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A new book is due out in October, called the “Radio Caroline Bible” and has been compiled and written by Paul Rusling. Paul as anoraks will know is a the business and technical wizard behind Laser and other stations around the world. Paul was also on the Mi Amigo in the 70s doing shows under the name of Paul Alexander.

The new Radio Caroline Bible

The Radio Caroline Bible is now available and tells the inside story of Radio Caroline, from the very beginning – right up to date. A story packed with disasters, boardings, adventure, excitement and copious amounts of skull-duggery. 

Over 500 pages long, there are many inside tales about the major events from all of Caroline’s four eras. This story is different – it’s told by many of the key people who made Radio Caroline happen. It contains unique content & many ‘never published before’ photos among the 340 illustrations. It’s chronologically correct, fully indexed and will surely become a real collector’s item.

It has a gorgeous full-colour cover showing the Ross Revenge in all her magnificence with the tall tower at the Falls Head anchorage, site of her final broadcasts at sea.

The Wireless Waffler has ordered a copy and will review it sometime in October!

Background notes

“This is a real look behind the microphone, exploring many of the operational secrets of the Caroline organisation,” says author Paul Rusling. He has worked in the radio industry (including a period with Radio Caroline) for many years. He has written a dozen books, half of them about radio including three about Caroline’s rival, Laser 558. 

“Caroline’s activities have always had to be cloaked in clouds of mystery. The original team, including aristocrats and a member of the Royal family, didn’t want others to know they were involved. Once UK legislation made it illegal, even tighter security methods had to be deployed as the Radio Caroline team played ‘cat and mouse’ with the authorities. 

Radio Caroline is the world’s most famous offshore radio station. It began in 1964, has used five different ships and once had over 20m listeners. The station was responsible for many innovations in music radio and was Britain’s first all day music station, the first album station and has helped launch the careers of many major music stars. Caroline’s last radio ship is now moored in an Essex river and broadcasts daily on medium wave, DAB and online.  

There are contributions from all the major players in the Radio Caroline story, not just Ronan O’Rahilly but all the key secretaries, PAs, and station managers in the 60s, 70s and 80s. It looks at those who funded the ships and explains why they did so.  

° Full details can be found on the Caroline Bible’s own web site.

In September BBC Berkshire visited Swiss Farm Camp Site situated in Henley on Thames and presented a show about the “Great British Holiday”. The presenter with the microphone and headphones, is Sarah Walker one of the many great people behind Radio Berkshire

News selected from the Radio Today site

There are four new regular programmes being added to the BBC Radio 3 schedule, whilst new presenters are also joining the station.

There are two new late-night shows, Night Tracks with Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Hannah Peel, and a new jazz programme.

Late Junction, to be hosted by incoming presenter Jennifer Lucy Allan along side Verity Sharp will be reduced to one show a week.

Plus, Unclassified, Radio 3’s new programme celebrating ambient and neo-classical music genres goes weekly presented by Elizabeth Alker, whilst Early Music Now, a new programme dedicated to exploring the world of contemporary Baroque performance will appear in the schedule.

BBC Radio 3 is to partner with MoMA for the first time for a landmark series ‘The Way I See It’ featuring contributions from names including Steve Martin, Roxane Gay, Margaret Cho and Zac Posen.

In Slow Radio, writer Horatio Clare travels to Greenland for the station’s most ambitious sound walk yet, and upcoming Slow Radio commissions to include the sound of rain on rooftops from around the world and a sonic journey down the River Thames from central London to the estuary.

The national station is also to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in a year-long focus, Beethoven Unleashed, in 2020 featuring 25 editions of Composer of the Week dedicated to the composer over the course of the year.

Other special programmes include M1 Symphony: The 70th anniversary of Britain’s first motorway to be documented in an upcoming commission, combining recorded sounds and voices and a specially-commissioned score by composer Alex Woolf, performed by the BBC Philharmonic.

Early Music Now will air on Monday afternoons from 4.30 – 5pm, beginning 16 September.

Night Tracks will air Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11pm – 00.30am, and on Thursday evenings from 11 – 11.30pm, beginning on 30 September.

Unclassified will air on Thursday evenings from 11.30 – 12.30pm, beginning 3 October.

The new jazz programme will air at midnight on Saturdays, beginning 2 November.

Music Planet will move to a brand new prime weekend slot on Saturday afternoons at 4pm, beginning on 5 October.

Jazz Record Requests will move from Saturdays to Sundays from 4 – 5pm, beginning on 6 October.

Alan Davey, Controller of BBC Radio 3 said: “At Radio 3 we want to connect audiences with remarkable and adventurous music and culture and to provide nourishment for inquiring minds; from classical at our core to new ambient and experimental music, jazz, sound art, electronica, Slow Radio and our breath of arts content.”

He continued: “We want Radio 3 to be a haven where listeners can come to take time out from today’s often-frenetic world and discover something new and follow it in depth – and with that in mind I’m so excited to be announcing our new-look autumn schedule, featuring three new regular programmes, focussing on musical adventure and reflecting cutting-edge and experimental music being made across the UK and internationally. I am also looking forward to bringing audiences some of our most ambitious seasons and programmes to date; from a year of Beethoven to a partnership with MoMA in New York, an Arctic Sound Walk and the specially-commissioned M1 Symphony.”

BBC Radio Manchester is to broadcast live from a high street shop in Wythenshawe for a week in September.

Called We Are Wythenshawe, the station will move into an empty unit in Wythenshawe town centre from September 9th until September 15th. It will broadcast live from 6am to 6pm every weekday with the mid-morning show coming live from the shop over the weekend.

Presenters including Chelsea Norris, Mike Sweeney and Phil Trow will all present their shows live from the town – meeting people from across Greater Manchester who want to share their Wythenshawe stories.

Throughout the week, Mike Sweeney will discuss the perception problem the town faces as well as the aspirations of young people.

A live newsroom will be based in the shop which will take people’s stories each day and turn them into radio content. There will be behind the scenes reports from Wythenshawe Hospital and Manchester Airport. And the station will follow a DIY makeover of Norbrook Youth Centre with a call to arms for people to help out.

In addition, BBC Introducing acts will perform live from the shop each day; artwork from local artists will be displayed; and local poets will be performing their work.

There will also be a pop-up café in the shop, run by Rachel Parkinson from Salutem coffee. She will be operating fully independently from Radio Manchester but will take up residency in the shop to welcome BBC Radio Manchester listeners.

Kate Squire, BBC Radio Manchester Editor, said: “We want people who live in Wythenshawe to tell us what life is really like for people in this part of the city. We’ve met some great people who deserve to share their stories on the radio, and we want to put down roots in the community not just for our We are Wythenshawe week, but connections that will go on and on as part of BBC Radio Manchester. We’re proud of Wythenshawe.”

We Are Wythenshawe is the idea of BBC reporter Andy Bell who lives in Wythenshawe. He said: “There seems to be a perception of Wythenshawe that simply doesn’t match up with what I’ve experienced while I’ve been living there! You get out and talk directly to people and you quickly find out there’s a truckload of great stuff going on and the people I’ve met are so passionate about where they’re from.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun being right in the thick of it and helping the community share their stories and experiences.”

Wireless Telegraphy

Many thanks to Norman Topsom, who found this gem in the Henley Standard Archives

TALES FROM OLD HENLEY..HENLEY STANDARD, FEB 6TH,1914…WIRELESS IN HENLEY..It will come as a surprise,no doubt,to many of our readers to know that there is an efficient wireless telegraphy installation in Henley. This is situated at Greyholme,the residence of Mr W.W.Walker,and has been erected by his son, Mr O.W Walker,who has for some time been keenly interested in Mr Marconi’s great invention. After careful reading he decided to put in a small installation,but this was onlysufficient to whet his appetite,he has now a very efficient installation which has a receiving range of about 1.000 miles,messages being picked up from Pola in Austria,and Soller,in the Mediterranean .A short time ago a representative of the HENLEY STANDARD visited Greyholme where Mr Walker explained the working of his apparatus. On taking the receiver our representative heard Greenwich meantime signals,which were being sent out from the Eiffel Tower in Paris,and messages from Madrid,Norrdeich ( Germany),ships on the ocean,and stations in the British Isles. By practise one can tell by the note of the signals whether a message is coming from the Eiffel Tower,From Madrid,Norrdeich,Clifden,or Warships at sea. The messages are sent out by morse code,but as warships have special code it was impossible to say whether the warship,whose messages came along that morning,was warning the Admiralty of an impending invasion or not. Mr Walker is not content with working at home,and,not long ago,whilst on a visit to the North East coast of Ireland,he fitted up a temporary station,and it was from his own instrument ,right up in a remote part of the Emerald Isle,that he gathered,from the air,the result of the Reading election. Mr Walker’s demonstration gave one a somewhat canny feeling,for it showed that,as we walk about,messages,some of great importance, are flying all around us,AND WE SHALL NOT BE SURPRISED IF,ERE LONG, PEOPLE ARE SEEN MOVING ABOUT WITH A SMALL BATTERY IN THEIR POCKETS,A BIT OF WIRE ON THEIR HATS,AND A RECEIVER,PICKING UP MESSAGES FROM ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD.

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The Atlantis Gold station that has been going out on the Cyber Gold frequency on DAB and on the Internet, is a very good listen. Some excellent 60s music on there. Not sure how much longer they will be operating for. https://www.radioatlantis.eu

Radio News Selected from the Radio Today Site

Listener sends letter to radio station after death

Written By Roy MartinJuly 5, 2019 – 3:40 pm 4,407

A listener to BBC Radio Solent’s Breakfast in Dorset programme recently arranged for a letter to be sent to the team after he died.

The listener, known as John from Weymouth, wrote a note to “all the team” thanking them for their show and hoping they continue for many years to come.

Steve Harris, presenter of Breakfast in Dorset – an opt-out from BBC Radio Solent on weekday mornings – posted a photo of the card on social media.

The letter said:

“To All the Team:When you read this card I will have departed from this earth.Just a message to thank all of you for all your programmes, full of local interest, news, travel, weather, interviews, brain teasers, music, plus more general world news and sport since you started in July 2013.I hope your coverage will continue for many years to come.

Thanks for everything, from John xxx.”

Steve Harris said: “Well, this has knocked our socks off at BBC Radio Solent. One of our most faithful listeners organised for a card to be sent to us after his death…”

BBC Radio Solent newsreader Charlotte Foot also tweeted: “I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t shed more than a few tears at this today. Every Christmas, every Easter – John would always remember. Even my wedding day. You’ve touched our lives John as much as it seems we touched yours. Thank you for being there.”

Steve Harris@SteveHarrisDJ

Well, this has knocked our socks off at @BBCRadioSolent. One of our most faithful listeners organised for a card to be sent to us after his death…

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Night Owls and Alan Robson move to Greatest Hits Radio

Written By Roy MartinJune 27, 2019 – 11:38 am 12,491

Metro Radio’s late night phone-in show Night Owls is moving to Greatest Hits Radio in August.

Metro tweeted the news on Thursday morning, along with a video testimonial from Alan Shearer who thanked Alan Robson for introducing him to Newcastle United.

The final show on Metro/TFM is taking place tonight at the earlier time of 7pm, after it was announced the show would be ending after almost 40 years on the air in the North East of England.

A number of community radio stations in the NE have announced they will also be broadcasting the last Night Owls show at the same time – for reasons unknown.

Metro Radio/TFM, Regional Content Director, Tom Haynes told RadioToday: “It’s Alan’s last show tonight on Metro tonight with a special highlights show running from 7pm-2am. As revealed to listeners on air this week, Alan will be looking to move his Night Owls show to Greatest Hits Radio North East for a Sunday super show. We look forward to welcoming Alan to our sister station later this summer.”

Metro Radio✔@metroradiouk

Nicky Morgan appointed new DCMS Secretary of State

Written By Roy MartinJuly 24, 2019 – 10:07 pm 2,324 2

Nicky Morgan, Chair of House of Commons Treasury Committee, has been appointed Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, replacing Jeremy Wright.

The Loughborough MP previously served as Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities (2014 – 16); Financial Secretary to the Treasury (2014); Minister for Women (2014); Economic Secretary to the Treasury (2013 – 14); an Assistant Government Whip (2012 – 13); and the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Rt Hon. David Willetts MP, Cabinet Minister for Universities and Science (2010 – 12).

Nicky was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Loughborough in the 2015 and 2017 General Elections and, in July 2017, she was elected by MPs on all sides of the House of Commons as Chair of the Treasury Select Committee.

On moving to the new role, the MP said: “An enormous privilege to take on this fabulous role – although I’m sad to move on from Commons Treasury which I have absolutely loved chairing. Thank you to my fellow Select Committee members & committee staff.”

UK Prime Minister@10DowningStreet

The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan @NickyMorgan01 has been appointed Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport @DCMS

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Revolution 96.2 to expand service area to Manchester

Written By Roy MartinJuly 24, 2019 – 7:25 pm 2,502 4

Oldham-based Revolution 96.2 is extending its official coverage area to serve all then Greater Manchester boroughs.

The station’s owner, Credible Media, has engaged with Ofcom to rubber-stamp the plans, which will involve a major marketing campaign across the city centre.

Currently, the station covers the metropolitan boroughs of Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside.

Managing Director Matt Ramsbottom told RadioToday: “Our FM signal is one of the strongest in the area. We broadcast from the region’s highest borough, and on top of a fifteen-storey building. Our FM coverage is crystal clear and reliable across the whole of Greater Manchester.”

Content Director Kevin Bailey said: “The big corporates are pursuing their vision of radio, developing national brands and consolidation of programming. Credible Media has a passion for local radio and is proud to be a local media company living, working and playing in Manchester.

“We’re eager to reflect the character and spirit of Manchester on commercial radio in the city.”

The station will continue to serve the audience in East Manchester, and says it has no plans for significant programming changes. Revolution will continue to broadcast output and news from its Oldham studios.

The company tells RadioToday it has engaged with radio professionals with the ambition to create a board of directors with significant skills and experience across the commercial radio sector.

Managing Director Matt Ramsbottom said “The team currently live and sleep Manchester and will want to continue to super-serve our local clients, and audience.

“We have been broadcasting on a DAB trial out of the city centre for nearly three years and we’re looking forward to making that permanent.”

Credible Media purchased Revolution 96.2 in 2015, and subsequently bought local newspaper the Oldham Evening Chronicle which they transformed into a digital breaking news service.

It’s understood that following discussions with Ofcom, the plans will be actioned later this year.

Julian Clegg to leave BBC Radio Solent Breakfast

Written By Roy MartinJuly 23, 2019 – 11:05 am 3,218 3

BBC Radio Solent’s breakfast presenter Julian Clegg is leaving the station on his 60th birthday after hosting the show for 22 years.

Julian announced his news this morning just after 8am, saying it was time for a lie-in.

“For those of you keeping a very tentative dairy, you’ll know on 5th December this year I have a very special birthday – I am going to be 60 – and that is going to be my last show, and last breakfast show, on BBC Radio Solent,” he said.

BBC Radio Solent managing editor Sarah Miller said: “I think it goes without saying that to present a breakfast show for so many years requires a very special, talented and resilient person.

“He’s a rare breed of presenter who can guide listeners from the tough, dark news to the funny and inspiring stories with a radio craft hard to achieve, but he makes it sound so easy.”

BBC Radio Solent has two breakfast shows – the other covers the county of Dorset from studios in Dorchester, and his hosted by Steve Harris.

Phil Williams returns with a week on talkRADIO

Written By Roy MartinJuly 22, 2019 – 1:02 pm 3,428 11

Former BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Phil Williams has been hired by talkRADIO to host Drive for a week.

He’ll be on-air Monday 22nd July to Thursday 25th July from 4pm till 7pm, covering for Eamonn Holmes.

His colleague, and talkRADIO breakfast presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer tweeted that he’ll also be live from College Green on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Phil left 5 Live in May after 18 years, where he presented the Late Show since 2013.

Before 5 Live, Phil worked at BBC Radio 1, GMR in Manchester and XFM

London.

Radio minister Margot James resigns from government

Written By Stuart ClarksonJuly 18, 2019 – 2:14 pm 2,897

The minister responsible for radio in the UK, Margot James, has resigned and voted against the government as part of efforts to stop parliament being suspended.

She had been the Minister for Digital and Creative Industries since January 2018, taking over the job from Matt Hancock when he became Culture Secretary.

Today’s vote in the House of Commons saw Margot James and 16 other Conservative MPs vote against their own party to ensure that parliament has a say on a No-Deal Brexit. The government was defeated by 41 votes in its efforts to allow the incoming Prime Minister to be able to suspend Parliament.

Ms James has been heavily involved in recent debates in the Commons about local radio and only this week put forward legislation that will enable the licensing of small-scale digital radio multiplexes.

Listen to Margot James talking to RadioTodayat the Radio Festival in May:

End of Story – School

Caroline in trouble with Ofcom?

A radio forum lead me to this note in an Ofcom publication. Looks like the Lady has been naughty and not provided the local output it agreed to. I can only receive the station on 648 rather weak at night and sometimes in the day. But lets hope they manage to hang on to this licence, otherwise it could be condemned back to the Internet only.

Broadcast Licence Conditions cases In Breach Providing a service in accordance with ‘Key Commitments’ Radio Caroline AM Broadcasting Ltd, March 2018 to March 2019 Introduction Radio Caroline is a community radio station licensed to provide a service for “Suffolk and northern parts of Essex”. The licence is held by Radio Caroline AM Broadcasting Ltd (“Radio Caroline” or “the Licensee”). Like other community radio stations, the Licensee is required to deliver ‘Key Commitments’, which form part of its licence. These set out how the station will serve its target community and deliver social gain (community benefits), and also include a description of the programme service. In March 2019, Ofcom received a Key Commitments change request form from Radio Caroline, requesting a reduction in the required hours of original output1 from 144 hours per week to 120 hours per week. In the request, the Licensee stated that it had been failing to deliver the previous minimum requirement of 144 hours of original output per week for at least 12 months before the request was submitted. Radio Caroline calculated its weekly original output on the service during this period as 126 hours. The request from the Licensee to reduce its original output requirement was agreed by Ofcom. However, we considered that the fact the Licensee had not been meeting its previous minimum weekly requirement for the 12-month period prior to the request being submitted raised potential issues under Conditions 2(1) and 2(4) in Part 2 of the Schedule to Radio Caroline’s licence. These state, respectively: “The Licensee shall provide the Licensed Service specified in the Annex for the licence period” (Section 106(2) of the Broadcasting Act 1990); and “The Licensee shall ensure that the Licensed Service accords with the proposals set out in the Annex so as to maintain the character of the Licensed Service throughout the licence period” (Section 106(1) of the Broadcasting Act 1990). Response Radio Caroline did not provide any representations on Ofcom’s Preliminary View. However, the Licensee indicated to Ofcom through earlier correspondence that its failure to meet the previous minimum requirement was due to a “misinterpretation” of the definition 1 Original output is defined by Ofcom as output that is first produced for and transmitted by the service, and excludes output that was transmitted elsewhere before. Original output can be live or voice-tracked. Repeat broadcasts of original output and continuous music with no speech content other than advertisements, station idents and/or outsourced news bulletins (i.e. news bulletins produced by a third party) does not meet Ofcom’s definition of original output. Issue 383 of Ofcom’s Broadcast and On Demand Bulletin 22 July 2019 100 of original output on its part. Radio Caroline said that it “hadn’t appreciated that automated output was excluded”. In its Key Commitment change request, Radio Caroline reiterated its commitment to maintaining its service and to complying with its Key Commitments in the future. Decision Reflecting our duties to ensure a diverse range of local radio services, community radio licences require the provision of the specified licensed service. This is the fundamental purpose for which a community radio licence is granted. While Ofcom acknowledged Radio Caroline’s explanation that it had misinterpreted the meaning of original output, the Licensee failed to deliver the minimum amount of original output required in its Key Commitments for a period of at least 12 months prior to the Key Commitments change request being submitted. Ofcom’s Decision is therefore that Radio Caroline is in breach of Licence Conditions 2(1) and 2(4). Breaches of Licence Conditions 2(1) and 2(4) in Part 2 of the Schedule to the community radio licence held by Radio Caroline AM Broadcasting Ltd (licence number CR101725BA)

Pictorial musings

If you plan to visit the Greek Island of Kefalonia, I advise you to try and visit this museum https://greece.terrabook.com/kefalonia/page/museum-radio-telecommunication-material/ I did this in July and enjoyed my visit very much indeed The museum is sited in a large green mansion beside the fire station. I took me a while to get in touch with the man who runs it, but persevere. If the number given on the website does not work, try ringing the reception of the Kefalonia Museum who found out when the man who collected the radios was opening it up. I went at 6pm one evening. I have included pictures of some of the radios and telecommunications equipment I saw above. Please push the arrows to move the pictures back and forth

Some great offshore actuality chosen by Martin Kane ex Caroline and Radio 355 amongst other stations
The radio station that was years ahead of its time, Swinging Radio England – enjoy
In the 80s an all American Station hits the airwaves and this recording is of its wacky DJ Charlie Wolf, he has matured and now does news commentary and talk shows. Unlike Swinging Radio England it has mass appeal, and changes the style of British Music Radio as well in th end

Loads of cassettes

In the past I had a lot of cassettes of Radio Caroline in the 70s and 80s but never this amount

(credit https://current.org/2019/06/fans-collection-of-8000-cassettes-preserves-unique-era-in-princeton-stations-history/?fbclid=IwAR3daFrzCFrS10_6pfb97AGV4sSilsktfCV_F4H3AzSz5Gc8esSZeb5FS-A

Fan’s collection of 8,000 cassettes preserves unique era in Princeton station’s history

By  Liz Shoemaker, Editorial intern | June 13, 2019
File boxes containing cassette recordings of WPRB broadcasts from 1998–2005.

As the educational advisor to WPRB-FM in Princeton, N.J., Mike Lupica was already digging into the freeform music station’s 75-year history. Then a gift came out of the blue: A woman wanted to donate her late husband’s collection of home recordings of WPRB broadcasts.

Arriving at her home, Lupica was confronted with 41 file boxes containing 8,000 cassettes.

“This was way out of the league of what I’m accustomed to dealing with,” he told Current.

But he was happy to receive it. “Imagine if someone offered you a photo album that was filled with pictures of you and your family from the last 20 years, and you had never seen any of the pictures before,” Lupica said. “Obviously, you’d be interested in that.”

The late WPRB listener, whom Lupica declined to name in deference to the widow’s request, made the recordings from 1998–2005, meticulously annotating them with dates, names of DJs and notes about special programs. For WPRB, which doesn’t archive its programming, the boxes of Maxell and Memorex tapes preserve a swath of station history that would otherwise have been lost.

WPRB is housed on Princeton University’s campus but is independent from the university. Its hosts are Princeton students and community volunteers. The title of one show, Music You Can’t Hear on the Radio,exemplifies the station’s dedication to airing obscure and unusual music.

Dan Ruccia, who worked at WPRB from 2002–05 and remains active on its alumni board, was shocked when he learned of the 8,000 cassettes Lupica had come across. He recalled that when he saw the boxes, he said “Oh my god, that probably contains every show I ever did.”

The tapes capture an era when WPRB’s hosts “were really pushing at the edges and trying to find the interesting, the obscure, the avant-garde,” Ruccia told Current. Today, previously hard-to-find albums have become more widely available on digital platforms. But that wasn’t the case in the late ’90s and early 2000s.

“The idea that there were records that were really interesting that you couldn’t find anywhere else than the station library was very much alive,” Ruccia said.

“We know that people want to be a part of an organization that has a great history.”

Mike Lupica

Lupica plans to digitize the cassettes to extract live performances, host breaks and interviews with artists. For now, they remain at the donor’s home until WPRB can accommodate them. They’re in good condition but could be lost to deterioration if the station waits too long to digitize them, Lupica said.

“We can’t just put them in a closet for 40 years and say, ‘We’ll get to them,’” he said. “We have to deal with them in the here and now.”

Digitizing the cassette tapes is fairly inexpensive. “Anybody with a laptop and a 10-dollar cable can do it,” Lupica said. But it will take time, and hiring an outside service would be astronomically expensive. WPRB plans to digitize as much as possible on its own.

Lupica wants to put excerpts from the tapes online to help document WPRB’s history, a project he has already launched with the creation of a history website. The station also collects photos, essays by former DJs and staffers, and recordings of interviews with guests.

Lupica said he was inspired to create the site after he saw an exhibit at a college radio symposium hosted by the University of Maryland that honored the school’s student station, WMUC. Created by Laura Schnitker, a UMD archivist who oversees the National Public Broadcasting Archives, the exhibit allowed people to engage with WMUC’s history through photo galleries, listening stations for airchecks, and stories written by DJs. Lupica wanted to do something similar for WPRB.

“WPRB has an incredible back story,” Lupica said, “and it was only being shared in private alumni Facebook groups.”

Presenting the station’s history can be a way to reach new listeners and build an emerging audience, he said. “For a station like us that relies upon listener contributions to stay afloat, we know that people want to be a part of an organization that has a great history,” he said. “… So let’s put our history to work.”

And it can help station staffers engage with station history, he said. “You breed more engaged programmers who speak on air with a knowledge and familiarity about the organization that they’re representing,” Lupica said.

To Ruccia, the cassettes are coming full circle with their eventual arrival at the station. “To think about a listener [recording] day in and day out,” he said. “It’s sort of incredible, and it’s great that it will be available to others now, too.”

Correction: An earlier version of this article said Jennifer Waits helped create the exhibit about the history of WMUC. Waits spoke at an event connected to the exhibit but did not help to create it.

Radio Newsbeat

Waffler:

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

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

News Selected from the Radio Today Site

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BBC Radio Gloucestershire announces guest takeover

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More programmes will be announced in due course.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

George Galloway sacked by talkRADIO over Israel tweet
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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.”