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I may seem to be like Scrooge, but why should radio stations switch to Christmas Music?  I personally find it a turn off, and normally only listen once or twice when they are on.

Why do Radio 1 need someone to do imaging for them.  Are there no djs capable of doing a bit of their own inventive jingles and voice overs, like used to happen a while back?  Kenny Everett was master at this, but surely someone could do something and save public money!

BBC Berkshire this morning featured an art installation on a roundabout!


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Selection of recent news stories from Radio Today site:

Global’s Heart extra switches to Heart extra Xmas
Posted by Roy Martin

Global’s Heart extra switches to Heart extra Xmas

The UK does have a national Christmas station after all, with Global turning Heart extra into non-stop festive favorites.
Heart extra Xmas appeared at 6am Saturday and will stay all-Christmas through until December 27th on DAB digital radio. Global previously confirmed Smooth Christmas would not be happening this year.

A Global spokesperson told us about the station: “Heart extra Xmas will be playing nothing but everyone’s favourite Christmas songs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week across the country. It’s the UK’s only national radio station devoted entirely to playing the biggest festive hits all the way through until December 27th!

“Turn up the Festive Feel-Good!”

Meanwhile, Wireless Group is bringing back Signal Christmas across Staffordshire & Cheshire, Pulse Christmas across West Yorkshire and Wave Christmas across South West Wales, all on DAB digital radio multiplexes. The three pop-ups start on Monday at midday. In addition, Portsmouth DAB+ station Unforgettable Radio has switched to all Christmas music.

Steve Wright show’s Old Woman passes away
Posted by Radio Today Staff

Steve Wright show’s Old Woman passes away

A popular voice on BBC Radio 2’s Steve Wright in the Afternoon, known as The Old Woman, has died.

Joyce Frost was a regular on the Big Show for many years, appearing alongside other members of the posse including Tim Smith and Janey Lee Grace. “The Old Woman”, as she was known to millions of listeners, read out ‘Factoids’ and discussed topical issues on the show.

Steve announced the news on his show this afternoon (Wednesday), reporting that the pensioner from Dagenham in Essex had died “peacefully and pain free” last week. He described her as a “a complete natural on the air” and said she had been “very opinionated and witty” and always “cheeky, funny and charming”.

Steve Wright added: “It’s a sad loss, thank you for being the Old Woman with us Joyce and we’ll miss you very much.”


Radio Lapland to broadcast in Greater Belfast

Radio Lapland to broadcast in Greater Belfast

A Christmas radio station will appear in Belfast this December aiming to raise money for charity.

Radio Lapland will be on 103.2FM from December 1st to 26th as part of the NI Hospice fundraising initiative which is hoping to raise £250,000.

Special presenters include Stephen Nolan, Adrian Logan, Ruairi McSorely, Oliva Nash and Sarah Travers, and it is supported by Blast 106.

Shane Pearce, Blast 106’s breakfast presenter and Station Director of Radio Lapland said: “Radio Lapland will change Christmas in Belfast forever! The station is a first of its kind for the city and promises to play continuous Christmas Classics on 103.2FM from December 1st. There will be choirs in the studio; there will be outside broadcasts too, and Radio Lapland will have big names hosting shows and popular guests throughout the festive period.

“This is a great opportunity for everyone to get involved and all for two great reasons – to celebrate Christmas and to help Northern Ireland Hospice continue to provide the highest quality palliative care to local people in our hospices and in the community.”

New breakfast show imaging for Nick Grimshaw
Posted by Roy Martin

New breakfast show imaging for Nick Grimshaw

The new audio imaging for the Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw has launched today, produced by the team at Contraband Media.

Lead Imaging Producer for BBC Radio 1, Matt Fisher, and Grimmy’s team, told Contraband Media they wanted a complete overhaul of the current top of hour openers & show IDs. They said the new imaging had to be energetic, colourful and embrace Grimmy’s personality plus highlight his A-list celebrity guests.

In the audio we’ve heard so far this morning, the hour openers use sung vocals from songs mixed with the main station VOs.

Adam Burgess, Director at Contraband Media: “What an honour to be chosen to produce for BBC Radio 1 and to put our stamp on one the biggest and most important breakfast shows in the country! It’s certainly another fantastic milestone for myself and the team.”

Tom Cross, Director – Contraband Media: ‘’This project was perfect for us. It was a great challenge to sample the Radio 1 playlist with the personality and fun of Grimmy’s show. It’s a privilege to develop the sound of the Breakfast show with the BBC Radio 1 team!’’

South Devon radio station celebrates 10 years
Posted by Radio Today Staff

South Devon radio station celebrates 10 years

 Soundart Radio is celebrating ten years of broadcasting across South Devon from Dartington on 102.5FM.


The station features community art, love and anarchy, and has been given new studios recently for the 100+ volunteers to continue their work.

Lucinda Guy, Artistic Director and Co-founder of the community radio station explains “Ten years ago, the news broke that Dartington College of Arts planned to break away from the Dartington Hall Estate. Even though many of us were in utter shock at the time, Nell Harrison and myself felt we were ready to launch the first Dartington student radio station. So, we submitted our application to Ofcom for a permanent community radio licence and we switched on our signal during the same period.

Lucinda continued to say, “During the previous year we had both been looking into what kind of radio station we could bring to the area, and we were inspired by the relatively new community radio scene in the UK, and by a global movement of artists, who wanted to explore the creative potential of radio as an artistic medium at a time when so much of our audio culture was shifting to digital mediums.”

To celebrate the tenth anniversary a new exhibition which encapsulates the station’s ethics and principals has been opened in the Garden Room Gallery at Dartington Space. Local historian, archivist and former Dartington College Librarian John Sanford has been curating the exhibition with fellow broadcaster Sarah Gray. “The exhibition explores who we are and who we were at the radio station,” says Sarah Gray.

In addition to the exhibition, there are a number of events planned which began on Friday 11th November with some continuing until the end of the year. These events include workshops for adult and children and special broadcasts from several presenters and the public.


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