Radio Newsbeat


Good to hear Tony Blackburn back on BBC Radio Berkshire today.  He used to do a regular show on the station, and has been allowed to return.  Tony is 73, and obviously prefers work to retirement.  He is refreshing to listen to as he has plenty of enthusiasm, and is especially best when talking to listeners on the phone,  (in my opinion!”

In the 80s I worked in the BBC Sound Effects Library, the recorded side.  Next door was the Sound Effects store, full of items that could be used to produce sounds on the spot in the studio.   I found this old film on You Tube, although it is American it will show you how Sound Effects are created live in a studio.


Alexi Sayle has a humourous take on Sound Effects

Lets start the year with a little bit of Loving Awareness – the Mike Hagler promo from the seventies no less,  on the good ship Caroline!

News selected from the Radio Today Site

Norway to start FM switchover on January 11th
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Norway to start FM switchover on January 11th

The countdown is on to the official start of digital radio switchover in Norway, beginning on January 11th at 11:11.11am.

The formal ceremony in Norway will be watched by many countries around the world who themselves are heading towards a digital radio future, including the UK. Norway is the first country in the world to move the majority of its radio stations off FM.

Norway has 25 national radio channels via DAB and currently has five national radio channels via FM. The DAB network now covers the same as FM. 54% of digital listeners listen to radio on DAB; 19 per cent of digital listeners are on the net. Local radio stations outside the main cities will continue to broadcast in FM.

The FM networks will be switched off region by region, starting in Nordland. The event will take place in Bodø and the final switch-off will be done at 11.11 pm CET.

The Norwegian Radio industry will be present in Bodø, represented by head of NRK radio and commercial radio. Also, head of BBC Radio, Helen Boaden, and head of Radio at EBU, Graham Dixon, will attend.

An international seminar for European broadcasters will be held the day before the historic move to FM switch-off and an international press-conference will be broadcast on via at 1pm GMT.

Representatives from Digital Radio UK will be at the event, and will keep RadioToday readers up-to-date with developments from next week.

Reaction to the plan to remove stations from FM has not been welcomed in Norway, with a last-ditch attempt to postpone the move failing in the Norwegian parliament.

Daily national radio show for Nigel Farage
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Daily national radio show for Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage has signed up for a daily radio show on Global’s LBC, starting next week.

He’ll be on-air Monday to Thursday from 7pm for one hour with The Nigel Farage Show, including opinions, callers, reaction to the stories of the day and Farage’s nightly Final Thought.

Nigel will also be taking the show on the road, broadcasting from across the UK, Europe and the USA as he invites listeners to share their views.

“If 2016 was exciting, then this year could be tumultuous with President Trump, Article 50, elections all over Europe and maybe a Eurozone crash,” he said. “I can’t wait to start my daily show on LBC and I invite listeners to agree with me or challenge me and together we can lead Britain’s conversation.”

Nigel is no stranger to the station, having covered shows in the past and appeared with Nick Ferrari on Breakfast over the last couple of years.

James Rea, LBC’s Managing Editor, added: “With Brexit and the inauguration of President Elect Trump, Nigel Farage is the man at the centre of the two biggest stories this year. He is a powerful communicator and has proved himself as a natural broadcaster. With his new nightly show, we look forward to him joining the LBC team next week.”

Frankie Francis to host Amazing Radio show

Frankie Francis to host Amazing Radio show

Amazing Radio has signed up lead singer of Sunderland-based indie-pop band Frankie & The Heartstrings for weekday afternoons.

And he’s very excited with the new gig: “I’m incredibly excited to have the opportunity to do this,” says Frankie Francis. “I have a real love for radio and music. Amazing Radio is a modern dynamic platform that puts great new music at the top of their priorities. It’s essential for breaking artists to have their music heard. Amazing Radio gives that opportunity regardless of label/management support.

“I cant wait to get going, the prospect of discovering my new favourite act on a daily basis is something special. Join me and discover yours.”

Amazing Afternoons with Frankie Francis kicks off on 9th January and can be heard Monday to Friday, 3pm – 7pm on the digital station.

Former BBC radio presenter Brian Widlake dies

Former BBC radio presenter Brian Widlake dies

Popular BBC Radio 4 PM presenter Brian Widlake has died at the age of 85 at his home in Wiltshire after a short illness.

The station announced his death on The World at One programme on Monday afternoon, which he presented in the 1970s and 1980s.

Brian was also a presenter at LBC in the 80s, joining to present a breakfast programme on Crown, before moving on to host the midday news programme.

He also worked at ITN and co-hosted BBC Two’s Money Programme and was well known for his interview with Nelson Mandela in 1961, the first televised interview whilst he was on the run.

BBC director-general Tony Hall paid tribute, saying: “Brian was a fine journalist and presenter who was key to establishing World At One as a pioneering programme. He was a wonderful colleague and will be sadly missed.”

His editor on The World at One, Dame Jenny Abramsky, said: “He was a tough interviewer, but he was a polite interviewer and he really, really knew his facts and so he got an enormous amount out of those interviews. You just hear that interview with Nelson Mandela and you can hear somebody – when one thinks that that took place in the early 60s – he was really finding out about who Nelson Mandela was, and that was Brian.”

Steve Lamacq goes on tour with Radio 6 Music
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Steve Lamacq goes on tour with Radio 6 Music

BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Steve Lamacq is going on tour to a number of small indie music venues across the UK.

Across one week, taking in Essex, Leeds, Oxford, Birmingham and Brighton, he’ll be finding out what makes some of the smallest music venues in the country some of the most important.

As part of Independent Venue Week which runs from Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th January, Steve and the team will be on tour from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th January to raise awareness of the grassroots music scene. Visiting five locations in five days, Steve’s broadcast will be on his usual 6 Music weekday show from 4pm – 7pm.

Steve will be visiting some of his old stomping grounds such as Harlow Square in Chelmsford, Essex (26th January) which is actually set to close down just two days later. Other venues include the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds – most famous for hosting secret gigs for bands like Franz Ferdinand and the Kaiser Chiefs; and the Jericho Tavern in Oxford famed for hosting Radiohead’s first proper gig; as well as Sticky Mikes Brighton and The Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham.

Steve comments: “Now, more than ever, it’s important to support small, grassroots venues around the country, because, while a lot of them continue to thrive, we’ve seen many of them shut down and many still under threat.

“We wanted to shine a light on these great little places, which nurture new talent and act as a meeting place for music fans.

“I’ve had some of the best moments of musical life in these little venues, watching all kinds of bands, including several who’ve gone on to huge success. But there’s nothing like seeing a group at its most raw and engaging when they’re first starting out, even if they’re only playing to 100 people.”


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