Radio Newsbeat

Waffler:

Sad news at the bottom of today’s news from the Radio Today Site. Paul Darrow the voice behind Jack Radio and Union Jack has died at the age of 78! Jack is one of my favourite stations and it will not seem the same without his voice. I do still hope the station will survive, in spite of this. I must admit I didn’t think it was part of the Absolute Radio organisation.

Some lighter examples of Jack Fm announcements but ones going wrong!

News Selected from the Radio Today Site

Former Radio 1, Heart and Smooth presenter Emma B is taking over the afternoon slot on Magic next month as Angie Greaves heads to Smooth.

Emma is currently on the weekend schedule on the Bauer station, but will move to weekdays 2-5pm from 1st July.

She told RadioToday: “I am so totally thrilled to be presenting Magic Radio Afternoons. The station has been a dream to work on whether chatting on-air with the listeners, playing out their favourite tracks or getting out and about hosting the stage at the Palace to Palace Bike Ride for the Prince’s Trust and West End Live in Trafalgar Square. I can’t wait to get going on the new show and everything that Magic Radio brings!”

Group Content Director for Magic Radio and Absolute Radio, Tony Moorey says: “After record- breaking RAJAR results on Saturdays, we are so excited to bring Emma to Magic Radio weekdays. In terms of talent, range and just innately understanding how to connect to the audience on their level, there’s nobody better.”

After an early career involving Radio Caroline and BBC Radio Oxford, Emma joined Radio 1 in 1998 to do early breakfast on Saturdays, later moving to Saturday afternoons, overnights and the Sunday Surgery before Saturday breakfast 2001-2003. In 2005 she left for Heart, where she became the first solo female presenter to take the number 1 slot at Drive in London. She did weekend shows for Smooth from 2011 and her career has also seen her broadcast on stations including 6 Music, the BBC World Service, 5 Live and LBC. She moved to work in the charity sector before a return to regular radio with Magic in March 2018.

Emma is replacing Angie Greaves, who was announced last week as the new presenter of the national Smooth Radio drivetime show. Angie says: “I leave knowing that the show is in the very
best of hands. Emma is one of the UK’s best radio broadcasters and I couldn’t be happier to see a show I have loved go to her. To say I’ve had a good time at Magic Radio would be an understatement, and I will miss this great station and the extended family that I’ve worked with over the last 13/14 years. The brand has never had more listeners than it has in the last year and I look forward to seeing it continue to grow.”

Tony Moorey added, “Myself and the Bauer team have so much love for Angie. We wish her all the best for the future, and look forward to giving her a big Golden Square send-off!”

BBC Radio 2 has secured Pet Shop Boys to headline its Hyde Park concert later this year. They join Westlife, Status Quo, Clean Bandit, Bananarama, Emeli Sandé, Kelsea Ballerini and Simply Red at the gig on September 15th in London.

Zoe Ball, OJ Borg, Ken Bruce, Rylan Clark Neal, Sara Cox, Gary Davies, Vanessa Feltz, Trevor Nelson, Angela Scanlon, Jeremy Vine, Jo Whiley and Claudia Winkleman will host the event, which is also broadcast live on BBC Radio 2.

Jeff Smith, Head of Music for Radio 2, says: “Following last year’s show where pop history was made as Kylie and Jason’s duet created headlines around the globe, listeners and viewers can look forward to another unforgettable show in Hyde Park.

“We are delighted to be welcoming an incredible line-up of world-class artists and musicians who showcase the breadth of music played across BBC Radio 2. There’ll be something for everyone, including rock, pop, soul, country and dance music.

“I’m especially excited to see our headliners Pet Shop Boys perform, as they have created some of the most brilliant pop music of the past twenty-five years.”

Pet Shop Boys said: “This is the only UK show we’ll be performing this year so it’s going to be a very special one!”

Former Radio 1, 5 Live and Kiss presenter DJ Spoony is joining Bauer’s classical station Scala Radio to present a four-part series.

Spoony’s Classical Garage will start on 9th June in the Sunday 1-3pm slot on the station and will be repeated on Tuesday evenings.

Bauer says the show will ‘explore the trailblazing DJ’s passions for classical music in Sport, Film and TV as he plays an eclectic range of artists including Beethoven, Wookie, Vivaldi and Twister’. He’ll also play exclusive previews of his upcoming studio album, Garage Classical, which is due for release in the autumn. The show also ties in with the Garage Classical event being staged by Spoony at the Royal Albert Hall in October following sell-out live shows at London’s Barbican and Eventim Apollo. The gigs have combined garage music with a 36-piece orchestra, along with artists including Ms Dynamite, Mike Skinner and So Solid Crew.

DJ Spoony says: “The success of last year’s live performances highlights how classical music is now on the radar of the mainstream. Live orchestral renditions of Garage, Rock, Pop and even Metal music are getting the genre in front of a younger, more diverse crowd who are inspired to stop, listen and think about classical music in a new way. After so many years behind the deck playing Garage classics I’m excited to bring Classical Garage to a whole new audience on Scala Radio.”

Scala’s Music and Content Director, Ric Blaxill told RadioToday: “The way DJ Spoony has successfully blended two genres of music together shows just how much of a pioneering musician, DJ and broadcaster he is. His orchestra is young and diverse, just like the crowds that pack out his live concerts and Scala Radio gives him the platform to inspire a new audience of music fans to experiment with genres and create something engaging and relevant to modern life.”

Spoony was first heard on 90s pirate station London Underground before forming the ‘Dreem Team’ with Mikee B and Timmi Magic on Kiss 100 and Galaxy before joining Radio 1 in early 2000. On his own he hosted Radio 1’s Weekend Breakfast show 2003-2006 as well as presenting the 606 football phone-in on 5 live. More recently he’s been on Ministry of Sound Radio as well as his work as a club DJ and producer – and as a presenter on Premier League TV. He has also been covering shows for Radio 2 this year, including the Saturday night funk and soul programme and Trevor Nelson’s evening show.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire announces guest takeover

BBC Radio Gloucestershire announces guest takeover
Written By Stuart Clarkson June 5, 2019 – 11:46 am 1,405 0

A deaf man will present a radio show through an interpreter as part of a guest takeover at BBC Radio Gloucestershire this month.

A total of 30 people are being featured on the 9-10pm slot of Jon Smith’s evening show on the station throughout June – including a drag queen, transgender actor, Polish martial arts expert, spoken word poet, hip-hop artist, cafe owner and a duo who record podcasts in their shed.

Reg Cobb, who’s deaf and a trainer with the Gloucestershire Deaf Association, will take to the air on 13th June in what could be a radio first as he uses an interpreter to help him with the show.

Reg says: “I’m excited to be part of the show and already buzzing with a few ideas on how to make it work. It is probably the first time a deaf person has run a radio show for an hour and we hope listeners will enjoy the hour of fun, laughter and listen with interest, hearing something different.

“GDA has always been leading the way with innovativeness and proactiveness and this is an example of how proactive we are for our deaf community and hard of hearing people.”

Jon’s evening show aims to get unheard voices on air and he says he hopes The Residency slot will showcase the best of Gloucestershire – and may even help discover some new radio talent.

He told RadioToday: “All the guest presenters are amazing people who have been involved in the show and we’ve thought ‘we need to come back to them’. Some have an interest in presenting shows, others have never thought about it in their lives – it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Each guest presenter will be able to fill their hour with the interviews, chat and music they want.

Tewkesbury actor Harrison Knights, guest presenting on 10th June, plans to interview his secondary school drama teacher, who supported him through his gender transition and even signed the deed poll legally confirming his name change. He said: “I’m really very excited about the opportunity to present on my local BBC radio station. During my residency I’ll be looking at trans representation in the media. I’ll also be sharing my love of the arts generally, from the point of view of someone who’s come to terms with who they really are later in life.”

Steph Rollinson, who runs Gloucester’s multicultural World Café with Rita Rimkiene, added: “I’m quite nervous but excited as it’s a great opportunity. Although, I think I have imposter syndrome, as I’ve met some amazing people with amazing stories who are also taking part. I’m in awe, really.”

A deaf man will present a radio show through an interpreter as part of a guest takeover at BBC Radio Gloucestershire this month.

A total of 30 people are being featured on the 9-10pm slot of Jon Smith’s evening show on the station throughout June – including a drag queen, transgender actor, Polish martial arts expert, spoken word poet, hip-hop artist, cafe owner and a duo who record podcasts in their shed.

Reg Cobb, who’s deaf and a trainer with the Gloucestershire Deaf Association, will take to the air on 13th June in what could be a radio first as he uses an interpreter to help him with the show.

Reg says: “I’m excited to be part of the show and already buzzing with a few ideas on how to make it work. It is probably the first time a deaf person has run a radio show for an hour and we hope listeners will enjoy the hour of fun, laughter and listen with interest, hearing something different.

“GDA has always been leading the way with innovativeness and proactiveness and this is an example of how proactive we are for our deaf community and hard of hearing people.”

Jon’s evening show aims to get unheard voices on air and he says he hopes The Residency slot will showcase the best of Gloucestershire – and may even help discover some new radio talent.

He told RadioToday: “All the guest presenters are amazing people who have been involved in the show and we’ve thought ‘we need to come back to them’. Some have an interest in presenting shows, others have never thought about it in their lives – it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Each guest presenter will be able to fill their hour with the interviews, chat and music they want.

Tewkesbury actor Harrison Knights, guest presenting on 10th June, plans to interview his secondary school drama teacher, who supported him through his gender transition and even signed the deed poll legally confirming his name change. He said: “I’m really very excited about the opportunity to present on my local BBC radio station. During my residency I’ll be looking at trans representation in the media. I’ll also be sharing my love of the arts generally, from the point of view of someone who’s come to terms with who they really are later in life.”

Steph Rollinson, who runs Gloucester’s multicultural World Café with Rita Rimkiene, added: “I’m quite nervous but excited as it’s a great opportunity. Although, I think I have imposter syndrome, as I’ve met some amazing people with amazing stories who are also taking part. I’m in awe, really.”


Radio 2’s Ken Bruce is taking his show on the road this summer, with a week of PopMaster quizzes live from workplaces.

Starting on Monday 29th July in Northern Ireland before moving onto locations in Scotland, England and Wales, Ken will host his 9.30am-12noon show form offices, shops, factories – with special guests also appearing live.

The BBC says the selected workplaces will ‘Stop For PopMaster’ between 10.30 and 10.45am with two callers taking part and workers watching. Listeners can nominate their workplace to be selected.

Ken says: I’m only allowed out of Wogan House for my yearly pilgrimage to Eurovision, so when it was suggested I take PopMaster around the UK to find out if people really do stop for PopMaster, I jumped at the chance to free myself from the London shackles and escape!”

Lewis Carnie, Head of Radio 2 says: “Ken Bruce is a broadcasting phenomenon who has hosted the mid-morning show on Radio 2 since 1985, and now reaches a weekly audience of 8.81 million listeners. As Ken is one of the UK’s most popular presenters, I’m delighted that the PopMaster himself will get to meet many of his listeners around the country.”

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Conservative Party leadership candidates will each go head-to-head with LBC’s Iain Dale in a series of one-hour programmes next month.

In the race to be the next Prime Minister, the candidates will be live during Iain Dale in the Evening, starting with Rory Stewart, the Secretary of State for International Development and the MP for Penrith and The Border, on Monday 10th June.

Then on Tuesday 11th June, Andrea Leadsom, MP for South Northamptonshire and former leader of the House of Commons will be on from and Esther McVey, MP for Tatton and former Secretary of State for Work & Pensions from 9pm-10pm.

Followed by Sajid Javid, Home Secretary and MP for Bromsgrove on Wednesday 12th June from 8pm-9pm.

More programmes will be announced in due course.

Iain Dale told RadioToday: “This is going to be a unique series of interviews and phone-ins with all the candidates for the leadership of the Conservative Party. One of them will become Prime Minister and this long-form interview format will put the candidates to the test.

“Each candidate will face half an hour of questions from me, then half an hour of questions from our listeners. The series will kick off at 8pm on June 10th with Rory Stewart. Andrea Leadsom (8pm-9pm) and Esther McVey (9-10pm) follow on 11th and Sajid Javid on the 12th. Other dates will be released shortly. All the interviews will be streamed live on our website and social media pages.”

Nation Broadcasting has upgraded its DAB multiplex in Glasgow with the launch of a second transmitter.

The new signal now synchronises with the first transmitter to create a Single Frequency Network, or SFN. The improvement will boost coverage in and around the city centre, as well as to the north and west.

A number of new stations have also been added in recent months, including Radio Ramadhan 365, BFBS Scotland and rolling news service News Radio UK.

Ash Elford, DAB Platform Manager at Nation Broadcasting, told RadioToday: “In a short space of time, Nation has turned around the fortunes of the Glasgow DAB trial multiplex. We’ve invested behind the scenes in new equipment and new telecoms. This included switching to the world leading Factum Radioscape Enmuxa platform for DAB multiplexing in November 2018. Nation is now realising its ambition of giving Glasgow a DAB multiplex it deserves, with improved coverage and an improved choice of stations.”

The multiplex currently broadcasts 21 services, including Nation Radio, Your Radio and a range of Glasgow community stations and several special interest services. The multiplex now has a waiting list, with more services planned, subject to Ofcom approval.

Alex Jenkins of Glasgow community station Celtic Music Radio said: “Celtic Music Radio is very pleased with the vast DAB signal improvement Nation Broadcasting has achieved over the past few months. This is a direct result of dedicated work from a great team of engineers and we look forward to cooperating with Nation Broadcasting in future projects.”

Ian Wallace of Gaydio said: “It has been great working with Nation Broadcasting, who have invested in upgrading the multiplex and helping us to reach more people across Glasgow with a more reliable service.”

Roy Martin of News Radio UK added: “Who wouldn’t be happy with an extra transmitter? Providing 24-hour rolling news to the city of Glasgow with one transmitter was great, but now with two we gain extra power and a bigger potential audience, so it’s even better!”

George Galloway sacked by talkRADIO over Israel tweet
Written By UK Reporter June 3, 2019 – 12:19 pm 3,983 15
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talkRADIO has terminated George Galloway’s contract following his tweet at the weekend after Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final.

Not long after the final whistle on Saturday night, Mr Galloway wrote: “Congratulations to the great people of Liverpool to the memory of the socialist miner Bill Shankley to the fallen 96 to those who fought justice for them and to the Liverpool dockers. No Israel flags on the Cup!”

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A News UK spokesman told RadioToday: “talkRADIO has terminated George Galloway’s weekly show with immediate effect. As a fair and balanced news provider, talkRADIO does not tolerate anti-semitic views.”

Today in a series of tweets Mr Galloway threatened the company with legal action, writing: “I’ve just been sacked by @talkRADIO See you in Court guys. #Palestine #Moats Long live Palestine.”

He added:”I’ve been given a Red Card from @talkRADIO for “over-celebrating” #Liverpool famous victory over Spurs. Not sure it’s the wisest move Mr Murdoch’s team ever made given the history and all. The Mother of All Talkshows – Unleashed- will not be silenced. Stay tuned for further details.”

Mr Galloway has been on the current talkRADIO for the last two years, joining after the 2016 Mayoral election. He does the Friday night 7-10pm slot. He had previously been on talkSPORT 2006-2012.

The actor Paul Darrow, who was well-known to radio listeners as the voice of JACKfm and Union JACK in the UK has died aged 78.

Paul was known for his role as Avon in the BBC science fiction TV series Blake’s 7 and also appeared in hundreds of shows including Doctor Who, The Saint, Z Cars, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Little Britain.

He was the voice of JACK when it first launched in October 2007, later being rolled out to JACK stations that appeared (and later disappeared) in Southampton, Bristol, Swindon and Reading.
 
Ian Walker, CEO of the JACK brand, said: “Paul Darrow has been JACK’s shining star. Over the past 12 years I have had the pleasure of spending countless hours with Paul listening to his life stories and have shared many bottles of his favourite Bordeaux, whilst enjoying his quirky jokes and sense of humour.

“When we first launched JACK in the UK, we cast over 85 voices for the role and we could not have asked for anyone more unique. Paul’s rich tones and flippant delivery style always brought a smile to everyone who knew him and of course heard him on JACKfm and Union JACK radio. I could not have asked for a better friend.”

Tim Parker, Programme Director at JACKfm, said: “What an amazing, colourful character Paul was. He has mixed with the greats over the last 50 years and had a story to tell you for every occasion. His voice acting skills were like no other. He had the ability to take our written JACK lines and deliver them in his own, unique style loaded with his own personality. This was always better than we ever imagined. What a sad loss to the team here at JACK. We will remember and celebrate his character, personality and amazing skills for years to come.”

Maureen Marrs, Paul’s long-time companion, PA and best friend, said: “Over three decades I have been Paul’s confidant and have had the immense privilege of being part of his life. A star has gone out today; the world will be a darker place without him.”

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