Portugal – Porches

We visited Porches which is on the Algarve, last month and enjoyed it very  much indeed.

For the first time since staying many times in this lovely country, I could pick up the only English Language Station Kiss FM which was broadcasting from nearby Albufeira

The station came in very well on my small Tividio Radio, and I listened for some time when washing in the morning and in the evening.  I did hear one DJ refer to his time on the “Pirates” in Ireland, but did not catch the man’s name

Porches has some very high class hotels that hog the coastline, there is a footpath in between hotels on the walk to the next town which leads to a small secluded beach.  The main town of Porches consists of a Intermarche Supermarket, some excellent holiday apartments that we stayed in, hotels, restaurants, hardware shop and a pottery.  

Some shots below of Porches and the beach that you can reach in about 10 minutes, accessed by the footpath you can see in the video.  There are quite a few steps down but they have quite a wide tread and easy to negotiate. This beach was very private and secluded when I visited it in September 2018

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The local town took us around 30 minutes to walk to and was beautiful, it’s called Armacoa de Pera. Long beach, shops, restaurants, bars etc  

The nearest large main town is Albufeira. We got a ride from our tour operator which took around 45 minutes. We went there out of season and there was so much to do so it must be very lovely in the summer months. That is where we caught a catamaran which took us on a tour of the caves around about. The catamaran cannot get into the smaller caves. Beware if you take a local small boat, they can go into the caves, but if the sea is not calm you need to be a good sailor.  

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A Nasty Case of the Android’s

A new version of the Caroline Android app was published to Google Play on Wednesday 29th August, but unfortunately installing and running it has proved problematic for some of our users. Something we are trying to address.

A significant number of users have reported a ‘dead on arrival’ situation where it won’t get past the splash screen. And we are still trying to work out what the root cause is given it appears to run as intended for others.

This has alway been the nightmare scenario with the Android platform, where there are literally thousands of different device models, by different manufacturers, running almost any level of the Android operating system from the very old (and ‘old’ in mobile device terms is as little as three years) to the latest – 9.0 “Pie”.

Somebody asked if we tested our app before distributing it on Google Play. And the answer is “Yes”, of course we do, but we can’t test on every Android device under every level of the Android operating system. And that is the fundamental weakness of the platform, known as fragmentation, making development for the Android platform much more challenging than rival platforms such as iOS where hardware and software are less varied.

Update: 6th September: We have been working on a re-build of this app and are testing across as many different Android devices as we can muster. Hopefully a replacement version will be published within days.


News selected from the Radio Today Site

Chris Evans is returning to Virgin Radio for Breakfast

vans is returning to the Virgin Radio brand after announcing he’s leaving BBC Radio 2 before the end of the year.

Speaking about his new appointment, Chris said: “In many ways Virgin Radio is my spiritual home. I see nothing but exciting and groundbreaking opportunities ahead. In a medium that is changing so quickly on a daily basis, the potential for growth is unprecedented. Our plan is: to give it all we’ve got, see where we can get to and have the most possible fun along the way. It makes me smile every time I think about it.”

Scott Taunton, CEO of Wireless, said: “We are beyond thrilled that Chris has chosen to come back to Virgin Radio. He is the biggest name in radio and is synonymous with the brand. He has the most exciting Breakfast Show in the industry and has an energy that captivates audiences.

“This is a transformational moment for Virgin Radio since it relaunched two years ago. It is the next stage of our radio revolution, giving us a world-class presenter and a nationally recognised breakfast show that will drive audience growth for the station, across DAB, our app and all forms of connected listening.”

He previously hosted the breakfast show on Virgin Radio from 1997-2001.

Virgin currently has 413,000 listeners compared with BBC Radio 2’s 15 million – and the Wireless-owned station is only available on digital radio.

Chris announced on-air this morning that he is leaving BBC Radio 2 after 13 years, and eight years on breakfast.

He replaced Terry Wogan in January 2010 and his last show at the Beeb will be December 21st 2018.

Ofcom is now taking expressions of interest from people wanting to operate small-scale DAB multiplexes and radio stations wanting to broadcast on them in the future.

Groups and individuals have until 21st September to complete a form and send it back to the regulator, setting out the area they would like to cover. The expressions of interest aren’t binding, and also don’t mean that an area asked for will be licensed for a small-scale multiplex.

DCMS has been consulting on a new approach to licensing digital radio multiplexes to cover small areas, following trials in a number of areas of the UK. Ofcom says it is doing preparatory work by asking for expressions of interest, so that it can plan frequencies and be a position to “proceed promptly if and when the Government introduces the necessary secondary legislation.”

Ofcom says: “The expressions of interest are indicative only; they are non-binding and will not confer any rights to parties that respond. Submitting an expression of interest provides absolutely no guarantee that a proposed location, or the person submitting the proposal, will subsequently be offered a licence. It will help Ofcom to best match the available spectrum resources to the expressed pattern of demand, but the eventual licensing of the multiplexes will be an open competitive process in which the previous submission of an expression of interest will confer no advantage.”

The closing date for the submission of expressions of interest is 5pm on 21 September 2018. You can find out more on the Ofcom website.
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It was twenty years ago that Century 105 began broadcasting across Liverpool, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and beyond.

Derek Webster remembers:

It was a huge radio station with very big ambitions.

For me it felt like I was joining a band of pirates landing in what was a bland radio landscape, bringing a refreshing change to the airwaves and stirring things up a bit. It felt like I was in ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ at the start of another big adventure.

In fact the waters had already started making waves when John Myers, MD and breakfast presenter, put himself on air during test transmissions.

He asked new listeners stumbling across the new regional station’s powerful FM signal to ring in, encouraging them to give shout outs to radio stations they used to listen to.

One after another John would ask callers about rival stations they had heard, mischievously suggesting some of them had since closed down. Of course, none of this went down well with our competitors and before long the Radio Authority stepped in with a reprimand; to get a complaint like that was just the kind of reaction Century 105 was designed for.

But this was a taste of what was yet to come when controversial phone in hosts Scotty McClue and former Liverpool politician Derek Hatton kept the conversation buzzing and the government broadcasting regulator busy. John often said that if he didn’t get the odd complaint about his presenters he assumed they weren’t doing their job properly.

Meanwhile, as work on the Salford offices and studios was been completed, we took to the road handing out leaflets and car stickers. I remember standing with our team at 8am at the Wirral end of the Mersey Tunnel leaving queuing motorists in no doubt as to where they could find Century 105.4 on the radio dial.

And I will never forget the excitement when 105.4 FM from the mighty tower at Winter Hill was turned on for the very first time. The first song to break out from the static on was ‘The Power Of Love’ by Huey Lewis & The News’ – The Producers of a BBC TV documentary about the station had to dub in a different song due to copyright issues, which was a shame because a song about the power of love seemed appropriate.

As the big day arrived and Century began its first scheduled programming I heard someone compliment John on staging such a brilliant radio station launch. He replied: “That was the easy part, now we have to make it work”.

John Myers needn’t have worried because the station went on to become a big hit and it wasn’t long before the big corporate media companies formed a queue to buy the successful business from its owners, Border TV Holdings. Today the station is part of the Heart brand from Global.

The launch of Century 105 across North West England was an exciting time and a revolutionary idea for a commercial radio station with its emphasis on speech, not just music. It gave me the taste of how it must have felt to be part of that pirate radio revolution in the 1960s which broke the mould of British radio broadcasting.

But it never would have happened without John Myers, a radio executive who couldn’t keep out of the studio. He would be there in the morning presenting the breakfast show before spending the day successfully coping with the daily stress and strains of management. Then at half past five in the evening, when most people were heading home, you would find him in the studio recording a new promo.

To the legend that is John Myers, and I am sure I speak for many others when I raise a glass on the anniversary of Century 105, thank you for letting me be part of your team in what was an unforgettable radio adventure twenty years ago this week.

Derek Webster


Bauer has requested a format change for its West Midlands regional FM licence, currently broadcasting national programmes from Absolute Radio.

Instead of “A rock-orientated station combining new music with classic album tracks aimed at 25-44 year-olds,” Bauer wants the new Character of Service to be “A classic pop hits service with local news and information aimed primarily at the over-30s in the West Midlands.”

This new service would become part of Bauer’s Greatest Hits network, also known as Bauer City 2 Network, but no on-air name has been disclosed at this stage. Bauer operates Free Radio in the region already, so Free 2 could be one option.

In addition, Bauer has asked Ofcom to change its Birmingham AM licence, and its Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury & Telford AM licence from “A classic pop hits station, with local information and occasional local sports coverage, targeted primarily at 35-54 year-olds, to “A classic rock music station.”

Again, no name has been announced should the request be approved, but one station matching the description is Absolute Classic Rock.

This West Midlands FM licence was launched in 2004 as rock service Kerrang! Radio. In 2013 Kerrang was replaced on 105.2 FM by a simulcast of the national rock station Planet Rock, taking advantage of a clause in the 2010 Digital Economy Act which allows regional FM licences to broadcast a national service on a local frequency, without any local content or production, provided that the service is also being broadcast nationally on DAB.

In 2015 Bauer decided to replace Planet Rock with the ‘rock-orientated’ Absolute Radio on 105.2 FM. It remained a national service with no requirement for local content or production.

The Birmingham AM licence was launched in 1974, as BRMB (which was also broadcast on the FM band). In 1989 BRMB ‘split’ its frequencies, and the AM frequency became Xtra AM, a ‘classic hits’ service, with BRMB (now Free Radio) majoring on more contemporary hits on FM. Xtra AM was rebranded in 1998 as Capital Gold and, since 2012, the licence has focused on playing music from the 1980s as ‘Free Radio 80s’.

The Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury & Telford AM licence launched in 1976 as Beacon Radio, later becoming WABC, Classic Gold, then Free Radio 80s.

Speaking about the licence changes, Group Managing Director of the Hits Radio Network Graham Bryce told RadioToday: “These licence requests follows the successful introduction of a classic hits format by Radio City 2 on FM in Liverpool as part of the Greatest Hits Network. We see an opportunity to further build this format on FM in the West Midlands, and for our colleagues at Absolute Radio for a classic rock format.”

The consultation for the changes is now open with a closing date of 5pm on 5 October 2018.


Mark Goodier is returning to Absolute Radio to host a series of classic album playbacks in September.

The man who’s got the best music will present five albums over the five Saturdays in September, starting 8th September, as part of the station’s 10th birthday celebrations.

Meanwhile, Danielle Perry will be celebrating live music, replaying exclusive Absolute Radio gigs from Coldplay, Liam Gallagher, Stereophonics and more. Performances from the last ten years will be played on Live Music Thursday, every Thursday at 9pm throughout September.

In addition, the station is running a poll to select the ‘Song of Our Decade’, for the greatest track since Absolute Radio launched in 2008. With the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Coldplay and Florence + the Machine all shortlisted, listeners can vote for their favourite online at absoluteradio.co.uk. The Top 100 ‘Songs of Our Decade’, will be revealed by Leona Graham as part of her No Repeat Guarantee programme.

The ultimate favourite will be announced on Friday 28th September.

As previously reported by RadioToday, Absolute Radio will also host a birthday gig at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, with Manic Street Preachers, George Ezra and Blossoms all performing.

The special gig hosted by Dave Berry and Danielle Perry, sold out in just five minutes when tickets went on sale on Friday 3rd August. The station will air the performances live with exclusive interviews from the artists, hosted by Pete Donaldson on Tuesday 25th September from 7pm.

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Digital Radio Hall of Fame members announced


The first nine inductees into the new Digital Radio Hall of Fame have been announced.

The announcement was made by David Lloyd following nominations from digital radio stakeholders and judging by a panel of radio experts. The nine individuals were judged to have made an outstanding contribution to the success of digital radio over the last 20 years as digital radio pioneers and innovators.

Reinforcing that the establishment of digital radio as the majority of radio listening in the UK has been a collaborative and cross-industry effort, the Digital Radio Hall of Fame will include individuals from all sectors and areas that have contributed to digital radio progress, with representatives from broadcasters, retailers, manufacturers, automotive, Ofcom and Government.

The Digital Radio Hall of Fame Inductees are:

Dame Jenny Abramsky
Former Director of Audio and Music, BBC

Grae Allan
DAB Radio Director, Bauer Media

Ralph Bernard
Former CEO GCap Media

Michael Hill
Founder and Managing Director, Radioplayer

Quentin Howard
Former CEO Digital One, and Managing Director, GWR

John Kempner
Buyer, John Lewis

Rashid Mustapha
Engineer, Ofcom

Ian O’Neill OBE
Head of Television; Programme Director Radio, DCMS

Sir Hossein Yassaie
Chairman, Pure, and Former Chief Executive Officer of Imagination Technologies

The inductees will receive their Digital Radio Hall of Fame award at a special ceremony to be held at the Drive to Digital Conference at the British Museum on 25 September.

The Digital Radio Hall of Fame judges were: Dee Ford, Bauer Media; Helen Boaden, formerly-BBC: William Rogers, UKRD; Will Harding, Global; Jimmy Buckland, Wireless Group; Lindsey Mack; BBC; David Lloyd, Radio Consultant and Historian; Bernie O’Neill, WorldDAB; Emma Hill, Radioworks; Peter Davies, formerly-Ofcom; Glyn Jones, Arqiva; Diane Fuller, Roberts Radio; and Sophie Spooner, Pure.

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Ford Ennals, CEO Digital Radio UK, said: “We congratulate the first ever nine inductees into the Digital Radio Hall of Fames on their recognition and their achievement. It has taken over 20 years to get to a point where digital radio represents the majority of radio listening in the UK and this simply couldn’t have happened without the outstanding contributions of these nine individuals and the organisations they represent. There has been a tremendous response to the announcement of the Digital Radio Hall of Fame and our thanks go to all the stakeholders who provided nominations and to the eminent panel of judges.”

David Lloyd, Radio Consultant and Historian, said: “As a radio historian I have watched with interest the rise of digital radio over the last 20 years from the early days of excitement and optimism through a period of uncertainty and on to the launch of a series of successful digital stations and the achievement of 50% digital listening. Clearly, the success of digital radio has been a real team effort across the wider radio industry and this is reflected in the nine outstanding individuals who the judges agreed should be recognised by inducting them into the Digital Radio Hall of Fame.”

Top photo: Michael Hill, Grae Allan, Sir Hossein Yassaie.



Branson suggested Virgin move to Evans last October


Sir Richard Branson has revealed that he had a conversation with Chris Evans about joining Virgin Radio nearly a year ago while making an appearance on his Radio 2 breakfast show.

Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain earlier this week, the Virgin founder admitted it was “maybe a slight discourtesy to the Beeb to steal one of their people”, but says he suggested that a change of scenery “would be good for him” while in the Radio 2 studios for an interview in October 2017.

Asked about whether the BBC being forced to publish information about the salaries of top talent had an influence on Chris’ decision to leave the corporation, Sir Richard said: “I had no idea what he earned at the BBC or even what he’s earning at Virgin. I think he wanted a change. Virgin Radio gives him a lot more freedom I suspect than he would have at the BBC and Chris is someone who I think would value freedom over salary. I think it’s fantastic for Virgin Radio. Virgin Radio is back in Britain and I think that this will put it firmly on the map.”

Sir Richard was on the Radio 2 breakfast show on Thursday 12th October 2017 to talk about his autobiography,’Finding My Virginity’.

Chris announced on Monday that he was leaving Radio 2’s breakfast show after 8 years, and within a couple of hours it had been announced that he was joining Wireless DAB station Virgin Radio UK in the New Year. He’ll replace Sam and Amy, who only took over the breakfast show on 2nd October last year.

You can watch the interview with Good Morning Britain below

LV 18 – Jukebox memories

The East Anglian Times reports;

Where and when can I see the LV18 Lightship on the river today?

PUBLISHED: 09:00 03 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:47 03 September 2018

Former Lightship the LV 18, at Harwich

Former Lightship the LV 18, at Harwich

The historic LV18 – the last working lightship, is set to be towed from Harwich and up the River Orwell to Ipswich today.

Preparations were underway over the weekend ready to lift the LV18 this afternoon, at high tide, and in a military-style operation two tugs will be involved in towing her to Ipswich and her temporary berth at Orwell Quay.

The LV18 has been berthed at Harwich for the past seven years, and as well as the history of light vessels it is also a link back to the days of the pop pirates on the North Sea, with exhibitions on board, and occasional nostalgia events.

It was also involved in the filming of the Richard Curtis movie, The Boat That Rocked about those pirate radio days.

The LV18 is now operated by a charitable trust and is coming to Ipswich for six weeks, during which it will be open to the public for events, there will be live music and radio broadcasts.

LV18 Lightship moored at Harwich QuayLV18 Lightship moored at Harwich Quay

Spokesman Tony O’Neil said: “We are very excited to be coming to Ipswich.

“The plan is to get underway at 3pm, with two barges helping.

“It will take two/two and a half hours to get to Ipswich, so we aim to be there at 5.30 – so she can be towed in through the dock gates at 6pm, free flow.

“We have got to be in Ipswich for 6pm, for the high water level,

“She will be towed in backwards to Orwell Quay.”

Good vantage points to see it happening would be at Pin Mill and from the Orwell Bridge, he said.

“I will be filming from the Orwell Bridge.”

Lightvessels, or lightships date back more than 250 years and were in use all round the UK.

The LV18 was the last Trinity House working lightvessel until automation in 1994.

It was built 60 years agao and now houses a collection of artifacts from the pirate radio era as well.

It served around the coastal waters protecting mariners on the seas.

Tony O’Neil, LV 18 founder trustee and curator said: “We are honoured to be allowed by Ipswich Port Authority to bring the LV18 into Ipswich as a visiting heritage vessel.

He added, “LV18 was involved in the filming of Richard Curtis film, ‘The Boat that Rocked’ in 2008 when she was towed down to Portland in Dorset for 5 weeks. LV18 has also been the base for several licenced radio broadcasts bringing back the sounds of Offshore pirate radio stations celebrating Radio Caroline, Radio London and others that appeared off the coast in the 1960’s bringing about a revolution in radio broadcasting.”

LV18 also houses the definitive collection of original artifacts from the offshore pirate radio era and a special pirate radio exhibition is to be set up when vessel comes alongside the Quayside.

Tony added: “There has been enormous interest already in our plans and Ipswich Maritime Trust and several other organisations have offered to assist with the project.

“We are very pleased with the support we are finding in Ipswich. The port authority is providing the berth for six weeks, the borough council are very supportive.

“We are also having a temporary broadcasting licence, from September 15, which will be entitled Juke Box Memories – playing the sounds of the 50s,60s,70s and 80s, on 106.8FM.

“We are also linking up with Ipswich Community Radio and hope to have some live music on the helicopter deck.”

The LV18 is set to stay berthed in Ipswich for six weeks.

Radio Newsbeat


Radio stations continue to increase on the worldwide web.  Stations like Cyber Radio, United DJs and Caroline are appearing on some local DAB multiplexes.

I really thought that United DJs and Delux Radio were going to be great stations, but I only enjoy a few shows on United DJs, even some of the music some of my favourites from the past like David Symonds play is not to my taste.  I am not into exclusively oldies only!

I have a radio which uses the Frontier Silicon Portal.  I occasionally trawl through their list of “New Stations”

I can recommend the following stations:

The Gorilla  with a good mix of oldies and a genuine radio station in the Mississippi area


The Legend 105.9

Oldies from the South Oregon Coast and presenters include Roger ROGER W. MORGAN, BOB MALIK, SHOTGUN TOM KELLY


If you like a bit of Reggae or Dub – drop into the Dub Lounge – it is one of my favourite varients of reggae


Sunshine Radio Paphos Cyprus  – more up to date music but oldies and  Dave Asher manages to do a show here and on Cyber Radio! 


Sound of Ben Rock

A good mix of Rock Soul Funk Reggae Urban Jazz Oldies


HD Rock and Roll give a good feed of back to back music  – oldies etc



Iconic Extra with back to back music from the 60s upwards


Iconic Extra was founded in February 2018 with the goal of bringing the world’s best music genres and creative content to people around the world from the UK

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News selected from the Radio Today Site

Current World at One editor, Owenna Griffiths, is the new editor of PM, iPM and Broadcasting House on BBC Radio 4, replacing Roger Sawyer.

In addition, acting editor of PM, Victoria Wakely will take over as editor of World at One and The World This Weekend.

Victoria was previously a deputy – and for a time acting – editor at the Today programme, and before that had roles ranging from editing Any Questions and producing Start The Week, to acting as a senior editorial adviser to the BBC Trust. Owenna has had a two-year spell running the World at One and The World This Weekend and has also previously worked as a deputy editor at Today.

Owenna will now move across to lead PM, Broadcasting House and iPM. She will work with a new PM presenter once Eddie Mair’s successor has been confirmed.

Gavin Allen, Controller Daily News Programmes, says: “I’m delighted that Victoria and Owenna are taking up the reins at two of the BBC’s finest news programmes. Both of them know Radio 4 inside out and will ensure that listeners continue to receive news analysis that is high quality, memorable and truly engaging.”

Victoria says: “Tragically or not, it was listening to the World at One whilst eating my student breakfasts that was my first regular encounter with the glories of Radio 4’s news programmes. I am thrilled and honoured to have the opportunity to run the programme all these years later.”

Owenna says: “PM is an exceptional news programme, combining rigour, wit and creativity and, along with Broadcasting House, one of the great institutions of Radio 4. I’m absolutely delighted to be joining the team at such an exciting time.”

Owenna and Victoria will formally start their new roles after the summer.

Roxanne Pallett, co-host on Minster FM’s breakfast show, has entered the Celebrity Big Brother house.

The former Emmerdale actress, who was injured in a car crash just a few weeks ago, is reportedly getting £750,000 for the appearance.

Roxanne is best known for TV roles in Emmerdale, Waterloo Road and Casualty, as well as being a musical theatre star in The Wedding Singer and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. She’s also previously appeared as a contestant on ITV’s Dancing On Ice.

Capital Breakfast co-host Vick Hope has been announced as a contestant on the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Vick presents the London (and national DAB) show with Roman Kemp and Sonny Jay, where news of Vick’s participation was first announced.

“I’m so excited about being a contestant on this year’s Strictly. I’ve always been such a massive fan of the show so it’s a huge honour to be part of this series,” Vick said.

Vick is busy in the broadcasting world right now – she hosts 4Music Trending Live and Box Fresh, is a mainstay reporter for ITN where she produces, scripts, edits and presents news and entertainment bulletins, and earlier this year joined the Voice and The Voice Kids as the digital reporter, as well as fronting Sky One’s Carnage alongside Freddie Flintoff and Lethal Bizzle.

She continued: “Dances like Ballroom and Latin are totally outside my comfort zone but I love dancing, it makes people happy – myself included. To be able to perform every Saturday is such an incredible opportunity – I couldn’t be looking forward to it any more and I will be throwing myself into it, working hard and learning from the judges every week.”

Vick started on Capital Breakfast in May this year after working at Capital Xtra.

Other contestants announced so far are Katie Piper, Faye Tozer, Danny John-Jules and Joe Sugg.

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Jeremy Kyle is returning to his first love – radio – with a brand new weekend show on talkRADIO.

Jezza started his broadcasting career in radio, and is well remembered in the industry for his late-night phone-in shows, Late n Live and Jezza’s Confessions, both networked across a number of commercial radio stations including BRMB and Century FM.

In 1997 he joined BRMB in Birmingham, presenting Late & Live and Jezza’s Jukebox. He met his second wife Carla when she entered and won the Two Strangers and a Wedding contest run by the station.

Jezza also worked at Orchard FM, Leicester Sound and Invicta FM in the 90s before moving on to Virgin Radio, Capital FM and Essex FM in the noughties.

The new show will air between 1pm and 4pm each Saturday, starting on August 18th.

Jeremy Kyle said: “Radio was my first love as a broadcaster and where it all began for my on-air career. I can’t wait to return with talkRADIO, reviewing the week’s biggest stories and unpicking the issues with some big name guests too.

“As with all of my shows, audiences can expect open, honest opinion, a direct approach and no doubt a few a disagreements along the way,” Kyle added.

talkRADIO programme director Dennie Morris added: “talkRADIO aims to get the nation talking and that’s exactly what we’ll get with Jeremy, who is synonymous with up-front, unfiltered opinion. This broadcasting legend will hugely appeal to our listeners and bring in new audiences with his no-nonsense attitude and candid, outspoken views.”

His last radio show was at talkSPORT ten years ago when he hosted The Jeremy Kyle Sports Show

Greg James will start the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show earlier than expected, he has announced on BBC Breakfast TV.

He was a guest on the show today, Friday morning, to announce the new programme will start on Monday 20th August rather than the previously expected date of September 3rd.

Greg said he’s wanted to do the show since he started in radio, doing hospital radio at the age of 14, and can’t believe how much he is looking forward to getting started.

Asked if he knew what his first words will be on the programme, he replied that he has 10 days to work out the finer detail.

Nick Grimshaw hosted his last Radio 1 Breakfast Show yesterday (Thursday) and will move to Greg’s old show, Drive, on September 3rd.

Ahead of his upcoming move to LBC, Eddie Mair has presented his final PM programme on Radio 4 – two days earlier than expected.

Schedules had listed that he would bow out after 20 years on Friday, but in an email sent to staff today Eddie reveals that last night (Wednesday)’s edition was his last – and the decision was made between himself and a producer after the end of the programme.

“Making the show yesterday had been tortuous for everyone on a quiet news day but in the end, I think we made something pretty good,” he said. “Eloise and I looked at each other after the meeting and agreed that there was no way to match that for a last Eddie programme. So, that’s what it was…my last PM. It felt right then and it feels right now. No fuss or faff, just as I wanted. Genuinely unplanned, and with its origins in a listener idea. Perfect. Or as close to perfect as we’re likely to get.”

He added that working with the PM team had been the joy of his professional life.

Eddie starts at LBC in September, after news of his signing was announced in July. Global hasn’t said yet where in the LBC schedule he will appear.

It’s understood that alongside his LBC show, Eddie will continue to work for the BBC as presenter of the daily Grenfell Tower Fire Inquiry podcast, when it resumes after the summer break.

Paddy O’Connell is guest presenting PM today and Carolyn Quinn tomorrow. A full-time replacement hasn’t yet been announced, but stand-in presenters booked for the next few weeks include Chris Mason, Sarah Smith and Jonny Dymond with Carolyn Quinn.

Here’s Eddie’s email to the PM team in full:


I’m sorry I’m not in the office today as planned. I seem to have picked up one of those 48 hour bugs. Atishoo. Thank you Paddy for stepping in.

Coincidentally, I want to tell you about what happened just after PM finished last night.

As you may know, we finished the show with a full rendition by Willie Nelson of ‘Bring Me Sunshine’.

It was, in keeping with the tradition of PM, a suggestion by a listener. Making the show yesterday had been tortuous for everyone on a quiet news day but in the end, I think we made something pretty good.

Eloise and I looked at each other after the meeting and agreed that there was no way to match that for a last Eddie programme. So, that’s what it was…my last PM. It felt right then and it feels right now.

No fuss or faff, just as I wanted. Genuinely unplanned, and with its origins in a listener idea. Perfect. Or as close to perfect as we’re likely to get.

I hate saying goodboo. Sorry…goodbee. No…goodbiy. Dammit. I still can’t say it.

What I do say is this. One of the biggest struggles I had in deciding whether to leave is a truth we both understand. Yes I bring something to PM and I have talents and abilities that help the programme.

But I also understand completely that the work of all the people on PM make me sound much much better than my own abilities can muster. This is just a truth. And what I wrestled with was, in essence, ‘can I manage without them?’

I don’t know the answer to that but it’s high time I tried.

Working with you all has been the joy of my professional life. There is a rich deep seam of talent in our department and I’ve been privileged to be part of it. Thank you for everything you’ve done for PM, iPM and hundreds of years ago in my case, BH. I am literally missing you already.

From what I know of the plans for the department, PM is about to get a brilliant editor. The show, about which I care so much, is about to get even better. So this old fart is buggering off and leaving you to do what you all do brilliantly.

Thank you.



Radio Hauraki

I have just watched a documentary about the New Zealand offshore station Radio Hauraki. The first time I became aware of the station was a recording on an LP which was issued by Paul Harris

The film was available on this URL at the time of posting this information


As many anoraks know the excellent Azanorak site has recordings of many offshore archive for download there – if you don’t know the password to unlock their zip files please email wirewaffle@hotmail.com with the heading Azanorak, because all my email on that account goes into the Junk folder of that email account  https://www.azanorak.com/   


Wikipedia tells the story:

Early years

Radio Hauraki was originally broadcast offshore from New Zealand in the Hauraki Gulf.

The concept of Radio Hauraki originated with a group of journalists who felt dissatisfied with New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation (NZBC) radio stations, and with the politics involved with broadcasting in New Zealand. Private stations were able to apply for licences to operate, but the New Zealand Broadcasting Service (NZBS) stonewalled all applications. A small group involving David Gapes, Derek Lowe, Chris Parkinson and Denis O’Callaghan[2] decided, with legal assistance, to start a private venture operating in international waters, outside of the confines of the monopolistic government departments of the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation, which ran all land-based radio stations, and of the New Zealand Post Office, which managed the radio spectrum. Gapes, Lowe, Parkinson and O’Callaghan eventually broke the radio monopoly, thus allowing private radio to become widespread in New Zealand.

The four men bought a boat and tried to make it seaworthy, however the Marine Department continuously rejected their application for a warrant of fitness for the ship. So in 1966 the crew set sail anyway without the WOF. However the ship got caught on a drawbridge in the Auckland Viaduct and the crew were arrested. When they went to court the judge ruled in favour of them and in late 1966, the Tiri, the boat chosen to carry the transmitter, anchored in the Hauraki Gulf outside the 3-mile territorial-water limit. The station broadcast on the frequency of 1480 kHz – well outside the range of frequencies used by the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation. After testing the transmitter with a broadcast from pirate announcer Bob Leahy, and having to replace the mast after winds of more than 30 knots knocked it down, Radio Hauraki officially started broadcasting on 4 December 1966.

Pirate radio

Radio Hauraki, Top of The Dial
Radio Hauraki: Home of the good guys
Here to rock, not to shock
Rocking the Boat for 40 years
Classic rock that rocks
New Zealand’s real rock station
Just great rock
We Endorse This Music
Its Different
Louder Communities Together

During the next 2 years, the crew on the Tiri would endure adverse weather conditions, fatigue, and continued efforts to shut down the station. On 28 January 1968 disaster struck as the Tiri attempted to negotiate its way into Whangaparapara Harbour on Great Barrier Island in foul weather. The ship ran aground on rocks, with Radio Hauraki disc jockey Derek King keeping listeners up-to-date with running commentary. The final broadcast from the Tiri was “Hauraki News: Hauraki crew is abandoning ship. This is Paul Lineham aboard the ‘Tiri’. Good Night.” followed by a station jingle. The “Tiri” was later towed back to Auckland and the broadcasting equipment was salvaged. However, the Tiri herself was beyond repair and was replaced four days later by the Kapuni, christened Tiri II by her new crew. A month after the loss of the Tiri, Radio Hauraki was back in international waters and broadcasting again.

In April of the same year Tiri II found herself beached again at Whangaparapara Harbour, a victim of the same storm that resulted in the Wahine disaster. After repairs she was back at sea in five days. Between this time and June 1968, Tiri II would end up beached at Uretiti Beach and caught several times broadcasting from New Zealand waters by radio inspectors. Just before Christmas 1968, Radio Hauraki became New Zealand’s first 24-hour broadcasting radio station. Radio Hauraki was not live radio. The studios were land-based and most programs were recorded on reel-to-reel tapes in 1/2 hour segments approximately one week prior to their broadcast. This meant that while contests, current top tunes, etc. could be accommodated, news and weather were more of a challenge.

Tiri was owned by AG Frankham Ltd and was registered as a barge. After running aground at Whangaparapara on 28 January 1968, it was laid up at Limestone Island near Whangarei. The search and rescue boat Marauder was owned by Bill Gibbs and Tryphena. Kapuni, also owned by AG Frankham Ltd, became known as Tiri II only during Hauraki service from 1968 to 1970. It was laid up on Rotoroa Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

Legal radio

In mid-1970, the state monopoly on radio frequencies was broken, with the New Zealand Broadcasting Authority finally allowing Radio Hauraki to broadcast on land, legally. The Radio Hauraki crew had spent 1,111 days at sea. The final broadcast from the seabound Hauraki Pirates was a documentary on the station’s history until that point, finishing at 10:00 pm when Tiri II turned and headed for Auckland playing “Born Free” continually. During their final voyage back to shore, announcer Rick Grant was lost overboard.

Radio Hauraki began FM transmission in 1990 on 99.0FM, and the 1476 kHz frequency was subsequently acquired by a local community group to broadcast the BBC World Service. During the late nineties Radio Hauraki was networked into other regions around the North Island of New Zealand and in 2003 Radio Hauraki was networked into the South Island in Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill. Veteran pirate announcer Bob Leahy remained a newsreader for The Radio Network right up until 2009, which saw him remain on-air on Radio Hauraki some 40 years after he helped begin the station.

After several changes in ownership Radio Hauraki is now operated by NZME Radio becoming a radio network broadcasting across New Zealand. Up until 2012 Hauraki played a mix of classic and mainstream rock music from the ’60s til now. In 2013, Hauraki changed its music content playing modern rock and alternative music from the last 25 years, also changed their positioning statement to “It’s Different” to coincide with their change in format. Current hosts include high-profile personalities such as: Matt Heath, Jeremy Wells, Mikey Havoc, Leigh Hart, Jason Hoyte, Steve Simpson and Tim Batt. The station claims its recent changes have resulted in a substantial increase in listeners.[3] A film dramatising Radio Hauraki’s early years, 3 Mile Limit, was released in 2014.[4]


Hauraki Breakfast

The breakfast 6 am – 10 am slot is hosted by Matt Heath and Jeremy Wells. News, sport and weather scoured from the NZME newsroom is heard every 30 minutes, read out by Ash Thomas and traffic reports are heard every 15 minutes in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Other programmes

Radio Hauraki’s Daytime shows are presented by Georgia (10 am – 2 pm) and Greg Prebble (2 pm – 4 pm). Bhuja (4 pm – 7 pm) is hosted by television personalities Leigh Hart and Jason Hoyte. Nights (weeknights 7 pm – midnight) are presented by Matt Ward.

Former hosts

Previous Radio Hauraki hosts include Len McChesney, Christopher Parkinson, Ross Goodwin, Paddy O’Donnell, Bob Leahy, Mike Parkinson, Gavin Comber, Dave White, Robert Taylor, Thane Kirby ( Duke of Rock) Dave Gray, Ian Johnston, Barry Knight (Simeon), Aaron Ironside, Ian Ferguson, Paul Lineham, Lynnaire Johnston, Rick Grant, Colin Broadley, Carl Olsen, Keith Ashton, Andy Faulkner, Michael Gammon,Trudy Rana, Phil Gifford, John Hawkesby, Ian Magan, Leah Panapa, Brian Strong, Peter Telling, Dean Lonergan, Fred Botica, Mark Perry, Dean Butler, Willy De Witt, Dean Young, Mel Homer, Nick Trott, Nik Brown, Mark Woods, Mike Currie, Martin Devlin and Laura McGoldrick.

Phillip Schofield was a host Radio Hauraki in 1983, a year after becoming the host of youth music programme Shazam! in 1982.[5] He left the station in 1985 to return to Britain and become one of Britain’s most well-known television personalities. During almost 30 years as a BBC and ITV presenter, Schofield has been the first continuity announcer for Children’s BBC and the host of Smash Hits Poll Winners Party, Dancing on Ice, All Star Mr & Mrs, The Cube and, most recently, This Morning.[6]

Former breakfast host Kevin Black became New Zealand’s highest-paid radio DJ, and served as breakfast host for Solid Gold between 1997 and 2009 before his death in 2013.


North Island frequencies

Market Location Frequency
01. Northland Kaitaia FM 93.2 MHz
02. Northland Bay of Islands FM 93.2 MHz
03. Northland Whangarei FM 93.2 MHz
04. Auckland Auckland FM 99.0 MHz
05. Waikato Hamilton FM 96.2 MHz
06. Bay of Plenty Tauranga FM 91.0 MHz
07. Rotorua Rotorua FM 87.6 MHz
08. Gisborne Gisborne FM 105.3 MHz
09. Taupo Taupo FM 92.8 MHz
10. Taranaki New Plymouth FM 90.8 MHz
11. Hawke’s Bay Napier AM 1584 kHz
12. Wanganui Wanganui FM 87.6 MHz
13. Manawatu Palmerston North FM 87.6 MHz
14. Wellington Wellington FM 93.3 MHz

South Island frequencies

Market Location Frequency
01. Nelson Nelson FM 90.4 MHz
02. Marlborough Blenheim FM 94.5 MHz
03. West Coast Greymouth FM 105.1 MHz
04. Canterbury Christchurch FM 106.5 MHz
05. Canterbury Sumner FM 89.3 MHz
06. Otago Dunedin FM 106.2 MHz
07. Otago Dunedin AM 1125 kHz
08. Southland Invercargill FM 93.2 MHz



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