Pathos in Cyprus

I went to Paphos recently, the third visit since 2011.

Here are some pictures of the sea front there


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Some background from Wikipedia


New Paphos[edit]

Mosaic from the House of Dionysos, god of wine, 3rd c. AD

Nea Paphos was founded on the sea near a good natural harbour. It lay about 60 stadia or 12 km northwest of the old city.It, too, had a founding myth: it was said to have been founded by Agapenor, chief of the Arcadians at the siege of Troy, ]who, after the capture of that town, was driven by the storm that separated the Greek fleet, onto the coast of Cyprus. (Pausanias viii. 5. § 2.) An Agapenor was mentioned as king of the Paphians in a Greek distich preserved in the Analecta;[20]and Herodotus (vii. 90) alludes to an Arcadian “colony” in Cyprus.

In reality it was probably founded by Nicocles, the last king of Palaepaphos, based on an inscription recording his founding of the temple of Artemis Agrotera at Nea Paphos. The inhabitants of Marion were probably also transferred to this new city after its destruction in 312 BC by Ptolemy.[21] A hoard of unused silver coins (in the Cyprus museum) found under the Hellenistic House and dating to the end of the 4th c. BC are the earliest find at the site and indicate its founding date.

Palaepaphos always retained the pre-eminence in worship of Aphrodite, and Strabo tells that the road leading to it from Nea Paphos was annually crowded with male and female votaries resorting to the ancient shrine, and coming not only from the latter place itself, but also from the other towns of Cyprus. When Seneca says (N. Q. vi. 26, Epistle 91) that Paphos was nearly destroyed by an earthquake, it is difficult to say to which of the towns he refers. Dio Cassius (liv. 23) relates that it was restored by Augustus, and called “Augusta” in his honour; but though this name has been preserved in inscriptions, it never supplanted the ancient one in popular use.

St Paul’s Pillar in Paphos

According to the biblical Acts of the Apostles, after landing at Salamis and proclaiming the Word of God in the synagogues,[22] the prophets and teachers, Barnabas and Saul of Tarsus, traveled along the entire southern coast of the island of Cyprus until they reached Paphos.[23] There, Sergius Paulus, the Roman proconsul, was converted after Saul rebuked the Sorcerer Elymas.[24] In Paphos, Acts first identifies Saul as Paul.[25]

Tacitus (Hist. ii. 2, 3) records a visit of the youthful Titus to Paphos before he acceded to the empire, who inquired with much curiosity into its history and antiquities. (Cf. Suetonius Titus c. 5.) Under this name the historian doubtless included the ancient as well as the more modern city: and among other traits of the worship of the temple he records, with something like surprise, that the only image of the goddess was a pyramidal stone.


Paphos Archaeological Park covers most of the important ancient Greek and Roman City and is a UNESCO World Heritage site for its outstanding ancient remains.

The most significant remains so far discovered are four large and elaborate Roman villas: the House of Dionysos, the House of Orpheus, the House of Aion and the House of Theseus, all with superb preserved mosaic floors. In addition, excavations have uncovered an Agora, Asklepion, the Basilica of Panagia Limeniotissa, an Odeon, a Theatre and a necropolis known as the Tombs of the Kings.

Near the seafront in Pathos is a new large shopping centre. Well worth as visit  as it has a lot of restaurants and places like McDonald’s etc   on the top floor.


Please click on a thumbnail if you wish to see the pictures larger, and use the arrows to see all the pictures larger, thank you


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You can get some splendid sunshine and sunsets even in March. Unfortunately these pictures all feature clouds, and the clouds prevented me seeing the sun sinking down below he horizon, but all the same they are very pretty scenes. Well at least I think so!


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We have visited the Archaeological Park there before, so walked around the outside of the park.   You will also see pictures of the fort and lighthouse there. You will also see pictures of what we believe is a Skylark, that was perched on a fence and also by the cliff edge.  Cats are not a nuisance there, well they weren’t when we were there this time. This is a solitary cat we encountered.


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We stayed in the Old Town, and enjoyed ourselves. The shops are in need of a refit and there are empty shops as well.  Overall though the town is interesting. As you will notice I was interested in the wall paintings which were done for last year’s City of Culture event, and for me enhanced the shopping experience.


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Above are mostly of the Tomb of Kings Archaeological Park which is a just as short distance away from the main town.

Information from Wikipedia

The Tombs of the Kings (GreekΤάφοι των Βασιλέων [ˈtafi ton vasiˈleon]TurkishKral Mezarları) is a large necropolislying about two kilometres north of Paphos harbour in Cyprus. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The underground tombs, many of which date back to the 4th century BC, are carved out of solid rock, and are thought to have been the burial sites of Paphitic aristocrats and high officials up to the third century AD (the name comes from the magnificence of the tombs; no kings were in fact buried here). Some of the tombs feature Doric columns and frescoedwalls. Archaeological excavations are still being carried out at the site. The tombs are cut into the native rock, and at times imitated the houses of the living.

Although the tombs have been known and casually explored for centuries, they were first subjected to systematic excavation in the later 1970s and the 1980s under the direction of Dr Sophocles Hadjisavvas, former Director of Antiquities of the Republic of Cyprus.

Dr Hadjisavvas is preparating the finds for publication with assistance from the Australian archaeological mission to Paphos.

Part of the importance of the tombs lies in the Paphian habit of including Rhodian amphorae among the offerings in a burial. Through the manufacturing stamps placed on the handles of these amphorae, it is possible to give them a date and, through them, the other material from the same burial.

Thus, it is hoped to develop a more secure chronology for archaeological material in the Eastern Mediterranean of the Hellenistic and early Roman periods.

Finally a ship ran aground on the treacherous rocks in 2011 and has been left there to rust..  Here are some pictures of ship taken on a very long  telephoto lens. Please click on the thumbnail to see a full size picture


Finally I  spotted these wall paintings on another walk around the Old Town


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I hope this post has brought you some information on Cyprus as a winter centre for holidays, and also in the season, but very much hotter than this pas month gone by.

There are many good music stations in the area

FM Frequencies MHz Website Native Name Transcription On air since Description
90.8 [43] Sunshine FM 2014 Music, News, Talk and Entertainment in English
92.4, 105.6, 87.9 [44] Ράδιο Πύργος Radio Pyrgos 2010 Traditional – Greek folk music; located from Paphos
95.2, 91.4 [45] Radio Cosmos 1994 Diverse, associated with local newspaper Adesmevtos
96.1 Ράδιο Λυσός Radio Lysos 2011 Low-power news and music station; located from Lysos
98.5, 106.7 [46] Rock FM Paphos 2002 Playing today’s best mix in Pop and Rock plus an entertaining program in English.
100.3 [47] Русское Радио Russian Radio 1995 24hr Russian Music (ex. Gialousa 71 & Epilogi)
104.3 Point Cyprus 2001 Greek music; located from Paphos


The pictures here are copyright KK and the Wireless Waffle site




Just returned from a break in Cyprus, and enjoyed listening to the radio stations there. There are two which play music back to back, on is Sunshine Radio, and ex Caroline jock Dave Asher does the breakfast show there. The rest of the day is automated.  Good oldies on that station,  

The other station is called My Radio and has automated music and announcements on it.

Technology has made my job easier.  I can now give links for radio stations I mention, and you can actually listen to them.  When I first started the Wireless Waffle it was a newsletter, and I could only comment and list the programme schedules of stations out of my reception area.

News selected from Radio Today Site

Stephanie Hirst goes full time at Radio Leeds

Former Capital Yorkshire breakfast show presenter Stephanie Hirst is joining BBC Radio Leeds to host the weekday mid-morning show.

In addition, Richard Stead moves from mid-mornings to Breakfast, replacing Liz Green who will move to present the afternoon phone-in show from 12pm until 3pm. Current afternoon show presenter Andrew Edwards will move to weekend breakfast from April 21st.

Stephanie will present her first regular daytime radio programme in four years after leaving Hirsty’s Daily Dose on Capital. She told RadioToday: “I’m beyond excited to be on air again in Yorkshire. I feel like I’m going back to where I belong.”

Richard, who currently presents mid-morning on Radio Leeds, says: “I’ll have to set the alarm clock even earlier now! I can’t wait to get cracking and I’m looking forward to waking up West Yorkshire.”

Sanjiv Buttoo, Editor of BBC Radio Leeds, said: “Richard Stead is one of the nicest guys I’ve had the pleasure to work with and I know listeners will enjoy his quick-witted humour at breakfast. I’m really looking forward to him waking up our listeners with a smile as well as bringing you everything you would expect from your BBC local radio station.”

“Stephanie is back – and she’s on Radio Leeds. She’s one of the biggest names in the radio industry and I’m really thrilled that she’s joining my team of talented producers, reporters and presenters. We know she’s popular with our listeners from the fantastic feedback we’ve already received when she stood in on the mid-morning show last year and we can’t wait for her to join us.”

“Stephanie added: “I’m really looking forward to joining the team at BBC Radio Leeds. I’ve loved radio ever since I first stepped into a studio aged 12 and I’m incredibly grateful that I’ve been able to build a career doing what I adore. After four exciting years of change I can’t wait to get back to doing what I love the most, talking to the people of Yorkshire on the radio.”

Richard Stead has worked in broadcasting for over 20 years. He has presented the mid-morning show on BBC Radio Leeds for four years and is also a rugby league commentator.

Both Richard and Stephanie will present their first shows on Tuesday April 3rd.

Liz Green said: “I’ve had a fantastic five years on the breakfast show, winning awards including a Bronze Award at the ARIAs in 2017. But I’m really happy to be returning to the phone-in show, it’s a show I have presented before and I love chatting to the people of West Yorkshire. I’m also really looking forward to having a lie-in!”

The ten small-scale DAB triallists operating multiplexes around the UK will continue their service till 31 March 2020.

By extending the trial period, around 150 radio services will continue to be available to listeners in the test areas. The trial extension will also allow Ofcom to continue gathering useful information to help inform a new, formal framework for licensing small-scale DAB multiplexes across the UK, which is currently in development.

Ofcom expects that interested parties, including the current trial licensees as well as those not taking part, will have the opportunity to apply for such licences under the new framework in 2019.

Multiplexes are on-air in Bristol, Manchester, Portsmouth, London, Cambridge, Aldershot, Brighton & Hove, Norfolk, Glasgow and Birmingham.

David Duffy from Niocast, who runs the small-scale DAB/DAB+ trial in Manchester, told RadioToday: “Niocast welcomes Ofcom’s extension of the small scale DAB/DAB+ trial to March 2020 which provides our service providers in Manchester and their loyal audiences with a level of continuity. At the same time, we understand the frustration of the many stations around the country eager to pursue a digital pathway and those who, like us, want to facilitate that by operating small-scale multiplexes.

“Hopefully it won’t be too long before there is a licensing process in place that will allow for a wide scale rollout of small-scale DAB/DAB+ across the country.”

Ten trial licences were awarded in 2015 to parties in different areas who wanted to operate a small-scale DAB multiplex. The trial multiplexes cover a relatively small geographical area compared to local and national DAB multiplexes. The small-scale DAB trials keep costs low by making use of relatively inexpensive transmission equipment and the freely available ‘open-source’ software.

They were extended for a further two years after the initial nine month trial.

Ofcom has started the licence variation process with the individual trial multiplex licensees. Their current licences will expire between 30 April and 29 August 2018 if they are not extended. There is no new funding from Government or Ofcom to support trial licensees with on-going running costs.

Absolute Radio is commissioning a series of programmes which will be made by in-house talent from around One Golden Square.

For the first time, staff members were asked to submit ideas and pitch for budget for the documentaries which will air across the Absolute Radio Network.

The programmes will be made by team members whose day jobs include sales, marketing, station imaging and social media production, mentored by senior radio programmers.

The successful commissions and their broadcast dates are as follows:

  • Saturday 21st April at 10pm – Vinyl Revival – A celebration of the resurgence of vinyl to celebrate Record Store Day, produced by Rachael Devine and Adem Waterman.
  • Sat 9th June at 10pm – Pitch Perfect – How music soundtracks our love of football produced by Dave Masterman, and Adem Waterman.
  • Sat 16th June at 10pm – 50 years of the Isle of Wight Festival – A look a half a century of one of the UK’s most iconic live music events, produced by Nick Harris and James Street.
  • Sat 29th September at 10pm – Algorhythm – The future of AI in music produced by Lizzie Horgan and Dane Smith.

Claire Sturgess, Pete Donaldson, Andy Bush and Rob Beckett are among the presenters who will lend their voices to the programmes with wider contributors including Muse.

Paul Sylvester, Absolute Radio Content Director said: “At the heart of all radio is storytelling and it’s crucial that commercial radio invests in quality documentary-making. More importantly, it’s essential that we invest in our teams and give them the opportunity to learn new skills, collaborate and showcase their creative talents. I’m proud that Absolute Radio is leading the way.”.


Love Sport Radio gets ready to launch on DAB

Love Sport Radio has been tweeting details of its upcoming launch, including details of the new schedule.

Love Sport, which started life as CitiSport along with its pending sister station, CitiTalk, has changed its name. It will broadcast on Spectrum’s old 558AM frequency and DAB.

The tweets so far say the station unofficially launched on Monday 5th March at 6am but will launch ‘for real’ on Monday 19th March.

The schedule will include Ian Stone on breakfast each weekday from 6am, and Brian Moore on the afternoon drive show from 4pm. Cristo Foufas is listed as host of the 10am till 1pm show whilst Kevin O’Sullivan is on from 1pm.

At 7pm, it’s The Fans Show with Aaron Paul, followed by the Love Sport Late Shift with Lembit Opik at 10pm.

The station’s website is also live, at, created by Aiir.

We are Love Sport. Here to take the radio rule-book & rip it apart piece by piece 💥

We’re gonna be unofficially spouting our nonsense in London on 558AM & on DAB from 6am on Mon 5th March 📻

Then we’ll launch for real on Mon 19th March. World domination will shortly follow 👀

Radio shines during the snow and icy weather

Radio stations across the UK have reported some of the highest ever spikes in online listening during the recent severe weather conditions.

School closures, blocked roads and travel disruption led the headlines, and the radio industry went into overdrive to keep listeners informed. Presenters, journalists and other station staff all went the extra mile to provide uninterrupted services.

Radiocentre’s members have reported some of the highest ever spikes in online listening, with record levels of social media traffic in some cases up by almost 10.000%. Huge numbers of stations extended their breakfast and drivetime shows to provide commuters and parents with the latest developments on schools, traffic, travel and weather.

Heroic tales are not limited to the emergency services, with radio stations staff working around the clock. Below are just a handful examples of the extraordinary work from the past week.

In Wales at Nation Broadcasting, local presenters Lee Juke, Mark Powell and Carl Hughes slept at the station rather than risk missing their shows and let their listeners down (see video from Carl below!)

Reporters from Heart, Capital and Radio Clyde have been camping out in hotels to be on hand with rolling bulletins, providing a lifeline to those stranded on blocked roads

Lincs FM have been running live 24 hours a day since Tuesday, with staff walking up to 6 miles through the snow to get to work. The station also recorded over a million hits during the bad weather

Touch FM are extending their local coverage into the weekend in order to cover canceled events, travel disruption and stories of local heroes

Rutland Radio’s Rob Persani presented his show from his car one morning as he couldn’t complete his journey to the studio

Stray FM reports almost 100,000 unique visitors to its website in one day during the height of the snow issues

Stray FM also borrowed a 4×4 to enable drivetime presenter Will Smith to be out in the community giving first-hand reports

In addition to news updates, KMFM provided some frozen related twitter relief with a parody video.

Bob Harris broadcast his Radio 2 Country show from his shed after he was unable to attend the studio in central London

Radiocentre research has also found that 8 out of 10 listeners believe they get helpful, concise updates on the news throughout the day.

Radiocentre CEO Siobhan Kenny commented: “Commercial radio really comes into its own in times of crisis. The recent snowstorms have highlighted that radio is the place to go to get vital up-to-the-minute trusted local information. We’ve heard some amazing stories from stations that have gone above and beyond in order to deliver the headlines, so I want to thank all those amazing radio people whose dedication makes commercial radio so special.”

Adios – and its not a wind up (sorry Sir Trevor!)

I had one of his wind up radios, and was impressed by the sound and reception. The spring broke after long service unfortunately.

I remember taking my son and his friend to a Tomorrows World exhibition at Earls Court in the 80s (maybe Olympia?).  He got heated when a visitor spoke to him and had to be restrained in his shed/workshop there.

His book is available from Amazon and is a good read

From Microsoft Live

The inventor of the wind-up radio, Trevor Baylis, has died aged 80.

He is believed to have died of natural causes in his home on Eel Pie Island, in Twickenham, south-west London, on Monday morning.

David Bunting, who runs his company, Trevor Baylis Brands, said he had been ill for a long time and has no living relatives.

Mr Baylis, who was awarded a CBE for services to intellectual property in 2015, had been seriously debilitated, having suffered from Crohn’s disease, he added.

Trevor Baylis holding his CBE, as the wind-up radio inventor has died aged 80.© Press Association Trevor Baylis holding his CBE, as the wind-up radio inventor has died aged 80.Scotland Yard said his death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.

“Police were called by London Ambulance Service at 8.47am on Monday March 5 to reports of a man taken ill at an address in Eel Pie Island, Twickenham,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

“Officers attended and the man, believed aged in his 80s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Inquiries continue to trace and inform next of kin.”

Mr Baylis developed the wind-up radio in 1992 for people in the Third World who do not have access to electricity or batteries.

Trevor Baylis, who has died aged 80.© Press Association Trevor Baylis, who has died aged 80.He was well known for championing the rights of inventors and was often outspoken about intellectual property rights.

The inventor was awarded an OBE in 1997 for his radio design and met the Queen at Windsor Castle to receive his CBE in 2015.

Paying tribute to his colleague, Mr Bunting said: “He made an enormous difference as the sole inventor in this company and did a tremendous amount to publicise their role and the importance of the inventions.”

Speaking of Mr Baylis’s CBE for his work with the patent office, he added: “He was always held in very high regard by them.”



Starting on February the 24th with Delux Radio, there will soon be two new internet stations.   In March United DJs takes to the world wide web. Hopefully these will be great radio stations. It seems that the latter has the best line up of recognised names.

DELUX Radio - Music With Personality        

Is it a sign of the times, with everything going digital?  Absolute Radio want to cut back on their AM (Medium Wave to us oldies) network. Already the closure of a host of BBC Locals means that I can listen in to Manx Radio on AM.  A radio contact of mine has made me a great frame atu, and I can now listen to Caroline in the daytime on AM.  Thanks to Jonathan for that. I am not an avid Caroline listener now, so much other radio to tune into. It is however great to be able to listen into the old lady on AM once in a while again.

  This video is over 3 hours long, it is a bit irritating that the picture jumps up and down. Talk Radio with the great Caesar The Geezer on Talk Radio.

Worth dipping into – miss Dave and Kenny very much Indeed. Does anyone know where Caesar the Geezer is now!




News selected from the Radio Today site:

David Kid Jensen to cover for Tony Blackburn

David Jensen is joining BBC Radio Berkshire to present some holiday relief shows whilst regular host Tony Blackburn is away.

David, who announced last month that he’s living with Parkinson’s Disease, will present two editions of Tony’s Friday mid-morning show.

The former Radio 1, Capital, Heart and Smooth presenter says: “It’s a daunting prospect, filling the considerably sized shoes of Tony Blackburn, so I’m very flattered that I’ve been invited to sit in for him for a couple of Fridays. I’m greatly looking forward to playing some tunes, having some fun and getting to know the listeners at BBC Radio Berkshire”.

Tony Blackburn adds: “David Jensen is someone I’ve known for many years – a fine broadcaster, and more importantly a really nice man. But I hope he’s not too good, because I want to come back”.

David’s two shows air on February 16th and February 23rd between 10am and 1pm.

He’s currently on Signal 2 hosting a chart programme and works at BBC Radio Surrey and Sussex.

David is our guest on the RadioToday Programme this week. Have a listen in your favourite Podcast app or below via AudioBoom:

WorldDAB launches in-car radio guidelines

WorldDAB has produced a set of guidelines for automotive manufacturers and broadcasters on how to deliver the best possible digital radio user experience.

The guidelines are based on consumer research carried out in five different countries where drivers were asked to carry out simple tasks using different car radios.

Developed by the WorldDAB Automotive Working Group, the guidelines are the result of collaboration between broadcasters and car manufacturers. The design guidelines are based on seven use-cases, informed by the research, to ensure the guidelines are based on the actual experience of consumers.

The research showed that drivers expect a great, simple user experience, with a radio button to access DAB easily and quickly. It also found that an A-Z station list provides the best way to search for stations, pre-sets should be easy and intuitive to set, and that terminology must be consistent and easier to understand. This formed the basis for the resulting guidelines document, which is split into seven consumer use cases.

I want….:

  • to find DAB radio easily in the car media system
  • to find DAB stations easily
  • the list of stations to be up to date
  • to be able to easily set a station as a pre-set
  • to keep listening to my station if it’s available
  • to know more about what I’m listening to
  • my DAB radio to be set up for me

For each of these use cases the guidelines outline design guidelines and hardware requirements or technical references where applicable. They also recommend that buttons have consistent behaviour between FM and DAB and, to ensure best performance, dual DAB tuners and a good antenna implementation are required.

“Drivers love radio, to the extent that 82% of people wouldn’t buy a car without it – so we need to make sure that the next generation of radio delivers the best possible experience to drivers,” said Laurence Harrison, Chair of the WorldDAB Automotive Group. “These guidelines have been developed to help broadcasters and automotive OEMs better understand what consumers want from their radio and how best to deliver it. We’ve distilled this down to seven consumer use cases and, when delivered together, these form a simple, easy to use interface. This document will continue to evolve, and we’d encourage all interested parties to get in touch with their thoughts and contributions.”

Q Radio extends FM coverage across N Ireland

Q Radio has extended its geographical footprint in Northern Ireland with five FM licence extensions.

The station is now officially covering Larne, Newcastle, Draperstown, Enniskillen and Ballycastle in addition to the seven regions it already serves.

The current Q Radio is made up of a number of previous station names, including City Beat in Belfast, Five FM, Six FM and Seven FM.

Also, the station has just launched ‘The Q’, a two-hour programme featuring local artists and local music. Presented by Olga Kaye, the programme will broadcast every Sunday night between 11pm and 1am.

Programme content will include a vibrant mix of new and recurrent songs, combined with updates on major artists, tour details, a local gig guide and local band news, as well as live session tracks from local artists.

Helping launch the programme and joining Olga on her inaugural programme will be Coronas frontman Danny O’Reilly.

Commenting on the latest addition to the Q Radio schedule, Danny said: “We played a sold-out gig at the Ulster Hall just before Christmas so I always love the chance to get back to Belfast! The band has enjoyed huge support here and helping to launch this show with Olga is a chance to return that support. I’m really excited to hear what’s out there and, who knows, maybe uncovering a future support act for our next gig in Belfast!’

Robert Walshe, Managing Director and Head of Programmes at Q Radio commented: “Q Radio prides itself on being a local station for local people and the launch of ‘The Q’ very much reinforces this. There is a notable gap in the market for local musicians to share their material and Q Radio has responded.
We are so excited to hear what is out there and, who knows…maybe there is another Danny O’Reilly just waiting to be found!”


Chelsea Norris returns to Manchester breakfast

Former Key 103 breakfast co-host Chelsea Norris is moving to the breakfast show at BBC Radio Manchester, up against her former co-host Mike Toolan.

Chelsea joined the BBC after leaving Bauer in 2016, first fronting a weekend show before becoming Drive Time presenter in February 2017.

She said: “I can’t believe I’ll have to set my alarm for four am again. That said I have a toddler so I never get enough sleep anyway. I’ve fitted in so well at Radio Manchester and I’m so grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given. The whole team is fantastic and the listeners make me laugh every day.

“I adore broadcasting at breakfast time. I love the idea of people tuning in at the start of the day as they’re driving to work or taking the kids to school. So despite the early starts, I can’t wait to wake Greater Manchester up every weekday morning.”

The change means current breakfast presenters Phil Trow moves to Drive Time and Alison Butterworth will return to Radio Lancashire where she previously worked.

BBC Radio Manchester Editor Kate Squire said: “Chelsea’s a radio star who shines brightly in Manchester. In a football-mad city like ours, who would have thought someone called Chelsea would prove so popular?!”

“She’s going to give our listeners a bright start to their day, full of fun and everything you need to know before you get to work.”




Time to share Knees by Kenny and Cash, a great blast from the past – the golden days of UK music radio the 60s

News Selected from the Radio Today Site

Ofcom has today announced the award of six new community radio licences in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

At the same time, four other community radio applicants were not given a licence to broadcast. Love Radio in the Medway Towns, Panj Pani Radio in Leamington Spa and Seagull FM in Torbay all missed out after Ofcom studied their applications. In addition, Ofcom decided not to consider an application from Radio Paisley Ltd.

The new stations will serve communities in Banbridge in County Down, Northern Ireland; Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland; Aberystwyth in Ceredigion, Wales; Burgess Hill in West Sussex; and South Dartmoor and Torbay in Devon.

The six new community radio licences have been awarded to:

Radio Aber (Radio Aber Limited)
Contact name: Al Frean

Radio Aber will broadcast to people in Aberystwyth and surrounding areas.

Bounce FM (Bounce FM)
Contact name: Robin Murray

Bounce FM will be a radio station for the people of Banbridge in Northern Ireland.

Burgess Hill Radio (Burgess Hill Community Radio CIC)
Contact name: Jerry Bradford

Burgess Hill Radio will be a community radio service for Burgess Hill, West Sussex.

Paisley FM (Paisley FM (2017) Limited)

Contact name: Robert McWilliam

Paisley FM will be a radio station for the people of Paisley and the surrounding areas in Renfrewshire, Scotland.

Riviera FM (Riviera FM Limited)
Contact name: Martin Foster

Riviera FM will serve Torbay and the surrounding area including Torquay, Paignton and Brixham (Devon).

Skylark (Skylark Sounds)
Contact name: Lucinda Guy

Skylark will serve the people of South Dartmoor, Devon.

Digital Radio UK has confirmed the speakers and location for the upcoming free Edinburgh digital radio event entitled ‘This is Radio’.

It’s happening on Thursday March 15th from 6pm till 8pm at The Place Hotel on York Place, close to Waverley rail station and Forth Radio.

This will be an opportunity to hear directly from the major broadcasters in Scotland, including the newly appointed Gareth Hydes, Commissioning Editor Radio, Music and Events, BBC Radio Scotland who will join Graham Bryce, Group Managing Director of Bauer City Network, Richard Bogie, General Manager News Scotland and Carol Wyper, Marketing Manager, Scottish Sun to talk about digital progress and the future of radio in Edinburgh and Scotland.

The event will be hosted by Stuart Barrie, Chair of Radio Academy Scotland and attendees will also hear from radio historian David Lloyd, who will look back on Edinburgh radio history in his inimitable style and an expert panel including Adam Findlay, Managing Director, New Wave Media.

Additionally, Digital Radio UK CEO, Ford Ennals, will look at the future of radio in a smart, voice-controlled world and the opportunity offered by small-scale DAB.

There will be a free welcome drink for attendees and an opportunity to win a digital radio. Attendance is open to all and is free of charge. Email Lucy Forster – – if you’d like to go.

Three radio presenters have agreed to have reductions to their salary reduced at the BBC after Carrie Gracie’s protest at unequal pay.

5 live’s Nicky Campbell told listeners to 5 live this morning that he is taking a pay cut, after breaking the news that Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine and Radio 4’s John Humphrys have agreed to reductions, either formally or in principle. Huw Edwards and Jon Sopel are also thought to be “on a list”.

The BBC told the BBC: “We’ve already set out a range of action we’re taking on fair pay, and we’ll have more to say on the issue next week.”

Jeremy Vine earned between £700,000 and £749,999 in 2016/17, John Humphrys earned between £600,000 and £649,999 in 2016/17 and Nicky Campbell earned between £400,000-£449,999.

Recently, BBC DG Lord Hall pledged to close the pay gap by 2020, saying the corporation should be “an exemplar of what can be achieved when it comes to pay, fairness, gender and representation”.

Christian O’Connell confirms Australia move

Absolute Radio breakfast presenter Christian O’Connell has confirmed he’s moving to Australia for work.

He tweeted a link to a story about him replacing a morning show duo at Gold FM in Melbourne. He said “So, Australia I’m coming. You are my new home. Please be my friend”.

He recently announced on-air he’s leaving the UK for a new big adventure, after 12 years on Absolute/Virgin.

Easy listening Gold FM is part of the Pure Gold network owned by Australian Radio Network. ARN’s National Content Director based in Sydney is Duncan Campbell, who was Group PD at GCap Media when Christian worked at the group.

Christian, who is thought to be starting in Australia “in a few months” will replace Jo Stanley and Anthony Lehmann who left the station recently.

So, Australia I’m coming. You are my new home. Please be my friend–lehmo-to-be-replaced-by-british-import-christian-oconnell-20180131-h0ro99.html 

Gold FM’s Jo and Lehmo to be replaced by a British import

Gold FM has revealed who will replace Jo Stanley and Anthony Lehmann after the pair were shown the door despite securing the station’s best-ever breakfast results in a decade.


New programmes announced for BBC Radio 3

The BBC announced a raft of major new BBC classical music programmes in a day of BBC sessions at the Association of British Orchestra’s Conference in Cardiff.

Phone in radio – reposted from the Guardian site

Interesting article

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We need to talk: why Britain loves radio phone-ins
For 50 years, listeners have been ranting, sharing intimacies and making extraordinary confessions over the airwaves. But do they democratise our national discourse, or degrade it?
Jane Garvey, Adrian Chiles and Marcus Buckland on BBC Radio 5 Live in 1994.
On 4 February 1968, a disgruntled Nottingham resident picked up the phone to complain about his local council. He didn’t ring the council offices, though. Instead, he called the very first British radio phone-in programme, What Are They Up to Now?, on Radio Nottingham, one of the new BBC local radio stations. He may not have realised it, but his call launched a radio revolution.


Fifty years later, radio is still awash with phone-ins, even though today you can sound off on Twitter and Facebook or blog your grievances without risk of interruption. So why have they survived? Vanessa Feltz, the presenter of the award-winning BBC Radio London breakfast show, thinks that the answer lies in the power and immediacy of the voice. “I think there’s a tremendous desire to be heard, and hear other people’s voices.” Andrew Crisell, the author of Understanding Radio, compares radio favourably with both print and television. “As soon as it’s written, it is crystallised – dead, inert. The medium of radio offers more than mere text – there are also paralinguistic features, such as nuance and tone, but without as much noise as TV. The very fact that you can’t see people makes radio a very intimate and confessional medium.”

And confess they do, in abundance. Jane Garvey, who hosts Woman’s Hour’s phone-ins on BBC Radio 4, is astonished by what callers are happy to reveal on air. Last week, for example, in a series of phone-ins dealing with the menopause, run in conjunction with BBC Radio Sheffield, one caller breezily admitted that “I stained a few beds from Amsterdam to Istanbul”. Listeners disclose their psychosexual problems on Radio 1’s The Surgery; their need for advice trumps their embarrassment.
Crisell is right: there’s something therapeutic, it seems, about baring all when no one can see you. Feltz has been moved by callers speaking out for the first time about the sexual abuse they experienced as children, while Nicky Campbell on BBC Radio 5 Live’s breakfast phone-in, Your Call, cried when listeners told him about their desire for assisted dying. The inhibited Brit has increasingly become a collector’s item.

Phone-ins can be lifelines in emergencies, allowing dejected football fans to sound off about their team’s abject performance (invaluable for Arsenal supporters) and can become channels for the outpouring of grief and anger – such as the Radio City and Radio Merseyside phone-ins in 1989 after Hillsborough – or every single phone-in after the death of Princess Diana.

At times of profound national disagreement, such as with Brexit, they also allow a collective venting. According to Gill Farrington, the editor of 5 Live Breakfast, the network saw Brexit coming: “We’re not stuck in the metropolitan bubble. People were contacting us to give us their view, so the shock wasn’t so strong for us.” Campbell goes further, arguing that phone-ins like his were rare but essential spaces where listeners were confronted with opinions beyond their tribes.

But has the radio phone-in really democratised discourse or has it in fact degraded it? When prejudiced views are discharged on air, they are also being fanned and spread. What’s more, many phone-in hosts, especially on commercial radio, are professional polemicists and controversialists with distinct ideologies and a range of techniques for delegitimising callers whose opinions differ from their own. Prof Ian Hutchby, who studies applied linguistics at Leicester University, has looked at the ways these hosts often put callers on the defensive – by challenging their argument with a pithy “So?” or “What has that got to do with it?” or by summarising the caller’s claims in a way that only proves the host’s point. Even though listeners do argue back, the power in a phone-in isn’t distributed equally.

Indeed, some political phone-ins sound as if they exist solely to polarise debate and set up extreme positions; Hutchby calls this “confrontation as spectacle”. What makes it particularly concerning for some is the limited range of opinion among presenters. The commercial station LBC, for example, which claims to be “Leading Britain’s Conversation”, but can’t throw off its reputation as being “Loved by Bigoted Cabbies”, has in its peak time weekday slots rightwing hosts Nick Ferrari, Iain Dale, Nigel Farage and (until May last year) Katie Hopkins. The sole antidote is James O’Brien, Corbyn-doubter and self-confessedly “politically homeless” (although recently described by the Sun as a “smug, sanctimonious, condescending, politically correct, champagne-socialist public schoolboy remoaner”).

‘News from a rightwing perspective can often be more entertaining …’ LBC presenter Nick Ferrari.
Facebook Twitter Pinterest ‘News from a rightwing perspective can often be more entertaining …’ LBC presenter Nick Ferrari. Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose

Ferrari, the winner of the journalist of the year award in last year’s British Journalism awards for his election interview with Diane Abbott among other things, seems to draw his agenda from the Daily Mail and also often quote from it. Criticised by the Broadcasting Standards Commission, Ofcom’s predecessor, in 2003 for reinforcing prejudice (he had encouraged listeners to phone in with stories about the treatment of asylum seekers compared with British citizens), he was cleared by Ofcom for describing the 2015 Paris attacks as “a Muslim problem”.

Ferrari tells me that “the great disadvantage of being a liberal is that you have to be all things to all people … on the one hand, on the other hand. News from a rightwing perspective can often be more entertaining – you can say: ‘This is an absolute disgrace and has to stop this afternoon at three!’” The EU referendum, he maintains, allowed people to say things that they felt they hadn’t been able to say before about how the world had changed and that they didn’t like it. Fine – but what if they attributed it to an incorrect cause? “That’s where another listener comes in to challenge them.”

Though usually civil with callers, especially first-timers, Ferrari – and O’Brien, too – can also adopt the abrasive stance pioneered by Brian Hayes at LBC in the 80s, probably the closest that Britain, with its broadcasting code, has come to a US “shock jock”. But today’s scariest US-based example of that genre, Alex Jones – conspiracy theorist, talkshow host and Donald Trump defender-in-chief, who rants about gay sex in coffins in a demonic voice while appealing to God – makes Ferrari sound like Karl Marx with a charm-school diploma.

Of course, the BBC can’t and won’t go there. To the many Trump fans who called after his UK visit was initially “postponed”, Campbell pointedly responded: “I say nothing.” BBC listeners, he says, don’t want their phone-ins Fox-ed up. Feltz, when confronted by an anti-abortion campaigner who stands outside a west London abortion clinic praying for souls, argues that her role is to “get him to explain his sense of moral rectitude and not to judge – let listeners decide for themselves”.

Nihal Arthanayake … one of the few BME national phone-in presenters
Facebook Twitter Pinterest Nihal Arthanayake … one of the few BME national phone-in presenters Photograph: Roscoe & Rutter/BBC
Yet for all the multiplicity of views, the range of phone-in hosts and callers across both the BBC and commercial radio remains noticeably non-diverse and, in former BBC director general Greg Dyke’s memorable words, “hideously white”: 5 Live’s Nihal Arthanayake and Dotun Adebayo are among the very few BME national phone-in presenters in the country. Nearly three years ago, the BBC Trust found that the network was skewed towards white listeners and also merited its moniker of Radio Bloke: 75% of callers to Campbell’s breakfast phone-in were men.

Since then, 5 Live has made an effort to recruit more women. Emma Barnett, the presenter of a new mid-morning show on the network, believes that when women hear a female host, they’re more likely to phone the station. And most female phone-in hosts, in the UK at least, differ in style from their male counterparts: combining briskness with empathy, they’re less likely to be haranguers. Even so, they seem to be held to different standards. Garvey, recalling her LBC days, says, “If I did a mildly stroppy confrontational interview with a politician I was regarded as aggressive in a way that my co-host never was.”

In its attempt to attract more female callers, 5 Live draws on the arsenal of social media, reading out tweets and emails, posting the day’s topics on Twitter and Facebook, and phoning up female tweeters (it’s notable that women are more inclined to tweet than call) to encourage them to speak on air. Today’s phone-ins are part of the digital landscape – it’s how they have reinvented themselves – and the ubiquity of the mobile phone has made calling them easier and somehow more modern.

Radio stations love phone-ins because they are cheap and turn news into entertainment: there’s no denying the sadistic pleasure in hearing a sloppy thinker being skewered by a sharp host. They also allow us to eavesdrop on people’s most intimate experiences and deepest opinions – we become, in Crisell’s words, “auditory voyeurs”. Ultimately, Barnett thinks them “terribly entertaining: we want them to say what they’ve been saying at their radio, but on the radio”. So, might even Gogglebox be descended from the phone-in?

In the 30s, Bertolt Brecht wrote that radio could be the “finest possible communication apparatus in public life … if it knew … how to let the listener speak as well as hear”. He would have thrilled, surely, to the sound of Barry from Bracknell.

Pictorial Musings

I was travelling back on the GWR line from Paddington in one of the new electric trains.  A lady had left her false finger nails on the table.  I have never seen this before and hope I never do again!

This beauty of a carrot ended up in a bag of carrots I bought from my local Waitrose.

I was out for a walk today and saw this plucky little plastic pig on the floor. I do hope he is reunited with his owner sooner or later!

Last week we visited the new Westgate Shopping Centre in Oxford.  Other than the John Lewis store, nearly every shop is a fashion shop. A man’s nightmare of a shopping centre!

Below is a slide show of the centre taken by me, and also some pictures of the main shopping area in Oxford (well a portion of it!)

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One of my all time favourite comedy sketches


One show that used to be on BBC 3 Counties that really made me chuckle was the Ern and Vern Show, I have just found an entire show on You Tube. Does anyone have any mp3 recordings of the show they can send me please?

Next a reminder of a great 80s radio station that changed the music format of many UK radio stations

I am pleased to say that I was a great fan of the first UK offshore station that had American DJs on it, also included our own Roger Day and Johnnie Walker – who learnt their radio skills on board!

Well thats all for this time, hope you enjoyed the musings!