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I have not been as active on this blog as I would like to be. Since moving to the Thames Valley three years ago I have also put a lot into a local blog. I will try to update this blog much more in the year to come. Fingers crossed. I am as passionate about radio as my locality, photography is an interest and all things technical, plus nature and the world around me.

Mr Spock, a contributor to the Pirate Boardhost site has uploaded nearly an hour of jingles.   Jingles now are not a patch on those during the days of offshore radio, and radio in the USA in the past.  Fortunately some stations do book recordings from old PAM jingle sets.   Pirate BBC Johnny Walker is amongst shows/radio stations that have made this step

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The Golden Hour returns with Tony Blackburn
Posted by Roy Martin

The Golden Hour returns with Tony Blackburn

Tony Blackburn’s new show on BBC Radio 2 will be called The Golden Hour – a show he pioneered at BBC Radio 1 in the 70s.

Tony Blackburn’s Golden Hour will air each Friday night from 19:00 starting on January 6th 2017.

He started the feature on his breakfast show in the 70s on a Friday morning before taking it daily.

Simon Bates took over the feature on the mid-morning show in 1977 and recently brought it back on his BBC Radio Devon breakfast show each weekday at 9am. A number of radio stations continue to use the name and mechanic to this day.

Tony’s actual return to Radio 2 will be a week earlier on New Year’s Eve, when he hosts a Soul show from 8pm till 1pm.

He’s back on local radio as well. On New Year’s Day at BBC Radio London from 12pm then on January 6th at BBC Radio Berkshire.


Steve Penk Dead Show now available for your station
Posted by Steve Penk

Steve Penk Dead Show now available for your station

Blog by Steve Penk: 2016 has been a fascinating year with the loss of so many amazing artists.

When I created and launched Radio Dead (March 2016) as an internet/app based radio station, I obviously had no clue how the idea would be received by both listeners and the radio industry.

Both have been hugely positive and the reaction from listeners has surpassed my expectations. From all the feedback I get everyday, listeners are loving it, mainly because it’s new and unique. Now when a famous singer dies, Radio Dead is fast becoming the first radio brand that listeners think of, with listeners being the first to let me know that a famous singer has joined the Radio Dead playlist.

When Prince died I was absolutely swamped with thousands of messages via social media that another artist was now available for the Radio Dead playlist, that’s pretty powerful stuff.

After the success of the Radio Dead App in 2016, I am now planning to create a spin-off weekly two-hour radio show called ‘Radio Dead’ that I would like to offer to all radio stations (Radio groups, independents, community stations, FM/AM/DAB stations). I think Radio Dead could bring an interesting and fresh dimension to weekend listening on your radio station in 2017.

This is not just an oldies show, it’s far more than that.

When you consider the Gold/Oldies format is now 30 years old, THIS is a fresh, exciting and contemporary reinvention of that format, and it keeps changing.

Every time a famous singer dies your ‘Radio Dead Show’ will become talked about, no other music radio format in the world can generate that instant news worthy reaction. Even the name of the show will create talkability amongst your listeners – Radio Dead on (name of station) will be interesting and unique.

As well as the weekly two hour Radio Dead show, I would also like to offer the Radio Dead format as a full 24 hour radio station, I am happy to help you build and programme the radio station.

The new show is available to all broadcasters (UK and internationally) and will be a celebration and tribute to all the amazing artists who are sadly no longer with us.

The Rat Pack to 2Pac. An amazing mix of artists including Prince, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Elvis Presley, Glenn Frey (Eagles) John Lennon, Donna Summer, Amy Winehouse, Freddie Mercury. Radio Dead will not just feature solo artists and lead singers, but also guitarists, drummers, keyboardists and backing singers from famous groups/bands that are no longer with us, making Radio Dead a fascinating and compelling listen.

Always positive, always joyous, this new weekly two hour spin off show from the hugely popular Radio Dead App, will bring a NEW appointment to listen to weekend programming on your radio station. A totally fresh and unique format that will get your listeners talking in 2017.

Prince of Wales records Just a Minute message
Posted by Radio Today Staff

Prince of Wales records Just a Minute message
HRH The Prince of Wales has recorded a special message for BBC Radio 4’s Just a Minute as it enters its 50th anniversary year.

The message will play on Christmas Day, in which he talks about what he calls “one of this country’s great institutions”, whilst trying to avoid challenge from Paul Merton.

The Prince of Wales’ contribution will be part of Just a Minute’s festive special, Just a Minute does Panto!, broadcast on Radio 4 on 25 December at 1.15pm. The Prince’s message will be heard before the game starts in Just a Minute does Panto! and will be introduced by Nicholas Parsons, who has hosted Just a Minute since its inception in 1967. Just A Minute turns 50 in December 2017.

Nicholas Parsons says: “It was a pleasure to hear The Prince of Wales recount years of listening to Just a Minute with such fondness. But when he delivers his message will he make it to the end without hesitation, repetition or deviation? You’ll find out on Christmas Day.”

In Just a Minute does Panto! Nicholas Parsons and Just a Minute regulars, Paul Merton, Gyles Brandreth and Sheila Hancock, journey through Panto-land in search of the missing Golden Whistle, joined by companion Pippa Evans, Tony Hawks, Rufus Hound and Josie Lawrence.

Gwyneth Williams, Controller of BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra, says: “We know The Prince of Wales has enjoyed BBC radio comedy over many years so how fitting that he should join Just a Minute for this special Christmas episode. Radio 4 is the home of radio comedy and as Controller I am delighted to welcome him to the team, but Nicholas Parsons and Paul Merton take no hostages so I can only wish him luck!”

Angel Radio expands to Brighton & Hove on DAB+
Posted by Roy Martin

Angel Radio expands to Brighton & Hove on DAB+

Havent based Angel Radio has been added to the Brighton multiplex using DAB+.

The community radio service was recently added to the London minimux and is already on a number of digital platforms around the South and as far north as Birmingham.

The station plays a mixture of nostalgic music from the 1920s to the early 1960s and provides senior listeners with company and advice about living later in life.

Tony Smith, founder and station manager of Angel Radio, said: “Brighton and Hove is one of the coolest cities on the coast and as well as appealing to the older population in the area, our service will also delight those who love all things retro and vintage.”

Angel can now be heard on DAB in Aldershot, Bristol, Brighton, Birmingham, Cambridge, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, London, Norwich, West Sussex and Woking. The majority of these services use DAB+ technology.


Tina Hobley to host the Smooth Drive Home
Posted by Roy Martin

Tina Hobley to host the Smooth Drive Home

Smooth Radio London is putting Tina Hobley on a daily show from January, in addition to her Sunday daytime show.


Tina will be replacing Anthony Davis who is moving to the USA with his family.

Tina has starred in a variety of television series from Coronation Street to Holby City. She made her radio-presenting debut on Smooth in 2013 as the new host of Smooth Sunday.

Tina Hobley said: “As a Londoner, hosting a drive time show in the world’s greatest city is a dream come true. I hope listeners will hear how much I love the show and that being one of few girls out of all the London drive time presenters will give people a real alternative. I want people to tune in and relax at the end of their busy day, to listen to me and to the great music I’ll be playing.”

Sam Jackson, Managing Editor of Smooth, said: “Over the past three years, Tina has proved to be a very popular member of the Smooth family by delivering outstanding growth for her Sunday show. Smooth is now the UK’s third biggest commercial radio brand and Tina has been a major part of our success. We look forward to her delivering similar results for The Smooth Drive Home in London when she starts her brand new show in January.”

Tina will be heard in London on 102.2FM / DAB and across the rest of the Smooth network of 24 AM transmitters. Regional drive shows will continue on Smooth’s regional FM stations.

TeamRock fans raise over £50k for redundant staff
Posted by Marty McFly

TeamRock fans raise over £50k for redundant staff

Following the news that 73 members of staff have been made redundant from TeamRock, a JustGiving campaign has so far raised over £50,000 to help staff.

The target of £20,000 was smashed within hours of being set up, and is now on its way to £73k – giving each staffer who lost their job this week a grand to help out where the zero-redundancy pay hasn’t.

The company, TeamRock, operators of TeamRock Radio, went bust this week leaving all staff without any redundancy options.

A message on the JustGiving page reads: “These are good, hard-working, committed people that through Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Prog Rock, TeamRock Radio and more, have supported the rock and heavy metal scene in this country for decades and now we, the rock community, need to pull together to help give something back.”

Most of the staff at the station found out on Monday about the future of the company and their jobs – except for one member of staff, currently on maternity leave, who found out on Facebook.



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