar sketches though. I discovered 78rpm records long before we had a vinyl record player in the house.  Sometimes I was not supposed to access the valuable collection, so my brother and I used the turntable for our toy soldiers.  We turned up the speed of the 78rpm clockwork record deck,  and saw how long the soldiers lasted before falling into the sound box at the back of the portable record player.

We have just had the Regatta and Festival here in Henley on Thames.  They stopped having the Regatta Radio RSL in 2015.  Last year was the first Regatta coverage on You Tube, and this year they covered some on television as well.  Radio Berkshire gave good coverage of the Regatta, and Andrew Peach and his team did their morning show live from the Regatta in Henley on Thames.  We really need a local station here in Henley, or a booster transmitter for BBC Radio Oxford! Reception from FM is not that hot on domestic radios in the Thames Valley.

Some controvesy brewing on the Pirate Boardhost forum, about the new Internet station which has been launched by Neil Gates. It is Radio Sovereign Solid Gold.  It is testing at the moment, and as a guess it will just be an auto music station when it starts. Neil runs the excellent Radio Ship, so he must know what he is doing. John Kenning who ran Radio Sovereign in Twickenham is not at all pleased, and claims copyright over the name and jingles.    

Have a read of the postings above and form your own opinions, if any, about this.

Radio News selected from the Radio Today Site

Sun FM makes listener happy with Caribbean Cruise
Posted by Radio Today Staff

Sun FM makes listener happy with Caribbean Cruise

Sun FM has given away its latest prize – a £3k cruise around the Caribbean – to a local woman and her husband.The UKRD station teamed up with local travel agents Hays Travel to play a game on the radio called ‘Passports to Pass Ports’ ending with a live final in the Galleries Shopping Centre, Washington, last Saturday lunch time.

Thousands of people registered to play on the run-up with 20 finalists chosen at random to receive a phone call from Sun FM’s studios. If the first words said were “Nobody offers you more” (Hays Travel’s catchphrase) they were invited to the grand finale, if they said anything else, including “hello” they didn’t qualify.

At the live final, which was streamed live on the web, all the finalists were asked to pick a special Sun FM Passport, only one contained a stamp from the captain inviting them aboard in November, with flights from Newcastle Airport for the 2 week fully inclusive cruise.

When called upon, they all opened their passport and Mrs Jackie Taylor had chosen the correct Passport. She said “I can’t believe it, I really can’t. Nobody will believe it. I never in my life believed I would ever go to the Caribbean. The last holiday I had was to Benidorm.”

Programme Director, Simon Grundy, said “I’m so pleased for Jackie and her husband. We pride ourselves on our local content and prizes which are free to enter and exclusively for our local listeners. I hope she sends us a postcard from one of the ports she stops at. The ship looks amazing too.”

Farnborough International Airshow 2016’s official radio station was forced off-air yesterday as power was cut on site.

Torrential weather conditions meant the show was cancelled and power was cut off as a precaution after flooding across the area.

Farnborough Airshow Radio is broadcasting all speech with news, interviews, features and commentary from the seven day event, on FM and DAB in area.

The station is also the first customer of Indulge Pop-Up – a new service from the operators of the Portsmouth minimux offering DAB+ space in Hampshire.

The airshow and the radio station are both back up and running today.

Karen Bradley appointed Culture Secretary
MP for Staffordshire Moorlands Karen Bradley is the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

She replaces John Whittingdale who left in the Cabinet reshuffle taking place today under Theresa May’s new Government.

Karen became a British Conservative Party politician and the Member of Parliament for Staffordshire Moorlands at the 2010 general election.

In September 2012, she was appointed as an Assistant Government Whip in the Government Whips’ Office. In 2013, she was promoted becoming a Government Whip then in February 2014 she became Minister for Security, based in the Home Office and replacing James Brokenshire.

Before politics, Karen joined Deloitte & Touche in 1991 as a tax manager, and after seven years she became a senior tax manager with KPMG. In 2004 she set up business as a fiscal and economic consultant before rejoining KPMG in 2007, where she remained until her election to the House of Commons.

Brian Johnson has joined the team at Planet Rock to a brand new 5-part series called ‘The Producers’.

The weekly show sees Brian exploring the lives of some of the world’s most renowned rock producers including Queen’s Roy Thomas Baker, Metallica’s Bob Rock and Foo Fighters’ Nick Rasculiecz.

Listeners can hear insights from the men who have mixed their magic to bring rock’s biggest albums to life, from the tracks they love, to the anecdotes from their time sharing the studio with the bands they’ve worked so closely with.

Ric Blaxill, Content Director of Planet Rock said ‘The quality of rock producers that we interviewed required a series host with rock credibility and an in depth understanding of how producers work with bands to create a distinct sound. Brian is without doubt the perfect person to host the series with his incredible experience as a musician and as one of rock’s most distinctive vocalists ever. We are very honoured to have Brian joining Planet Rock for this landmark series.’

Brian Johnson added: ‘Having been fortunate to work alongside some of the best producers in rock, it’s great to be part of this show with Planet Rock. To be able to shine a light on how a producer captures a moment in the studio and turns it into rock and roll dynamite, is the dogs bollocks. Being able to listen to these guys talk about what they do best is a joy. Planet Rock is the authority for all things rock so, where else would one want to be for this kinda show?’

Listeners can hear the first episodes of the 5-part series online at and new episodes on Sundays at 7pm. Each show also repeats at 7pm on the following Wednesday between July 3 and 31.

Glow Radio – a new station playing hit music is launching in Gloucester on August 1st on DAB.

The station will be aimed at 15- 35 age group, with presenters playing a mix of current hits and 90s dance anthems.

Tom Ellis is a Director of Glow Radio, and he tells RadioToday: “This is an exciting time for Gloucestershire. We can’t wait to start broadcasting to the region and provide the area with a much-needed service. Not only will we be a fresh new station to tune in to, it’s also a great platform for local businesses to get their messages across.

“Glow Radio will also create opportunities for talented local people who share our passion for radio. Overall, Glow Radio will have a hugely positive effect on the area.”

Glow Radio launches on 1 st of August at 6.30am and will continue to broadcast 24 hours a day.


Magic Radio’s latest brand extension, albeit a temporary one, is ‘Magic Soul Summer’, launching today.

The pop-up digital station will be featuring ‘The Best of Soul and Motown’ showcasing songs from the likes of Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, The Isley Brothers, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and John Legend.

The station will draw on the experience and Soul knowledge of presenter Angie Greaves who has interviewed the likes of Martha Reeves, The O’Jays, Lionel Richie, Gregory Porter, The Four Tops and The Temptations amongst many others for her Saturday night Soul Town programme on Magic Radio. The station will also feature presenter Martin Collins who has long been a part of the Soul music scene, playing at events such as the Caister Soul Weekender and hosting a number of Soul radio shows.

The schedule promises back to back classics from the purple period of Soul, driven by Motown, Stax and Philadelphia Soul through the 60s, 70s and 80s with a sprinkling of contemporary artists such as Alicia Keys and Beyoncé who pay homage to the greats.

Group Content Director Magic Radio Tony Moorey said “Soul and Motown music transcends generations and has an incredibly special place in the hearts of the Magic audience. Digital Radio is a great enabler of choice and allows us to create pop-up stations like this that really broaden our appeal to listeners’.”

Magic Soul Summer will replace the networks’ first pop-up installation, Magic ABBA in association with MAMMA MIA! which launched early May.

Magic Soul Summer is now live on DAB Digital Radio in London, Birmingham, Teesside, Tyne & Wear, Humberside, Leeds, Edinburgh, Northern Ireland, Tayside, Inverness and online.


At the Radio Academy South FAB on DAB event in Portsmouth, Sam Bonham of Digital Radio UK, announced the June 2016 new car data, showing that four out of the top five car brands in the UK have DAB radio in all new car models.

The top five UK new car brands account for over 44% of all new car sales and four of them – Ford, Volkswagen, BMW and Audi – are now fitting DAB into all of their new cars. The fifth – Vauxhall – is fitting DAB into 82% of their new cars, in line with the market average but with plans to include all models in the future.

Looking more widely at the market, half of the top 22 vehicle manufacturers, accounting for over 90% of new car sales, are fitting digital radio into all their new models. These 11 top selling brands, fitting digital radio into all new models, include Toyota, Land Rover, Mini, Honda, Mazda, Volvo and Suzuki.

In June 2016, Fiat, the last remaining car brand in the top 22 sellers to not fit digital radio on any models, started to fit digital radio on a number of their models and plan to have DAB in most of their models by 2017, including their best-selling Fiat 500 series.

The recent car data for Q1 2016 showed that 82.1% of new cars sold had digital radio fitted as standard. This represents a major shift from five years previous when less than 10% of new cars had digital radio fitted as standard (CAP/SMMT).

In Q1 2016, over 635,000 cars were sold with digital radio as standard, and in the last 12 months over 2 million new cars have been sold with DAB digital radio.

Overall, there are around 8 million cars on UK roads, of which about 25% have digital radio. This transition to digital radio in new cars over the past five years has meant that, for both the vehicle manufacturers and the broadcasters, the emphasis has now moved to converting existing cars to digital.

Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, said: “With 8 out of 10 new cars coming with digital radio, the future of radio is clearly digital and growing every year. Government is working closely with industry on the continued expansion of DAB digital radio, meaning listeners around the UK now have more stations than ever to choose from.”

Mike Hawes, CEO of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said: “Vehicle manufacturers continue to invest heavily in new audio technologies to enhance the listening experience for motorists. That fact that digital radio is now available in nearly 90% of new cars is testament to growing consumer demand for these technologies and we expect uptake to continue rising in the coming months and years.”

Sam Bonham, Digital Radio UK, said: “It’s great news that four of the top five UK new car brands now offer digital radio across 100% of their range. The direction of travel in the vehicle industry is clear and we expect over 90% of new cars to have DAB radio as standard by the end of 2016. With more stations launching, coverage expanding and the range of adaptors growing there’s never been a better time to listen to digital radio on the move.”

Absolute 80s voted favourite DAB radio station

 A poll by British audio brand VQ and QVC has revealed Absolute 80s to be the most popular digital station.

The survey was conducted following the launch of 18 new national DAB digital radio stations by Sound Digital earlier this year.

The Top 5 Digital radio stations as voted by over 7,000 people are:

1. Absolute Radio 80s

2. Kisstory

3. Heat Radio

4. Planet Rock

5. Virgin Radio


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