Radio Newsbeat


I have just returned from Halkidiki in Mainland Greece and was able to listen to a variety of stations, when I get time I will do a post about the stations you can receive on FM and AM in that part of the world. The list I took with me, which I printed off from the Internet did not match up very well at all, so it should prove useful for others when visiting that part of Greece. My XHData radio has RDS on it, which saves time having to research each station received.

I thought that Jupiter Radio, which has been started up by Johnny Lewis and Peter Phillips would be a great radio station. What I have heard so far is not totally to my taste. I did however see a post on a Forum asking for a link the the station on their device, so it must appeal to some. I still rate The Cheese which is a similar station which has no DJs just back to back, as a great radio station. It is an Internet Station run as a hobby from New Zealand, it is on FM low power as well in NZ! Please do not confuse this with an Internet Station, which Alexa used to favour

I tend to use Radio 4 for news, and once a day listen to News Radio UK on my Roberts Internet Radio. LBC . I wonder why Alexa plays BBC TV news when you ask for the news, surely Radio 4 would be better, or News Radio UK? Maybe I can change the options on my Alexa App.

Some great radio books have been published recently and I will soon start off mentioning these in case you want to read or buy these. I do now try to get a Kindle edition if possible, due to space problems at Waffle Headquarters!

It would be interesting to know what your listening habits are now, or if you have totally turned your back on the media.

I am also including recommendations for programmes to listen to, taken from an email I received weekly.

News selected from the Radio Today Site

Happy Radio is joining the small-scale DAB multiplex in central Manchester from Monday.The station, with Spence McDonald in the morning and Steve Penk during the day, was launched last month by former Key 103/Greatest Hits presenter Darren Proctor & Festival Organiser Max Eden.

The move to the Trial multiplex is the first planned by the service, which aims to be on numerous in the future.

Darren & Max said: “The response since our launch five weeks ago has been phenomenal and beyond all expectations, with continued and growing support from both advertisers and our new listeners, we’re delighted that we can broadcast our station on the DAB platform.”

The permanent licence for Manchester’s small-scale DAB multiplex will be operated by M&S Digital when the Trial by Niocast comes to an end, following the awarding of the full-time contract by Ofcom yesterday.

BBC Radio 5 Live and talkSPORT will share the UK live audio commentary rights for the next three Premier League football seasons, 2022/23 to 2024/25.

The seven packages provide live audio commentary rights to all Premier League matches, aside from Saturday 3pm fixtures not selected as first or second pick and those matches not selected for audio broadcast on the final day of each season.

Premier League Chief Media Officer Paul Molnar said: “We are very pleased to continue working with BBC and talkSPORT as they demonstrate that live Premier League football remains an important fixture in UK audio programming schedules.

“The quality in coverage from both broadcasters over the years has been excellent, and we look forward to working with them again for the next three seasons.”

Barbara Slater, Director, BBC said: “As we approach the end of another vintage Premier League campaign, we are delighted to confirm our live audio rights deal for the next three seasons. BBC Radio 5 Live will remain the home of Premier League football.”

News UK EVP, President of Broadcasting, Scott Taunton said: “talkSPORT is the home of football, with more live games than any other radio broadcaster. Today we have consolidated our partnership as the Premier League’s only national commercial radio partner, retaining our position as the GameDay destination on Saturday, as well as gaining new live fixtures during the week.

“Our commentary teams across talkSPORT and talkSPORT2 are providing best-in-class live coverage to millions of football fans across the UK. And, across the schedule, our peerless presenting team are delivering unrivalled Premier League coverage to more listeners than ever.”

NSPCC has partnered with OMD and Bauer Media to promote Childhood Day across Absolute Radio and Magic Radio.

On-air activity will raise awareness of the day, bring communities together and encourage audiences and families to play their part.

The campaign follows recent research conducted by Bauer which found that 44% of people agree that they listen to the radio to feel a sense of human connection – up from 35% during the height of the pandemic – and 1 in 3 say they listen to their favourite stations to feel part of a community.

These strong relationships formed by radio therefore make it the ideal medium for NSPCC to connect and communicate with families across the country.

In addition to information about the charity and the upcoming event on-air and online, listeners will hear Harriet Scott, Nick Snaith, Kat Shoob, Ben Burrell and Richie Firth reminisce about one childhood memory that they will always cherish.

This audio will then be juxtaposed with the important message that not everyone’s childhood is the same, and abuse must be addressed and fought together.

In addition to this, NSPCC will take over Emma B’s Packed Lunch Show on Magic Radio from late May to early June in the run-up to Childhood Day. Children will be brought live on air to nominate a parent, teacher or individual who makes their life special and dedicate a song to them, and adults will be able to request the songs that remind them most of their younger days.

Simon Kilby, MD, Bauer Media Advertising said: “Encouraging people to donate to charity is more than just making audiences aware of the brand – it’s illustrating why they should care and communicating how important the charity and the work that they do is. Due to the close connections listeners have with their favourite presenters and voices, research has found that radio is excellent at creating impact in the middle of the funnel, building that trust and consideration.

“We’ve seen this through many charity and social initiative campaigns we’ve launched over the past few years, including the Actionable Audio Ads campaign we did with NSPCC and Say It Now. The work NSPCC does is incredible and we’re proud to work together again to drive donations this Childhood Day.”

Laura Murphy, Associate Head of Marketing, NSPCC said: “We are delighted to have partnered with Bauer Media on this campaign that is going to raise fantastic awareness for our flagship day of fundraising, Childhood Day. It’s brilliant that so many presenters are getting involved to help engage listeners with our important work, and we can’t wait to hear who the children nominate on Emma B’s Packed Lunch show on Magic Radio!

“We know not all children have a happy childhood. No child should have to face abuse or neglect. Last year our Helpline for adults contacted agencies about 22,505 children to investigate concerns about these issues. But strong communities can help keep children safe and we’re calling for everyone across the UK to unite on the 10 June for Childhood Day, to raise money and awareness for the NSPCC.”

The campaign is now live and will run till 10th June on Absolute Radio, Magic Radio and across Bauer Media platforms through Octave and Bauer Illuminate activity.

Fix Radio is now broadcasting nationally – five years after launching as the builder’s station in London.

The station celebrated its fifth birthday last week with a post on social media documenting its journey from a small regional station to an everyday essential for tens of thousands of tradespeople across the country.

Speaking about the national expansion, Fix radio founder Louis Timpany said: “We’ve now gone from an idea over a cup of tea on a building site to a national brand in just five years.

“This means that we can now offer advertisers a national route to tradespeople with zero wastage – and that’s an extremely exciting prospect for us.

“We have strong working partnerships with the likes of Checkatrade and Festool and recently struck a monumental deal with Wolseley, the largest heating and plumbing merchants in the UK.

“The deal with Wolseley – who have come on board to sponsor Fix Radio’s weekly Heating & Plumbing Show – may also lead to the station being broadcast throughout 500 of the company’s locations across the country, a genius bit of product placement if it happens, and perfectly exemplifies the forward thinking attitude of Fix Radio and its commercial team.”

Fix Radio listeners have also been helping with a crowdfunding campaign which has raised more than its target of a £750,000 to help the station grow.

Posted on Wednesday, May 4th, 2022 at 5:04 am by RadioToday UK

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