Archive for October, 2005
Following on from the release of information on the A/C chart when Hit40uk spilts into three, we can now reveal the presenter of the R&B, hip-hop and dance chart, Fresh40.
Dynamite MC will present the new chart show, set to air on Galaxy, Vibe and Kiss amongst others.
Listeners will be able to join Lynda Bryans each weekday from 12.00 until 15.00 for U105 Lunch – a lifestyle based show – on 105.8FM from Monday 14th November.
Bursting with regular guests dropping in to discuss what?s going on in the world from showbiz to shopping, every day U105 Lunch will also feature advice on financials, life, love and relationships and even what?s in season at the farmer?s market for listeners to rustle up in the kitchen!
Programme Controller Ross Macfadyen has quit his post at Glasgow based Clyde 1 after 15 years with the station.
Reports suggest he is leaving by mutual consent.
The latest audience figures are published today and Radio Clyde is number one again with an increased market share of 24% and total weekly hours going up by over 200,000, widening the gap on its commercial competitors.
The West of Scotland’s biggest station is once again Clyde 1 with an increased market share of 16.3% of listening and George Bowie, the King of Breakfast Radio has increased his audience to 341,000.
The Q3 Rajar results, released today, show Chrysalis?s flagship station Heart 106.2 as London?s clear No.1 commercial station by both audience reach and share.
This has been a strong survey for Chrysalis overall, with total weekly hours for Chrysalis Radio now at 53.6m, up 7% year on year.
have announced another great set of RAJAR results:
* Record figures for Real Radio Network
* Real Radio becomes Scotland?s most listened to station
* Smooth FM north west hits new record audience levels
Radio 1 announced today the appointment of George Ergatoudis as Head Of Music, responsible for the station’s playlist and music policy.
George has broad experience in the music industry and an impressive radio career: his current role is that of Music Manager at 1Xtra, Radio 1′s digital sister station.
Pontypridd?s GTFM, Wales’s first full-time community station, has commissioned Swansea based radio consultant Terry Mann of Playlist and Radio Services to review its music content, as part of a package of assignments that also includes staff training and improving local reception.
It started with UK Radio Aid, and continued with UK Leaders Live and Live8. And once again the UK Commercial Radio network is set to take on the BBC by launching British Music Week.
British Music Week will promote British music across the network in May 2006 with a week long promotion concluding in a full day of network broadcasting hosted by some of the greatest British bands.
Hallam FM and Magic AM joined together on Friday 21st October to broadcast simultaneously to raise money for sick and needy children in South Yorkshire in the annual Help a Hallam Child Auction.
Local businesses and record companies donated items to the auction that included a presentation disc signed by James Blunt, a guitar signed by Mcfly, a meet and greet with WWE Stars a the Hallam FM Arena and the chance to have new band Son of Dork play in your front room.
The new radio station for Bellymena has announced their launch date as November 1st, 2005 at 6:30am.
The station, originally known as Seven Towers FM won the local radio licence from Ofcom in June after fighting off stiff competition from three other applications.
?s stations are set to embark on the fourth year of their charity fundraising day Bring A ? To Work part of its annual Real and Smooth Appeals. The group is expecting to top last year?s total figure of over ?200,000.
More than 500 businesses across the UK have already registered to take part in the day, which will take place on Wednesday 2nd November, in which staff simply donate ?1 to the chosen charities of each station.
Tom Hunter has left Radio City 96.7 as Managing Director.
Terry Smith, chairman of Radio City and the station’s founder, said today: ‘Tom Hunter has left Radio City at his own request to concentrate on other interests.
Immedia Broadcasting, the UK’s leading provider of live tailored radio for retailers, has signed a contract to broadcast live radio stations direct to mobile phones.
The exclusive contract with Sydus, the Singapore-based audio-to-mobile technology company, gives Immedia access to a global mobile radio platform which streams its radio content to mobile phones on both 2G and 3G networks.
PURE Digital announces that the PURE EVOKE-2XT DAB digital radio has won radio ?Product of The Year? in the 2005 What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision awards.
Additionally the PURE EVOKE-1XT, the world?s best selling digital radio, has won the ?Best DAB Portable? Radio award.
Two media figures who have both run major radio stations serving Shropshire have linked up in a bid to launch a new commercial station, Extra FM, in Shrewsbury and Oswestry, as members of a strong media and business consortium.
Extra FM chairman Roger Brooks was Managing Director of Beacon Radio for six years, spending a further two years as chairman. His business partner and fellow board member is Tony Fish, former Managing Editor of BBC Radio Shropshire. They got together three years ago to launch a new company, Shrewsbury Radio Ltd, to plan ahead for an independent and community-based commercial station in the area.
Ofcom have today published its Radio Review document, setting out conclusions on the
future development of Digital Audio Broadcasting radio at both a local and national level.
In the report, Ofcom said 95% of all British radio stations are to be made available on digital, although they have no plans to turn off analogue coverage any time soon.
Popular presenter Ronan Kelly makes a return to the airwaves to host 105 Morning on 105.8FM from 9.00am to 12 noon each weekday from Monday 14th November.
Ronan said; “I?m really looking forward to becoming part of the team that will breathe new life into local radio. A new station with a new sound and a new challenge!
Ofcom’s Radio Licensing Committee made decisions relating to a total of twenty nine applications for community radio licences at its meeting on 3 October 2005.
Eighteen community radio licences were awarded and the reasons for award in each case are summarised below. The remaining eleven applicants were not awarded a community radio licence.
After a successful win in Manchester, GCap Media have announced plans to bid for the upcoming Northeast licence using the XFM brand.
Starting today, XFM online and on digital in the Northeast will provide a local service for two weeks to demonstrate how a local XFM would benefit the area.
Former Commercial Radio Bosses have been granted a Community Radio Licence to serve the people of Tameside.
The successful application sees Kenni James ? the former MD of Forward Media, Simon Walker ? formerly the Station Director of Connect FM and Lite FM and Andy Hoyle ? formerly the breakfast presenter at The Revolution join forces with social entrepreneurs and leading community members in Tameside.
British DAB radio manufacturer, Genus Digital, announces the launch of the VERO 2 ? a DAB/FM radio that will revolutionise the way we listen to radio programmes.
VERO 2 is packed with features that put the listener in total control including, electronic programming guides (EPG); Timed or instant recording of programmes to SD memory cards; pause/rewind live radio; the unique G-PRO? speaker technology; MP3 playback; a USB port; alarm clock functions; and a digital optical output allowing it to act as a DAB tuner for your Hi-Fi.
Blue Revolution, the UK’s leading independent production & syndication company, is pleased to announce that more stations than ever have signed up to carry it’s weekly ‘Totally 80s’ radio show hosted by former Radio 1 & Virgin DJ Gary King.
Larger than life Maurice Jay returns to the airwaves to present U105 Drive, when?s new radio station launches on 105.8FM on Monday 14 November.
Known as Mr Breakfast for many years, Maurice was recently appointed Head of Music for U105 and is also responsible for creating the sound of the station.
The latest DAB digital radio magazine has another 32 pages packed with news and information about getting the most out of your DAB digital radio.
For one week only (from October 8th to October 15th) ProductionPark.com are giving away free fully produced sweepers by top UK voice Dan Harper.
The offer applies when you buy any one of the four ‘Future FX’ discs available for sale on the online radio shop, located at Radio-Shop.co.uk.
Ofcom have announced why they awarded the Barrow-in-Furness licence to Abbey FM.
Abbey FM won against competition from Barrow Local Radio because, according to Ofcom, the group’s business plan was considered to demonstrate a good understanding of the local market and of the issues that the new station may face, and the ability to save costs through resource-sharing with nearby stations was felt to further enhance the strength of Abbey FM’s financial proposition.
Due to popular demand, Devaweb is reviving it’s ?10-a-sweeper offer at this weekend’s Hospital Broadcasting Association Conference in Portsmouth.
The promotion was in high demand at last year’s Leeds conference, and allowsbroadcasters to order sweepers on the Saturday, and then collect them on CD on the Sunday.
Chris Thorpe has been appointed Deputy Programme Director for Kerrang! Radio.
Chris has been with the station since launch as Head of Production, responsible for shaping the sound of the station and all aspects of programming since day one.
Remember the little old lady giving away ?5 notes on the streets of Liverpool?
107.6 Juice FM certainly do, as they hired the grandmother to promote their upcoming Reddies giveaway. Not only did the Liverpool Echo run the story on the front page, but Radio City covered the bizarre act in its news bulletins.