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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!

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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
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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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I have got to grips now with the new Roberts Radio portal. It is however not organised alphabetically, or in some cases accurately classified. I tend to be listening to more radio stations than before, but regret that I cannot save the stations as favourites. I am fortunate to have two sets in different parts of my house, and before whichever one I listen to, the station presets and favourites were always on each set! Roberts have said that they may be able to allow us to set favourites again one day.

I am pleased that Angie Greaves will be doing a drive time show on Heart. I first heard her on BBC London and think she is a great presenter.

Ironically in the 70s I wished for more radio stations playing music. Just look at the RAJAR audience figures in the news below. That is a small section of stations on air at the moment, and I personally do not listen to any of them. I do like the Jack 3 radio station though!

I do listen to BBC Radio Berkshire most mornings and think that Andrew Peach and his team are excellent broadcasters.

I miss also hearing Tony Prince on United Deejays in the mornings. Mike Read puts our a great show each morning. Bob Lawrence has matured into an excellent broadcaster since his Caroline Days, and has a range of interesting topics to put in front of his listeners each day. Overall though I don’t find the choice of music on some of the shows on UDJ to my taste.

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Smooth Radio changes its mind over national breakfast show

Written By Steve Collins published on May 29, 2019 – 12:09 pm

Smooth Radio has decided to not introduce a national breakfast show in favour of keeping its regional breakfast shows.

Instead, the drivetime show will go national with Magic’s Angie Greaves joining the station to present the programme.

Originally, Smooth owner, Global planned to network everything except the 4-7pm slot on Smooth as it has done with Capital – and is about to with Heart, which launches its national breakfast show next week. But now, Global says breakfast shows on Smooth will be locally produced as the drive show goes national.

Ashley Tabor OBE, Founder & Executive President at Global, said: “At Global, we pride ourselves on doing the right thing for the long term, no matter what. After further consideration and listening to more feedback, both internal and external, we came to the conclusion that keeping Breakfast local, and taking Drive national, is actually the right fit for Smooth. Yes it’s a change in strategy for Smooth, but we believe it’s the right one. We are absolutely delighted to welcome one of the nation’s most successful AC radio presenters, Angie Greaves, to host the brand-new show.”

Angie currently presents the 2-5pm slot on Magic as well as doing the breakfast show on its sister station Magic Soul. She previously worked at Capital in the 1980s before spells at Spectrum and Choice FM.

She also had a brief spell on mid-mornings at Jazz FM London in 2005 and presented for LBC, BBC Local Radio and recently has filled in on the Good Morning Sunday slot on Radio 2.

Leaving Magic after 12 and a half years to join Global in the autumn, Angie says: “To be approached to present The Smooth Drive Home, especially as the show launches across the nation, is an absolute honour for me. I am really looking forward to joining Smooth, which is going from strength-to-strength, at such an important time in the station’s history and I can’t wait to get started”

Sam Jackson, Managing Editor of Smooth Radio, said: “The national breakfast marketplace is ever more competitive, with lots of new shows competing for listeners’ time and attention. We believe there’s a real opportunity to ‘own’ the Drive slot on Smooth, where audiences across the UK are currently underserved, as well as offer a fantastic national show that firmly rivals what’s on offer elsewhere. What’s more, given Angie’s proven success on a variety of stations over the last two decades, it makes complete sense to take The Smooth Drive Home nationwide. We are delighted to welcome Angie to Smooth.”

Listeners to Bob FM are getting the expected Heart is Coming audio imaging ahead of the station changing names on Friday.

Bob FM will become part of the Heart network from 4pm on Friday 31st May, taking John Darin’s show from Heart Hertfordshire in Watford.

The enlarged Heart Hertfordshire, owned by Communicorp and using programmes by Global, will take the new national breakfast show with Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden when it launches on Monday, 3rd June.

Drive will be shared on the Bob FM frequencies 106.7 / 106.9 and former Mercury 96.6 station too.

Bob FM covers the north of Hertfordshire including Stevenage, Hertford, Knebworth, Hitchin and Welwyn Garden City and first launched in 2001 as Hertbeat FM. It rebranded as Jack FM in May 2010, before becoming Bob FM nearly 4 years later due to licensing issues which would have prevented the station using the Jack brand on DAB.

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.”

Rajar regional results

Whilst the national news is all about new radio stations and breakfast shows, the main headlines in the regions are about one of Bauer’s latest brands.

The first results for Greatest Hits Radio in England show a mainly downward trend following the rebrand from City 2 stations last quarter.

  • GHR E.Yorks & N.Lincs (Viking 2) down from 56,000 to 32,000 (was 83,000 a year ago)
  • GHR Lancashire (Rock FM 2) down from 46,000 to 28,000 (was 44,000 a year ago)
  • GHR Liverpool (City 2) down from 218,000 to 160,000 (was 198,000 a year ago)
  • GHR Manchester (Key Radio) down from 58,000 to 30,000 (was 105,000 a year ago)
  • GHR North East (Metro 2) down from 67,000 to 36,000 (was 63,000 a year ago)
  • GHR South Yorks (Hallam 2) down from 108,000 to 46,000 (was 107,000 a year ago)
  • GHR Teesside (TFM2) down from 45,000 to 18,000 (was 36,000 a year ago)
  • GHR West Yorks (Aire 2) down from 42,000 to 28,000 (was 56,000 a year ago)
  • GHR West Midlands (105.2 frequency surveyed as Absolute Radio West Midlands) down from 273,000 to 181,000 (was 226,000 a year ago)

“Greatest Hits Radio” debuts with 556,000 listeners in England.

Observations from Bauer’s Hits Radio network this quarter:

  • Hits Radio Manchester up from 271,000 to 302,000 (was 383,000 a year ago)
  • Radio Aire down from 74,000 to 65,000 (was 83,000 a year ago)
  • Radio City up from 311,000 to 339,000 (was 346,000 a year ago)
  • Downtown Radio down from 243,000 to 194,000 (was 258,000 a year ago)
  • Forth 1 down from 315,000 to 274,000 (was 326,000 a year ago)
  • Free Radio Coventry/Warks down from 141,000 to 87,000 (was 124,000 a year ago)
  • Metro Radio down from 278,000 to 248,000 (was 298,000 a year ago)
  • Rock FM down 202,000 to 171,000 (was 191,000 a year ago)
  • Viking FM up from 134,000 to 161 (was 201,000 a year ago)

At the BBC, the total figure for Local Radio has dropped slightly from 5.9m to 5.8m. Just a few stations have seen a significant quarterly change (+/- 25k), including:

  • BBC Radio Cambridgeshire down from 124,000 to 89,000 (was 72,000 a year ago)
  • BBC Radio Humberside up from 120,000 to 147,000 (was 155,000 a year ago)
  • BBC Radio London down from 565,000 to 435,000 (was 454,000 a year ago)
  • BBC Radio Sheffield down from 260,000 to 214,000 (was 263,000 a year ago)
  • BBC Radio Solent down from 218,000 to 190,000 (was 266,000 a year ago)

Capital stations showing a major change this quarter include:

  • Capital Birmingham up from 393,000 to 469,000 (was 430,000 a year ago)
  • Capital East Midlands up from 473,000 to 516,000 (was 563,000 a year ago)
  • Capital Manchester down from 500,000 to 435,000 (was 511,000 a year ago)
  • Capital Scotland down from 567,000 to 528,000 (was 488,000 a year ago)

Capital Brighton has added an extra 2,000 listeners each week, whilst Capital Liverpool is down 1,000. Capital Lancashire started after this survey ended, with 2BR’s final results standing at 79,000 weekly reach down from 86,000.

Capital London still has the biggest commercial radio weekly reach in London, with 1.766m listeners, down from 1.866m last quarter.

Out of the Heart services, the majority are down this quarter, with the newest, Heart North Lancs and Cumbria, staying the same. Noticable jumps include:

  • Heart North East down from 315,000 to 277,000 (was 320,000 a year ago)
  • Heart North West up from 656,000 to 678,000 (was 626,000 a year ago)
  • Heart Scotland down from 400,000 to 371,000 (was 420,000 a year ago)
  • Heart South Wales down from 463,000 to 410,000 (was 399,000 a year ago)
  • Heart Thames Valley up from 301,000 to 328,000 (was 314,000 a year ago)
  • Heart West Country down from 620,000 to 589,000 (was 540,000 a year ago)

At Smooth, the newest service covering the Lake District has lost a thousand listeners, taking down to 10,000 weekly reach. Smooth Radio North West remains over a million, allowing it to remain the most listened to commercial radio station in the UK outside London. Elsewhere:

  • Smooth East Midlands is up from 436,000 to 455,000 (was 457,000 a year ago)
  • Smooth Radio North East is down from 528,000 to 508,000 (was 519,000 a year ago)
  • Smooth Radio Scotland is up from 337,000 to 357,000 (was 399,000 a year ago)
  • Smooth Radio West Midlands is up from 497,000 to 521,000 (was 519,000 a year ago)

Around the local radio scene, here are a few more significant changes quarter on quarter:

  • Chris Country (London) down from 49,000 to 26,000 (was 34,000 a year ago)
  • Connect FM, soon to be rebranded as Smooth Radio, has increased from 54,000 to 59,000 (was 49,000 a year ago)
  • Fire Radio continues to increase up from 65,000 to 73,000 (was 45,000 a year ago)
  • JACKfm Oxford is up from 52,000 to 68,000 (was 83,000 a year ago)
  • JACK Radio reports 85,000 listeners across the UK
  • kmfm has recorded its highest ever reach with 210,000 listeners, up from 200,000
  • Love Sport Radio’s first figures are out – the London station has 38,000 listeners via AM and DAB
  • Lincs FM is up from 254,000 to 280,000 (was 279,000 a year ago)
  • Minster FM is celebrating its highest Reach since 2011 – with 82,000 listeners, up from 77,000 (was 69,000 a year ago)
  • More Radio down from 49,000 to 37,000 (was 49,000 a year ago)
  • Nation Radio North Wales has a static weekly reach of 1,000 listeners
  • Nation Radio London has 5,000 listeners, up from 4,000 last quarter
  • Panjab Radio is down from 187,000 to 163,000
  • Pulse 1 up from 85,000 to 118,000 (was 109,000 a year ago)
  • Radio Mansfield is up from 26,000 to 32,000 (was 27,000 a year ago)
  • Sam FM South Coast has increased under new owners Nation, up from 167,000 to 182,000 (was 141,000 a year ago)
  • Scottish Sun Hits has almost doubled its reach, going up from 5,000 listeners to 8,000.
  • Scottish Sun 80s and Scottish Sun Hits are also up.
  • Signal One up from 224,000 to 244,000 (was 249,000 a year ago)
  • The Breeze (South West – North) has doubled its hours and increased its reach to its highest ever, now at 110,000 from 98,000
  • The Voice in Devon also reports its first results – it has 11,000 Weekly Reach
  • Tower FM is up from 35,000 to 40,000 (was 22,000 a year ago)
  • Town 102 is down this quarter from 31,000 to 24,000 (was 38,000 a year ago)
  • XS Manchester is up from 90,000 to 94,000 (was 114,000 a year ago)

Roberts Internet Radios

I have two radios that are affected!

INTERNET RADIO MIGRATION

7th May 2019

Due to ongoing stability issues identified with the current Internet radio database provider, it has become necessary to migrate to a new supplier. No action will be required by yourself as the products will automatically redirect to the new internet radio service provider over the next 24 hours. As a result of this change there will be some differences between the new and old service.  

We apologise for any inconvenience caused as a result of these changes, which have been made in order to ensure continuity of service.
 

Please contact our Technical support if you require further advice.

Radio Newsbeat

Waffler:

I have just read this Kindle Book

Broadcast Brothers: On The Radio by [Jenner, Steve and Paul]

I got is as part of my Amazon trial Prime membership. It is a great read for any radio anorak. It is also a revelation as to how difficult it was to get an RSL or Community Licence from the then Radio Authority. It takes some time to get into the radio story, it starts off with an interest in pirate radio, and blends into a cracking account of how the two Jenner men got into RSLs etc. It is also amusing as well, a good easy read!

I am also just starting this book, which I have had on my bookshelf for almost a year now!

This book is an excellent account of London Pirates from the 70s and 80s and onwards. Floss Radio and Flashback Radio were two such stations in the area I used to live in during the 80s, and they are also featured in that book as well.

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A most unusual DJ – I didn’t know about him until Dave Glass introduced me to his work
A master broadcaster -heard by me on AFN in the 70s
An archive live show on Radio One – I used to go the Paris Studios in the late sixties to see the Rosko Show at the Paris Studios
Our very own Emperor Rosko in France, sorry it is low level!
Some American DJs talk too quickly and some do not make sense
A fictional look at 1950s American Radio?



Radio News selected from the Radio Today Site

Eagle Radio to host Radiothon to raise money for charity

4 hours agoEagle Radio is to host a Radiothon for 12 hours starting on Friday 24th May to help raise money for charity.

JACK Radio to start live daytime spiritual show

May 2, 2019 – 10:21 amJACK Radio has hired Spiritual Counsellor Margaret Bowman and Clairvoyant-Medium Ruth Phillips to front a new show each lunchtime called Universally Speaking.

BBC Three Counties Radio broadcasts live onboard HMS St. Albans

April 29, 2019 – 6:30 pmTo celebrate the 30th anniversary of BBC Three Counties breakfast presenter Andy Collins has broadcast live from the bridge of HMS St. Albans.

Composer Segun Akinola to host series on Scala Radio

April 29, 2019 – 4:28 pmSegun Akinola will join Scala Radio to present a 4-part series, championing TV music across the decades.

Capital uses Billboards to reveal Summertime Ball acts

April 29, 2019 – 11:58 amGlobal is bringing back Capital’s Summertime Ball for another year – with the event taking place on Saturday June 8th 2019 at Wembley.

BBC Radio Scotland searches for a Singer/Songwriter

April 26, 2019 – 4:51 pmBBC Radio Scotland is on the hunt for the country’s newest star with a brand new award to find Scotland’s Singer/Songwriter of the Year 2019.

1Xtra and Asian Network search for new voice talent

April 26, 2019 – 12:49 pmBBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Asian Network and BBC Contains Strong Language launch a talent development scheme to find new voices.

BBC Radio 1 to tour North East England ahead of Big Weekend

April 23, 2019 – 11:14 amBBC Radio 1 will host a number of outreach sessions in schools, colleges, universities and community centres in Middlesbrough.

Capital’s Vick Hope signs up for Classic FM series

April 20, 2019 – 9:46 amVick Hope, co-host of the Capital breakfast show, is to present two programmes on Classic FM.

Jazz FM announces PRS For Music Gold Award winner

April 18, 2019 – 9:30 amBritish multi-instrumentalist and composer Jacob Collier has won the PRS For Music Gold Award as part of the Jazz FM Awards 2019.

BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2019 gets even bigger

April 18, 2019 – 12:01 amBBC Radio 1 has announced that an extra night has been added to the Big Weekend 2019 in Middlesbrough.

Local DAB multiplexes to be advertised in Cumbria

8 hours agoOfcom has announced that it plans to advertise two new muxes, one for the Morecambe Bay area, and one designed to cover North and West Cumbria and Southwest Scotland.

Ofcom advertises DAB multiplex for the Channel Islands

April 17, 2019 – 12:49 pmThe Channel Islands are to gain their first commercial DAB multiplex shortly as Ofcom starts the process of awarding a licence.