I recently upgraded my Internet Radio to a Roberts 93i stream Internet Radio. The first model I got had a loose aerial and although the Internet radio was excellent, with good tone, which was also adjustable, the FM and DAB reception was poor. I have since got a replacement and I am happy to report that FM and Dab work a treat. I live in the Thames Valley and was surprised recently when re-scanning the Dab radio channels, it picked up a London multiplex. All of the stations worked but the radio glitches understandably.
I apologise for a lack of posts recently. I run a local blog and where I live has a lot of events in the summer. I know that is a poor reason for not continuing with this well established blog.
Such a pity that Jack FM is to be replaced by The Breeze, although Jack FM is an automated station it is a very entertaining station. They reckon it may change to SAM FM on DAB.
I spoke to Mike Read recently and he was wearing a Radio 1 short sleeve shirt, I had no idea that he was to be one of the dj,s who would take part in the anniversary Radio 1 Vintage DAB station in September!
My first transistor Radio – bought in 1965 – I don’t have it any more unfortunately
News selected from the Radio Today Site
Russell Brand to present Zone 1 Radio shows
Russell Brand is to present a new series of radio programmes on the subject of ‘recovery’ on London digital station Zone 1 Radio.
The first show in the weekly series will air this Tuesday July 4th, and will also be available as a podcast to download afterwards.
These programmes will see Russell talk openly, and candidly, with guests (Mark Dempster – Addiction Therapist and Trevor Morley) about the nature of addiction and recovery and common solutions.
Russell Brand will be discussing stories of addiction, dependency and recovery with former addicts. Topics raised include psychological preconditions, a feeling of sensitivity, inadequacy, loneliness, loss and detachment and how addiction is now scientifically considered to be a brain disease. It also highlights how people deal with becoming ‘clean’ and preventing relapses back into addiction.
Matthew Layton, Managing Director of Zone 1 Radio, told RadioToday, “I’m really grateful to Russell for bringing this brilliant radio show to Zone 1 Radio and I am very proud to welcome him to the community radio sector. Having said that, there probably isn’t a place for a show with this kind of ambitious scope and subject matter on the BBC or commercial radio. Community radio is probably the only place in the UK with the freedom to undertake a project like this.
“Strangely, as someone who manages a station with Russell as a presenter, I’d be quite happy if he brought his mate Jonathan Ross in. I’m sure they would have some interesting stories and insights to share on the subject matter.”
The programme’s format will see Russell present the first hour with the second being hosted by therapist Mark Dempster and Tosca Jackson discussing the effects of substance abuse, routes to recovery and personal life experiences of programme contributors as well as giving listeners the opportunity to phone-in and join the debate.
Iain Lee to do Sunday mornings on Virgin Radio
talkRADIO late night presenter Iain Lee is joining Wireless Group sister station Virgin Radio as part of a changes to its weekend schedules.
Iain will continue to host his weeknights show on talkRADIO in addition to taking over the 10am-1pm slot on Sundays – which was previously the Virgin Radio ‘takeover’ slot, with different guest presenters each week.
Iain has previously worked at stations including LBC, Absolute Radio and BBC Three Counties and joined Wireless Group for the launch of talkRADIO on DAB across the country last year.
He tells RadioToday: “Look out bland radio. As well as being the king of speech, I’m coming to take over music broadcasting as well.”
Other changes to the Virgin schedule see the arrival of DJ, record producer and TV presenter Eddy Temple Morris, who’ll do 4-7pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The Sunday afternoon slot has been hosted by Pulse 1’s Danny Mylo and Rosie Widdison since Virgin’s launch last year.
Sunday night’s Total Access show is replaced by an extended programme for Georgie Rogers, whose new music show Discovery, will now air 7-11pm. And Ben Jones will now do Saturday nights as well as Fridays when the changes take effect from 7th July. Saturday nights have previously been fronted by The Mac Twins.
Wireless Group’s Group Content Director of Music, Francis Currie said: “These new shows are presented by some of the UK’s best radio talent. The new line up will strengthen Virgin Radio’s weekends and underline our commitment to classic tracks, new music and first class entertainment.”
Eddy Temple Morris said: “Virgin Radio has some of my favourite people in this noble genre, both in front of the mic and behind it. I’m buzzing to be joining such a high calibre team.”
Radio 1 Vintage to celebrate 50th anniversary
The BBC is operating a digital pop-up station this September to celebrate the 50th anniversary of BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2.
Tony Blackburn will be on the station, who will host a live show with Nick Grimshaw, simulcast on Radio 1 and Radio 2 on September 30th from 8.30am.
Tony will also recreate the opening of BBC Radio 1, including ‘Flowers in the Rain’ by The Move, famously the first song ever played on Radio 1. This show will be broadcast live from 7:00am on Radio 1 Vintage and Radio 2 (as a part of Sounds of the Sixties).
Noel Edmonds, John Peel, Kenny Everett, Alan Freeman, Mike Read, Zoe Ball and Chris Moyles will also be heard on the station, along with Janice Long, Jackie Brambles, Tommy Vance, Gary DAvies, Rosko, Zane Lowe and Simon Bates.
The station will be on for 50 hours, and feature 50 one-hour-long shows with the special guest presenters and archive recordings.
There will also be programmes about classic shows including Radio 1 Roadshows, Radio 1’s Live Lounge, Radio 1’s Official Chart, Newsbeat, 1990s Comedy Shows, ‘They Started at Radio 1’, and ‘Epic Documentary Series’.
With more to be confirmed, shows will feature archive content, music that’s spanned the last 50 years, and DJs will be invited back to share their memories of all the behind-the-scenes gossip, looking back at their favourite Radio 1 moments for the start of the programmes. After these introductions the shows will be compilations of favourite bits of original broadcasts and listeners will be able to enjoy the shows in the same way that they would have when they were teenagers.
Radio 1 Vintage will kick off on Saturday 30th September 2017, 50 years to the day since Radio 1 launched. It was also the start date of Radio 3 and Radio 4.
Ben Cooper (Controller BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra & Asian Network) says: “Radio 1 is the soundtrack to young people’s lives in the UK and has been for the last 50 years, so it’s going to be a lot of fun reliving that pop culture and great music.”
Nick Grimshaw says: “Radio 1 is the only station I’ve loyally listened to my whole life. From John Peel playing punk on night times and Sara Cox playing Missy on breakfast it was key in forming my musical education. I can’t wait to celebrate 50 years with the legend that is Tony Blackburn!”
Tony Blackburn says: “Launching Radio 1 on 30th September 1967 is, undoubtedly, the highlight of my career. Having worked on the great Pirate radio ships, Caroline and London, being the first DJ on Radio 1 I saw first-hand the impact that the stations had on the British public. It is hard to imagine that there was a time when the BBC would only play 45 minutes of popular music per day and we, as teenagers, had to wait until 7pm in the evening for Radio Luxembourg to come on, and play the music we wanted to hear. I owe so much to Radio 1 for my long career, to have been there at the beginning and to still be part of the BBC, it has been amazing to see how it has developed over the years to changes in technology, music, demand and, of course, its ever changing audience.”
Radio 1 Vintage will be available live on DAB Digital Radio, online and via BBC iPlayer Radio and UK Radio Player. Programmes/Archived Features confirmed so far are from:
· Noel Edmonds
· Janice Long
· Jackie Brambles
· Dave Pearce
· Kenny Everett
· Johnnie Walker
· Tommy Vance
· Kevin Greening
· Bobby & Nihal
· Mike Read
· Ed Stewart
· Mike Smith
· Mark Radcliffe
· Rob Da Bank
· Alan Freeman
· Annie Nightingale
· Mark Goodier
· Pete Tong
· Trevor Nelson
· Zoe Ball
· Bob Harris
· Steve Lamacq
· Sara Cox
· Tim Westwood
· Chris Moyles
· Gary Davies
· Simon Mayo
· Mary Anne Hobbs
· Emperor Rosko
· Zane Lowe
· David Jensen
· Jo Whiley
· Fabio and Grooverider
· Fearne Cotton
· Simon Bates
· Colin and Edith
The Breeze to replace JACK fm Berkshire
Celador has told listeners to its new acquisition, JACK fm Berkshire, that The Breeze Reading is on its way.
JACK says it is “getting a new sister radio station called The Breeze, it’s launching in Reading on 107fm this August, so if you’re lucky enough to live in this fabulous part of the world you’ll have even more radio stations to choose from”.
The web page, now live at jackfmberkshire.com, says the new “friendly line-up of presenters” will be introduced over the next few weeks. However, it doesn’t say what’s happening to JACK fm other than to suggest it will continue.
JACK fm Berkshire falls within the Ofcom defined area of Thames Valley in which Celador Radio already operates The Breeze (Basingstoke & North Hampshire), The Breeze (Andover) and The Breeze (Newbury), so will be allowed to network all programmes with these stations. The Ofcom Format of the Reading-based service is for a locally oriented, broad music and information service for 25-54 year olds.
RadioToday understands JACK fm will move to DAB and be rebranded as Sam FM in due course. We have contacted Celador for a comment.