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It was good to hear Just a Minute on Radio 4 with Sue Perkins hosting this week. She seems to be just the right person to take over this programme.

There is a new podcast that is worth listening to the first is an interview with a chap who built transmitters for land based pirates

An interesting video about RNI and its history in the past

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Breezy Radio UK and Nation 80s will launch on DAB digital radio in London and the home counties on Monday 27th June 2022.

The stations are being added to the London 2 multiplex alongside Nation Radio UK which continues to operate.

Nation’s Managing Director Martin Mumford said: “We’ve been building our presence in London over a number of years and, encouraged by the audience numbers we’ve seen recently at Nation Radio UK, home of legendary broadcasters including Neil Fox, Russ Williams and Greg Burns.

“We are now laying the foundations for our next stage of growth and development.”

Breezy Radio is also launching on the south coast of England on the same date, joining the south Wales / Swansea service which launched earlier this year.

Former Hits Radio, Heart and Capital presenter Greg Burns is joining Nation Broadcasting.

He’ll host Drive each weekday on Nation Radio UK and Weekend Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.

Greg said: “I’m really excited to be joining the ever-expanding Nation Radio network. It’s great to be back on a lineup with the legend that is Russ Williams and to be handing over to Foxy’s jukebox every evening too, which is something I’ve never done before but I have a appeared on it a few times, though my voice was a little higher and more nervous sounding back then!”

Greg moved to Australia to host mid-mornings on Nova in Sydney in 2016 and returned to the UK in 2019 to join Bauer and going on to host Breakfast on Hits Radio. During the pandemic, Greg was moved to afternoons before leaving the station earlier this year.

Nation’s Group Programme Director Neil Greenslade said: “It’s great to be expanding our team of talent to include Greg as we launch our Summer schedule. This year is definitely one of our most exciting and ambitious years as we deliver even more listener choice.”

A radio service is launching in the UK from the Belgian electronic dance music festival called Tomorrowland.

A long term partnership has been agreed between the music festival organisers and Like Media Group to put its station, One World Radio, on DAB in parts of the UK.

The DAB rollout begins on the 1st July, and the service will also launch in Malta and Spain.

Tomorrowland One World Radio is expected to join the following muxes:

Liverpool, Wrexham and Chester
North Birmingham
Bristol (when launched)
South Birmingham (when launched)

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I have been reading some forums and they have debating whether an Internet Station can really be called a Radio Station. I am of the opinion that it is. I live in an area where FM reception is poor and I can only receive Radio Berkshire from the BBC in my kitchen. I rely on DAB, which is rather drab to me, or my Internet Radio that brings me a wealth of music and talk. Some are outputs from radio stations relayed on the Internet. They also mentioned on the forums about the number of people who run radio stations pretending that they have been pirate broadcaster on Caroline and other offshore stations. These of course are not fooling anyone but themselves.

I have been experiencing problems with recording radio clips on my digital recorder, and suspected this was at fault. It turned out that two recording leads have developed loose connections!

I can recommend the Transfusion site for interesting articles about the BBC. There is an article about the BBC Brookmans Park transmitter being opened in the 30s as well. I had staff who worked there, and used to visit the site weekly in the 80s.

I am sure the anoraks among you may also find that there are interesting articles about TV as well. Also pirate radio stations (plenty of clips as well of stations here) This site also has many other interesting articles

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Ofcom has found Bauer’s Absolute Radio and Greatest Hits Radio in breach of their licenses for using offensive language.

A pre-recorded Sunday morning Jason Manford Show on Absolute Radio included a segment with guest comedian Steve Edge in which Steve mentioned a comment from a listener who said he’s going to swear more for his New Year’s Resolution.

Commenting on the listener interaction, Steve Edge said: “I’m not swearing enough. So, next year, I’m really going to fu**ing go for it..”

Bauer said the wrong version of the show was broadcast (different versions are made for on-air/podcasts) and the host issued an apology during the same slot the following week in January 2022.

At Greatest Hits Radio, a live version of “Invisible Touch” by Genesis was broadcast on Boxing Day 2021 containing the F word.

Bauer said while it was a different version to the normal studio version of the track that it would usually play, this had not been picked up in its normal “stringent procedures” due to the word being “barely audible”.

An apology was also broadcast a week later on the same show.

And the Weekend Breakfast Show on DAB service Aspen Waite Radio in Wales played “Roses in the Nile” by Dark Tropics, which contained two uses of the word “fu**” in March this year.

The station said that the track played containing offensive language was an “absolute mistake” on its part and occurred as a result of a junior member of staff recommending the track as part of the station’s drive to promote new talent.

Elsewhere, rolling news service LBC News has been found in breach for Due Accuracy after a reporter inaccurately described the Israeli Embassy as the “Jewish Embassy” nine times across three news items in May 2021.

Global said that the reporter had “tripped over his words in error during the heat of the moment whilst recording this segment of the programme from what was a stressful and tense situation”.

LBC News added that “there was absolutely no intention to cause any harm or offence during the recording or broadcast of this report”. It explained that the error was “far from ideal”, but “in no way malicious or purposefully intended to offend the Jewish community”.

Former radio presenter and manager Mark Page will spend longer in prison after the Solicitor General, Alex Chalk QC MP referred his original sentence to the Court of Appeal as unduly lenient.

Between August 2016 and April 2019, Mark Page, now 63, engaged in online communication with child prostitutes in the Philippines and travelled to the Philippines to sexually abuse the children in October 2016 and March 2019.

He used a webcam to contact victims who were aged between 12 and 13.

On 10 March at Teesside Crown Court, Page was convicted of four offences of arranging the commission of a child sex offence and sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment.

The Solicitor General, Alex Chalk QC MP, referred Page’s sentence to the Court of Appeal under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme.

On 10 June the Court of Appeal found his original sentence to be unduly lenient and increased it 18 years’ imprisonment.

Speaking after the hearing, the Solicitor General, Alex Chalk QC MP said: “Mark Page took advantage of the poverty and deprivation of young, vulnerable children in the Philippines for his own sexual gratification. I welcome the decision to increase the sentence, to better reflect the gravity of these very serious crimes.”

Mark Page has appeared on over 40 radio stations including Radio 1, Radio Luxembourg, Century FM, Real Radio, Smooth Radio, BBC Cleveland, BBC Newcastle, Radio Aire, Radio Clyde and The Pulse.

Mark is also a Forces broadcaster of 30 years on BFBS and his own network Garrison Radio which provided the British Army’s radio service for 12 years to nearly 20 UK locations.

As well as being Middlesbrough FC’s stadium announcer for over 25 years, he has announced and done warm up for over a dozen England and Team GB Internationals at various levels. He has also MC’d at Wembley, the Millennium Stadium and at two UEFA Cup Finals.

talkSPORT is launching The Men’s Room, a brand new podcast focusing on men’s issues.

The podcast will cover the topics of masculinity, addiction, mental health, fatherhood and more.

Listeners will join talkSPORT presenters, Ade Oladipo and Rory Jennings alongside a host of leading guests every Monday in the Men’s Room, where they will open up about their own vulnerabilities, tell anecdotes and react to listener stories.

Listeners can be part of the discussion on social media, using #MensRoomPod.

talkSPORT Presenter, Ade Oladipo said: “It’s increasingly obvious that unspoken codes around toxic masculinity are stopping men from talking about their feelings. Male body image dissatisfaction is at an all time high, and the rates of male suicide are continuously shocking. So we’ve decided on talkSPORT it’s time to get talking.”

The first podcast will be available from Monday.

The nominations for the 2022 Commercial Radio News Awards in association with IRN and Sky News have been announced.

Sky News presenter Jayne Secker revealed the shortlists for the 12 categories which recognise high quality journalism in commercial radio news.

The winners – including the recipient of the prestigious Gold Award – will be announced at an event at Sky’s west London HQ on Thursday 7th July 2022.

And the nominees are…

Emma Corr – Global’s Newsroom South
Owen Arands – Radio City
Caitlin Hutchison – Global’s Newsroom Scotland
Callum McQuade – Clyde 1
Pamela Tickell – Global’s Newsroom Yorkshire and North East

My Arthur at the Window – Global’s Newsroom North West
Walter Smith Tribute: Ally McCoist speaking to Jim White – talkSPORT
Ronald McDonald House Oxford: Luke’s Story – JACKfm Oxfordshire
Conversion Therapy: Pete and Jeremy’s stories – Hits Radio UK Network
Behind County Lines – Global’s Newsroom North West

REPORTER OF THE YEAR (hubs or stations over 1.5m TSA)
Charlotte Sullivan – Global’s Newsroom East
Paul Doward – Radio City
Lil Keen – Global’s Newsroom Yorkshire and North East
Charlotte Lynch – LBC
Alice Sofield – Global’s Newsroom North West

REPORTER OF THE YEAR (hubs or stations under 1.5 million TSA)
Matthew Hutchinson – Greatest Hits Radio Swindon
Jo Summerbell – JACKfm Oxfordshire
Lewis Michie – Northsound
Adam Smith – Signal 1
Rebecca Jayne Quarmby – Viking FM

Derby County: On a Knife Edge – Global’s Newsroom Midlands
No Scotland No Party: The Euro 2020 Journey – Clyde 1 and Hits Radio Scotland Network
Global’s North West Sports Coverage – Global’s Newsroom North West
FC Isle of Man’s Debut Season – Manx Radio
GameDay Exclusive – talkSPORT

COP 26 in Glasgow – Clyde 1 and Clyde 2
Island on the Verge of Lockdown – Manx Radio
The Murder of Sir David Amess MP – LBC News and Global’s Newsroom East
Standoff at Kenmure Street – Global’s Newsroom Scotland
The Iron Men: World Suicide Prevention Day – Radio City

NEWSREADER OF THE YEAR (hubs or stations over 1.5 million TSA)
Daniel Wilson – Global’s Newsroom Wales
Becky Cahill – Hits Radio Manchester
Chris Chambers – Global’s Newsroom North West
Louise Easton – Greatest Hits Radio London
Katie Radley – Global’s Newsroom Yorkshire and North East

NEWSREADER OF THE YEAR (hubs or stations under 1.5 million TSA)
Sian Cowper – Manx Radio
Matt Maddren – Free Radio
Jo Summerbell – JACKfm Oxfordshire
Julie Caston – Lincs FM

Loot Boxes: A hidden harm – Free Radio
Oxford Gets Serious About Tackling the Climate Emergency – JACKfm Oxfordshire
The Iron Men: A Radio City suicide special – Radio City
Light the Way – Clyde 1 and Clyde 2
Behind County Lines – Global’s Newsroom North West

NEWS TEAM OF THE YEAR (hubs or stations under 1.5 million TSA)
Lincs FM
Jack FM Oxfordshire
Greatest Hits Radio North Yorkshire

NEWS TEAM OF THE YEAR (hubs or stations over 1.5 million TSA)
Radio Clyde News
Global’s Newsroom North West
Downtown Radio and Cool FM News Team
Global’s Newsroom South
Bauer South West

Maxim Parr-Reid – City, University of London
Oliver McManus – Bournemouth University
Sophie Adams – Glasgow Caledonian University
Sarika Gandhi – City, University of London

IRN Editor and Chair of Judges, Dave Terris said: This is a top-class field of contenders all demonstrating the quality and value of news and sport in commercial radio. Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated and we look forward to celebrating their success at our first in- person event since 2019 at Sky Cinema on 7th July.

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So Boom Radio is going to start off a station that covers the 50s and standard tunes? I hope the station is not trying to expand so early on?

I did promise a while back to list the radio stations I received in Halkidiki in Greece a short while ago.

Radio in Halkidiki in Greece (all id done using RDS information or as heard)


87.6 Laikos -Greek Music

87.8 SAS – Sport

88.3 Viva

89.0 Radio Rainbow – Rock music

89.4 We Radio

90.0 ERT Deferio

90.8 Zoo Radio

91.7 RSO

92.0 ERT Classic

92.2 No RDS news

92.8 ERT Proto Programme

93.54 No RDS or ID

95.1 Cosmos Radio ? Feature on life saving

95.3 Unid no RDS

96.3 Katerinha Best music Oldies

99.0 No id no RDS

99.8 No id or RDS

100.8 Panorama

101.2 No id no RDS

101.5 R Olympus id only no RDS

102.0 ERT 3

102.8 Radio City 3

103.3 Nation M

103.8 Cosmos

104.2 R Pitetoria

105.1 No id or RDS

106.3 R Alexandros

107.1 M80

AM stations

972 Imathia

1503 Edisson

1287 No spoken id

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The DCMS has launched a BBC review into compliance with editorial standards, staff diversity and market impact on other industries.

It comes as the Culture Secretary issues new legal ‘direction’ to BBC to promote opportunities for people from working-class backgrounds.

The first Mid-Term Review – launched at the halfway point of the BBC’s ten-year Royal Charter – will assess whether current regulations and governance could be improved to ensure it is delivering for licence fee payers.

It will look at the effectiveness of the BBC’s editorial complaints process, including Ofcom’s role in holding it to account, and inspect the corporation’s market impact on the UK media landscape, in particular in areas such as the commercial radio and local news sectors.

Changes to the Framework Agreement, a document which includes further detail on the BBC’s regulatory duties as outlined in the Charter, will give the corporation a legal duty to follow through on commitments to do more to reflect under-represented people and perspectives, reflecting this government’s desire to see a BBC that promotes greater diversity of opinion.

This includes a target for 25 per cent of staff to be from low socio-economic backgrounds, making sure 60 per cent of radio and 50 per cent of TV programme production spend is outside London by the end of 2027, and delivering 1,000 apprenticeships per year by 2025.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: “The BBC is a world-class broadcaster but one which has to adapt to a rapidly changing landscape just like all broadcasters are. The Government is committed to ensuring the BBC is more impartial, more accessible and more reflective of our country’s variety of viewpoints.

“This review will build on our recent progress to make the BBC more accountable to those who fund it, level up people’s access to the job opportunities it offers and ensure it continues to work in the best interest of the public.”

In addition, the review will assess the arrangements of the BBC’s commercial subsidiaries – such as BBC Studios – to ensure they appropriately support its public service activities, can operate effectively and do not create an unfair competitive advantage in accordance with the corporation’s Charter.

The Mid-Term Review may recommend changes for consideration at the next BBC Charter Review or it could lead to updates to the Framework Agreement before the review, which would require agreement between the government and the BBC, together with Ofcom’s input where relevant.

It is the first time in 12 years the Framework Agreement has been updated during a Charter period, and the first update since the current Charter began in 2017.

The broadcaster will be obliged to report on its progress in its Annual Report and Accounts, supporting Parliament and the public to hold the BBC to account on delivery.

Separately, the government will soon launch a review of the BBC licence fee and the feasibility of alternative funding models in advance of the next Charter which is due to commence in 2028.

The Secretary of State for DCMS has published a short Written Ministerial Statement to accompany the announcement.

Radiocentre CEO Ian Moss said has welcomed the move: “We welcome the mid-term review of the BBC Charter and will take the opportunity to highlight the importance of strong external regulation for the BBC in the UK radio market in which it is dominant. It is important that regulatory conditions for BBC radio services are not diluted and drive the BBC to deliver distinctive output.”

Bauer Media Audio has announced the completion of its acquisition of Media Capital Rádios in Portugal.

This acquisition marks Bauer Media Audio’s entrance into the Portuguese market, expanding its existing audio business into nine countries.

Media Capital Rádios has a weekly reach of over 4.5 million listeners, and will become known as Bauer Media Audio Portugal.

The Group operates Radio Comercial, M80, Cidade FM, Smooth FM and Vodafone FM.

Richard Dawkins, President of Audio, Bauer Media Group, says: “We have tremendous admiration and respect for the quality of the brands we have acquired and truly believe in the potential of Media Capital Rádios – now trading as Bauer Media Audio Portugal – and the Portuguese Radio market in general, today and in the future.

“Radio played such a vital role throughout the pandemic and we expect it to remain highly valued by listeners and advertisers going forward, who value it for its trust, flexibility and effectiveness.”

“We are now looking forward to getting to know and learning from our new colleagues, gaining a deeper understanding of the market and the needs of our listeners and advertisers. We place the highest priority on growing a healthy core business, with strong brands delivering high quality entertainment, information and companionship to listeners and trusted, quality solutions to commercial partners.

“We are passionate about the world of radio and are excited about the opportunities ahead as we further explore the wider universe of digital audio.”

For Mário Ferreira, Chairman of Grupo Media Capital: “This was a very timely deal that will make us all stronger. Media Capital Radios (MCR) is a solid business area, with well-established results and undisputed leadership. The sale of MCR is in line with the Group’s strategy of accelerating the development of the audiovisual and digital production areas, and also consolidating the trajectory of recovery in the television segment.”

Mário Ferreira adds that “Bauer Media Group has extensive experience in this sector and we are certain that it will contribute to the growth trajectory of the radio group, thus continuing the work started by Media Capital. We also believe that they will continue to produce excellent content for Portuguese listeners.”

“Finally, it is also important to mention that Grupo Media Capital and Bauer Media Group will continue to collaborate closely.”

Bauer is refurbishing the studios of Wave 105 near Southampton to get it ready to be the company’s South Broadcast Centre.

Wave 105 has moved out of the building in Fareham this week for the first time since it launched in 1998 and will return at the end of August once the work is complete.

At that point, it will house Wave 105’s full regional output from new studios, plus the regional shows for Greatest Hits Radio South and Hits Bournemouth & Poole (owned by Bauer), as well as being the central office for Bauer South.

It’ll house all departments including programming, news and sales.

Blackpool’s DAB Multiplex is planning to broadcast from the top of Blackpool Tower and get on-air as quickly as possible.

Fun Coast Digital CIC was awarded a licence for Blackpool from Ofcom last month along with other Round 2 areas.

The team from Fun Digital, led by former Radio Wave and Wish FM news head Alistair Clarke, along with DAB radio experts Viamux headed to Blackpool Tower to see the proposed transmitter site for their initial site visit and assess the existing infrastructure.

Alistair told RadioToday: “Blackpool and the Fylde Coast loves local radio and we’ve had lots of groups discussing their plans with us.

Tommy Boyd and Duncan Barkes are taking their football fan station Pompey Sound to the small-scale DAB trial multiplex in Portsmouth.

The service launched earlier this year and is now all speech covering everything to do with Portsmouth FC.

It features debate, analysis, fan chat, comedy, player and community news for the ‘Fratton Faithful’.

Tommy and Duncan are joined by fellow broadcaster and lifelong Pompey fan Mick Robertson.

Tommy and Mick first worked together 45 years ago as presenters of TV programme Magpie. Mick has followed Pompey since they were in the old division One. He was one-time president of the Pompey Junior Supporter’s Club when he was presenting Magpie on ITV with Tommy.

Mick says he is delighted to appear on Pompey Sound. He will deliver his own Pompey-obsessed commentary on the politics, problems and performances of our great club as the season unfolds.

Pompey Sound also features contributions from local sports journalists Steve Bone, Sam Stone and Jack Boyd. The station will also cover Portsmouth FC Women will also support and talk about events going on in the wider Pompey community.

Tommy Boyd said: “This is the most fun I’ve had with my clothes on in years. We have created a local 24/7 all-talk footy DAB station for the Fratton Faithful – it really shows the potential of new technology and allows for some really creative broadcasting which is much needed these days.”

Duncan Barkes added: “It’s been a great year so far for Pompey Sound and moving onto DAB was the next natural step. Ash Elford at Solent Wireless has been outstanding with his help and knowledge in getting us on-air and we are chuffed to join the Portsmouth trial multiplex and be alongside other great local services such as Angel Radio, Express FM, The Flash and Victory.”

Boom Radio is planning to launch of a spin-off station called Boom Light playing Easy, 50s and Standards.

The softer, lighter alternative to the main baby boomer station will be available principally on smart speakers, alongside other online platforms.

Boom Light plans to begin broadcasting in July as a music-intensive service.

David Lloyd, Programme and Marketing Director commented: “The Platinum Jubilee seemed the right time to announce our plans, given the new station will focus heavily on the early years of the Queen’s reign. The station will certainly please those Boom Radio listeners who revel in 1950s music and feel we don’t quite play enough!”

Chief Executive, Phil Riley added: “The listener response to the original Boom Radio has been enormously passionate since its launch in February 2021 – and is building quickly across the UK. This addition to the stable means that we can truly embrace all older listeners well – an audience the BBC is increasingly disregarding.”

From launch, RadioToday understands Boom Light will be broadcasting on DAB in Salisbury before adding to other multiplexes.

BBC broadcaster Bob Harris is back on commercial radio next year with a new series of shows on Boom Radio.

Whispering Bob will be charting the history behind genres and styles through music lineage and artist relationships.

“I’m really looking forward to this series,” Bob said.

“There are so many ways in which musicians, sounds and tracks are linked. Through the show, I am unearthing some really fascinating family, musical and geographical connections that have created some truly iconic tracks.”

Paul Robey, content director at Boom Radio, added: “Bob’s been on air since the 70s and, with his wealth of knowledge from his early radio days and his Old Grey Whistle Test appearances, is uniquely equipped to deliver unparalleled musical insight as he chats through the tracks he’ll play and how they link together.”

Bob is known for his long spells at GLR, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2 and previously worked in local radio for both the BBC and the commercial sector.

His popular programmes include The Old Grey Whistle Test and Bob Harris Country, the latter of which he will continue to host on BBC Radio 2.

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I have recently returned from a break in Rovinj in Northern Croatia. I took the opportunity, as I do when on holiday to listen to the local radio stations. The list contains only FM stations received. I relied upon what I heard and was guided by RDS information on my XHDATA D808 radio

88.o Radio Istra

88.5 Rovinj FM

89.2 No RDS no ID

89.6 Radio Centar

90.2 HRT HR1

90.7 Rovinj FM

90.9 No RDS unid

92.9 PRVI

93.6 R Centar

93.9 HRT PU

96.6 Virgin Radio?

96.9 R Istra

97.5 No RDS unid

97.9 No RDS unid

99.3 HRT HRI

99.4 No RDS undi

100.2 No RDS unid

101.3 HRT PU

101.7 No RDS unid

102.6 HRT HR2 Sports news

103.1 R Tanta (vocal id on air – may be Italian station?

103.6 HRT I

103.9 No RDS unid

104.2 R Birikini ? (vocal id possibly Italian station?)

104.7 HRT RT

105.5 R Radicale News station

105.7 R Slovenia

106.5 R Maria Culture – religious programme

107.0 No RDS modern pop music with risque song when listening

107.9 Otvoreni

The XH Data Radio is a great travelling companion, and much easier to transport than some of my larger radios.

Here are a few photos of that part of the world

The excellent SW Listening blog has a great review of how the radio performs. There are some good offers on eBay and Amazon at the moment to buy this radio. I find the bandwidth adjustment the radio has useful in listening to Radio Caroline on 648Khz.

My Duck radio in the bathroom seems to have a loose head, but still turns on and off. I wonder though if it is not properly functioning as one set of batteries have become drained after a week.

You may find some interesting chances to listen to Radio Caroline shows on demand if you do not have time to listen to them.

Or other podcasts of programmes and information about and from Caroline on this independent site

You can find out what is on Radio Caroline today and a week ahead here

Or you can do similar on this site which is privately run

I bought this Duck Radio from a charity shop in Wallingford about 8 years ago and regularly use it to listen to Radio Berkshire on each morning. It appears that these are quite rare now,

I have just read the David Hamilton Book about his days on Radio One, it has an excellent account about the DJs who broadcast there in the old days and is a great read.

This can be found on many sites and for a change I will give you a link to the book on Waterstone’s site

I can also recommend a book that can be obtained from Paul Rusling’s site and is quite easy to obtain from many online book sellers

I am only a short way into this book was written some time ago and recently updated by Hans Knot. It is very interesting, as was the era in the 80s when offshore radio came back with a bounce, first with Radio Caroline on it’s new ship the Ross Revenge and also Laser 558 sailed in later in the year and gave music radio an huge boot up the backside, playing much more music!

Suggestions for Radio to listen to this week from the On the Radio site email I receive

On The Radio top news
Sam Thompson loses it jumping from a plane in aid of Hits Radio’s Cash for Kids Day
Steve Collins, 28 May 05:30 PMMade in Chelsea star and Hits Radio presenter Sam Thompson is seen tackling his fears, as he takes on the challenge of skydiving from an airplane….Read More
Roman Kemp hopes for another five years on Capital Breakfast before quitting showbiz
Steve Collins, 28 May 01:17 PMRoman Kemp says he wants to retire while he’s still young, but after five years hosting the Capital Breakfast Show, hopes he can do another five before quitting showbusiness….Read More
Award-winning DJ David Rodigan to choose Tracks Of My Years on Radio 2’s Ken Bruce Show
Steve Collins, 28 May 10:13 AMDavid Rodigan, the award-winning DJ and champion for reggae music globally, is to select some of his favourite tracks when he’s the guest on Tracks Of My Years in the Ken Bruce show on BBC Radio 2….Read More
Father-of-four from Kent wins life-changing sum thanks to Heart’s Make Me A Millionaire
Steve Collins, 27 May 01:56 PMHeart listener Paul Clymer was made Britain’s newest millionaire live on Heart Breakfast with Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden earlier this morning….Read More
If you listen to Jordan and Perri on KISS, you can now do it ad-free!
Steve Collins, 27 May 10:59 AMIf you’re a listener to Jordan and Perri on KISS Breakfast and get fed up with commercials interrupting the music, you can now listen to the station ad-free….Read More
BBC Radio 6 Music is returning to the All Points East Festival this year
Steve Collins, 25 May 02:41 PMThe 6 Music Stage is returning to the All Points East Festival, which takes place in Victoria Park, London from Friday 19 – Sunday 28 August….Read More
Actor Martin Freeman to host special edition of The Folk Show on BBC Radio 2
Steve Collins, 25 May 10:46 AMIn a special edition of Mark Radcliffe’s Folk Show on BBC Radio 2 tonight, actor Martin Freeman is sitting in to share his favourite folk and acoustic tracks….Read More

News from the Radio Today Site

Ken Bruce will host another all-day Popmaster quiz this week as part of Radio 2’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

On Thursday from 7.30am – when Gary Davies presents The Radio 2 Breakfast Show – PopMaster will be played every single hour on the half hour till 5.30pm.

The four top-scoring winners from eight initial heats will then play in two semi-finals for a place in the ‘All Day Platinum PopMaster Grand Final’ at 5.30pm… and a shot at winning the coveted glass trophy.

The first-ever All Day PopMaster took place in 2020 and was repeated last year.

On air this morning, Ken said: “It’s all part of Radio 2’s Platinum celebrations. Don’t worry we’re not having 70 rounds of PopMaster – instead, it’s eight heats, eight members of the public will take on eight platinum selling popstars.

“From 7.30am, we’ll be playing PopMaster every single hour on the half-hour. I will be interrupting every other presenter’s show during that time whether they like it or not – I’m guessing not!”

The eight platinum-selling popstars taking part are Gabrielle, Ella Henderson, Paul Young, Curtis Stigers, Heather Small, Holly Johnson, Will Young and Claire Richards.

A new programme called Black and the Union Jack will simulcast on BBC Radio 5 Live & BBC Radio 1Xtra exploring black identity in the UK.

The first edition airs this Sunday at 9pm presented by 1Xtra’s Richie Brave.

The series will look at the growing mixed heritage community in the UK.

Speaking on 5 Live Breakfast to launch the series, Richie explained why the series is important: “It’s a long-overdue conversation from a different perspective, which isn’t afraid to tackle issues head on.”

Sunday evening’s first installment will act as an intro to the project and an opening discussion around black identity in the UK.

Richie adds: “Identity is so complicated and I think we have a tendency to flatten the experiences of people, so we think that when someone identifies as black, or maybe someone identifies as Asian, then they have a flattened experience, and actually what this (series) does is add colour.”

Black and the Union Jack will feature names like George the Poet and will provide expert cultural analysis.

The series is a first, bringing 5 Live and 1Xtra audiences together. Speaking about what that means to him, Richie says: “It’s so important to me to make conversations accessible, so this is a window in for people who maybe don’t understand, or maybe have some questions about the black experience and want to learn more. It’s also a reflective mirror for those who are already in the community, or are part of the community.”

Every month, a new broadcast will air with different hosts and editorial themes.

Posted on Saturday, May 28th, 2022 at 9:05 am by RadioToday UK

Bauer is set to launch premium subscription services for Absolute Radio and KISS.

For a monthly fee, the service allows listeners to access the stations 24/7 ad-break free and skip songs in the app and via Alexa devices.

Subscribers also have access to exclusive webcast stations. For Absolute Radio, this means that on top of the 10 stations already available across the network, including Absolute Radio Country and Absolute Classic Rock, listeners will also gain access to brand new stations including Classic Country and Andy Bush’s Indie Disco.

Meanwhile KISS listeners can enjoy exclusive access to the likes of KISSTORY 90s, KISSTORY Slow Jams, and Super Summer Anthems alongside the 6 KISS Network stations available, including KISS, KISSTORY and KISS Fresh.

The KISS premium service is available from today, with Absolute Radio available from the end of June.

Speaking about the launch, Graham Bryce, Chief Operating Officer of Bauer Media Audio UK said “At Bauer, we pride ourselves on truly understanding our audiences and constantly innovating to ensure we deliver high quality content – whenever and however our listeners want it.

“Our new premium offer allows new levels of control for our KISS and Absolute Radio users, so they can enjoy the live radio experience and premium content in a way no other company in the UK is offering right now.”

Posted on Friday, May 27th, 2022 at 9:28 am by RadioToday UK

BBC Radio 6 Music is heading back to the All Points East Festival this August in London.

Mary Anne Hobbs and Jamz Supernova shared the news that the 6 Music Stage will return to the event in Victoria Park, London from Friday 19 – Sunday 28 August, 2022.

The stage will once again be curated by the station’s presenters. Gilles Peterson will choose the line-up on Friday 19 August, Mary Anne Hobbs on Saturday 20, Tom Ravenscroft on Thursday 25, AFRODEUTSCHE on Friday 26 August, Jamz Supernova on Saturday 27 and Don Letts on Sunday 28 August.

All presenters will also perform DJ sets themselves on the 6 Music Stage, on the dates they are curating the line-up.

Acts performing on the 6 Music Stage across the two festival weekends include Benji B, Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy, LUXE, Nabihah Iqbal, Nia Archives, Norman Jay, Planningtorock, SHERELLE, Shy One, Tash LC and more.

As All Points East’s broadcast partner, the network will also play performance highlights from the 6 Music Stage on air.

Gilles Peterson’s show will come live from All Points East presents Field Day on Saturday 20 August (3pm-6pm), featuring a set from Gilles himself. Then on Friday 26 August, AFRODEUTSCHE and Tom Ravenscroft will present a special show from the festival (7pm-10pm), featuring sets from their curated line-ups.

On Saturday 27 August, Jamz Supernova On 6 (1pm-3pm) will be live from Victoria Park. In addition, Mary Anne Hobbs, Tom Ravenscroft and Don Letts will revisit some of the best moments from the line-ups they curated in their usual 6 Music shows between Monday 22 August and Sunday 4 September.

Camilla Pia, Assistant Commissioner, 6 Music says: “The 6 Music Stage at All Points East was a triumph last year, so I’m delighted that we’ll be back in 2022 with even more of our DJs getting involved this time. AFRODEUTSCHE, Don Letts, Gilles Peterson, Jamz Supernova, Mary Anne Hobbs and Tom Ravenscroft will be curating our stage across all six days of the festival, selecting some of the most exciting DJs in the world to play in front of APE audiences.

“Each curator will bring a different flavour and feel to the stage and each line-up will be unmissable, I can’t wait to see how it goes down!”

Posted on Thursday, May 26th, 2022 at 11:59 am by RadioToday UK

Virgin Radio Pride UK is returning for its second year on June 1st to broadcast LGBTQ+ conversations and content throughout the summer.

To make way for the service on DAB+, Virgin Radio Groove UK, which increased its weekly reach by 186% in the most recent RAJAR results, will close till at least September.

Stephen Sullivan will host the new Stephen Sullivan Drag Breakfast show from 6am-10am on Saturday and Sundays, followed by Olivia Jones who joins the station to present the 10am-2pm show.

Olivia joins the regular Virgin Radio Pride UK team which includes LGBTQ+ broadcasters Phil Clifton, Debbie Ryan, Stephen Sullivan, Alex Milsom, Shivani Dave, Matt Cain, Steve Denyer, Crossy, Matt Horton, Emma Goswell and Ru Paul’s Drag Race super star, Tia Kofi.

The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky will be broadcast on Virgin Radio Pride UK at its usual time Monday to Friday at 6.30-10am.

Christian Hewgill joins the team in July, from BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat programme, to produce and present a range of LGBTQ+ sports documentaries including the road to The World Cup in Qatar for gay fans and the growth of LGBTQ+ fan groups across the football world.

Other content on the station will include the My Pride Playlist special, where a special guest each week will speak with Steve Denyer and pick their favourite Pride songs of all time, starting with British singer, songwriter and electronic music DJ, Skin.

There will also be a range of bespoke documentaries with programming this year exploring Pride in Politics, the story of Terry Higgins, LGBTQ+ life in the army, 50 years of Pride and much more.

The station will continue to work with a range of partners across its programming. Last year Virgin Radio Pride UK worked closely with The Food Chain, the charity which exists to ensure people living with HIV in London can access the nutrition they need to lead healthy, independent lives, mental health charity Shout, the UK Aids Memorial Quilt Partnership, All About Trans and The Log Books podcast.

Virgin Radio Pride UK will take over the bandwidth of Virgin Radio Groove UK, which retires to make way for it, and will broadcast alongside the Virgin Radio UK, Virgin Radio Anthems UK and Virgin Radio Chilled UK channels.

Mike Cass, Virgin Radio UK Content Director, said: “This year on Virgin Radio Pride UK we will be having more big conversations, playing more great music and celebrating the wonderful diversity across the UK. Driven by a star team of LGBTQ+ presenters, we will continue to strive to make difference to and for the LGBTQ+ community, through innovative and meaningful storytelling, backed up by the best pop-dance and pop-R&B music.”

Virgin Radio Pride UK presenter, Tia Kofi, said: “I’m so excited to be returning to Virgin Radio Pride UK this year to play non-stop Pride hits on Fridays and celebrate our wonderful community. It’s going to be lots of fun!”

Virgin Radio Pride UK presenter, Phil Clifton, said: “Virgin Radio Pride UK will soundtrack your summer with the best music, LGBTQ+ conversation and queer storytelling; helping to amplify the Pride celebrations across three months when everyone can get involved.”

2022 Virgin Radio Pride UK Schedule till August 31st


0630-1000 The Chris Evans Breakfast Show

1000-1400 Debbie Ryan (Olivia Jones covers 1st June – 17th June)

1400-1800 Alex Milsom

1800-1900 Specials

1900-2300 Monday to Thursday – Shivani Dave – Friday Tia Kofi

2300-0630 Non Stop Pride Hits


0600-1000 Stephen Sullivan Drag Breakfast

1000-1400 Olivia Jones

1400-1800 Phil Clifton

1800-2200 Crossy

2200- 0000 Matt Horton


0600-1000 Stephen Sullivan Drag Breakfast

1000-1400 Olivia Jones

1400-1800 Phil Clifton

1800-2200 Emma GoswellPosted on Thursday, May 26th, 2022 at 11:47 am by RadioToday UK

Books You Should Read: Making A Transistor Radio — Hackaday

When a Hackaday article proclaims that its subject is a book you should read, you might imagine that we would be talking of a seminal text known only by its authors’ names. Horowitz and Hill, perhaps, or maybe Kernigan and Ritchie. The kind of book from which you learn your craft, and to which you continuously return […]

Books You Should Read: Making A Transistor Radio — Hackaday

Owning A ShortWave Radio Is Once Again A Subversive Activity — Hackaday

An abiding memory for a teen fascinated by electronics and radio in the 1970s and 1980s is the proliferation of propaganda stations that covered the shortwave spectrum. Some of them were slightly surreal such as Albania’s Radio Tirana which would proudly inform 1980s Western Europe that every village in the country now possessed a telephone, […]

Owning A ShortWave Radio Is Once Again A Subversive Activity — Hackaday

Radio Newsbeat


It is such a pity that ex pop stars and celebrities get the chance to present Radio Shows. I wonder how new talent can be fostered in these day of Internet Radio stations? It seems though from the last article I have selected from the Radio Today site, that Radio 1 have devised a digital way for new presenters to upload their audition programmes to the BBC, and possibly other radio stations and organisations as well.

News selected from the Radio Today Site

Arqiva inspects 48 transmitter sites following Bilsdale fire incident

Investigations are ongoing following the fire at the radio and television transmitter at Bilsdale in August 2021.

Arqiva has carried out inspections of 48 key transmitter sites around the UK to check for any issues as a result of the incident.

The transmitter network owner also carried out specific tests of radio frequency feeders for TV and radio with no underlying issues found.

As part of a programme of ongoing vigilance, Arqiva plans to carry out further inspections of its masts including inspection and functional testing of third-party equipment to ensure everything performs as designed.

Arqiva says it will continue to check and monitor its sites rigorously and regularly, using expert insights and the latest technology, in order to mitigate risks.

The various investigations have taken many months to complete due to a combination of factors including difficult weather conditions at the remote moorland mast site on the North York Moors, strict site safety rules. the fact that time-consuming processes were required to investigate the demolished steel mast structure, which was 314 metres tall and weighed 500 tonnes; and the need to gather various materials and components on site before they could be reviewed and laboratory tested.

Arqiva has been informed that its insurers have now concluded their investigations and whilst the precise findings have not been shared, Arqiva understands that the root cause of the fire has been attributed to water ingress to an electrical component connected to third-party equipment.

The alarm was raised in the early afternoon on 10th August 2021 by Arqiva engineers who were on site at Bilsdale at the time and who saw smoke coming from points on the mast.

The fire service was called, and the site was evacuated with a 300m exclusion zone put in place. It took several days for the fire to be extinguished. Arson was ruled out by the fire service.

Adrian Twyning, Arqiva’s Chief of Operations, said: “Once more, I would like to apologise to all those who lost their TV and radio services as a result of the fire last August.

“We continue to work closely with our insurers, customers and third-party companies to ensure the continued safety, security and operational resilience of all our mast sites.

“We are also focused on the huge construction project underway to build a new, permanent mast at Bilsdale, which will serve the people of North Yorkshire, Tees Valley and County Durham for many years to come.”

Posted on Monday, May 23rd, 2022 at 11:11 am by RadioToday UK

BBC Radio 3 has a new international line-up of New Generation Artists as it announces the names of the performers joining from four continents.

Accordionist, Ryan Corbett from Scotland, and a countertenor, Hugh Cutting from England are part of the team joining till 2024.

The other New Generation Artists 2022-2024 are Colombian cellist Santiago Cañón-Valencia, the Berlin-based Leonkoro Quartet, New Zealand-born violinist Geneva Lewis, Scottish jazz pianist Fergus McCreadie, and South African soprano Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha.

These performers join the New Generation Artists who have been on the scheme since 2021, and remain on it until December 2023: British-Israeli pianist Tom Borrow, British mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston, Spanish violinist María Dueñas, German-Romanian baritone Konstantin Krimmel, Indian-American collaborative pianist Kunal Lahiry, the London-based Mithras Trio, and British bass William Thomas.

Alan Davey, Controller BBC Radio 3 and classical music says: “It is a privilege for Radio 3 to be providing performance and broadcast opportunities to young artists as they embark on their international careers.

“This year, we are particularly proud that the New Generation Artists joining the scheme showcase a variety of instruments and voices and come from many corners of the world. This means that our audiences can experience and discover a variety of music by encountering these inspiring young performers.

“We hope listeners will enjoy witnessing these young artists as they push boundaries, evolve, and leave their own personal mark on the art of music.”

The New Generation Artists scheme highlights Radio 3’s ongoing commitment to developing and nurturing young talent. Launched in 1999, it supports young musicians at the beginning of their international careers with performance opportunities in London and around the UK. These include solo recitals, performances with the BBC orchestras, and appearances at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues and festivals, including the BBC Proms, Cheltenham Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Ulster Hall, and Snape Maltings among many others. Through broadcasts on Radio 3 these rising stars are heard by listeners all over the UK, and across Europe through the European Broadcasting Union.

Upcoming BBC Radio 3 broadcasts celebrating the New Generation Artists past and present include: a series of four Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts recorded at the Hay Festival (broadcast from Tuesday 31 May to Friday 3 June), featuring Aleksey Semenenko (violin), the Mithras Piano Trio and soprano Ruby Hughes; performances recorded at the Aldeburgh Festival by Timothy Ridout (viola), Alexander Gadjiev (piano), Ema Nikolovska (mezzo-soprano), Kunal Lahiry (piano) and the Quatuor Arod (highlights broadcast in Radio 3 in Concert on 23 June); a series of live Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts from the Cheltenham Festival, introduced by Ian Skelly and featuring mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston, pianists Kunal Lahiry, Tom Borrow and Alexander Gadjiev, violinist Johan Dalene and the Quatuor Arod (Tuesday 12 to Friday 15 July).

talkSPORT has agreed a new partnership with Cricket Ireland to broadcast Ireland’s 2022 home fixtures against India, New Zealand and South Africa across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

talkSPORT recently expanded its international cricket coverage to broadcast India’s international fixtures, including series involving New Zealand, West Indies & South Africa.

The new partnership with Cricket Ireland will include live coverage of Ireland’s T20s and ODIs starting with the first T20 between Ireland and India on June 26.

Along with talkSPORT’s online coverage in the Republic of Ireland, talkSPORT is also linking up with its sister stations, FM104 and Q102 in Dublin, 96FM and C103 in Cork, Live 95 in Limerick, LMFM in Drogheda and U105 in Belfast, so listeners can hear extended coverage, with live guests, highlights and player reaction.

Commentators lined up for the fixtures include former Ireland bowler Tim Murtagh and two-times Ashes winner Steve Harmison, broadcasters Neil Manthorp, Jarrod Kimber, Andrew McKenna and talkSPORT’s Cricket Editor Jon Norman.

The rest of the team will be confirmed soon and will be supported by scorer Garry Morgan.

Head of talkSPORT, Lee Clayton said: “We’re delighted to be extending our award-winning international cricket coverage yet again in our new partnership with Cricket Ireland. talkSPORT’s all-star team will bring all the preview, analysis and live action for Irish cricket fans across our multi-platform cricket broadcast offering.”

Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, said: “It’s fantastic to see a broadcaster like talkSPORT recognising the value in covering Irish cricket as part of its sports content – not only does it boost the profile of Irish cricket, but is a win for the fans who have increasing ways of following the matches.

“This is the biggest summer of international cricket ever in Ireland, so we are excited to extend our broadcast reach via the talkSPORT network.

“Having recently signed a new five-year broadcast rights deal with Pitch International, this announcement demonstrates the growth in interest in the Irish game and we look forward to working with the talkSPORT team on delivering a quality service for the listeners.”

talkSPORT’s Cricket Editor, Jon Norman said: “I’d like to thank Cricket Ireland and Pitch International for their assistance in getting this project over the line. talkSPORT has invested heavily in promoting cricket on its network for a number of years and fresh from our extended coverage of the Women’s World Cup and the launch of our new County Cricket Show, I can’t wait for us to give the talkSPORT treatment to Irish cricket.”

Posted on Monday, May 23rd, 2022 at 5:23 am by RadioToday UK

New data for the start of 2022 shows record numbers of people using BBC Sounds, as well as a record 405m million plays of radio, music and podcasts.

The average weekly BBC Sounds audience was also a record with 4.06 million across the app, website and voice activated devices, with a record peak of 4.13 million.

In this quarter, 55 percent of overall plays on BBC Sounds were for live content and 66 percent of all listening hours on BBC Sounds were live.

Jonathan Wall, Director of BBC Sounds, says: “We’ve seen continued growth at the outset of this year. Record numbers of people are using BBC Sounds each week for brilliant live and on-demand radio, music and podcasts, and BBC titles that shine a light on the biggest news stories and events in the UK and around the world have been particularly popular this quarter.”

The Archers continues to top the charts for on-demand radio programmes for all adults on BBC Sounds followed by Desert Island Discs and The News Quiz. Radio 1 Anthems is the most popular for under 35 listeners and has the highest proportion of under 35 listeners.

This quarter saw 4.1 million plays for music on BBC Sounds. The Mindful Mix continues to be really popular, giving people stress-busting classical music, and appears at the top of the list.

My Sounds music mixes, launched in January to mark the BBC’s Centenary with some of the BBC’s most loved names including Louis Theroux, Stacey Dooley, Ade Adepitan and Ruth Madeley sharing their top tunes, appear second in the top on-demand music this quarter.

Several podcasts that launched this quarter appear amongst the most listened to on BBC Sounds. The Coming Storm, in which Gabriel Gatehouse takes a journey into QAnon and the dark undergrowth of modern America, was the most popular on BBC Sounds.

In another busy news period Newscast was the second most listened to podcast, and Ukrainecast, which launched with Victoria Derbyshire and Gabriel Gatehouse when Russia invaded Ukraine, was the third most listened to podcast on BBC Sounds this quarter.

Other new podcasts that appear in the top ten include: Putin, the series in which Jonny Dymond tells the extraordinary and revealing story of Vladimir Putin’s life, Death by Consipracy, an investigation by Marianna Spring into how one man was drawn into online conspiracy theories, and Fairy Meadow in which Jon Kay investigates the case of Cheryl Grimmer who disappeared from an Australian beach in 1970.

Pressed, in which influencers Mariam and Adeola keep it real on everything that has them pressed, was the podcast with the highest proportion of younger listeners. The Footballer’s Football Podcast, with Callum Wilson and Michail Antonio and which launched last quarter, also had one of the highest proportions of under 35 listeners.

A total of 288 million global podcast downloads across the world during this quarter, Global News Podcast (BBC World Service), The Documentary (BBC World Service) and Woman’s Hour (Radio 4) were the most popular.

BBC Radio 1 has today launched the Presenter Uploader to support the next generation of presenting talent.

The tool, which will allow hopeful young presenters to easily upload their demo tapes to its server, has also been offered to the entire radio industry to use.

The Presenter Uploader has been created by the coding team behind BBC Music Introducing and was originally built for Radio 1’s Christmas Presenter Takeover search.

It will be accessed via the Radio Academy’s website and will allow young people to select the radio station they’re interested in and help them submit their demo tape directly to that organisation.

Radio 1 has already begun conversations with radio partners in the commercial sector and more details will follow before the initiative is officially introduced to the public later this year.

Aled Haydn-Jones (Head of BBC Radio 1), says: “I’m so proud of this initiative and believe it will be a game-changer for young people with big dreams of becoming the next Greg James or Clara Amfo.

“Over the past few years, Radio 1 has provided a platform for some of the UK’s most exciting, undiscovered radio presenters through our Christmas Presenter Takeover Search, many of which now have permanent shows on our network.

“I can’t wait to launch this on an industry-wide scale and hope it will be the catalyst to kick-start the careers of the next generation of radio superstars!”

The new tool was announced at Radiodays Europe during a session with Aled, and we caught up with him afterwards to have a chat about it.

Posted on Tuesday, May 17th, 2022 at 10:47 am by RadioToday UK

Posted on Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 at 12:12 pm by RadioToday UK

Radio Programme Suggestions from On the Radio Site

On The Radio top news
Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts joins new radio station Heart 00s
Steve Collins, 20 May 03:37 PMAshley Roberts, who sold tens of millions of records worldwide in the noughties as a member of The Pussycat Dolls, is joining new station Heart 00s to host her first ever solo radio show….Read More
Gemma Styles joins Classic FM’s Revision Hour series
Steve Collins, 20 May 01:17 PMWriter, podcast host and mental health ambassador Gemma Styles is joining the line-up of Classic FM’s Revision Hour to present two programmes….Read More
Latest listening figures show record audience for BBC Radio 6 Music as it celebrates 20 years on air
Steve Collins, 19 May 10:03 AMThe latest radio listening figures from industry body Rajar show that BBC Radio 6 Music has achieved its highest ever audience with 2.8 million listeners tuning in each week….Read More
Scala Radio launches new show with Bobby Seagull to help listeners through exam season
Steve Collins, 18 May 01:52 PMIn the wake of exam season, Scala Radio is putting together a special programme hosted by maths teacher, TV presenter and University Challenge contestant Bobby Seagull, to help its listeners through this particularly stressful time….Read More
Chloe Tilley and Calum Macdonald take over Times Radio Weekend Breakfast
Steve Collins, 18 May 10:30 AMChloe Tilley and Calum Macdonald are the new presenters of Times Radio Breakfast from 6-10am, every Friday to Sunday….Read More
BBC Radio 1 to launch support for next generation of presenters
Steve Collins, 17 May 10:22 AMA new initiative is being launched by BBC Radio 1 to help upcoming DJs get their demo show reels in front of producers, editors and industry professionals….Read More
Why wasn’t Greg James on air at Radio 1 this morning?
Steve Collins, 16 May 10:14 AMBBC Radio 1’s Greg James was due back to present his Breakfast Show this morning but wasn’t able to make it….Read More

Music Is the Winner: An Interview with the Founder of Sunshine Music iRadio

An interesting post about Sunshine Radio which was formed to take over listeners who missed the station started off by Tony Prince


According to their website, Sunshine Music iRadio is “a new internet radio station that has a love of all types of music!” Dedicated to giving bands, singers, DJ’s and independent artists more exposure and airplay, they also aim to give listeners more of a say in how the station is run and the content it puts it out. Though they have yet to begin broadcasting, the wheels are in motion. 

Let’s start with some basics. I’ve seen the term “iRadio” around for a little while now, but I’ve never been exactly sure of what it means. Is the “i” for “internet”? “Interactive”? A bit of both? Would you mind explaining it to me?

Sure. For our station it means both. We want people to be able to recognize it’s an internet radio station and with internet radio stations growing by over 400% in the last couple years we felt it…

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A post in February that may interest you. World radio day: A love letter to radio — Sarah Collins Bookworm

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post dispelling some of the myths around journalism. Reading that post you’d be forgiven for thinking I hate my job, I don’t, people on the other hand…..the jury is out. Today is world radio day, a celebration of all things radio and it seems only right, I share […]

World radio day: A love letter to radio — Sarah Collins Bookworm

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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